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A 2-song EP from 1980 from This Heat (Charles Hayward, Charles Bullen, Gareth Williams), the middle album from their original set of 3 releases, presenting two epic tracks: one based around a pulse, and the other left to the listener to determine the playback speed; an astonishing release.

This Heat
Health And Efficiency [VINYL REISSUE]

This Heat : Health And Efficiency [VINYL REISSUE] (Light in the Attic)

Label: Light in the Attic    
Released in: USA    

"This two-song EP from 1980 showcases what This Heat did so brilliantly, if so far below the radar that it is only posthumously that the groundbreaking British trio gets recognized: somehow they manage to be astronomically influential yet polarizing in the same breath.

The eight-minute A-side, "Health and Efficiency" (titled from a bandmember's in-joke about the benefits of bicycling to the recording studio) is an insistent and pulsating Krautrock projectile, hurtling forward anthemically on herky-jerky discordant guitar splatter and a pummeled and abused drum kit. It's an obvious precedent to latter-day experimental rockers like Sonic Youth and Le Fly Pan Am.

The 11-minute B-side, "Graphic/Varispeed," is an epic sprawl of barely shifting drone that can just as easily hypnotize the listener as provoke them to rip it from the turntable in a fury. Graciously, the listener was originally encouraged to play it at the speed of their choice, 16, 33-1/3, 45, or 78 rpm. The band's assertion that "it sounds great at all speeds" leaves it up to the listener to agree or rebut."-Brian Way,

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Product Information:

UPC: 826853091817

Label: Light in the Attic
Catalog ID: MCR918
Squidco Product Code: 21734

Format: 12" EP
Condition: Sale (New)
Released: 2016
Country: USA
Packaging: LP - Gatefold
Recorded: Cold Storage/Sorry Sound


Charles Bullen-guitar, clarinet, voice tapes, etc

Charles Hayward-percussion, keyboards, voice, tapes, etc

Gareth Williams-keyboards, guitar, bass, voice, tapes, etc.

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Track Listing:


1. Health & Efficiency


1. Graphic/ Varispeed

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