Christ – The Album

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Christ - The Album
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Studio album by Crass
Released 1982
Recorded July 1981 - February 1982
Studio Southern Studios (Wood Green, London)
Genre Anarcho punk, art punk, hardcore punk
Length 95:07
47:44 (original studio disc)
47:23 (live disc)
Label Crass
Producer Crass
Crass chronology
Penis Envy
(1981)Penis Envy1981
Christ - The Album
(1982)
Yes Sir, I Will
(1983)Yes Sir, I Will1983
Alternative covers
Cover of the remastered Crassical Collection re-release
Cover of the remastered Crassical Collection re-release

Christ – The Album is the fourth album by Crass, released in 1982. It was released as a boxed set double vinyl LP package, including one disk of new studio material and another, entitled Well Forked.. But Not Dead, of a live recording of their June 1981 gig at the 100 Club in London along with other studio tracks, demos and tape fragments. The box also included a book, A Series Of Shock Slogans and Mindless Token Tantrums (which featured Penny Rimbaud's essay "The Last of the Hippies", telling the story of the suspicious death of his friend Wally Hope)[1] and a large size poster painted by Gee Vaucher. The album was well received and the band considered it their best.[2]

In 2011, the a two-disc CD remastered edition of the album was released as a part of the band's Crassical Collection reissue series. This edition featured extra content, with the studio album (and the bonus tracks) featured on the first disc and the live album featured on the second disc.

Background and release[edit]

Unlike previous Crass albums, Christ took almost a year to record, produce and mix, during which time the Falklands War had taken place.[3] This caused Crass to fundamentally question their approach to making records. As a group whose very reason for existing was to comment on political issues, they felt they had been overtaken and made to appear redundant by real world events.[2][4]

For subsequent releases, including the singles "How Does it Feel to Be the Mother of a Thousand Dead", "Sheep Farming in the Falklands" and the album Yes Sir, I Will, the band stripped their sound "back to basics" and they were issued as "tactical responses" to political situations.[2]

Re-releases of the album bear the line "With love to Steve Herman who died on the 4th of February 1989" on the back cover. Steve Herman was Crass' guitar player during their first few months.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[5]
Drowned In Sound (highly favorable)[6]
The Sleeping Shaman (favorable)[7]

Christ: The Album is considered to be one of Crass' best recordings, the band themselves considers this to be the case.[2] In a retrospective article written for the album, Harry Sword of The Quietus refers to it as "the most caustic realization of their vision" and called it "a seething howl that remains most intensely relevant to politics and vibrantly forward thinking in terms of music".[8] Trouserpress referred to it as "quintessential" for it "proves the band's courage and conviction".[9]

There's always something exciting about such raw passion; anger which hits you so hard that every idea in your head gets shook up, violently. - Paul Du Noyer's review in NME[2]

Track listing[edit]

Side One
No. Title Length
1. "Have a Nice Day" 2:44
2. "Mother Love" 2:52
3. "Nineteen Eighty Bore" 4:09
4. "I Know There Is Love" 2:47
5. "Beg Your Pardon" 3:07
6. "Birth Control 'n' Rock 'n' Roll" 2:59
7. "Reality Whitewash" 3:07
Side Two
No. Title Length
8. "It's The Greatest Working Class Ripoff" 3:21
9. "Deadhead" 2:16
10. "You Can Be Who?" 3:01
11. "Buy Now Pay As You Go" 2:22
12. "Rival Tribal Reven Rebel (Pt. 2)" 3:09
13. "Bumhooler" 3:19
14. "Sentiment (White Feathers)" 3:36
15. "Major General Despair" 4:34

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "A Series Of Shock Slogans and Mindless Token Tantrums". Exitstencil Press. 1982. Archived from the original on 4 April 2005. Retrieved 23 December 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Berger, George (2006). The Story of Crass. Omnibus Press. 
  3. ^ n/a (2015-06-15). "The Crassical Collection: Christ, The Album". eyeplug.net. Eyeplug. Retrieved 2017-05-12. 
  4. ^ Sword, Harry (2 April 2012). "30 Years On: Christ The Album By Crass Revisited". The Quietus. Retrieved 23 December 2016. 
  5. ^ Ned Raggett. "Allmusic review". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. 
  6. ^ Trout, Chris (2011-05-11). "Album Review: Crass - Christ, The Album". drownedinsound.com. Drowned In Sound. Retrieved 2017-05-12. 
  7. ^ Stygall, Ollie (2011-09-21). "Crass - Christ: The Album". thesleepingshaman.com. The Sleeping Shaman. Retrieved 2017-05-12. 
  8. ^ Sword, Harry (2012-04-02). "30 Years On: Christ, The Album By Crass Revisited". thequietus.com. The Quietus. Retrieved 2017-05-12. 
  9. ^ Fricke, David and Robbins, Ira. "Crass Overview". trouserpress.com. Trouserpress. Retrieved 2017-05-11.