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Fruit of the Original Sin
Various Artists, Durutti Column, William S. Burroughs
Fruit of the Original Sin
Genres: Alternative Rock, Special Interest, Pop, Rock
 
  •  Track Listings (15) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (15) - Disc #2

LTM is proud to announce the first complete CD release of the classic 1981 compilation album The Fruit of the Original Sin, first released on chic Belgian indie label Les Disques du Crepuscule. Originally released as a del...  more »

      
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All Artists: Various Artists, Durutti Column, William S. Burroughs, Marine, Paul Haig, French Impressionists, Dna, Wim Mertens, The Names, Peter Gordon
Title: Fruit of the Original Sin
Members Wishing: 4
Total Copies: 0
Label: LTM
Original Release Date: 1/1/1981
Re-Release Date: 8/21/2007
Album Type: Import, Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
Genres: Alternative Rock, Special Interest, Pop, Rock
Styles: By Decade, 1980s
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaCD Credits: 2

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LTM is proud to announce the first complete CD release of the classic 1981 compilation album The Fruit of the Original Sin, first released on chic Belgian indie label Les Disques du Crepuscule. Originally released as a deluxe double album package in November 1981, The Fruit of the Original Sin featured 24 exclusive tracks from the international avant garde and new wave, as well as the celebrated Factory Records and Postcard rosters. Then, as now, the contributing artists include William S. Burroughs, The Durutti Column, Paul Haig, Tuxedomoon, Wim Mertens, DNA, Richard Jobson, Marine, The French Impressionists and Peter Gordon. The programme also includes an extended interview with acclaimed French author Marguerite Duras. The original double album now features 8 bonus tracks, including both sides of long-lost singles by Paul Haig (Soon/Summertime) and noted New York visual artist Lawrence Weiner (Deutsche Angst/Where It Came From), as well as a rare track (Matters of Theory) by The Lost Jockey, the modernist ensemble featuring composer Andrew Poppy. The 12 page facsimile booklet features original artwork by Benoit Hennebert and Jean-François Octave, as well as archive images and detailed liner notes. The original cover art by Hennebert is widely recognised as one of his very best designs. This new double CD edition has been digitally remastered from the original master tapes, and features 125 minutes of material. Most of the tracks featured here remain unavailable elsewhere.

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CD Reviews

A collection of after hours preoccupations...
yipyipcoyote | 05/05/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"An early compilation originally released in 1981 by the mysterious Les Disques Du Crepuscule label in Belgium. Everything about this compilation spells "A-R-T" : from the booklet design to the list of artists to the concept itself, with a vague reference to a famous "ball" given in Venice a long time ago. A rundown of some notable tracks follows :The French Impressionists "Boo Boo's Gone Mambo/My Guardian Angel" - A medley of some sort, strange guitar/piano discordant noodling merges into a melodious song, sung by one Paul Quinn. Aztec Camera helped out. Recorded in mono, but that only adds to its quirkiness.Cecile Bruynoghe "Claire de lune" - Yes, Debussy. The rendition cannot compare to Kocsis or whoever, but the intention is great.The Durutti Column "Party" & "Weakness and Fever" - Typically melancholic tunes from Vini which can only be described as "beautiful", despite his vocal inadequacies.Richard Jobson "The Happiness of Lonely" - Homage to Marguerite Duras. Zany poetry reading backed by Virginia Astley on piano. And Then...Marguerite Duras Interview - Ten-minute interview, again with Astley's atmospheric piano in the background.The Names "Music For Someone" - No, they are not mere Joy Division copyists! Listen out for the sound clip of some old movie at the end.Winston Tong "The Next Best Thing To Death" - Insightful spoken word by Tuxedomooner, delivered in a sleepy but strangely affecting voice.Arthur Russell "Sketch For 'Face of Helen'" - Cello droning over a hiss that's almost louder than the music. Is it supposed to be a waterfall?WS Burroughs "Twilight's Last Gleaming" - Famous reading. No introduction necessary I guess.Orange Juice "Three Cheers For Our Side" - Untidy early recording of a track later re-recorded for their first LP. The talent is already apparent.Now, if only the label would pick itself up the floor and re-issue "From Brussels With Love"..."
That's great, but WHERE IS THE REST OF IT??!!
squarehawk2 | usa | 10/09/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Speaking from a prespective of someone who owns the vinyl version of this compilation, this release doesn't include all the tracks (it would take a 2 disc set to do it). Where are the Marine cuts? The Thick Pigeon song was great on the original, but you won't find it here.

Crepuscule (the label) should have just recompiled and released the tracks on their newer retrospective compilations instead if they are facing trouble with copyrights. What's funny is that they printed the jacket exactly the same as the L.P. so you can see the original track listing (but not hear it!).

Never the less, there are worthly remaining songs left;

"Boo Boo's Gone Mambo/My Guardian Angel" by the French Impressionists (feat. Roddy Frame who is Aztec Camera)

"Flesh" by the Swamp Children (possibly their best track ever).

"Weakness And Fever" by the Durutti Column (this song was later covered by Martin
Gore (of Depeche Mode) in the first EP of the Counterfeit series).

"3 Cheers For Our Side" by Orange Juice (a sort of live version).

and so on...

The DNA montage of 3 songs is included here, but it's just been re-released as 3 separate tracks on the collection called "DNA On DNA".

Well, if you're a new to this compilation then you might want to give it a shot. But if not, then look on other releases as well if you want to track down all the songs."
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carolschodera | Aurora, Illinois United States | 05/28/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"this is perhaps the best compilation of arty atmospheric tunes ever to come out of the early 80s renaissance. it is a true masterpiece. i own the double LP and wonder if they left some songs out on the cd. hope not. let me check. back in a few."