Boomkat Product Review:
Factory’s mayo-loving subsidiary hail Bobby Gillespie’s first band and Scotland’s answer to New Order with a shuffled and expanded 40th year edition of their debut LP, augmented by an armful of singles. Do not proceed without checking their killer ‘Judas’ and prime jangle in ‘Patrol’, the brooding ‘Uniform’, or the spiky ‘Give Up’
“Factory Benelux presents expanded CD and vinyl editions of Harmony, the debut album by influential Scottish group The Wake, originally released by Factory Records in December 1982. The group formed in Glasgow in 1981 after singer/guitarist Caesar left Altered Images, and joined Factory the following year. Harmony was recorded at Strawberry Studios in Stockport with producer Chris Nagle (Martin Hannett's preferred engineer), by which time The Wake comprised Caesar (vocals, guitar), Carolyn Allen (keyboards), Steven Allen (drums) and Bobby Gillespie (bass). On release as Fact 60 the original 7 track mini album earned a 5 star review in Sounds magazine, hailed as the missing indiepop link between Factory and Postcard Records.
Bonus tracks on this extended remaster include dub-informed second single Something Outside b/w Host (FBN 24), and their popular John Peel session from July 1983 - the last recordings to feature Gillespie before his departure for The Jesus and Mary Chain and Primal Scream.
The 2xCD version is housed in a trifold digipack, and on the bonus CD offers 21 lost recordings from 1981 to 1983, compiled from demo and live cassettes located in the Rob Gretton tape archive.
The 3 disc vinyl version is packaged in an attractive trifold sleeve and includes 8 live tracks desk recorded at Ayr Pavilion on 15 April 1983, while on tour with New Order. The vinyl also includes a digital copy. The artwork for these 40th anniversary editions includes images of the band by photographer Paul Slattery, taken at the Mitchell Library in Glasgow, as well as new liner notes by Caesar.”