The Ape Of Naples marks the end of the long, strange journey of Coil, being completed after the death of Jhonn Balance by Peter Christopherson. The nature of its origin gives this record a particularly melancholy and spiritual tone. The LP edition has etchings on the D-side, and both the LP and CD versions are packaged in premium glossy sleeves.
Double LP £32.99 IMPREC174LP
2LP on Important Records. Comes in heavy gatefold sleeve, with printed inner sleeves. 2018 re-cut from original Peter Christopherson approved masters.
CD £16.49 IMPREC174CD
Reissue CD on Important Records. 2018 repress, 4-panel mini-gatefold, thick stock with matt/gloss ink overlay, incl. 16-page accordion folder.
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I adore this album and can’t even begin to quantify how much time I’ve spent with it since its original release in 2005. It’s one of my favourite albums of all time. I don’t think I’m capable of relaying how profoundly it moves me, every single time. Even after repeated listens, none of the potency is diluted - it just seems to become even more powerful.
Balance and Sleazy were at the absolute peak of their creative powers when they made the recordings that would eventually be assembled for 'The Ape of Naples'. Balance’s vocals are deeply introspective, reaching into the very core of his being - like he saw his very soul gazing into a scrying mirror.
Much of ‘The Ape of Naples’ is harrowing, touching on tragic personal themes of addiction, depression and mortality and yet from that darkness comes a work of staggering beauty. Sleazy’s soul stirring, melodic electronics, accordion, hurdy-gurdy, and singing saw are just heart melting throughout.
I could waffle on but so much has been written about this record already. It's great to see this back in print on both vinyl and CD. To me at least this is a modern classic.
9/10 Jack Customer review, 14th June 2016
The Ape of Naples is a brilliant eulogy for the too-early-passed John Balance, the Coil album to cap the 25 or so years that Balance and Peter Christopherson made beautiful (or noisy, or dangerous) music together. Mostly a quiet, meditative affair, it's an album that sums up the group's career nicely, alternately revisiting the past with takes on "Teenage Lightning" and "Amethyst Deceivers". The circumstances of John Balance's death were regrettable -- still, his musical career speaks for itself.
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