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Stations of the Crass, Remastered reissue

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CD Re-Mastered  Stations of the Crass in box with booklet and mini version of the Crass Records Release cover.

Again with the Crassical Collection immaculately packaged, with a similar box as The Feeding of the Five Thousand, booklet and mini version of the original vinyl LP sleeve, done by Gee Vaucher and again a beautiful art work. The remastering again makes the sound totally contemporary and very very rich, not the thin sound of the 90s release. Stations was always always a favorite of mine and listening to it again after so many years is amazingly refreshing, Big Hands, The Gasman Cometh, Contaminational Power, Darling and White Punks On Hope all classics, and all sound amazing. Must say Crass’s Oi song I Ain’t Thick, It’s Just A Trick still makes me laugh out loud.

This release come with the John Peel Session recorded on 28th March 1979, Only ever having it on cassette recorded at the time of its broadcast it great to hear how Crass got on recording away from Southern, finally hearing the layers of sound that my little mono tape deck failed enhance, The sound is very full the guitars just cut through the base, and there are some great experimental noises in there to build the sound. One thing these re masters have highlighted to me is was a great  bass player Peter Wright was. Check out Gozonabit you can even hear Penny Laugh. The live tracks from Pied Bull, Islington, London, 7th August 1979 are not on this release but will be available for download from the Crassarkive

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Stations of the Crass CD

Crass Records 521984. CD

Stations Booklet

STATIONS OF THE CRASS

Stations of the Crass  Crass Records 521984                                                                              The Cover for this double vinyl spectacular was a photo of a wall that had lots of Crass graffiti stencil art works on.                                                                                                  

From the story of crass:- With their new found popularity in tow, Crass went into Southern Studios to record their second album.The religious parody title theme was kept from Feeding for Stations OfThe Crass.This time it was an enor- mously ambitious double album, three sides of new stuff and a live side from a gig at the Pied Bull (later to become the Powerhaus) in Islington. The product was all wrapped in the (now trademark) wraparound sleeve and sold for just £3, still less than a normal single album. Stations of The Crass is, in many ways, the most varied of their albums, not to mention the best selling. It sees the band experimenting with dif- ferent sounds, not scared to leave space in the music or try influences from different genres. Most of all, it sees them sail defiantly in the oppo- site direction from rock’n’roll.Which isn’t what Penny Rimbaud thinks: “We were being briefly, slightly a rock band.”

Penny wrote in Shibboleth ‘In the summer of ’79 we recorded our second album ‘Stations of the Crass’ which we released that winter. The title was chosen to celebrate our operations with the spray can, while the cover carried a photo of a wall at Bond Street station displaying the resulting efforts’.

Sounds review

The LP came as two 12″ discs with a wrap around poster sleeve which you can see here, designed by Gee Vaucher originally it is a collage 82cm x 58cm.

There are a few slightly different covers, Pay no more than £3, Pay no more than £3, a black stripe with out text and finally mind the reality gap instead of the Pay no more than.

Personel on the album                                                                                                             STEVE IGNORANT-LEAD VOCALS
EVE LIBERTINE-VOCALS
JOY DE VIVRE-VOCALS
N.A.PALMER-RHYTHM GUITAR
PENNY RIMBAUD-DRUMS.RADIO.TAPE.
PHIL FREE-LEAD GUITAR.
PETE WRIGHT-BASS.VOCALS.
GEE-RADIO.PIANO.ARTWORK.