Thursday, August 21, 2008

The Sand Gets In My Eyes Sometimes

Someone asked if I could post the Comsats' '7 Day Weekend' album, and I thought 'what a spiffing idea'. So here it is, along with the previous album 'Land' and all the B-sides and extra tracks from the 12"s that accompanied those albums.

These albums are far from their best work - see the first 3 albums for that - but they still knock spots off most of the other rubbish that was around at the time. The band had moved away from their indie sound and were almost making a bit for the new wave/dance market.

Wikipedia has this to say about them: The Comsat Angels were a post-punk band from Sheffield, England, active from 1978 to 1995. Their music has been described as "abstract pop songs with spare instrumentation, many of which were bleak and filled with some form of heartache." They have been credited as being an influence to current post-punk revival bands, such as Editors and Interpol. The Comsat Angels toured heavily in their native UK and in western Europe (especially in The Netherlands where they were moderately popular), but only did a couple of tours in the United States. Their music has been extensively reissued and recompiled since 1995 by various record labels, but as of this date the band has not reformed.

And if you haven't heard the first three albums, buy them now - or better still, get the 'Time Considered' compilation (session nd live versions of many of the tracks)

The Comsat Angels – Land (1983)

01 - Will You Stay Tonight 02 - Alicia (Can You Hear Me) 03 - A World Away 04 - Independence Day 05 - Nature Trails 06 - Mister Memory 06 - Mr. Memory 07 - Island Heart 08 - I Know That Feeling 09 - As Above So Below

The Comsat Angels - Land 12"s (1983/84)

01 - Will You Stay Tonight 02 - A World Away (dub mix) 03 - Shining Hour 04 - Island Heart 05 - Island Heart (dub mix) 06 - Scissors And The Stone 07 - Independence Day (extended) 08 - Intelligence 09 - Mister Memory 10 - Total War 11 - After The Rain

The Comsat Angels - 7 Day Weekend (1985)

01 - Believe It 02 - Forever Young 03 - You Move Me 04 - I'm Falling 05 - Close Your Eyes 06 - Day One 07 - You're The Heroine 08 - High Tide 09 - New Heart And Hand 10 - Still It's Not Enough 11 - Citadel (bonus track)

The Comsat Angels - 7 Day Weekend 12"s (1985/86)

01 - You Move Me (long version) 02 - Land 03 - Eye Of The Lens (live) 04 - Day One 05 - Will You Stay Tonight (live) 06 - Independence Day (live) 07 - I'm Falling (extended version) 08 - I'm Falling (7'' Version) 09 - New Heart And Hand 10 - Forever Young 11 - Still It's Not Enough 12 - S.I.N.E 13 - Citadel

Oh - and by the way, I'm starting a new job next week. And right now I'm off to see Amanda Palmer at the ICA!!!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you so much, ive been hunting high and low for 7 Day and Land special editions, its so rare brilliant

10:09 pm  
Blogger e said...

i hear their entire catalog will be reissued eventually, but for now it's all $35+ imports.

1:02 am  
Blogger Unknown said...

Hey man,

Earlier You mentioned that you were going to post Speedy Keen's Solo Album "Y'know wot I mean", did you ever get round to it.

I've been searching for it for an age, thought it would compliment my Thunderclap Newman stuff.

Great blog by the way, if you ever need any tunes, I can usually find them

5:09 pm  
Blogger Witchseason said...

Ripped the Speedy Keen over the weekend, splitting & cleaning up & converting now. Should be up by the weekend.

7:28 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanx for the Comsat 12" & rare tracks from 83-86! i agree, not the best time for the Comsat angels (my favourite is "Fiction" followed by "Sleep No More")

12:20 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just to say thanks. Been looking for 'You Move Me' for a while.

9:22 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Could you upload the comsats the cutting edge B side- Something's got to give or Storm Of change i cant findthese anywhere

11:27 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brilliant albums, you move me is class and the land track shining hour is a beauty

11:29 pm  
Blogger Unknown said...

Loved these and have these on tape somewhere , thanks for ripping them. One of the best bands of the 80's

1:22 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you, I've lookin' for Land forever... It's out of print where I live. But this well do 'till I can buy a copy!

5:55 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for "7 Day Weekend" - I've been searching high and low for "I'm Falling" after watching 'Real Genius' the other night...

4:23 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

tanx from argentina.great vwork

3:12 pm  

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