Thursday, May 25, 2017

#SAB 043-044 Apotheosis



Apotheosis

2 CD
Label : Sabotage Records
Catalogue : #SAB 043-044
Disc Length : 77:30 / 78:21
Source : Studio
Sound Quality : EX / EX+
Year Of Release :

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Disc 1

1. Beautiful Strange (short take)   2. One Song (intro)   3. One Song   4. A 1,000 Hugs And Kisses   5. Letter 4 Miles   6. Beautiful Strange   7. My Name Is Bart   8. Interactive   9. Days Of Wild   10. The Most Beautiful Girl In The World (remix)   11. Mad   12. Funky Design   13. Snowman   14. Rebirth Of The Flesh   15. Strange Relationship   16. Old Friends 4 Sale   17. The Grand Progression

Disc 2

1. Help Me Baby   2. Naughty   3. I Could Be Your Lover   4. Moments   5. Possessed (instrumental)   6. Possessed (vocal)   7. Lisa   8. Wet Dream Cousin (listed as Real Love on packaging)   9. Purple Music (listed as So High on packaging)   10. Climax (instrumental)   11. Climax (bass)   12. Extra Loveable   13. Vibrator (dialogue #1)   14. Vibrator (dialogue #2)   15. Vibrator

COMMENT

A below-par release by Sabotage's standards, in fact I'm rather surprised this was ever released under their name as the content is such a mixed bag. Disc 1 begins with the short intro version of 'Beautiful Strange' lifted straight from the Channel 4 1998 "Beautiful Strange" documentary where P is interrupted in the studio by a phone call to inform him Mel B has arrived for their interview - why this has been included on a collection of outtakes is a mystery. Things improve nicely for the next few tracks and we have a number of unreleased outtakes in extremely high quality. Choosing to split 'One Song' into the opening dialogue and the song itself is a blatant attempt to fill out the disc though. Next, we have 'My Name Is Bart' which is one of the lowest points of this terrible release - there is no P input whatsoever and it's inclusion is a sign of how desperate Sabotage were to max this fucker out - a horrendously bad decision to include this one. The following 3 tracks have been taken from the cassette P sold to European radio in 1994 and include the 10 minute version of 'The Most Beautiful Girl In The World' often referred to as #1 and originally released on the 'Now' bootleg. The opening 3 tracks on Disc 2 are also highly questionable in terms of P's involvement. They are apparently attributed to 94 East however even that is highly suspect - it's safe to assume there is no P input here, which again begs the question as why they have been included by Sabotage. Track 4 is an instrumental titled 'Moments' which again is highly suspect as it has never been confirmed as a P track. The remainder of Disc 2 is an absolute mess of mislabelled tracks - 'Wet Dream Cousin' listed on the packaging as 'Real Love', and 'Purple Music' mistakenly titled as 'So High'. Unfortunately the accompanying booklet sheds no light on any of the questions this release throws up and contains absolutely no information on the contents of the discs, instead focusing on an interview with a Paisley Park sound engineer from 1999 lifted directly from the Love4OneAnother site. In my opinion the worst release from Sabotage's vast back catalogue, and a release which should be avoided.

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