Saturday, 1 July 2017
RAMLEH - AWAKE! (Harbinger Sound – HARBINGER054, 8 × CD, Compilation, Box Set, Limited Edition, 2012) (MP3 320)
Hace unos días nuestra querida DARYA compartía por aquí el AWAKE! de RAMLEH en su versión de seis cintas y alguien nos pidió si podíamos compartir la versión de 8 cd's. Pues bien, aquí la tenéis.
Adjunto las notas que rezan en la web de Discogs:
This boxset was originally released in cassette form on the Broken Flag label (BF40) in 1985. This CD version is expanded to include an additional recording of the Live at Morden Tower show and an additional track in "Fistfuck 2" which was omitted from the original release in error.
The tracks on this collection were remastered by Gary Mundy, Anthony Di Franco and Tim Benson at Opus Studios at various times throughout 2010 and 2011. Some of the live recordings were remastered by Gary Mundy, Tommi Keranen and Steve Underwood at the Broken Flag HQ in April 2009.
All tracks recorded at the Broken Flag home studio May 31st, 1982.
Tracks 1-6 were originally released on Broken Flag as 31/5/62-82 (BF 1).
Tracks 7-8 are alternative versions which were not released at the time.
Tracks 1-3 are alternative versions of tracks 4-6 from CD One which were not released at the time. Recorded during October and November 1982 at the Broken Flag home studio.
Tracks 4-8 were recorded live at the Broken Flag headquarters in front of an invited audience on January 1st, 1983.
Originally released as Live To Theresienstadt (BF 6).
Track 9 was recorded at the Broken Flag home studio in late 1982. Originally released in an edited form on the Axis Sally compilation cassette (BF8) and not included on the cassette version of the Awake! set.
Tracks 1-2 were recorded at the Broken Flag home studio in November 1982. Originally released on the Neuengamme compilation LP (BFV1).
Tracks 3-4 are alternative versions which were not released at the time.
Tracks 5-9 were recorded live at The Equinox Event. Held at the London LMC on June 21st 1983. Originally released as the McCarthy cassette (BF7).
Tracks 10-11 were recorded at the Broken Flag home studio in December 1982 and January 1983. Originally released as the Rockwell Hate cassette (BF9). This recording was not originally credit to Ramleh.
Tracks 1-5 are an alternative recording of the LMC show from June 21st, 1983.
Tracks 6-15 are a bootleg recording of The Roebuck, London. Originally released on Broken Flag as Live New Force (BF20).
Tracks 16-21 were recorded live on July 11th, 1983 at the Clarendon Hotel, London. Originally released on Broken Flag as Live Phenol (BF24).
Tracks 1-7 were recorded live at the Broken Flag home studio during October and November 1982.
Tracks 1-4 were originally released by Iphar Tapes as Onslaught (Iphar 010).
Tracks 5-7 are the original unmixed tapes of tracks 1, 3 and 4 above.
Tracks 8-11 were recorded in June 1983 at IPS Studios, Goldhawk Road, Shepherd's Bush, London. Originally released as the Ramleh side of the split LP (BFV2) featuring Ramleh A Return To Slavery on one side and Libertarian Recordings Slaughter At Random on the other side.
Tracks 12-13 were recorded at the Broken Flag home studio in January 1983. Track 12 was originally released as part of the Hate's Our Belief compilation cassette on Aquilifer Sodality. Track 13 was originally released on the Broken Flag compilation Axis Sally (BF8).
Track 1 was recorded at the Broken Flag home studio in October 1982. Originally released as part of the White Power compilation cassette issued by Iphar Tapes (Iphar 011).
Tracks 2-7 were recorded live at Atlanta Studios, Camden, London on October 1st, 1983. Originally released on Broken Flag as Live Prossneck (BF25).
Tracks 8-9 were recorded at IPS studios, Goldhawk Road, Shepherd's Bush, London during October 1983. Originally released on Broken Flag as part of 'The Hand Of Glory' 7" EP (BFV4).
Tracks 1-2 were recorded at IPS studios, Goldhawk Road, Shepherd's Bush, London in October 1983.
Originally released on 'The Hand Of Glory' 7"EP released by Broken Flag (BFV4).
Tracks 3-10 and 13-20 were recorded live at Morden Tower, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne on October 12th, 1983.
Tracks 3-10 were originally released as Live At Morden Tower on Broken Flag (BF33). BF33 was a bootleg recording of the show.
Tracks 13-20 were originally released as Live At Morden Tower on Broken Flag (BF28).
Tracks 11-12 were recorded at IPS studios, Goldhawk Road, Shepherd's Bush, London in April 1984.
Track 11 is an alternative version of the track released on the Broken Flag compilation LP Statement (BFV5) and was released on the Ramleh compilation set 104 Weeks issued by Broken Flag (BF37).
Track 12 is an alternative version of the track released on the Broken Flag compilation LP Statement ( BFV5 ) and was released on the Broken Flag compilation cassette Ex-The Backlash ( BF36 ).
Tracks 1-3 were recorded at IPS studios, Goldhawk Road, Shepherd's Bush, London in April 1984.
Originally released on the Broken Flag compilation LP Statement (BFV5).
