The Crassical Collection is finally here, and the first release is the
newly remastered The Feeding of the Five Thousand. After many
years of being out of print, this legendary album has been been
restored from the original analogue studio tapes, repackaged and
bolstered by rare and unreleased tracks, and stunning new
artwork from Gee Vaucher, who has lovingly created what could
only be considered a real artefact. Included in this package is a
64-page booklet featuring all lyrics along with extensive liner notes
from band members Penny Rimbaud and Steve Ignorant, which
shed light on the making of the record. Also included is CD-sized
recreation of the iconic original fold-out poster sleeve.
“Five thousand's a crowd (four thousand nine hundred and ninety
nine more than I imagined were going to buy the record), but two's
company (I knew for certain that my Mum would want one), so it
was on the plate, ready to serve, The Feeding of the Five
“We were setting out as purists: hard, uncompromising and utterly
“On one thing we were very clear, in bringing a prosecution of
Criminal Blasphemy against us the authorities would have been
giving us the kind of publicity which overnight would have made us
a household name. They were aware of this , and so were we. It
was a situation that allowed us carte blanche to say pretty much
whatever we wanted without any real fear of incrimination, a
situation which over the next seven years we exploited to the hilt.”
“Easy listening? You ain't heard nothing yet.”
First released in 1978 on Small Wonder Records, and later rereleased
on the band's own Crass Records, The Feeding of the
Five Thousand showed Crass as an anti-establishment and highly
uncompromising act, and one that would influence countless other
bands to follow.
This signals the first in a series of remastered versions of each of
Crass' now legendary albums, each one including bonus tracks
and brand new artwork.
∙ Newly remastered, and bolstered with rare and unreleased tracks from the same period.
∙ All new artwork from band member Gee Vaucher (aka G Suss) including a recreation of the original poster sleeve.
∙ Liner notes from band founders Steve Ignorant and Penny Rimbaud.
∙ Package comprises: CD in digiwallet, 64 page perfectbound
book of lyrics/liner notes/art/photos, minature
recreation of original fold-out poster sleeve, all in a
The Feeding Of The Five Thousand (1978)
2. Do They Owe Us a Living?
3. End Result
4. They've Got a Bomb
5. Punk is Dead
6. Reject of Society
7. General Bacardi
8. Banned from the Roxy
9. G's Song
10. Fight War Not Wars
14. You Pay
16. What a Shame
17. So What?
18. Well, do They?
Ignorant & Rimbaud in Duo (Stormpooper)
19. Do They Owe Us a Living?
20. Blackburn Rovers
Crass In Soho (Demos 1977)
21. Heartbeat of the Mortuary
22. Do The Owe Us a Living?
24. I Don't Like It
25. Pissedorf – thread track
Crass In Demo (Southern 1978)
26. End Result
27. G's Song
28. General Bacardi
30. Angela Rippon
31. Major General Despair
32. Do They Owe Us a Living?
33. Punk is Dead
34. Come to Southern Studios – run out track
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