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The Fruit of the Original Sin Import, Original recording remastered, Extra tracks


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LTM is proud to announce the first complete CD release of the classic 1981 compilation album The Fruit of the Original Sin, first released on chic Belgian indie label Les Disques du Crepuscule. Originally released as a deluxe double album package in November 1981, The Fruit of the Original Sin featured 24 exclusive tracks from the international avant garde and new wave, as well as the celebrated Factory Records and Postcard rosters. Then, as now, the contributing artists include William S. Burroughs, The Durutti Column, Paul Haig, Tuxedomoon, Wim Mertens, DNA, Richard Jobson, Marine, The French Impressionists and Peter Gordon. The programme also includes an extended interview with acclaimed French author Marguerite Duras. The original double album now features 8 bonus tracks, including both sides of long-lost singles by Paul Haig (Soon/Summertime) and noted New York visual artist Lawrence Weiner (Deutsche Angst/Where It Came From), as well as a rare track (Matters of Theory) by The Lost Jockey, the modernist ensemble featuring composer Andrew Poppy. The 12 page facsimile booklet features original artwork by Benoit Hennebert and Jean-Fran‡ois Octave, as well as archive images and detailed liner notes. The original cover art by Hennebert is widely recognised as one of his very best designs. This new double CD edition has been digitally remastered from the original master tapes, and features 125 minutes of material. Most of the tracks featured here remain unavailable elsewhere.

Disc: 1
1. The Fruit of the Original Sin
2. Boo Boo's Gone Mambo/My Guardian Angel
3. The Eye and the Hand
4. Multiple 12
5. Clair de Lune
6. A Man and a Woman
7. Mad Horses
8. Animal in My Head
9. Affectionate Silence
10. Flesh
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Disc: 2
1. An End Remains
2. The Happiness of Lonely
3. Interview
4. India Song
5. Music for Someone
6. Sudan [Acoustic]
7. Party
8. Sketch for 'Face of Helen'
9. Experiment in Fifth
10. The Next Best Thing to Death [Incantation]
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 14, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 1981
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import, Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: LTM
  • ASIN: B000R9QFBM
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #501,662 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By yipyipcoyote on May 4, 2001
Format: Audio CD
An early compilation originally released in 1981 by the mysterious Les Disques Du Crepuscule label in Belgium. Everything about this compilation spells "A-R-T" : from the booklet design to the list of artists to the concept itself, with a vague reference to a famous "ball" given in Venice a long time ago. A rundown of some notable tracks follows :
The French Impressionists "Boo Boo's Gone Mambo/My Guardian Angel" - A medley of some sort, strange guitar/piano discordant noodling merges into a melodious song, sung by one Paul Quinn. Aztec Camera helped out. Recorded in mono, but that only adds to its quirkiness.
Cecile Bruynoghe "Claire de lune" - Yes, Debussy. The rendition cannot compare to Kocsis or whoever, but the intention is great.
The Durutti Column "Party" & "Weakness and Fever" - Typically melancholic tunes from Vini which can only be described as "beautiful", despite his vocal inadequacies.
Richard Jobson "The Happiness of Lonely" - Homage to Marguerite Duras. Zany poetry reading backed by Virginia Astley on piano. And Then...
Marguerite Duras Interview - Ten-minute interview, again with Astley's atmospheric piano in the background.
The Names "Music For Someone" - No, they are not mere Joy Division copyists! Listen out for the sound clip of some old movie at the end.
Winston Tong "The Next Best Thing To Death" - Insightful spoken word by Tuxedomooner, delivered in a sleepy but strangely affecting voice.
Arthur Russell "Sketch For 'Face of Helen'" - Cello droning over a hiss that's almost louder than the music. Is it supposed to be a waterfall?
WS Burroughs "Twilight's Last Gleaming" - Famous reading.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By squarehawk2 on October 9, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Speaking from a prespective of someone who owns the vinyl version of this compilation, this release doesn't include all the tracks (it would take a 2 disc set to do it). Where are the Marine cuts? The Thick Pigeon song was great on the original, but you won't find it here.

Crepuscule (the label) should have just recompiled and released the tracks on their newer retrospective compilations instead if they are facing trouble with copyrights. What's funny is that they printed the jacket exactly the same as the L.P. so you can see the original track listing (but not hear it!).

Never the less, there are worthly remaining songs left;

"Boo Boo's Gone Mambo/My Guardian Angel" by the French Impressionists (feat. Roddy Frame who is Aztec Camera)

"Flesh" by the Swamp Children (possibly their best track ever).

"Weakness And Fever" by the Durutti Column (this song was later covered by Martin
Gore (of Depeche Mode) in the first EP of the Counterfeit series).

"3 Cheers For Our Side" by Orange Juice (a sort of live version).

and so on...

The DNA montage of 3 songs is included here, but it's just been re-released as 3 separate tracks on the collection called "DNA On DNA".

Well, if you're a new to this compilation then you might want to give it a shot. But if not, then look on other releases as well if you want to track down all the songs.
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Format: Audio CD
My copy of this les disques du crepuscule release is somewhat confusing. It is only a single disc for a start and seems somewhat bi-polar - the sleeve says 'made in Belgium' and the disc says 'Made in Austria'. I suspect that both are true - the inside sleeve is a reprint of the original vinyl release sleeve and the cd has been manufactured in Austria with a new outer sleeve. When I first bought it, slow as I am, I couldn't link what was on the disc to what the inside sleeve was telling me. Duh! This is a compendium cd of the original longer vinyl release (which I've never heard). Given that, it is still a compelling listen and something I return to when I want to hear something a little more left-of-centre and eclectic. On this single disc you get Peter Gordon; The French Impressionists; Wim Mertens; Cecile Bruynoghe; The Durutti Column; Richard Jobson; Marguerite Duras; The Names; Winston Tong; Arthur Russel; WS Burroughs; The Swamp Children; DNA and Orange Juice. The sleeve has some lyrics and illustrations but not all. I can't comment on the 2-disc version but if it's more of the same quality as my single-disc release it will be sure to please those looking for an eclectic collection. It sounds like a mix tape made by a friend with different taste to everyone else around them. No top 40 or radio stuff here folks but if you have open ears this is very rewarding.
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