Sunday, March 30, 2008

Have you heard The New Backwards?

*****18 Aprille Note:
As announced earlier in the week (and in the comments below) The New Backwards is now available for DL from Threshold House
****2 Aprille Note:
I have knocked this down to one track, due to my conscience.
The album, though "The New Backwards" is streamable as tracks at my Mog page.
I would hope you understand.
and now back to the original post.****
Do you remember how the vinyls were sidereal and the cds straight forward? I can't speak to that for this, as I have no turntable currently, nor have I yet heard the Ape tracks in this set, nor has The New Backwards yet been released on cd. What I have heard and what has been pretty much the only music to which I have listened since this past Wednesday is The New Backwards from within The Ape Of Naples Box thanks to a kind friend with turntable and the means to transfer.
Absolutely brilliant. Please take a moment to scope out Jonathon Dean's review at Brainwashed (link provided below). I've included his comments from the list without permission, but they are so spot on, I had to share the knowledge.
What I cannot share is the entire album, as the cd with extra tracks is imminent and I have too much respect for Sleazy and the memory of John to do so.

Album now available for Download at ThresholdHouse
It is a wav file. I do not have permission for this. The link will be dead when a date of release is announced. Please support the bands you love and purchase their musicks.
(from a recent thread on the coil list. author j. dean who's review of The New Backwards can be found at Brainwashed)> "While researching my review of The New Backwards, I found out some information about the exact timeline of the famous "Backwards demos" that might be common knowledge to some veteran Coil fans, but was new to me.For a long time, I had labored under the assumption that the so-called "Backwards" demos were recorded in New Orleans, at Trent Reznor's studio, and represented work done by Coil intended for an album called "Backwards" to be released on Nothing Records. This was my impression, and while I can't point to any one source for this, I thought this was the accepted version of things. Turns out that this is very wrong.The demo tape containing Elves, Egyptian Basses, Simenon, Crumb Time, etc. etc. is actually from the very early 1990s, from sessions recorded not long after LSD, in the UK. These demos were recorded for Torso Records and were leaked very soon after, and the bootlegs have been making the rounds ever since. As everyone knows, these demo recordings were instrumental, and though they are often great, are more like rough sketches than finished compositions.After doing these demos, Coil got sidetracked with other projects like Black Light District and other things that seemed to them more interesting to pursue at the time. The demos sat dormant, for the most part, until...Some vocals and extra bits were recorded 5-6 years later, in the mid-1990s when the Coil/NIN connection happened. "Cold Cell" and "AYOR" and (I think...) a version of "Fire of the Mind" (maybe also "The Test," "Sex With Sun Ra" and a few other tracks) were recorded around this time, but shelved indefinitely, except for a few things that got out via Songs of the Week or comp contributions.The album names Backwards/International Dark Skies/God Please Fuck My Mind For Good/The World Ended A Long Time Ago were all announced or rumored at one point or another, but it was basically the creative second-guessing of fans that conflated these names with the Torso demos and (to some extent) the Nothing Records album, as if they were all the same thing, a sort of Freudian dream condensation of all the things Coil hadn't finished yet.Then right towards the end, about 2002-3, some more recording sessions were held with the intention of bringing some of these tracks to completion. This is probably where vocals like "Nature is a Language," "The Most Accomplished Surgeon," etc. came from.Everything wasn't put together and finished until Sleazy and Danny Hyde returned to the material in 2007.So TNB actually represents an almagamation of recordings made over a period of nearly 18 years, many different time periods and recording sessions that were never necessarily meant to go together. In this sense, TNB is even more impressive than it seemed at first to me, as a work of creative synthesis, a recovery and resuscitation of a pile of mismatched fragments and abandoned ideas and sketches."
Because God Told Me To Do It gave a great update a few months ago regarding this set. If you've any questions about it regarding tracklistings and such, please check his post or go directly to Important Records . Who knows, they may still have a set left. Haven't heard of it's status from them.


Anonymous said...

Make me happy much that you are again there!

Dualtrack said...

Hey Wassonii ... good to see you!

Anonymous said...

Glad to see you posting once again!

I've been eager to hear this album - hopefully it won't take too long for the CD to be released.

Thanks for taking the time to upload these.

Still looking for the "Selvaggina..." CD - any chance of posting that?

wassonii said...

I'll see what I can do, tho don't forget I've posted that concert (not the actual release, but an audience recording) until then:)

Anonymous said...

Re: Selvaggina - yeah I had forgotten about the earlier post!

Princess Sparkle Pony said...

Listening to it now. Wow, it's really good.

wassonii said...

Princess, I am still enamoured with this album. I'm glad you like it. I can't wait to hear the cd release and the additional tracks. Be well!

Anonymous said...

thanks for the links man, and awesome blog by the way. It's good to know COIL still has a strong fan base.

wassonii said...

not a problem and yes, I agree:)

Anonymous said...

Mine came in the post, Threshold House having been shipping them already ahead of Monday's 'release date'. God, that phrase sounds so quaint in the digital age.

For anybody wondering having read the rest, but that don't have the inclination to search out samples, the three extra CD tracks are just as excellent as the base vinyl six. It boosts the album in time AND palette, making an already fantastic release even better. The extra tracks are somewhat more experimental or harder and, as such, compliment nicely.

If you didn't get the vinyl (and, let's face it, there will be a lot more of us that didn't manage to than did) you should be grabbing the CD from Threshold as a must.


wassonii said...

Mine is on its way over the seas to my humble ears and brain:)
Thank you very much for the heads up!

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