Assume Power Focus

Throbbing Gristle

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Assume Power Focus Review

by Steve Huey

Originally released in 1982 through the group's fan club and reissued in 1997, Assume Power Focus captures Throbbing Gristle in its formative stages; most of the material dates from 1975, with the exception of two previously unissued tracks, "A Debris of Murder" and "Leeds Ripper." The recording quality is a bit crude, and the difference between the earlier and later tracks is pretty major -- the later ones are much more rhythmic and structured -- but overall, it's an intriguing look at the seminal outfit's arty beginnings.

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