's legendary album from 1984, for the first time available on vinyl and as a download. Fully remastered by David Cunningham
. These recordings were originally released on cassette by Touch in 1984 with the exception of "Parts Of My Body," released on a single by Canal Records in 1979. Performed by: Steve Beresford
(bass, piano, Farfisa organ, Prophet 5, trumpet, flugelhorn, euphonium, percussion, glockenspiel, voice, toy piano, melodica, noises, rhythm tracks, drumkit), David Toop
(guitar, prepared guitar, bass, percussion, flute, alto flute, glockenspiel, voice, tapes, noises, rhythm tracks), David Cunningham (tape treatments) with guests: Lol Coxhill
, Dawn Roberts
and Maartje Ten Hoorn
. "The atmosphere which General Strike conjures together suits an old-fashioned, Cold War-ish scenario of technology. Their 'Interplanetary Music' is the space-pop of George Pal
and The Day The Earth Stood Still
, of computers built like Blackpool Tower in order to struggle through simple trigonometry, of The Jetsons
and I.G.Y. They go no further than Expo '67, the world's last gasp of optimism. And although there are dark and disquieting moods set in this mosaic which their listeners have pieced together, it is made with a humor which is true to the spirit of adventure which those references apply. The sanitation merchants who make up most of the world's record-makers today would forbid our ears from hearing these strangely electric keyboards, earthworked textures, bizarre chatterings of percussion, and voices that seem like puzzled robots. Cataloguing the sound in that way makes it all seem a bit of a joke, but it isn't: laughter is encouraged, but it's serious music, made with a great deal more serious spirit than the great and disheartening mountain of music which today implores you to hear and not listen." --Richard Cook
"General Strike encapsulate in one shot the sharpest songwriting instincts, cleverest utilization of studio treatments and deepest, most psychologically penetrating atmospheres any of these cats would whip up in any context." Mutant Sounds
Cat. number: STAUBGOLD ANALOG 10
LP reissue with bonus track "Parts Of My Body".
Recorded September 1979, August and October 1981, January and April 1982.
Mixed June 1982, additional mixing October 1984 and August 1995.
Originally released on cassette by Touch TO:2, with the exception of Parts Of My Body, which was released on a single by Canal Records.