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The Cassiber Box [6 CDs, 1 DVD and Book]

Cassiber: The Cassiber Box [6 CDs, 1 DVD and Book] (Recommended Records)

A 6 CD/DVD box set of the 1980s UK/Euro improvising rock band Cassiber, an amazing band merging experimental rock, fringe jazz, punk, pop, plunderphonics, improvisation, & musique concrete with an energetic and complex form of studio composition - superb!

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product information:

UPC: 752725029322

Label: Recommended Records
Catalog ID: ReRCBOX
Squidco Product Code: 18451

Format: 6 CDs, 1 DVD, Book
Condition: New
Released: 2013
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: 6 CDs, 1 DVD, and Book in a Box Set


Heiner Goebbels-piano, PRG synthesizer, organ, Chinese violin, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, bass guitar, Grand piano

Alfred Harth-tenor saxophone, alto saxophone, trumpet, trombone, clarinet, bass clarinet, cello

Christoph Anders-voice, Korg synthesizer, electric guitar, tenor saxophone, prepared cassettes, metal sheets, violin

Chris Cutler-drums, noise, objects, whistle

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Artist Biographies:

"Chris Cutler started messing about with banjo, guitar and trumpet at school, settling for drums and playing shadows and other instrumental covers in his first band in 1963. Subsequently he played in R'n'B and Soul Bands, winding up in 1967 playing in London's psychedelic clubs. At the start of the seventies, with Dave Stewart, he co-founded The Ottawa Music Co, a 22 piece Rock composer's orchestra, eventually joining British experimental group Henry Cow with whom he toured, recorded and worked in dance and theatre projects until it's demise in 1978. In 1977 Henry Cow, The Mike Westbrook Orchestra and Frankie Armstrong formed a big-band and toured around Europe. After Henry Cow, Cutler went on to co-found a series of mixed national groups Art Bears, News from Babel, Cassiber, The (ec) Nudes, P53 and The Science Group. He was a permanent member of American bands Pere Ubu, Hail and The Wooden Birds and now works sporadically with John Rose, Fred Frith, Zeena Parkins, Iancu Dumitrescu, Peter Blegvad and Stevan Tickmayer.

Other lasting collaborations have included Aqsak Maboul (Belgium), Lussier/Derome and Les Quatre Guitaristes (Canada), The Kalahari Surfers (Africa), Perfect Trouble (Germany), Between (Sweden), N.O.R.M.A., (Italy), Telectu (Portugal), Mieku Shimuzu (Japan),The Hyperion Ensemble (Romania), The Film Music Orchestra, 'Oh Moscow', Gong, The Work and Towering Inferno (UK), The Residents (USA), and stateless Tense Serenity and Mirror Man. There have also been countless improvisational groupings and solo performances. Recent projects include Radio pieces with Lutz Glandien and Shelly Hirsch, Live Soundtrack for Carl Dreher's Vampyr (with Italians Musci and Venosta), his Timescales project and work with David Thomas and Linda Thompson.

He also founded and runs the independent label and distribution service ReR/Recommended and, until 1991, the East European specialist label Points East. He is editor of the New Music magazine Unfiled and author of the theoretical book File Under Popular as well as of numerous articles and papers published in 14 languages. He lectures intermittently on theoretical and music related topics. He has appeared on more than 100 recordings."

-Chris Cutler Website (

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track listing:

