Pere Ubu – Elitism for the People 1975-1978 – LP Box Set


“The Modern Dance is one of the first and greatest art-rock records.” The Guardian

“By 1978 they had achieved what no other group would even attempt, before or since…” NME

“Freaking us out for years, garage-rock brutalists still rock.” Q

These albums are not the past.

These albums are the present.

The box is nice too. More convenient. Tidier.

Collecting the bracing and brilliant Pere Ubu in their earliest incarnation, with the devastating one-two knockout blow of 1978 studio bookends “The Modern Dance” and “Dub Housing”, followed by “The Hearpen Singles (1975-1977)” and a red hot live set “Manhattan”, recorded at the legendary Max’s Kansas City in 1977; “Elitism For The People 1975-78” serves as a gut punch.

As vital as ever, no band before or since has ever sounded like Pere Ubu – period.

Working from the original 2-track analogue mix tapes, Paul Hamann at Suma transferred to digital at the highest resolution available, at least four times the resolution of CD audio. Then, the tracks were carefully re-mastered by sonic architect Brian Pyle so as to capture the unique qualities within; the resulting listening experience is truly mind-blowing.

The box includes a download code, hosted by Bandcamp for FLAC and other formats. It also includes an A3 poster from the 1977 Datapanik tour.

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