Crass – “Stations Of The Crass” Double LP
Their second album, and originally released back in 1979 – this is a faithfull reproduction as part of 2019’s series of “as it was in the beginning” Crass album reissues, and it includes the original, iconic, poster sleeve; but sound-wise, spiced-up with a brand new remastering at Abbey Road Studios – in order to sound as close as possible to the original release. Two records, with three sides of studio recordings, and a fourth side that is a live recording from a gig at the Pied Bull pub in Islington, on August 7, 1979.
StationsOf The Crass – named after the stencil graffiti that decorated the walls of London’s transport system – is a close sibling of 1979’s Feeding Of The 5000, but with the welcome addition of Eve Libertine and Joy De Vivre’s extraordinary vocals; combined with a new-found studio confidence that helped them to further extend their sound into new sonic territories – inluenced as much by early 70’s underground experimental rock, (Can, maybe?), as they were by first generation ’77 punk (early Adam And The Ants, maybe?). Although a step away from the masterpiece that was Penis Envy, this full-length album is a great point at which to check-out the often overlooked musical aspects of Crass, who, aside from their polemics, were also a highly creative and talented collection of musicians and singers.