Boomkat Product Review:
This is the definitive, 40th Anniversary Edition of The Pop Group’s highly influential and innovative debut album ‘Y’ released in 1979, remastered from the original tapes and (for the vinyl formats) cut half speed at Abbey Road.
"Includes the debut single ‘She Is Beyond Good And Evil’ (also remastered), the 10-track album ‘Alien Blood’ and the album titled ‘Y Live’. ‘Alien Blood’ is the result of the band’s meticulous process of revisiting the original 2” tapes of their studio sessions and recordings, unearthing never-before-heard material, including the studio recording of ‘Kiss The Book’, gloves off version of ‘We Are Time (Ricochet)’ and ‘Words Disobey Me (Dennis The Menace Mix)’ whilst exposing the raw skeletons of iconic tracks such as the original velocity of ‘Thief of Fire (Bass Addict)’.
‘Alien Blood’ reveals the life of ‘Y’ before everything was finalized, exposing revelatory dimensions within these iconic works. The ‘Y Live’ album is an essential addendum to the original release, one that captures all the fierce urgency of The Pop Group’s live performances at the time. Comprised of ‘Y’-era recordings captured at a variety of locations including New York, Manchester & Brussels - the latter on a bill with William Burroughs and Joy Division - ‘Y Live’ exemplifies what had proved so thrilling about The Pop Group. A snapshot of a time when the group were sharing stages with future acolytes including Cabaret Voltaire, Linton Kwesi Johnson and Public Image Ltd, Mark Stewart describes the recordings as attempts to “paint the impossible.”
The Pop Group went on to release two further singles, ‘We Are All Prostitutes’ and ‘Where There Is A Will’ (split single with the Slits) and one further studio album, ‘For How Much Do We Tolerate Mass Murder’, before splitting up in 1981. Mark Stewart from the band embarked on a solo career releasing his pioneering album ‘Learning To Live With Cowardice’ in 1983. Gareth Sager and Bruce Smith went on to form Rip Rig & Panic alongside Neneh Cherry.|