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Minimal Compact

Live

CRAM061LP
Release Notes
  • First time reissued on Vinyl since late 80s. Available for the first time in the USA
  • 4th album from the groundbreaking and influential art-rock/new wave
  • Produced by John Fryer (Depeche Mode, Cocteau Twins, Nine Inch Nails)
  • Including standout tracks as “Nil Nil”, “Inner Station” and “Piece of Green”
  • 180 Gram Vinyl housed in Tip-On Jacket (with Original artwork)
  • Limited to 500 units (worldwide)

First time reissued on Vinyl since the mid-80’s, The four studio albums and live album from groundbreaking and influential art-rock/new wave band Minimal Compact are now available on 180 gram vinyl!

Originally from Tel-Aviv, Minimal Compact emerged into the European new-wave scene after relocating to Amsterdam in the early eighties. Their first self-titled 12" released in 1981 (and produced by Dick Polack of Mecano fame with Marc Hollander aka Aksak Maboul and founder of Crammed Records) was a refreshing take on contemporary new wave and post-punk led by their underground hit “Statik Dancin”. First Impression was reached, but breakthrough was made a year later with their debut full-length, “One By One”, also produced by Polack and Hollander, and exploring a distinguished Middle-Eastern sonic flavor with an angular and poignant guitar sound intersecting with hazy vocals, mostly notable on such tracks as “Babylonian Tower” and “Orkha Bamidbar (The Wandering Song)”. Their 2nd full album, “Deadly Weapons”, released in 1984 and produced by Gilles Martin and Peter Principle of Tuxedomoon, found Minimal Compact climbing independent charts with their 12" single “Next One Is Real” which was released in the U.S. by Wax Trax Records and gained heavy airplay on the alternative and new wave clubs with the single’s B-side: An extended remix by Dick O’Dell, founder of Y Records and dance-punk visionary man.

Their 1985 and 3rd album, “Raging Souls”, was produced by Colin Newman (Wire) and reached new crowds with an ethereal and somber 4AD-like singles “My Will” and “When I Go”, which later appeared on the award-winning “Wings of Desire” film, directed by Wim Wenders.

“The Figure One Cuts”, their 4th and last studio album released in 1987 and produced under the skillful hands of John Fryer (Depeche Mode, Cocteau Twins, Nine Inch Nails), was their most commercial new wave album with standout tracks as “Nil Nil”, “Inner Station” and “Piece of Green”.

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