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The Passage - Pindrop + Degenerates


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Genre: Post-Punk
Format: 2CD
Catalogue No.: LTMCD2589
B/C: 708 527 200 308
Release Date: 9th October 2020

To mark the 40th anniversary of Pindrop, the lauded first album by cult Manchester post-punk group The Passage, LTM presents a new 2xCD set combining their 1980 debut with their third and most commercially successfully album, Degenerates, from 1982.

Formed by former Hallé Orchestra percussionist Dick Witts and Fall bassist Tony Friel in 1978, the band issued two EPs on esoteric indie label Object Music before fracturing the following year, leaving Witts to record Pindrop virtually solo. A dense, brooding, claustrophobic album, dominated by layered keyboards and incisive vocal texts, contemporary critics put Pindrop on a par with Joy Division and Wire. “A work of disciplined intellectual aggression, frantic emotions and a powerful idiomatic musicality,” wrote Paul Morley in NME. “It's as shocking a beautiful nightmare, as stormy and aware a debut LP as Unknown Pleasures.”

By 1982 the group were a trio, with Witts joined by guitarist Andrew Wilson and drummer Joe McKechnie, as well as an array of emerging digital technology. The third Passage album, Degenerates, appeared on Cherry Red, trailed by near-hit single XoYo. “How on earth XoYo missed the charts must remain forever a mystery,” Q Magazine would note later of an album of skewed technopop, which nevertheless retained the dark truculence of the group’s earlier work.

Both Pindrop and Degenerates are expanded on CD to include companion singles and radio sessions, with archive images and detailed liner notes contained in the 16 page booklet.

2xCD tracklist:

Disc 1:
1. Fear 2. Troops Out 3. Carnal 4. Watching You Dance 5. Hunt 6. Anderton’s Hall 7. From the Heart 8. Locust 9. 2711 10. 16 Hours 11. Carmen 12. A Certain Way to Go 13. Prelude 14. Love Song 15. Competition 16. Slit Machine 17. New Kind of Love 18. Taking My Time 19. Clock Paradox 20. 16 Hours 21. Time Delay 22. Mr Terror – Chief of Police 23. My One Request 24. The Beginning, The Dawn 25. A Man Set Out 26. Tangled
27. Shave Your Head

Disc 2:
1. Xoyo 2. Fleck 3. Revelation 4. Love Is As 5. Born Every Minute 6. (Ourselves) 7. Go to Seed 8. Armour 9. Time Will Tell 10. Empty Words 11. Xoyo (7” version)12. Animal In Me 13. Born Every Minute (flexi version) 14. Taboos 15. Taboodub

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