Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Comsat Angels - Chasing Shadows

Sheffield's Comsat Angels were masters of dark, atmospheric alternative music. The drums are almost always very muscular and simple. The guitar work is rich and colorful and very expressive. The keyboard work is modern and mature, on this album there is a lot of beautiful acoustic piano. Finally their vocals/lyrics are sensitive, intelligent and personal. This is their 6th studio album, and the first to show a good compromise between their artful side and the alternative pop market. The album was produced by Comsat Angels and Robert Palmer who sings backing vocals on You'll Never Know. It has been out of print for too long. Mine comes from a British pressing and is mastered to 20bit Sony Pro CD from a Stanton Pro turntable/cartrifdge, then transferred to VBR LAME mp3. There already is a nice version on the blogspot page, The Subversive Sounds, but I found almost all of the songs to have minor vinyl skipping (at least on my download of it). So I decided to offer mine, with a pinch more crackle at times, but no skipping that I could detect. I really hope this album comes out on CD someday, until then... enjoy!
UPDATE I have a CD of this great album, so I am now sharing it from CD at 320 kbps with a bonus track of Cutting Edge Stretched


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9 comments:

Peter said...

VERY nice blog, sir! What there isn't in quantity is certainly made up for in quality! As it should be...

I have a new blog http://pessimistclub.blogspot.com
where you may find a thing or two of interest.
Thanks again,
P

Peter said...

VERY nice blog, sir! What there isn't in quantity is certainly made up for in quality! As it should be...

I have a new blog http://pessimistclub.blogspot.com
where you may find a thing or two of interest.
Thanks again,
P

Anonymous said...

A great album, nice to see the text not blocked out on this cover.

Steve Engler said...

I'm so glad somebody noticed the text on this album, actually it WAS blocked out so I had to match fonts and retype it.

Anonymous said...

This album came out on CD in 1986: Island 258 028 (CID 9855).

Peter Tron said...

great!

you shelled out for the cd version??

i wish i could afford those asking prices.
i very much appreciate you putting up the cd version, as i could not find it anywhere.

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Steve Engler said...

Glad you liked the album, I didn't spend way too much, I waited 5-10 years and finally found someone asking 40 dollars for a CD of it. I was just in the right place at the right time. Normally 40 dollars would be too much for me, but I love that album a lot.

Peter Tron said...

i can't find anything under the title of "The Cutting Edge Stretch" by comsat angels. is this something you done yourself?

Steve Engler said...

Yessir, that's a little experiment I added.