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Grief


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Audio CD, June 19, 2001
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  • Audio CD (June 19, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Thirsty Ear
  • ASIN: B00005K9UJ
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #735,820 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Winthrop Harrison on September 27, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Wow! A new Throbbing Gristle release! Hardly. This is a great example of what I've always felt about TG. Weird and scary, but also a bit of a prank. This disc - not old, clearly a recent side-scrape of the Throbbing Gristle (media/aural) barrel - is only for TG fanatics. I am one of that lot, so I'll give up the punchline. This CD contains interviews with Genesis P'Orridge, Japanese/Russian & 'cut-up'/'found sound'/ambient noise. The trickery lies with the mixing, like the Velvet Underground's "Gift".
SPOILER: if you want to hear the intersting thoughts of Genesis, shift your stereo Balance knob to hard left. If you want to hear Throbbing Gristle demos, switch your Balance knob to hard right. Either way, it's a pain. Throbbing Gristle in a nutshell. There's no music of worth here, and you'd be mad to make this one of your first TG purchases.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mike Reed VINE VOICE on December 19, 2004
Format: Audio CD
'Grief' was originally put out as a bootleg, but BEFORE the label Thirsty Ear put it out as a legit release, the UK label Yeeah! / Almafame had released it on theirs. 'Grief' is a rather strange CD to have a copy of. If you're a new/er Gristle fan, you might want to check out a few of their main lp's / reissues first. Then, if you like what you hear, go ahead and get 'Grief'. Two cuts here of lengthy (how would one put it?) in-depth sound collages. I liked "Camera" (24:29) a bit better than I did "Telephone" (23:03). But, then again, Throbbing Gristle has always been considered to be, like mutated industrial. Their line-up (sometimes I have a tough time remembering) is: Genesis P-Orridge - bass & clarinet, Chris Carter - keyboards & synthesizer, Peter Christopherson - sound effects and Casey Fanni Tutti - guitar & vocals. Their influences come from Faust, Can and Silver Apples. Could appeal to fans of Clock DVA, Front Line Assembly and Controlled Bleeding. Pretty much aimed toward completists.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 10, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Rubbish - sounds like a tape put together by a TG fan in about 1985 or thereabouts. Basically, this is some interviews with G P-O and radio programmes in a variety of languages mixed with some TG live pieces and put into split stereo. That makes it sound vaguely interesting, but it's not. Not one for TG obsessives, or anyone really.
A real rip-off to reissue this on CD, esp as there are a load of great TG concert tapes around that have yet to make the transfer to CD (ok, i know they're on the boxset, but who the [...] has the time or money for that?).
I took this back to the shop and exchanged it immediately, and i have a high tolerance for TG bilge.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Brady on December 14, 2006
Format: Audio CD
To be fair, not everything in the TG cannon is going to reach right out and grab you. Much of their work is quite difficult for a casual or new fan to get their head round, mostly because of the "is it a joke or not" nature of the lyrics and the all-over-the-place musical approach. "Grief" is no different and the main reason I can't recommend it is because of a simple moral issue. I have only recently discovered that the label Thirsty Ear apparently doesn't pay TG royalties on these releases ( they have also stiffed Einsturzende Neubauten , among others ). But I've bought "Grief" and I can't do anything about it now except not buy any more Thirsty Ear product, and try to warn others not to as well. As for the content, I've almost got a "take it or leave it" attitude about it, which I now think comes more from the earlier mentioned ridiculous moral quandry I have about the whole affair than anything else. That being said, as the header of this review states, this is simply not an essential TG purchase. Interviews with the always fascinating and entertaining Genesis P-Orridge are its only redeeming feature. The layers of the expected TG brand of mechanial din and wall of noise electronics are just so poorly presented, the audio channels being split right down the middle ( not sure that's intentional either ) and as another reviewer here notes, this sounds like an obsessive fan's homemade creation.
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