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This Heat: This Heat (1st album) (This Is/Recommended Records)


 

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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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UPC: 752725800129

Label: This Is/Recommended Records
Catalog ID: ThisIs1
Squidco Product Code: 5621

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2006
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: Digipack
mono/stereo cassette, 2 and 24 track recordings feb. 1976 - sept. 1978. Remastered July 2001 and April 2002 by Denis Blackham, Charles Bullen and Charles Hayward at Country Masters

Descriptions, Reviews, &c.
Originally released in 1978 on the Piano label, This Heat's first album is an impressive and unprecedented achievement in rock composition. Hayward fuels the trio's radical approach, while Bullen and Williams bring a broad array of voices to the band, mixing tape and concrete ideas in songs with unusual vocal approaches - a sonic soup that's pushed by a tremendous amount of passion. They're often compared to Faust and (early) Can, but Crass, Current 93 and The Ex probably apply as well. Landmark is a word that gets passed around too frequently, but here it's accurate - this music was years ahead of its time and remains a compelling and driven album from an incredibly creative band. Reversible booklet in blue and yellow, nice packaging.

Artist Biographies

"Charles Hayward (born 1951) is an English drummer and was a founding member of the experimental rock groups This Heat and Camberwell Now. He also played with Mal Dean's Amazing Band, Dolphin Logic, and gigged and recorded with Phil Manzanera in the group Quiet Sun project as well as a short stint with Gong. He was a session musician on The Raincoats' second album, Odyshape, and on one occasion played drums for the anarchist punk band Crass. Since the late 1980s, Hayward has released several solo projects and participated in various collaborations, most notably Massacre with Bill Laswell and Fred Frith.

In 1976, Hayward and fellow Charles Bullen began practising with bassist Gareth Williams under the name This Heat. They began to experiment with tape loops, found sounds and keyboards on several sessions (recorded from 1976 to 1978, but not released until 1979). Finally, in 1979, This Heat released their self-titled debut album. 1981's Deceit marked the final new album from This Heat, Williams leaving just after its release. While Bullen began working as a studio engineer, Hayward did sessions for Lora Logic, The Raincoats and Everything but the Girl before forming Camberwell Now with bassist Trefor Goronwy and tape manipulator Stephen Rickard. The trio released 2 eps Meridian, Greenfingers and 1 album The Ghost Trade through the Swiss Recommended label. When Camberwell Now disbanded in 1987 Hayward embarked on a solo career which has continued to the present day. He debuted with Survive the Gesture (1987), Skew-whiff (1989) Switch on War (1991) and My Secret Alphabet (with Nick Doyne-Ditmas) in 1993. 3 live albums recorded in Japan followed in the late 1990s (released on Japanese label Locus Solus). In 2003 Abracadabra Information was released and 2011 saw the release of ONE BIG ATOM In 1998, he joined Massacre with Fred Frith and Bill Laswell.

Throughout the 1990s up to the present he has initiated a large number of events and performances, including the series Accidents + Emergencies at the Albany Theatre in Deptford, Out of Body Orchestra, music made from the sound of the new LABAN dance centre being built which was choreographed for the official opening, music for a circus (part of the National Theatre's 'Art of Regeneration' initiative), the full-on installation/performance Anti-Clockwise (with Ashleigh Marsh and David Aylward) for multiple strobes, maze structure of diverse textures, 2 drummers, synthesizers and your nervous system. Recent developments include the CONTINUITY evenings as part of Camberwell Arts. Over the past ten years Hayward has developed these attitudes and insights into a wide range of soundwork, both collaboratively and as a solo artist/performer. These include: 30 MINUTE SNARE DRUM ROLL, Zigzag+Swirl, a solo song set at the drums using a system of controlled chance electronics, beginanywhere a set of songs centred around the piano, collaborations with Laura Cannell, Thurston Moore, Keiji Haino amongst many others. Recent work with the Islington Mill crew in the project Anonymous Bash has led to new work with many younger players, including Harmergeddon, DATA QUACK and projects for an array of new record labels including Samarbeta, Care in the Community and Unknown Gods. He also releases material on his own label CONTINUITY..... His long term relationship with the Albany continues with a twice yearly series of performances, workshops and installation, sound is sound is sound which he curates on behalf of Lewisham Arthouse."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Hayward_(musician))
5/28/2024

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Track Listing:



1. Test Card 0:47

2. Horizontal Hold 6:56

3. Not Waving 7:26

4. Water 3:11

5. Twilight Furniture 5:06

6. 24 Loop 5:57

7. Diet Of Worms 3:09

8. Music Like Escaping Gas 3:41

9. Rainforest 2:56

10. The Fall Of Saigon 5:10

11. Test Card 3:12

Related Categories of Interest:

Recommended Records
Rock and Related
RIO (Rock in Opposition)
Progressive Rock
January 2006

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