Sylvie And Babs is an old Nurse With Wound favourite, reportedly recorded With Titillating Orchestrations By someone named Murray Fontana, although I wouldn’t believe a word these guys tell you, to be honest. Here the record is reissued as a double CD, boosted with rare and unreleased material and a 12 page booklet.
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- Sylvie and Babs (Expanded Edition) by Nurse With Wound
10/10 Ian G Customer review, 10th September 2015
The NWW record which turned me from a curious listener into a full-blown obsessive. Restless, funny, and like the best Nurse With Wound releases, demanding that you listen in a new way.
While there's no such thing as a typical Nurse release, this is a great, accessible entry point. It's less likely to scare than some of the abrasive releases, and is unlikely to achieve that balance between unease and relaxation which the ambient/drone pieces routinely do, but for entertainment value it remains my favourite NWW record. Another perk is that, unlike a lot of NWW releases, it's perfectly affordable.
The wait for this reissue felt incredibly long. Since the collapse of World Serpent, the Sylvie & Babs LP has been effectively out of print for a decade. Dirter posted pictures of the masters many months before any scheduled date was so much as hinted at, and it was a delight to learn that it would be a double disc.
For those already familiar with the release - and in my case, extremely so - the second disc provides every reason to double dip, but I think the case is closed by the main feature. The remastering by Denis Blackham is extraordinary - there is abundant new detail, and sections which sometimes felt like silence on the United Dairies issue are now brought into minimal, fine-tuned focus. The result is that the editing and production, which must have taken forever, are made all the more remarkable. It remains one of Steve Stapleton's greatest studio achievements.
8/10 Jack Customer review, 14th August 2015
Nurse With Wound have never been po-faced about their avant-garde experimentalism, as one should expect from their often Dada version of musique concrete, and they're as capable of doing scary as they are funny. Here though it is most definitely funny- an incredible sound collage of clips from a preceding era of more innocent entertainments, albeit with room for the odd bit of drilling too! Another essential addition to the wonderful world of Nurse With Wound. The studio really is the instrument.
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