Monday, 23 January 2017

We Be Echo - Ceza Evi (1983) C60

I wasn't going to do this one as a freebie download seeing as it's already available elsewhere - but then I digitised the thing anyway on the grounds that I'd rather digitise my own copy than download someone else's version, because I can at least control the quality and I make the effort to tidy up the beginning and end of each track, replacing hissy gaps with a standard two seconds of digital silence, and to get the titles right and so on - proper capitalisation and nothing showing up as A9 WE BE ECHO DIRTY HARRY INDUSTRIAL in my iTunes, and I've seen some freebie downloads where the bloke doesn't even bother to divvy up one side of a tape into individual tracks...

Anyway, fuck it, I thought - the more the merrier, I suppose, and Kevin didn't seem to mind when I asked him so here we are.

Ceza Evi was probably the first full length tape I bought by any artist then limited to cassette only releases - therefore not counting Throbbing Gristle live tapes or compilations such as Larry Peterson's A Sudden Surge of Power, on which We Be Echo's Sex Slave was easily one of the best tracks and thus the one which caught my attention and inspired me to send for this. I'm probably influenced by this having been the first full length tape I bought by any artist then limited to cassette only releases, but it remains one of the greatest out of that whole cassette thing for me. When people get all misty eyed over the hits of the eighties, they're usually thinking about Spandau Ballet or Michael J. Fox dancing on the hood of a car and showing the adults a thing or two about what it means to be young, but for me the eighties was We Be Echo, the Unkommuniti, Opera For Infantry and the like, because I was actually there (authors of twatty point-missing histories of industrial music take note, having actually been there really fucking helps).

The incredible thing about Ceza Evi, at least so it seemed to me, was that it had been recorded on a home stereo system - employing a fine sense of judgement to produce something at least ten times more exciting than what most artists pulled off in a proper studio - and yet it felt like a real thing. It didn't feel like a demo, or someone pissing about with a tape recorder simply because they could. Ceza Evi is an album. Some of this was thanks to Kevin's artwork - he was a graphic designer on the side (and even today I still find myself doing things I picked up from studying his artwork when designing book covers or whatever) - but also because the music was just so well realised, weirdly dark little film soundtracks in miniature occupying a halfway point between Throbbing Gristle and Cabaret Voltaire without ever quite sounding like either.

Yup. This one's a classic.

More We Be Echo to be found elsewhere on this blog, and also here.

1 - Sexuality
2 - Punish You
3 - No Going Back
4 - Death Row
5 - A New Day
6 - I'm a Gambler
7 - It Was You
8 - Micropenis
9 - Dirty Harry
10 - Survivalists II
11 - Knechtschaft
12 - This Hour's Mine
13 - I Want
14 - Got You
15 - Paranoid
16 - House of Punishment
17 - Manson
18 - Kick

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