eyeless in gaza

Plague of years (songs and instrumentals 1980-2006)

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SR263
CD digipack + 16 pages booklet
special price if you're ordering at same time SR257 Martyn Bates CD

Leading our fall season will be these two long-awaited collections. One is devoted to Martyn Bates and
offers a retrospective of his whole career, now going
on for more than 20 years, including his collaborations
outside Eyeless in Gaza. The other collection is
a similar retrospective focusing on Eyeless in Gaza
(Martyn Bates + Peter Becker).

This CD deals with two sides of the group. First is its deeply lyrical vein, with summits like See Red and Lights of April, tracks that have almost never been included on "best-of" projects, despite the fact that they represent some of the most moving songs these musicians ever wrote. This collection also explores the group's more adventurous side through a number of instrumental pieces. This aspect of their output is little known and often neglected, even though it was there from their very beginnings. These two combining currents, where experimentation precedes lyricism (and the other way around), turn this album into a truly new way of (re)discovering Eyeless in Gaza. This unique architecture creates the impression that each side strengthens the other one's presence. Probably for the first time ever, the 21 tracks so redistributed provide the band with irrefutable arguments toward its rebirth. Yes, Eyeless in Gaza is one of the most underrated groups. Let us hope these two CD siblings finally set the record straight. In this world of ours, will integrity finally pay off?

"One of the great bands that emerged post punk...
They were truly unique.... I still love them..."
Alan Mc Gee / March 2005

FEATURES

MARTYN BATES
PETER BECKER

TRACK LISTING CD / 21 TRACKS

01 Mock sun (instrumental) 3:38 / 1994
02 Reminding pictures 3:46 / 1994
03 Every which way 5:02 / 1981
04 Mixed choir (instrumental) 4:57 / 2005
05 One by one 3:30 / 1982
06 Before December (instrumental) 2:12 / 1980
07 Ever pitch and bite 2:50 / 1981
08 History book 4:49 / 1995
09 John of Patmos 4:21 / 1980
10 See red 2:47 / 1981
11 Rose petal knot 2:14 / 1980
12 Guide this night 3:08 / 1995
11 The lovely wanton 4:25 / 2001
14 (I) To Steven (instrumental) 4:05 / 1984
15 (II) Sun-like-gold 3:11 / 1984
16 (III) To Elizabeth S. (instrumental) 4:32 / 1984
17 At arms lenght 2:02 / 1982
18 Lights of April 2:22 / 1982
19 To cry mercy 5:15 / 1995
20 She moves thru the fair 3:03 / 1985
21 Falling leaf / fading flower: goodbye
to Summer
5:08 / 1982