At last the Holy Grail has been found! The complete works of one of the most innovative and influential bands of our puny human existence. This is one of those bands that completely changed people’s lives, me being one of them. This was the band I had always hoped existed. This Heat; Charles Hayward, Charles Bullen, and the late Gareth Williams made music that felt like a stick of dynamite burning on a short wick. Their songs were dynamic explorations built on hours of improvisation created in a meat locker turned rehearsal space from 1976-1981. A unique sound that combined angular guitar riffs, droney synths, fiery prog/jazz drumming and tape manipulation with political leaning lyrics and oodles of texture. Tense, unsettling and euphoric all in one. If the Cold War era could be compressed into feeling and sound, This Heat’s short catalogue of music would be it!
CD 1 - THIS HEAT (Blue & Yellow)
This is the much-heralded first release by This Heat. Originally released on cassette and long out of print on LP and CD, this release has been coveted by collectors for years, now finally available again in re-mastered CD form. Raw and jolting!
CD 2 – DECEIT
This was This Heat’s second and final full length release. Considered their swan song it features a clearer recording quality and a more diverse sound. Stronger songs structures and even more political in content. Just a classic all the way around.
CD 3 – HEALTH AND EFFICIENCY
This EP (original a 12” single) was the last piece This Heat recorded as a band. The most “Rock” song they ever played, it starts cheery “here’s a song about the sunshine” then explodes into 5 minutes of pure pulsey goodness. B-side was a experimentation also found on the Repeat release. One of their best!
CD 4 – MADE AVAILABLE: JOHN PEEL SESSIONS
This was the first This Heat record I heard and is still my favorite, It captures both the live and studio essence of This Heat in one fell swoop. Recorded in 2 sessions in 1976 it covers songs from both full length releases and some unreleased material. Brilliant!
CD 5 – REPEAT
Repeat consists of 3 lengthy instrumental pieces, both drawing on their fascination with the possibilities of using tapes and tape loops as part of the process of composing and performing. All extended experiments. All weird and cool!
CD 6 – LIVE 80/81
Live 1980/81 consists of previously unreleased live recordings. The sound quality isn't great, but the intensity and creativeness of This Heat on stage life shines through. A nice bonus disc for die hard fans.