Throbbing Gristle

24 Hours of Throbbing Gristle

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The lavish box set 24 Hours of Throbbing Gristle presents the bulk of Throbbing Gristle's live concerts, from their first gig at the Air Gallery in London on July 6, 1976 to March 13, 1980 at London's Goldsmith's College. Genesis P-Orridge, Cosey Fanni Tutti, Chris Carter, and Peter Christopherson here raise a holy racket, a churning mass of metal-on-metal percussion, droning bass, and swirling, stabbing, unidentifiable noises. The set lists appear largely improvised (the lack of any sort of track listing for each disc does not help). Tracks which seem to reappear in new versions over the course of the set include the classic "Discipline," "Persuasion," and "single" "Hamburger Lady." The gigs were recorded live to cassette, and are presented here with little cleanup. So what we have here are bootleg quality recordings of improvised industrial noise. More accurately, what we have here is the audio equivalent of mud, with no discernible instruments and "singer" P-Orridge's screeching-cat "singing." Some recordings sound better than others, but for the most part, these are aggressively lo-fi recordings. So the questions is, is that okay? For the die-hard fans who will purchase this set, it probably is. The age of the original tapes and the attendant degradation in sound quality is audible and adds to the overall gestalt. Very few bands from this era have made the entirety of their live recordings available for sale, and even fewer so-called industrial bands. So as documentation of a scene, this set is important. For the casual listener, this is prohibitively expensive, and a daunting set to approach. There's 24 hours of music here! For the truly dedicated, the remaining ten live concerts are released in a follow-up set, TG+.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
01:00:00

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
16:57
2
21:31

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
01:00:00

Track Listing - Disc 4

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
34:47
2
12:36

Track Listing - Disc 5

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
3:03
2
28:28

Track Listing - Disc 6

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
34:54
2
12:33

Track Listing - Disc 7

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
5:00
2
27:30

Track Listing - Disc 8

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
2:53
2
28:33

Track Listing - Disc 9

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
28:11
2
31:49

Track Listing - Disc 10

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
3:09
2
28:25

Track Listing - Disc 11

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
32:16
2
13:52

Track Listing - Disc 12

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
4:05
2
27:57

Track Listing - Disc 13

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
3:17
2
28:21

Track Listing - Disc 14

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
3:42
2
28:09

Track Listing - Disc 15

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
31:19
2
14:20

Track Listing - Disc 16

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
33:25
2
13:17

Track Listing - Disc 17

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
1:11
2
29:24

Track Listing - Disc 18

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
29:45
2
30:14

Track Listing - Disc 19

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
29:48
2
30:11

Track Listing - Disc 20

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
29:02
2
30:57

Track Listing - Disc 21

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
28:43
2
31:16

Track Listing - Disc 22

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
3:11
2
28:24

Track Listing - Disc 23

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
29:58
2
30:01

Track Listing - Disc 24

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
2:42
2
28:39
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