Christ The Album

by Crass

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Christ – The Album is Crass' fourth album, released in 1982. It was released as a boxed set double vinyl LP package, including one disk of new studio material and another, entitled Well Forked.. but not dead, featuring a live recording of their June 1981 gig at the 100 Club in London along with other studio tracks, demos and tape fragments. The album also included a book, A Series Of Shock Slogans and Mindless Token Tantrums(which featured Penny Rimbaud's essay The Last of the Hippies , telling the story of the suspicious death of his friend Wally Hope) and a large size poster painted by Gee Vaucher. The album took almost a year to record, produce and mix, during which time the Falklands War had taken place. This caused Crass to fundamentally question their approach to making records, for as a group whose very reason for existing was to comment upon political issues, they felt they had been overtaken and made to appear redundant by real world events.

credits

released June 15, 1982

Steve Ignorant - vocals
Joy de Vivre - vocals on Birth Control and Sentiment
Peeve Libidio - backing vocals, lead vocals on Nagasaki Nightmare, Darling, Berkertex Bribe and Shaved Women
Phil Free - lead guitar, synthesizer on Sentiment
Sir Hari Nana B.A. - rhythm guitar
Sybil Right - bass
Elvis Rimbaud - drums and radio
G. Sus - tape collages
Paul Ellis and The Southern Symphonietta - strings on Reality Whitewash
John Loder - engineer

Tracks 1-15
Recorded and Mixed at Southern Studios London between July 1981 and February 1982. Produced by Crass.

Tracks 16-34
Compiled at Southern Studios throughout the recording. Live recording made on a 4 track machine on 9 June 1981 at the 100 Club London by Real Time Music. Voiceover on Roxy by Mitch of Radio Caroline. The Sound of One Hand is an adaptation of a traditional Zen story. Heart-throb and Can't Stand It are demos made in 1977. The end of Securicor and beginning of I Can't Stand It are from a cassette recording of a gig at Action Space Drill Hall London 16th November 1977. The insert tapes, Arlington 73 etc were made throughout the period that we were recording and mixing the studio album.

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Crass England, UK

Crass was founded by Steve Ignorant & Penny Rimbaud in 1977. Members included Gee Vaucher, Steve Herman, Eve Libertine, Phil Free, N.A. Palmer, Pete Wright, Joy De Vivre, Mick Duffield & John Loder. Crass popularised the anarcho-punk movement of the punk subculture, advocating direct action, a DIY ethic, animal rights & environmentalism. ... more

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