Tracks 4-7 were recorded live at The Air Gallery, London on July 15th 1984.
Originally released as Live As I Have Won on Broken Flag (BF38).
Track 8 was recorded at 101 Studios, Croydon on July 15th 1984.
Originally released on the Broken Flag compilation cassette Collaboration (BF35).
Tracks 9-10 were recorded at the Broken Flag home studio during May 1982.
Track 9 not released prior to this collection.
An extract of track 10 appears on the Broken Flag compilation cassette Ex-The Backlash (BF36).
Track 11 was recorded between May 1982 and July 1984 at the Broken Flag home studio, and not released prior to this collection.
Disc One has the additional catalogue number HARBINGER054.1
Disc Two has the additional catalogue number HARBINGER054.2
Disc Three has the additional catalogue number HARBINGER054.3
Disc Four has the additional catalogue number HARBINGER054.4
Disc Five has the additional catalogue number HARBINGER054.5
Disc Six has the additional catalogue number HARBINGER054.6
Disc Seven has the additional catalogue number HARBINGER054.7
Disc Eight has the additional catalogue number HARBINGER054.8
Comes in an oversized 10" deluxe glossy cardboard boxset with each CD individually packaged in a digipak. Includes poster, 2 pins, a signed insert by Philip Best (signature is printed) and a book.
Limited edition of 500 copies.
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Monday, 26 June 2017
Ramleh is a seminal British noise project founded in 1982 by its only constant member Gary Mundy. Mundy was a pioneer in the power electronics genre and an important figure in the development of noise music. He created the legendary cult label Broken Flag Records as a means of spreading the bizarre atonal audial perversities of a handful of whackos from around the world, including the likes of Controlled Bleeding, Consumer Electronics, Con-Dom, Maurizio Bianchi and Matthew Bower projects Skullflower and Total. Ramleh also worked primarily through Broken Flag at this time, releasing almost exclusively on cassette format for their initial run of 1982-84. Based on recordings of live improvisational performances, early Ramleh was extremely influential in the development of power electronics and harsh noise, setting the standards for many groups and artists to come. While it's obvious that there was little to no musicianship or songcraft involved in the making of this material, its abrasiveness and fierce DIY ethic created a strange and fascinating aesthetic. The "Awake" 6 tape set (originally released in 1985 but recently reissued as part of a Broken Flag retrospective) covers virtually everything recorded in Ramleh's initial power electronics phase. It's quite a lot of material to sift through, but has an interesting allure and atmosphere and for some fanatics is worth listening to in its entirety.
As with the majority of 80s power electronics (most of which had some association with Broken Flag), the recording here is incredibly dull and buried in tape hiss. Also, most of the material was recorded in live performances, so nothing sounds in the least bit polished. The music is made up of little more than distortion, feedback and vocals running through effects. These sounds may be used to create a low rumbling pulse, spasms of piercing noise, waves of screeching feedback, and everything in between. The vocals are never without effects, and are usually barbaric (albeit muffled) yells. The vocals may be used in pulsating repetitive sections or chaotic spastic sections, but usually don't appear in the more ambient rumblings. Pulses of sound sometimes create a rhythm-like backbone, which along with the dull analog production makes the link between early Ramleh and early industrial (such as the live recordings of the mighty Throbbing Gristle) pretty clear. In fact, it wouldn't be a great leap to say early Ramleh and many of their contemporaries simply were industrial music. However, later on the term power electronics came into common usage, and the harsher groups got the larger the distinction from industrial music became, especially considering the modern connotations of the genre (*cough* goth wimps and fags like Trent Reznor *cough*).
"Awake!" covers hours of material across 6 tapes, and is more like a historical record than a release to be taken in all at once (much like Throbbing Gristle's excellent TG24 live collection). However, eventually scaling all its material may be rewarding for the noise freak or curious party (myself fitting in more with the latter). Broken Flag Records put out a good deal of interesting material, but it is perhaps their dark, grimy, dingy DIY aesthetic and cult status more than the music associated with them that draws in the weirdos like flies. 80s power electronics represented a polar extreme; while industrial was created essentially to strip down aggressive music to purely mechanical components, bands like Ramleh sought to degenerate that notion to the level of non-music. It is indeed a fascinating idea, and the harshness and dull, atonal textures found here may tickle the fancy of a few strange folks. It's highly unlikely that many will enjoy this material or anything out of the Broken Flag catalogue, but there are those fanatics who will investigate it with a keen ear and maybe find something they dig.
As for Ramleh's career after 1984, Mundy would embark on a turbulent journey and change his style pretty drastically with the help of a few guest musicians such as Phillip Best (of Consumer Electronics and Whitehouse) and the high and mighty drummer Stuart Dennison (of Skullflower fame). In fact, in Ramleh's second incarnation in 1987, they would play what would become the precursor to Skullfower's dull, hazy repetitive stoner rock/noise-ish sound (*see my review of Skullflower - Birthdeath for more info on that). And by the '90-'98 era there was little distinction between Ramleh and Skullflower. So stay tuned for more on Ramleh's legacy. Next stop, the transition from noise to guitar-based music.