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Coil, Zos Kia, & Marc Almond

How To Destroy Angels

CSR263
Release Notes
  • Unreleased recordings taken from the original masters
  • Black LP in glossy sleeve
  • CD Edition out now in glossy 6-panel digipak
  • For fans of Coil, Throbbing Gristle, Psychic TV, Chris & Cosey, Nurse With Wound
  • All vinyl comes with download card
  • Excellent sound and studio remastering by Martin Bowes (Attrition)
How To Destroy Angels
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How To Destroy Angels
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The complete recording of ‘A Slow Fade To Total Transparency’. Recorded 24th August 1983, at the Air Gallery, London, UK. All audio has been remastered from the original tapes, is previously unreleased, and is exclusive to this release.

Personnel for the performance – John Balance (Coil), John Gosling (Zos Kia), Marc Almond (Soft Cell) and live mix by Peter Christopherson (Coil, Throbbing Gristle), with liner notes by Michel Faber (‘Under The Skin’, ‘The Crimson Petal And The White’).

Track one is the complete 23 minute “How To Destroy Angels” piece. The second is a 9 minute unheard remix by John Gosling, and the third an unreleased recording of Zos Kia / Coil at Recession Studios, London, England, October 12, 1983.

Michel Faber: “Imagine how out-of-step with the dominant culture COIL were when they unveiled themselves in the Air Gallery to perform A Slow Fade To Total Transparency. Subtitled How To Destroy Angels, the music – a backing track prepared by JOHN BALANCE, JOHN GOSLING and PETER CHRISTOPHERSON – bears only scant resemblance to the How To Destroy Angels 12” that Coil would release as their debut vinyl the following year. Instead of the meditative ritual gongs of the 12", what we hear here is a restless, queasy melange of industrial noise, its eerie whistles the perfect backdrop for MARC ALMOND as he recites a bitter tirade against an ex-lover".