Sunday, April 24, 2016

Throbbing Gristle - "20 Jazz Funk Greats" [1979]

Artist: Throbbing Gristle
Title: 20 Jazz Funk Greats
Genre: Industrial, Electronic
Country: UK
Release date: 1979

Track List: 
  1. 20 Jazz Funk Greats
  2. Beachy Head
  3. Still Walking
  4. Tanith
  5. Convincing People
  6. Exotica
  7. Hot On The Heels Of Love
  8. Persuasion
  9. Walkabout
  10. What A Day
  11. Six Six Sixties
"20 Jazz Funk Greats" is probably the best known Throbbing Gristle album, and it isn't hard to understand why: the music on this one is more accessible to an unexperienced listener compared to their earlier works (especially "The Second Annual Report", which basically was poorly recorded outsider music/noise, with all respect to its historical value), and even its cover doesn't feature anything scary (unless you know that this photo was actually taken at a popular suicide spot).

I wonder how many people have bought this album just because of its title and cover, and what they thought after listening to it... 20? No. Jazz? No. Funk? No. Great? It definitely is, but an average jazz/funk listener in late 70s might think otherwise.

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