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Label & Cat.Number: The Spheres 15 & 17LP
Release Year: 2015
Note: re-issue of the two sister albums recorded 1986 & 1987, the very first in full "folk-style" ("Crooked Cross.. " being the later re-recorded remix), with original cover-art in gatefold-sleeve (BABS SANTINI), feat. JHONN BALANCE, ROSE McDOWALL, TONY WAKEFORD, STEVEN STAPLETON, FREYA ASWYNN, etc. etc... lim. coloured vinyl version !!
Price (incl. 19% VAT): €28.50
More Info"Limited repress. Reissue of Current 93's seminal and liminal 1986 album Swastikas for Noddy, including the 1987 re-recording of the album, Crooked Crosses for the Nodding God. Packaged in a full-color gatefold bearing the original artwork plus a previously-unpublished photograph of Current 93 by Ruth Bayer, tinted by Ania Goszczyńska. Includes insert with track listing, group line-up, and a photograph of Current 93 at the time of the recording, again by Ruth Bayer. One record is opaque green; the other is opaque lilac. Swastikas for Noddy has been unavailable on vinyl since 1987. Crooked Crosses for the Nodding God has never been available on vinyl. Both have been beautifully remastered by the bricoleur." [label info]
"These two albums have been beautifully remastered by the bricoleur.
Both the 2LP and 2CD digipak come in in gatefold sleeves, with a photograph of David Tibet by Ruth Bayer, tinted by Ania Goszczyńska, as the centrefold. Both the vinyl and CD include an insert with track listing, group line-up and a photograph of C93 at the time of recording her album, again by Ruth Bayer. The tinting of the centrefold differs between the vinyl and CD versions." [David Tibet website]
"Here is the necessary reissue of Current 93's masterpieces Swastikas For Noddy and Crooked Crosses For The Nodding God - two albums that solidified the apocalyptic folk songwriting for David Tibet and company. At the time, Tibet's sergeant-at-arms was Douglas P of Death In June with the ghostly presence of Steven Stapleton felt through sporadically through the mix; and a rather large cast of characters involved in making what are minimal neofolk albums. Swastikas For Noddy at the time of release in 1988 was quipped as "the pop album" for Current 93. Compared to the Crowleyian chants and nightmarish bricolage of Nature Unveiled and Dogs Blood , this would certainly ring true; but in the light of the entire C93 oeuvre, Swastikas For Noddy is a feral scrabbling of the more baroque orchestrations and arrangements that Tibet would coax out of his musical troupe. Noddy is a British children's character from the mid-century and in the fluid pantheon of godheads that Tibet worked into his cryptic poetry and revelations, Noddy had become a semi-deity which he figured into a canon of his own making alongside Christ, Crowley, and Lucifer. It's an absurd declaration; and the whimsy that Current 93 can muster in such jaunty numbers as "Beau Soleil" and "Hey Ho The Noddy Oh" acquire a sinister irony to them. Current 93 offers their version of "Oh Coal Black Smith" which had been a British folk staple dating back to the early 19th Century under the title "The Two Magicians", matching Current 93's then infatuation of Comus with the wild-eyed psych-folk mania and urgent, two-note acoustic guitar strum alongside Tibet's feral vocals. Crooked Crosses For The Nodding God is an album that originally came out in 1989 on Stapleton's United Dairies, as remixed, restructured, and rerecorded versions of many of the songs that went into Swastikas For Noddy. These versions are much more skewed, demented, and psychedelic, showing much more of Stapleton's penchant for dislocating the minimal folk arrangements and singsong tunes with warped effects, drones, cloak and dagger. Included here is a version of Current 93's "Looney Runes" with its glam-goth guitar riff and early Alice Cooper vibe, amidst Tibet's freakish chanting. It makes perfect sense to bind these two albums together, with the latter as the lysergic mind-fuck version of the former." [Aquarius Rec.]
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