Wednesday, February 15, 2006

This Is! Reissues This Heat Back Catalogue

It's about damn time that someone released the back catalogue of one of the finest bands of all time. Allegedly, This Is!, a new label set up by Charles Hayward and Charles Bullen from the seminal post-punk band This Heat is releasing their former group's entire back catalogue. I know this for a fact, because I saw the first This Heat release - the blue and yellow self-titled album - on the shelf at Listen two days ago. Apparently, Deceit will be dropping soon, and so will the amount of money in my bank account.

I can't stress enough the sheer greatness of these first two records, particularly the former. Deceit has stood the test of time, proving to be the a rare example of the type of album that could be released tomorrow and still be ahead of its time, in terms of complexity, innovation and intensity. Its relevance has been overshadowed by no one, and the greatness of the band has never been met before or since.


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