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Boomkat Product Review:
Originally released in 1979, The Raincoats' debut album gets another reissue, this time remastered and via the band's own We ThRee imprint.
This edition includes the Kurt Cobain liner notes from the 1994 reissue, along with text from the band's own Ana Da Silva and Gina Birch. The album is an outright classic of the post-punk era, underlining the free-spirited mish-mashing tactics of the time with its integration of Vicky Aspinall's violin into the barbed guitar formation that leads the charge.
Tracks like 'Fairytale In The Supermarket', 'No Side To Fall In' and the gloriously weird 'The Void' still sound terrific, and the band's notorious cover of The Kinks' 'Lola' remains inspired, reproducing the original affectionately and accurately, albeit with a heap of ramshackle instrumentation. Co-produced by Rough Trade founder Geoff Travis and The Red Krayola's Mayo Thompson, this record is steeped in history, and its immediacy, vitality and all-round inspirational qualities have lost none of their impact in 2009.