Pop Group: Y (2LP/remaster 2019) LP

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Mute releases a remastered vinyl LP reissue of The Pop Group's seminal Y cut using half speed mastering at Abbey Road. Y is the band's highly influential and innovative 1979 debut released in the same year as their "She is Beyond Good & Evil" / "3:38" single which is also included here on an accompanying 12". Y regularly appears in ‘Greatest Album' lists including The Wire's 100 Most Important Records Ever Made, Uncut Magazine's 100 Greatest Debut Albums and Pitchfork's Greatest Albums of the 70's, clocking in at No. 35. The Pop Group went on to release two further singles, "We Are All Prostitutes" and "Where There Is A Will" (Split single with the Slits), and one further studio album, For How Much Do We Tolerate Mass Murder, before splitting up in 1981. Frontman Mark Stewart, embarked on a solo career releasing his pioneering album Learning To Live With Cowardice in 1983. Gareth Sager and Bruce Smith went on to form Rip Rig & Panic alongside Neneh Cherry. The Pop Group reformed in 2010 to tour and have since released two new studio albums. "The Pop Group were unique in that every song on their hugely influential album Y seemed like it could fall apart at any moment, but even in their loosest moments they somehow managed to contain the turmoil long enough to create something bold, dramatic, meticulously organized" - Pop Matters "A maelstrom of dub and distortion effects, a tempest of extremesage, terror, anguish, all hurtle past and round you: time and space feel violently mutable." - Wire
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