27270-2 Return The Gift
Produced by Andy Gill
Released on October 11, 2005
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S houldíve called it Donít Fix What Ainít Broke. The Gang of Four re-fourmed in 2004 as an occasional touring band, and Return The Gift was the tour teaser: a re-recording of fourteen classic Four tracks that re-creates the fire and intelligence of the originals with only minimal tinkering. I toyed with the idea of simply rewriting my original Entertainment! review as a protest, but Return The Gift honestly deserves better. If Mall showed us nothing else, itís that you donít really want to hear new music from old bands. Old music from old bands played with the same old energy is somehow more re-assuring and, if we were honest with ourselves, all we really wanted. We donít want to hear the Gang of Four grow old; you wonít on Return The Gift. These re-recordings have more elasticity than I remember, and a handful take advantage of hindsight with modern effects (ďWe Live As We Dream, Alone,Ē ďHeíd Send The Army,Ē). Otherwise, itís a homecoming to the Hell we remember. As with the Sex Pistolsí reunion, thereís something refreshingly honest about the bandís commercial intentions, admirable in their unhurriedness to adapt. As early as 1991, a remix of ďTo Hell With PovertyĒ suggested that the Gang knew their legacy rested on a few albums and EPs. Most artists end up defending their early work or dismissing it; few can still attack with it. With time, I might really come around to the idea of revolutionary bands resharpening their old songs in the studio. For now, itís enough that I enjoyed this Gift not for what it was but for what it is. (One down, four to go.)

TRACK LISTING

  1. TO HELL WITH POVERTY    3:56
  2. DAMAGED GOODS    3:25
  3. NATURAL'S NOT IN IT    3:08
  4. NOT GREAT MEN    3:10
  5. WHY THEORY?    2:24
  6. ANTHRAX    4:08
  7. PARALYSED    (Andy Gill/Jon King)    3:24
  8. WHAT WE ALL WANT    4:53
  9. ETHER    3:37
  10. HE'D SEND THE ARMY    4:12
  11. CAPITAL    (Andy Gill)    3:40
  12. I LOVE A MAN IN A UNIFORM    (Andy Gill/Jon King)    3:40
  13. AT HOME HE'S A TOURIST    3:38
  14. WE LIVE AS WE DREAM, ALONE    (Andy Gill/Jon King)    3:16

    All songs written by Dave Allan/Hugo Burnham/Andy Gill/Jon King unless noted

    Disc Two (Remixes)
  15. TO HELL WITH POVERTY (GO HOME PRODUCTIONS REMIX)
  16. NATURAL'S NOT IN IT (LADYTRON REMODEL)
  17. I LOVE A MAN IN A UNIFORM (YEAH YEAH YEAHS REMIX)
  18. ETHER-INTO THE ETHER (TONY KANAL REMIX)
  19. AT HOME HE'S A TOURIST (THE OTHERS REMIX)
  20. NOT GREEN MEN (PHONES EXTENDED REMIX)
  21. ANTHRAX (FAULTLINE REMIX)
  22. DAMAGED GOODS (HOT HOT HEAT REMIX)
  23. WHY THEORY? (AMUSEMENT PARKS ON FIRE REMIX)
  24. NATURAL'S NOT IN IT (REPACKAGED BY THE RAKES)
  25. AT HOME HE'S A TOURIST (THE OTHERS ALTERNATE MIX)
  26. WHAT WE ALL WANT (DANDY WARHOLS REMIX)

    JPN bonus remixes
  27. HE'D SEND THE ARMY (MELVINS REMIX)
  28. NATURAL'S NOT IN IT (TIED REMIX)

CREDITS

DAVE ALLEN --
HUGO BURNHAM --
ANDY GILL -- engineer, mixing
JON KING --
Sam Morton -- engineer
Helen Ward -- engineer
Clive Goddard -- mixing


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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK 2005 V2 Records 2CD VVR-103443-2 w. bonus disc
US October 11, 2005 V2 Records CD 27270-2  
JPN 2005 V2 Records 2CDX V2CP-238/9 w. bonus remixes

 

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