Now that all six of the original Crass albums have been reissued on CD for the Crassical Collection, we are able to fit together the pieces of the puzzle that make up the Crass symbol from the covers.
The symbol is from a photographer of one of Crass drummer Penny Rimbaud’s old bass drum heads.
And if you like, you can also hang it on your wall, by way of a poster designed by the band’s artist Gee Vaucher.
We’d like to thank Crass fan Alan Jones for suggesting it!
Available for pre-order now in the Southern shop.
And so we arrive at number six in the series of re-releases of Crass’ now classical albums remastered and with additional related material. This edition includes the original Crass album plus additional tracks featuring Eve Libertine, Hit Parade, A-Soma and Penny Rimbaud, and comes with a specially designed fold-out poster and an illustrated booklet containing lyrics and contextual notes.
Ten Notes on a Summer’s Day – The Swansong. Recorded at Southern Studios Winter 1984–Summer 1985.
From the liner notes by Penny Rimbaud:
“Just as throughout our seven years’ existence as a punk band we had made concerted efforts to avoid specific political pigeonholing (‘left wing, right wing, you can stuff the lot’), so, musically, we attempted to push the barriers, always avoiding the obvious. In one respect alone we were absolutely consistent; our inconsistency. If the essentially rowdy Feeding of the Five Thousand and Stations Of The Crass had established Continue reading
“Everything that we write is a love song.” - Crass,Yes Sir, I Will
Recorded towards the end of Crass’ seven year social bombardment and previously released in 1985 on vinyl, Acts of Love was Penny Rimbaud’s ‘other voice’. Fifty poems written from 1968 to 1973, set to music – classical, jazz and avant garde – composed by Rimbaud and performed by Eve Libertine.
Penny Rimbaud: “Throughout the late Sixties and early Seventies, I had worked on a series of fifty poems entitled Acts Of Love, an expression of the existential/zen hybrid which to this day remains the core of my philosophical musings. The poems laid out a raison d’être far from the political, psychological and social complexities which later began to engulf me. To counter what had become the darkness of Crass, I felt compelled to return to those poems as a source of light, and further, to make them public. I wanted to the work to be a celebration of the communality of beauty, of a shared purpose within creativity. I was looking for a confirmation of unity, a reclamation of the great romantic tradition, an act of unconditional love.”
Gee Vaucher: “For me, Acts Of Love was the starting point anyway – the poems and the original illustrations were done a long time before Crass.They were part of the inspiration, part of the source of going on to say what we did. For me, it’s a return to those roots – not going backwards, but the source of inspiration within oneself. It’s a very natural extension of what we’ve done with Crass. What we tried to do is remind people of why they were putting themselves in a very dangerous position socially and personally, by making a beautiful record really.”