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Various - In the Beginning There Was Rhythm 2LP

Various - In the Beginning There Was Rhythm 2LP

Soul Jazz Records

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Unavailable for over 20 years, In The Beginning There Was Rhythm was Soul Jazz Records' first foray into post-punk and punk-funk in the UK and captures the ground-breaking and seminal groups that crossed the divide of punk and dance music for the first time.

"In the Beginning is essential missing-link history – and body-rockin' fun" THE GUARDIAN

"In the Beginning doesn't have a single limp tune. It'll amaze new listeners and give old ones some hard-to-find tracks. Buy it." PITCHFORK

"There's no denying that In the Beginning There Was Rhythm is a great gateway into this expansive, fruitful, trailblazing era." ALL MUSIC

First released in 2001, this album is fully remastered, remade and presented once more in its entirety and features A Certain Ratio, Cabaret Voltaire, Throbbing Gristle, The Human League, The Pop Group, Gang of Four, The Slits, 23 Skidoo and This Heat.

As Muzik magazine noted on its initial release, 'In The Beginning' is a choice selection from the fertile post-punk period when bands thought nothing of combining politics and philosophy with imported dance rhythms and edgy industrial angst.

The bands featured come (mostly) from the then bleak post-industrial North of England – Manchester, Sheffield, Leeds as well as Bristol and London, and yet all show a fascination with black American rhythms and an experimentation in sound that was completely unique at the time.

The title of the album comes from The Slits track of the same name.

This double vinyl edition with download code comes complete with two bespoke inner bags containing extensive sleevenotes and original photography.

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