The Sylvie and Babs Hi-Fi Companion

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The Sylvie and Babs Hi-Fi Companion
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Studio album by Nurse With Wound
Released 1985
Recorded 1984 - 1985
Genre Industrial, experimental, sound collage
Label L.A.Y.L.A.H. / United Dairies
Producer Steven Stapleton
Nurse With Wound chronology
Brained by Falling Masonry
(1984)
The Sylvie and Babs Hi-Fi Companion
(1985)
Spiral Insana
(1986)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

The Sylvie and Babs Hi-Fi Companion is an album by Nurse With Wound.

In his book "England's Hidden Reverse", David Keenan describes the album as "some light relief in the early Nurse catalogue". Steven Stapleton told Keenan "I wanted to make a record that was stolen from other people's records".[2] Gary Levermore of Third Mind Records recalled to Keenan that Stapleton was "desperate to get his hands on a copy of Roger Millar's "King Of The Road" in order to incorporate it into the forthcoming record".[3]

Although largely collaged from easy listening records Stapleton acquired in the late 70's and early 80's,[4] the album boasted a large cast list of over 40 people. John Balance is one of those who is credited but he did not actually contribute. As Stapleton explained to Keenan "I'd just finished this album with about 40 people on it. He said "Can I be on it?". I said, "It's finished". He said, "I know but can you give me a credit anyway?", I said "Alright then" That was my first meeting with Balance".[5]

Track listing[edit]

  1. You Walrus Hurt The One You Love
  2. Great Balls Of Fur

Although all editions of this release contain these two tracks, there are several versions of this album.

An LP issued by LAYLAH came in two different editions, one subject to DMM Mastering (1988), one not (1985) - the music on each of these edition contained minor differences. The 1988 CD edition on L.A.Y.L.A.H. accidentally used the original 1985 mix. A cassette edition issued on United Dairies in 1987 contained a minute of music at the beginning of "Great Balls Of Fur" unheard on any other edition. The 1995 CD on United Dairies was retitled "The Sylvie and Babs High-Thigh Companion" and was again re-edited. The album is currently out of print but scheduled for re-release by Dirter Promotions mid-2015, including a bonus disc of unreleased tracks and some new remixes. No info released as yet as to which edit of the album is to be used. http://brainwashed.com/common/htdocs/discog/lay15.php .

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ David Keenan (2003), England's Hidden Reverse, SAF Publishing, p. 112 
  3. ^ David Keenan (2003), England's Hidden Reverse, SAF Publishing, p. 135 
  4. ^ David Keenan (2003), England's Hidden Reverse, SAF Publishing, p. 135 
  5. ^ David Keenan (2003), England's Hidden Reverse, SAF Publishing, p. 136