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Crass To Reissue The Feeding Of The Five Thousand
Ben Hewitt , August 16th, 2010 12:23

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Iconoclastic anarcho punk pioneers Crass have announced the long overdue re-issue of their keystone album The Feeding Of The Five Thousand.

The following news reached The Quietus bunker this morning, courtesy of our friend at Southern Records, Allison Schnackenberg:

The Crassical Collection is finally here, and the first release is the newly remastered The Feeding Of The Five Thousand. After many years of being out of print, this legendary album has been been restored from the original analogue studio tapes, repackaged and bolstered by rare and unreleased tracks, and stunning new artwork from Gee Vaucher, who has lovingly created what could only be considered a real artefact. Included in this package is a 64-page booklet featuring all lyrics along with extensive liner notes from band members Penny Rimbaud and Steve Ignorant, which shed light on the making of the record. Also included is CD-sized recreation of the iconic original fold-out poster sleeve.

"Five thousand's a crowd (four thousand nine hundred and ninety nine more than I imagined were going to buy the record), but two's company (I knew for certain that my Mum would want one), so it was on the plate, ready to serve, The Feeding Of The Five Thousand."

"We were setting out as purists: hard, uncompromising and utterly bemused."

"On one thing we were very clear, in bringing a prosecution of Criminal Blasphemy against us the authorities would have been giving us the kind of publicity which overnight would have made us a household name. They were aware of this, and so were we. It was a situation that allowed us carte blanche to say pretty much whatever we wanted without any real fear of incrimination, a situation which over the next seven years we exploited to the hilt."

"Easy listening? You ain't heard nothing yet."

First released in 1978 on Small Wonder Records, and later re-released on the band's own Crass Records, The Feeding Of The Five Thousand showed Crass as an anti-establishment and highly uncompromising act, and one that would influence countless other bands to follow.

The package comprises: CD in digiwallet, 64 page perfect-bound book of lyrics/liner notes/art/photos, miniature recreation of original fold-out poster sleeve, all in a cardboard slip-case. All new artwork from band member Gee Vaucher (aka G Suss) including a recreation of the original poster sleeve. Liner notes from band founders Steve Ignorant and Penny Rimbaud. Newly remastered, and bolstered with rare and unreleased tracks from the same period.

This signals the first in a series of remastered versions of each of Crass' now legendary albums, each one including bonus tracks and brand new artwork.

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Christopher Queen
Aug 16, 2010 5:24pm

Long overdue.

This excuse for a government requires the return of Crass. 'Do they owe us a living? Of course they fucking do!'

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Zak Kowalski
Aug 17, 2010 9:07am

return of the middle class anarcho hippies... yawn

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Aug 17, 2010 9:49am

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return of the same old reproaches...snore

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Aug 19, 2010 1:25pm


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Aug 26, 2010 10:19am

About bloody time! My old records ain't up to scratch
when it comes to cd! sound quality alot better. Hope these more to come!!! been a supporter for over 25 years!

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Sep 8, 2010 4:19pm

Fantastic news about Crass 'Feeding' re issue. I was lucky enough to see them play live many, many years ago. They were fantastic! They changed so much. Positively I might add!

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Nov 7, 2010 6:29pm

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i hope a younger crowd get into this cos things are only going backwards now the the bullingdon club have got in,everythings different nowadays but nothings really changed.same old reproaches...maybe,but underneath the surface has anything really changed?
so what if some came from middleclass backgrounds,its not where your from its where your at now.
sit back and watch the body bags come back from Afghanistan,watch the rich get richer and those with less deprived of benefits,public services ,more homeless,dark times ahead but theres always x factor to make you forget and think everythings fine.
is it Gary Bushell making the middleclass comments?
look where he ended up,writing for 'the sun'lol.

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