20 Jazz Funk Greats

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20 Jazz Funk Greats
Studio album by Throbbing Gristle
Released December 1979
Recorded August 1979
Genre Industrial
Length 40:25
Label Industrial
Producer Sinclair/Brooks
Throbbing Gristle chronology
D.o.A: The Third and Final Report of Throbbing Gristle
(1978)
20 Jazz Funk Greats
(1979)
Heathen Earth
(1980)

20 Jazz Funk Greats is the third studio album by industrial music pioneers Throbbing Gristle, recorded in August 1979 and released in December 1979 through Industrial Records.

Background[edit]

20 Jazz Funk Greats is the band's first fully studio album, as prior albums contained both live and studio recordings. The production is credited to "Sinclair/Brooks".

The album's cover photograph was taken at Beachy Head, a chalk headland on the south coast of England, close to the town of Eastbourne in the county of East Sussex, and one of the world's most notorious suicide spots.[1] On the 1981 Fetish Records issue of the release an apparently dead and naked male body lay in front of the band on the album cover.

Pitchfork described the album's style as such: "In a smash and grab that testifies to both increased musical ambition and a relentless urge to wrongfoot audience expectations, 20 Jazz Funk Greats finds the band waking up from D.O.A's dark night of the soul and feeling curiously frisky. Snacking on not only the titular funk and jazz, the band also takes touristic zig zags through exotica, rock and disco", ultimately describing it as a "kitsch detour toward mutant disco".[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[3]
Pitchfork Media (10/10)[2]
Uncut 8/10[4]

Pitchfork gave the album its highest possible grade of 10/10, regarding it as Throbbing Gristle's peak.[2]

Legacy[edit]

Pitchfork ranked 20 Jazz Funk Greats at number 91 in its list of the one-hundred greatest albums of the 1970s.[5]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Throbbing Gristle (Genesis P-Orridge, Cosey Fanni Tutti, Chris Carter, Peter Christopherson). 

Side A
No. Title Length
1. "20 Jazz Funk Greats"   2:51
2. "Beachy Head"   3:42
3. "Still Walking"   4:56
4. "Tanith"   2:20
5. "Convincing People"   4:54
6. "Exotica"   2:53
Side B
No. Title Length
1. "Hot on the Heels of Love"   4:24
2. "Persuasion"   6:36
3. "Walkabout"   3:04
4. "What a Day"   4:38
5. "Six Six Sixties"   2:07

Personnel[edit]

Technical
  • Sinclair/Brooks – production

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