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 →
The Crassical Collection continues apace, and the second release is the newly remastered and repackaged Stations Of The Crass. Just as with Feeding of the Five Thousand before it, this legendary album has been repackaged and bolstered by rare tracks, and stunning new artwork from band member Gee Vaucher (aka G. Suss), a 64-page booklet featuring extensive liner notes from band members Penny Rimbaud and Steve Ignorant, plus a recreation of the original and iconic fold-out poster sleeve.
“This, the follow-up to The Feeding of the Five Thousand, slings the guillotine on a guilty society with even more acrimonious vengeance, leaving the bone of contention never so raw, weaving the bloodiest scar ever scraped onto a piece of plastic. This is a fine album. It convinces because it makes the claim for anarchy with conviction. It is a statement that will upset a lot of people (again) but that, ultimately, is the aim.” – Nick Tester, Sounds, 1979
“I remember getting sent out of the control room for giggling at Walls, but I couldn’t help thinking of punks wondering why Joy was singing about ice cream.” - Steve Ignorant
Southern Studios 11th & 12th August 1979
2.White Punks on Hope
3.You’ve Got Big Hands
6.Big Man, Big M.A.N
7.Hurry Up Garry
8.Fun Going On
9.Crutch of Society
10.Heard Too Much About
11.Chairman of the Bored
15.The Gasman Cometh
19.I Ain’t thick, It’s Just A Trick
20.Radio Radicals – thread track
The John Peel Session – BBC Maida Vale 4, 28th March 1979
22.They’ve Got a Bomb
26.Gozonabit – run out track
The Pied Bull live tracks which were included on the original vinyl release (which is reissued later this month) will be available for free download from an address specified in the packaging. They are replaced by the oft-bootlegged John Peel session tracks from 1979. The version here is sourced from the original quarter inch analogue master tapes – not a poor recording of a radio broadcast.
“The real problems appear when we candidly look at the music scene and ask ourselves why something as specious as Crass finds itself able to reach a position approaching prominence.” – Dave McCullough, Sounds, 1980
“Having borrowed enough money from the Poison Girls to manufacture five thousand copies of Stations, which we felt was probably the most we could reasonably expect to sell, we had budgeted the record accordingly. However within a week it had sold out and we’d had to order a further pressing of twenty thousand, which, despite an anthem of critical bile from the music press, also sold out immediately.” - Penny Rimbaud, liner notes
“Crass by name, even worse by nature, like it or not, they just won’t go away.” – Tony Parsons, 1979
Stations of the Crass is available on the Crassical Collection from the Southern Web Shop and good local independent record sellers.
Now that the Crassical Collection has released The Feeding of the Five Thousand on CD, there have been a lot of questions about when the rest of the CDs will be released, what about vinyl etc etc. So I thought I’d share our current “strategy” with you. Although “strategy” seems like a word which is far too organised to apply to us.
Crassical Collection future releases
These release dates are for the UK only. Other countries are being confirmed by our distributors now. Hopefully it will all get synchronised as we go on!
“Five thousand’s a crowd (four thousand nine hundred and ninety nine more than I imagined were going to buy the record), but two’s company (I knew for certain that my Mum would want one), so it was on the plate, ready to serve, The Feeding of the Five Thousand.”
The Crassical Collection is finally here, and the first release is the newly remastered The Feeding of the Five Thousand. After several years of being out of print, this legendary album has been been restored from the original analogue studio tapes, repackaged and bolstered by rare and unreleased tracks, and stunning new artwork from Gee Vaucher, who has lovingly created what could only be considered a real artefact. Included in this package is a 64-page booklet featuring all lyrics along with extensive liner notes from band members Penny Rimbaud and Steve Ignorant, which shed light on the making of the record. Also included is CD-sized recreation of the iconic original fold-out poster sleeve.
“We were setting out as purists: hard, uncompromising and utterly bemused.”
The Feeding of the 5000 is the first album by Crass, released in 1978. The record came to be made when Pete Stennett, owner of Small Wonder Records, heard a demo that the band had recorded. Impressed by all of the material, he decided that rather than release a conventional single by the band, he would put all of their set onto an 18 track 12 inch EP.