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The The — Infected (17 November 1986) [Remastered 2002]

The The — Infected (17 November 1986) [Remastered 2002]

  The The — Infected (17 November 1986) [Remastered 2002]
°   U.K. outfit centering around singer~songwriter Matt Johnson; one of the bigger British cult acts of the ‘80s.
Born: 15 August 1961
Location: London, England
Album release: 17 November 1986
Record Label: Some Bizzare/Epic
Genre: Alternative, Post~Punk, New Wave
Duration:     41:10 + 20:45 => 61:55
Tracks:
01. Infected     4:49
02. Out Of The Blue (Into The Fire)     5:08
03. Heartland     5:09
04. Angels Of Deception     4:39
05. Sweet Bird Of Truth     5:23
06. Slow Train To Dawn     4:15
07. Twilight Of A Champion     4:23
08. The Mercy Beat     7:23 
CD bonus tracks
09. Infected (12” version)     6:12
10. Sweet Bird of Truth (12” version)    7:37
11. Slow Train to Dawn (12” version)    6:36
Written by: Johnson, Roli Mosimann     7
All others: Matt Johnson
Producer: Warne Livesey, Matt Johnson, Roli Mosimann, Gary LanganPersonnel:
°   Steve Aitken: Trombone on 7
°   Astarti String Orchestra (leader: Gavyn Wright): Strings on 2, 3
°   Guy Barker: Trumpet on 1, flugel horn on 2
°   Pete Beachill: Trombone on 2
°   Andy Blake: Baritone sax on 7
°   Dan Brown: Electric bass on 1, 2
°   Steve Brown: Electric bass on 4
°   Neneh Cherry: Vocals on 6
°   Dave Clayton: Synth bass on 6
°   Sir Barrence Clempson: Assistant engineer
°   Jeff Clyne: Acoustic bass on 2, 4
°   The Croquets: Backing vocals on 4, 8
°   The Deaf Section: Brass on 8
°   Dave DeFries: Trumpet on 7
°   Andy Dog: Artwork
°   Anna Domino: Backing vocals on 5
°   Anne Dudley: Arrangement for 8
°   Philip Eastop: French horn on 7
°   John Edcott: Trumpet on 7
°   Steve Hogarth: Piano on 3
°   Luís Jardim: Percussion on 1~4, 8
°   Bashiri Johnson: Percussion on 5
°   Matt Johnson: Music, lyrics, string writing for 2, 3, guitars, keyboards, vocals, percussion on 2, production on 1~3, 5~7
°   Mike Johnson: Engineering on 5, 7
°   Judd Lander: Harmonica on 3
°   Gary Langan: Production on 4, 8, engineering on 4, 8
°   Warne Livesey: String writing and arrangement for 2, 3, Brass writing for 8, bass on 3, backing vocals on 3, organ on 6, production on 1~3, 6, engineering on 1, 2, 5, 6, remixing on 4, 8
°   Zeke Manyika: Backing vocals on 1, 3
°   Mini Matt: Assistant engineer
°   Barbara Milne: Assistant engineer
°   Bob Mintzer: Saxophone on 5
°   Gary Mobeley: Fairlight operator on 8
°   Roli Mosimann: Music for 7, progr. on 5, 7, percussion on 5, production on 5, 7
°   Tessa Niles: Backing vocals on 1~3
°   David Palmer: Drums on 1~4, 6, 8
°   Steve Peck: Engineering on 5, 7
°   Andrew Poppy: Brass arrangement and composition for 7
°   Steve Reece: Assistant engineer
°   Mark Robinson: Assistant engineer
°   Ashley Slater: Trombone on 7
°   Jamie Talbot: Saxophone on 6
°   John Thirkell: Trumpet on 6
°   Peter Woodroffe: Assistant engineerCharts:
°√°   Australian Albums (Kent Music Report)     #15
°√°   Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)     #46
°√°   New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)     #12
°√°   Norwegian Albums (VG~lista)      #14
°√°   Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)     #20
°√°   UK Albums (OCC)     #14AllMusic Review by Johnny Loftus;  Score: ****½
°   Infected’s sound still suggests dance~pop, especially on the title track. But don’t get the impression that it’s made for dancing. Instead of the light fare displayed on Soul Mining, Infected’s songs seethe instead of preen, and Matt Johnson’s lyrics are laced with tension. Thematically, he plunges a lance into the exposed midsection of Great Britain, analyzing the state of modern urban life in the country. “This is the land where nothing changes,” Johnson sings on the World Party~ish “Heartland.” “A land of red buses and blue bloody babies/This is the place where the hearts are being cut from the welfare state.” “Angels of Deception” matches rain–slicked verses to a powerful chorus flavored with gospel backup singers and enormous reverb percussion. With production tricks like this, Infected aligns itself with the dance–pop sound of its predecessor (and the prevailing sound of British pop music at the time). But there’s no denying the record’s acerbic lyricism or dark–toned instrumentation. “Sweet Bird of Truth” is gritty pop tinged with wartime radio chatter and muscular horns that somehow manage to be apocalyptic, and the sweaty finale “Mercy Beat” has a drink with the devil while dance~pop burns brightly in the background, sending embers into the London night sky. Synthesized horns and crashing drums converge around a mirthful Johnson lyric before the song finally fades to the weird tones of a looped guitar. Infected was the first true indication of Johnson’s mercurial nature, and established the dissonance and reinvention of his later work. [The 2002 Sony reissue of Infected features 24~bit remastering.]
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