This Heat - Health and EfficiencyModern Classics
MCR 918 LP
Long Playing Record
First official vinyl re-issue in collaboration with original band members Charles Bullen and Charles Hayward. 24 bit/96 kHz re-master from original analog tapes. 180 gram wax housed in an expanded gatefold tip-on jacket. Includes booklet with track notes and archival photos.
With their self-titled debut, This Heat sowed the seeds of post-punk, avant rock, noise rock and post-rock. The album took the trio -- Charles Bullen, Charles Hayward and Gareth Williams -- two years to create, and placed them at the forefront of experimental music. The follow-up, the 20-minute Health and Efficiency, proved to be a less labored -- and more conventional -- record to make.
Bridging the gap between the debut and their masterpiece, Deceit, the 1980 release found the band settling into a groove at their studio, Cold Storage. The eight-minute title track, remembers Charles Hayward, 'was improvised pretty much fully-formed,' and included the sound of the neighboring school's playground and the band rolling bottles around in the gallery space next to their studio. That's where they found the maxi-single's sleeve too -- Pete Cobb's blue and white image was on display in the same gallery.
As Charles Hayward notes: 'Everything seemed to fall into place.' On the B-side, the drone for 'Graphic/Varispeed' came from the song '24 Track Loop' on the first album, albeit manipulated, slowed down and sped up. 'In the process, we realized that we liked the morphing of the sound from one state to another as the vari-speed combed the sound across the equalization, like a microscope. So we recorded the process itself, which is what you hear here,' says Hayward. The intention was for the single to be able to be played at 33, 45 or 78 RPM -- which you're welcome to do with this reissue, too.