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Saturday, April 16, 2011

Gang of Four - Solid gold

Released : March 1981
Recorded : 1980
Genre : Post-punk
Length : 38:43
Label : EMI Records/Warner Bros.
Producer : Jimmy Douglass, Dave Allen, Hugo Burnham, Andrew Gill, Jon King

Their great second album and their great second EP packaged together for maximum enjoyment. The least I could say about any song here is that it's very good, and that applies to two out of fifteen tracks. All the rest are better than that. Those who think that Go4 is like Wire and took a sharp turn after their debut are mistaken - they stayed the course they'd plotted for longer before starting to disintegrate and this is them at their prime. Brilliant, though sadly this package is OOP as of this writing and there's no easy way to get "Another Day/Another Dollar" at present and Solid Gold is packaged with the flaccid Hard.

Tracks

1. Paralysed
2. What We All Want
3. If I Could Keep It For Myself
4. Outside The Trains Don't Run On Time
5. Why Theory
6. Cheeseburger
7. The Republic
8. In The Ditch
9. A Hole In The Wallet
10.He'd Send In The Army


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