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The Wake \ Harmony [FBN 29]

Factory Benelux presents CD and double vinyl editions of Harmony, the debut album by influential Scottish group The Wake, originally released by Factory Records in December 1982.

The group formed in Glasgow in 1981 after singer/guitarist Caesar left Altered Images, and joined Factory the following year. Harmony was recorded at Strawberry Studios in Stockport with producer Chris Nagle (Martin Hannett's preferred engineer), by which time The Wake comprised Caesar (vocals, guitar), Carolyn Allen (keyboards), Steven Allen (drums) and Bobby Gillespie (bass). On release as Fact 60 the original 7 track mini album earned a 5 star review in Sounds magazine, hailed as the missing indiepop link between Factory and Postcard Records.

Bonus tracks on this extended remaster include dub-informed second single Something Outside (FBN 24), and their popular John Peel session from July 1983 - the last recordings to feature Gillespie before his departure for The Jesus and Mary Chain and Primal Scream.

The CD edition includes enhanced artwork featuring previously unseen images of the band by photographer Paul Slattery, taken at the Mitchell Library in Glasgow.

CD tracklist:

1. Favour
2. Heartburn
3. An Immaculate Conception
4. Judas
5. Testament
6. Patrol
7. The Old Men
8. Chance
9. Something Outside
10. Host
11. The Drill (Peel Session)
12. Uniform (Peel Session)
13. Here Comes Everybody (Peel Session)
14. On Our Honeymoon
15. Give Up

2xLP tracklist:

1. Judas
2. Testament
3. Patrol
4. The Old Men
5. Favour
6. Heartburn
7. An Immaculate Conception
8. Chance
9. Something Outside
10. Host
11. The Drill (Peel Session)
12. Uniform (Peel Session)
13. Here Comes Everybody (Peel Session)

Also available as a download. CD copies ordered direct from FBN are delivered in a special slipcase. To order please select correct shipping option and click on Add To Cart button below cover image, or else contact FBN by email.

Harmony [FBN 29]
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Reviews:

"The first genuine record I can think of for months. Favour is, believe it or not, a hit single for Factory if they cared. If I played it to you and told you it was the new New Order 45 you'd almost certainly say at first how much they've improved... They are on that soaring pitch of optimism, somewhere between Transmission and Glittering Prize. When you hear it, you'll recognise it at once and move away from the recent, gorgeously indecent chart rubbish. This is awake" (Sounds, 1982)

"The Wake excel in melancholy, raising sparseness to an art form, a kind of rain-spattered beauty" (Philadelphia Weekly, 12/2001)

"The Wake were as immersed in Glasgow's Postcard pop as they were in Mancunian angst. There's a distinct Josef K gnarling here, while the circular radiance of Favour foretells Primal Scream's Imperial" (Uncut, 03/2002)

"The songs veer from unsteady, joyous defiance to a broody keyboard-drenched bruised melancholy. Great stuff! The charm of Harmony still hits the spot and has one dancing around the living room" (Tangents, 11/2001)

"The Drill is an affectionate eulogy to New Order's Everything's Gone Green as if played by Josef K" (In Love With These Times, 03/2002)

"A fine example of dour, slow and sombre" (eMusic, 09/2006)

"On Factory, The Wake were never going to trouble the charts with this accessible, yet angular, music - then impossible to place, but with the pop sensibility of the Banshees" (The Arts Desk, 02/2013)

"The Wake played a style of post-punk that was really starting to catch on back at the beginning of the 1980s. They have oddly tuned guitars that at times are quite reminiscent of early Cure. Sometimes there's a clang to them and sometimes they drone. They are oddly hypnotic and even at times soothing, while other times they can be more aggressive and demanding. The bass lines have a striking similarity to Joy Division, but really all of the bands from this era and general area shared a similar bass sound and playing style. The bass is much more prevalent in the mix than your typical rock records and far less passive. The songs are quite melodic, more so than some of the other bands in this genre and as a result The Wake's first album is probably one of the most accessible albums from this time period and scene. It's a great slice of some exciting music from three decades ago that was outside the norm and the music holds up amazingly well. This was an exciting time in music and this album is a perfect example of that" (Punk Vinyl, 2010)