Boomkat Product Review:
Combined reissue of TG’s long out of print “come-back” album plus their sought-after ‘TG Now’ 12”, previously only available at their 2004 RE:TG show at London’s Astoria.
A bit of tasty package for TG diehards and industrial fiends of all stripes, this boxset coughs up a strong reminder of Throbbing Gristle’s sorely missed energies, back when they were still a four-piece, before the death of Peter Christopherson (1955-2010) and the acrimonious departure of Genesis P-Orridge. While Cosey Fanni Tutti and Chris Carter would continue as X-TG in 2010, these recordings are some of Throbbing Gristle’s last group efforts.
Notably making their hard-to-find 2004 side ‘TG Now’ available in a paper sleeve (as opposed to the plastic one which has caused owners some issues), along with a mesmerising example of their uniquely refined songwriting abilities in ‘Part Two - The Endless Knot’ - then their first album recording in 25 years - the boxset highlights the strange, ill-fated return by one of the world’s most influential bands, whose original innings between 1976-1981 generated a slew of material that altered the course of experimental music forever.
In chronological order, 2004’s ‘TG Now’ was recorded and released by the band’s legendary Industrial Records to coicide with the RE:TG show at London’s Astoria. The vinyl was sold exclusively at the show and has traded for way of rt. original price ever since, making this fresh pressing of aces such as the sputtering rock ’n drone of ‘How Do You Deal’ and the slithering groover ‘Splitting Sky’ newly available on wax to a whole new wave of freaks. Likewise, ‘Part Two - The Endless Knot’ has been long out-of-print on vinyl, but this one is more an album “proper”, with duties divided between group efforts and four individual tracks by Carter, Tutti, P-Orridge (and Bryin Dall) and Christopherson, who mark distance travelled since the likes of ‘D.o.A’ with a compelling concentration and expansion of what made their sound so vital in the first place.