This mid-price CD comprises five tracks performed live by Current 93 in 1992 and 1993. The sound quality is average; however, since these are performances which I especially liked I decided to release them nonetheless as memories of the occasions for myself and others.
Tracks 1 and 4 were recorded at the Church of St. Germain, Amiens, France on Hallowe'en Night 1992, Tracks 2 and 3 were recorded at the Walthamstow Royal Standard, London July 20, 1992. Track 5 was recorded at the Passage de Nord-Ouest, Paris on January 5, 1993.
The line-up in Amiens was: Tibet - vocals; Douglas P, - stick guitar, percussion, vocals; Michael Cashmore - acoustic guitar; James Malindaine-Lafayette - harp; Rose McDowall - semi-acoustic guitar, vocals; James Mannox - percussion, vocals. Live sound by Robert Lee.
The line-up in London was: David Tibet - vocals; Douglas P. - stick guitar, percussion, vocals; Rose McDowall - semi-acoustic guitar, vocals; James Mannox - percussion, vocals; Nick Saloman - electric and acoustic guitars; Karl Blake - bass; John Balance - vocals; Joolie Wood - violin, whistles, clarinet, vocals; Michael Cashmore - acoustic guitars; Steven Stapleton - ceaseless rhythm. Live sound by Ken Thomas.
The line-up in Paris was: David Tibet - vocals; Douglas P. - stick guitar, percussion, vocals; Michael Cashmore - acoustic guitar; James Mannox - percussion, vocals; Joolie Wood - violin, whistles, clarinet, vocals; Starfish - Spacewoman. Live sound by Gus.
My thanks to Katrin and Marieke. Long will I treasure the latter's Christmas present. And also to Bob Binh. And also to Starfish. This was cut at Porky's by Denis and distributed by the trinity at World Serpent. Gilt Noddies to all of them, too. Front cover design by Hildegard of Bingen. Back inlay design by Daniel Mangeon. Black and white photos of Amiens by Ma. Colour photograph by Starfish.
"Why then, Christ is everywhere, like the snow", he replied
"Yes; everywhere we see the ice crystal's form. This immaculate pure ice world is a heavenly domain of Jesus. His Eye is the sparkled body of each lovely flake. His lush snow world is the white pastured field. The snow, the snow: lovely, lovely and cruel, cruel. Christ as the Comforter, Christ as the Spurner. Christ Ecstatic - and Christ Desolate."
"Why then; there are two Christs of which you speak. We cannot take the one without the other, I see. Thank you. I shall take both..."
Extract from The Broken Heart Of Man
Since this New Year of 1993 I have been reflecting on questions people have asked me concerning the song Hitler As Kalki (SDM) and my views on Hitler. I am in no doubt: Hitler was Antichrist; Jesus killed Hitler - eventually... We can hope that it should have been much sooner, but for whatever reasons it was not to be. Unfortunately since Hitler's death, all around his cruel spirit lives and multiplies, and many antichrists now surround us. In the dark corners of the nightworld he and his followers wait, emerging once more and more into the day. I remember my father telling me of his experience as a member of the first British troops to enter the extermination camp of Belsen, and the hell on earth he found there. So then, perhaps this earth is hell, but it rests to us to ensure that we defend our own hearts against the call from the abyss. May all be happy; may all be aware. The Little Shining Man approaches. Terrify not Man, lest God terrify you.
David Tibet, London, January 10, 1993.
"Now I know that any human face, however vile, becomes the face of Christ when it is struck." Michel Tournier, The Erl-King
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It's nice hearing Tibet sound so fresh and innovative again. I first came across his work via Black Ships Ate The Sky. As much as I've liked Tibet's subsequent output, I typically found myself drawn to his older C93 output, with "Of Ruine or Some Blazing Starre" being a undisputed favourite of mine. Collaborating with Youth on this project has really cast his unique automythological storytelling in a whole new light. Ben Harris