CD 1: Man or Monkey

1. Not Me 3:39

2. Red Shadow 3:49

3. Chor Der Gefangenen 4:51

4. Our Colourful Culture 3:05

5. O Cure Me 5:54

6. This Core 4:21

7. Man Or Monkey 16:39

8. DJango Vergibt 3:10

9. Die Verunreinigung Des Flusses Ist Gerade Noch Ertr Glich 6:38

10. Sag Mir Wo Die Blumen Sind 2:43

CD 2: Beauty. And The Beast

1. Six Rays 4:10

2. Robert 5:02

3. Last Call 3:02

4. Ach,Heile Mich 6:35

5. Haruspices 1:54

6. Under New Management 5:29

7. Dancing 2:19

8. In Einer Minute 4:32

9. Und Ich Werde Nicht Mehr Sehen 3:00

10. Trendre Lune Avec Les Dents 4:16

11. At Last I Am Free 3:49

12. Time Running Out 0:17

13. Bonus Track 5:30

CD 3: Perfect Worlds

1. Dust And Ashes 2:04

2. Crusoe's Landing 4:34

3. Miracolo 4:54

4. Prometheus 4:50

5. Sleep Armed 2:15

6. In A Room 4:56

7. Todo Dia 2:36

8. Orphee's Mirror 5:01

9. I Tried To Reach You 2:01

CD 4: A Face We All Know

1. This Was The Way It Was 0:53

2. Remember 2:52

3. Old Gods 0:27

4. 2 O'Clock In The Morning 2:36

5. Philosophy (1) 0:07

6. Gut 3:47

7. Start The Show 3:03

8. A Screaming Comes Across The Sky 3:13

9. They Go In Under Archways 4:12

10. They Have Begun To Move 3:32

11. Time Gets Faster 0:27

12. Philosophy (3) 0:32

13. It's Never Quiet 2:26

14. Philosophy (2) 0:04

15. A Screaming Holds 1:58

16. I Was Old 3:54

17. The Way It Was 5:06

18. To Move 2:55

CD 5: Collaborations

1. 3000 explosions 3:04

2. Dark Cloud 1:49

3. Walls are Loosening 0:40

4. Rats and Monkeys 1:08

5. Pause# 1:31

6. Easter Day 1935 3:55

7. Kein Kriegsspielzeug fur Jonathan 3:35

8. The Song of Investment Capital Overseas 2:13

9. The Address 1:39

10. Fragments 0:30

11. Dark Reprise 1:49

12. On Suicide 4:53

13. Und Ich Werde Nicht Mehr Sehen 1:29

14. Not with a bang 1:55

15. Coste 2:46

16. Cripta 2:32

17. Religion 1:15

18. The Stanislavsky Method 3:56

19. Tempo di Pace, Bari 1:50

20. Copy Machine 2:13

21. Finta di Nulla 6:17

CD 6: The Way It Was

1. This Was The Way It Was 3:03

2. Archways 2:26

3. A Screaming 5:01

4. Thay Have Begun To Move 2:00

5. 2:00 In The Morning 0:57

6. Todo Dia 2:55

7. It's Never Quiet 3:11

8. Six Rays 2:22

9. Prisoner Chorus 1 2:28

10. Prisoner Chorus 2 5:15

11. Oh No 2:35

12. I Was Old When I Was Young 2:08

13. Disk Not Responding 2:03

14. Gut 3:00

15. Crusoe's Landing 4:04

16. Miracolo 4:51

17. Our Colourful Culture 2:28

18. In A Room 4:41

19. Not Me 2:19
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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"In 1982 Cassiber (phonetically: 'a message smuggled out of prison') crashed like a locomotive into the Deutsche Neue Welle. Founded by Heiner Goebbels, Alfred Harth, Christoph Anders and Chris Cutler, Cassiber managed to fuse materials and attitudes drawn from experimental rock, fringe jazz, punk, pop, plunderphonics, improvisation, close structure and musique concrete with an energetic and complex form of studio (and then concert) composition that was unique in its combination of diverse experimental approaches to form with a risky, emotional and expressive mode of execution. Through a deep connection between instrumentation, form and topicality, their musical evolution tracked and anticipated the political and technological changes of their time. Thus, in the course of their 10 years of intermittent touring and 4 records they evolved significantly through the high stakes energy of the earlier releases into their later, more complex and composed, studio works (by which time they had become a trio: Goebbels, Anders, Cutler) when they also had early access to the first generation of polyphonic samplers. Highly radical, their music opened up song form by abandoning, extending or crashing sideways into it - building structure from a combination of noise, libido, high musicality and - unique for the time - a great deal of cultural debris. This box collects it all (the majority of it out-of-print for some time now) alongside a lot of unreleased material - and full concert DVD. The 4 historic releases have been carefully re-mastered by Bob Drake and there are, in addition two extra CDs, one that collects the Cassix, Duck and Cover and Ground Zero projects (also re-mastered) and one of unreleased studio and live material, and a DVD (about 2 hours) of live and studio footage - including a mini documentary made during the recording of A Face We All Know. It comes in the usual sturdy box with a fat booklet of documents, interviews, information, photographs, pictures, itineraries and miscellaneous memorabilia. Limited to an edition of 1000 copies."-Recommended Records

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