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Here it is! The stupendous monolithic mother of 'em all! TG's 'Heathen Earth' remastered and reissued in all it's menacing glory. Everything about the record just ticks every box for me, from the cover art bearing the number twenty three and the Charles Manson "Can the world be as sad as it seems?" quote and the shots of the band, with Sleazy looking like some sort of secret agent. This is of course the live sound of TG and was performed to a select audience and filmed by Monte Cazazza back in 1980 and then released on VHS. If you've not seen the performance then do track it down. I think what the record does is quite possibly document the group at their absolute peak. When they tear into 'Six Six Sixties' I get goosebumps every time. It's a blistering alternative vocal with Genesis uttering the Manson quote and the seething lyrics "Do you love me with a knife against your throat" while a veritable shit storm of noise cacophony rips through the sound spectrum. It almost feels like being in the jaws of a T Rex. Then of course are the totally weird alien bits which sound like they are being transmitted from some void or alternate dimension. As influential as they have been I feel there hasn't been an artist/ group that comes close to what TG achieved here. What a bunch of characters they were too, all offering idiosyncratic individual components to the sound which as a whole is simply flooring. In many ways this can be considered their masterpiece and as a friend recently put it "A monumental classic". That clanking rhythm and deranged cornet towards the end still gives me such a buzz while Genesis utters the immortal line "Don't do as you're told, do as you think". ASTONISHING!
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