John Foxx: Concrete + Organized Noise UK LP 
- A Frozen Moment
- He’s A Liquid (Instrumental Dub)
- Mr. No (Alternative Version)
- The Uranium Committee
- A Man Alone
- Over Tokyo
- Terminal Zone
- Burning Car (Early Version)
- A Version Of You
- Glimmer (Alternative Version)
- Fragmentary City
- Critical Mass
- Alamogordo Logic
- Miss Machinery
As if on cue… So last post we were burrowing into one of the rare John Foxx outside productions; the numbers of which can be counted on the fingers of one hand. And this morning when breakfasting with my wife, I invoked the all too descriptive lyric that was “there’s no one driving” when my wife suddenly grabbed the iPad and went to see what was up with Herr Foxx. After all, isn’t that new Maths album in the pipeline? It seems like I’ve been waiting for it forever this time as opposed to the astonishing “bang! bang! bang!” of the first three albums of that collective. The usual places didn’t have anything new, so she looked elsewhere. The dark place. When what to her wond’ring eyes should appear but a new Foxx LP coming our way in the new year.
This one is a compilation of “Metamatic” odds and ends to commemorate the 40th anniversary of that seminal release in just a few weeks. Everything here is from the vault material. I’m at least happy to see this pressed up as a 40+ minute LP on a single disc, not one of those 2-3x disc 45 RPM monstrosities they sell these days and call an album [for $60+].
Old timers may remember that “Metamatic” was one of the very first British albums of the 80s; in more ways than one. All of this material was also on the recent, comprehensive “Metamatic” DLX RM box but this time it’s been crafted into an LP, on grey wax, of course, so you can forget trying to cue up any single track on the turntable. I’ve had grey vinyl for years and grey, white, and especially clear vinyl is exceedingly difficult to cue.
The sick fact is that this is redundant to the amazing 3xCD I already have of this music, but put it in a Barnbrook cover and I sort of need to have this bad boy. Especially since there’s only 500 pressed and at £19.99 [$26.26] they will surely sell out in a short time like all of the other Foxx LPs of recent vintage. I’ve managed to keep up with most of Foxx’s releases, but there’s still that 2014 white vinyl “Metamatic” in a gatefold sleeve from 2014 Record Store Day UK that is still out there; not cheap, but certainly affordable, and I need to act on that one day when I have some [Ha! Ha! Ha!] spare cash. Meanwhile, this LP will be released on January 24th, 2020, which may be the exact 40th anniversary of “Metamatic’s” release if there’s any justice in the world. Preorder from the Foxx webstore below.
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