Camberwell Now - The EP Collection vinyl lp (due to size and weight, this price for the USA only. Outside of the USA, the price will be adjusted as needed)

SKU 16-MCR 922LP
The Camberwell Now were led by Charles Hayward, the drumming/vocalist mastermind behind This Heat, and was the band that he formed immediately after This Heat broke up.
They released an album and 2 EPs in their lifetime, and this is the both of the EPs, which were their 1st and last releases
Their sound was very informed by the This Heat esthetic, with more creative usages of drones than before and some incredible basswork.
While they didn't always quite achieve This Heat's greatness, there's lots of great moments here.
Like This Heat they were far too short lived and like This Heat, this is highly recommended!

"Taking inspiration from seafaring and imperialism, and the fact that the music was created within close proximity to the meridian line in Greenwich, the Meridian EP was originally intended to be a project for This Heat. The group's departing member Charles Bullen plays on the opening track, 'Cutty Sark', named for the famed British clipper ship. The second EP, 1987's Greenfingers, was their final recorded work and, according to Hayward, 'it's possible to hear the group atomizing and preparing to go its separate ways' within its grooves. The only This Heat or Camberwell Now recording not to have been produced at Brixton's Cold Storage studios, it was recorded as a DIY exercise and -- unusually for either of the groups -- was not pored over laboriously for a great deal of time. The EP also saw the addition of a new member, Maria Lamburn, primarily on sax, whose 'Element Unknown' was inspired by her experiences in the nuclear protest camp at Greenham Common. Comprising tracks that overlapped between This Heat and Camberwell Now, the EPs concerned themselves with information technology, surveillance, propaganda and what Hayward describes as 'day-to-day, hand-to-mouth survival' -- all pertinent concerns in a fractured Britain under the rule of right-wing 'Iron Lady' Margaret Thatcher, and perhaps still as pertinent today in fractured, recession-hit, isolationist Britain. The group dispersed after a final European tour, amicably, quietly, and differently, the latter their MO throughout a unique career. Goronwy, Hayward and Rickard all share their experiences and thoughts on The Camberwell Now in liner notes accompanying this landmark release: young and old, birth and death captured on two sides of vinyl.
Official vinyl re-issue in collaboration with original members. 24 bit/96 kHz re-master from original analog tapes. Restored art, expanded to a gatefold tip-on jacket. Includes download card with two bonus tracks. 8 page booklet with track notes by the artists, lyrics and archival photos."
  • LabelModern Classics
  • UPC826853092210
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