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CD released: Apr 27, 2018

Tracklisting:
1. 1/the Sound Of Confusion 5:54
2. 2/2.35 (Version 1) 3:50
3. 3/losing Touch With My Mind 5:16
4. 4/amen 4:53
5. 5/that's Just Fine (Vocal Version) 7:35
6. 6/come Down Easy 6:58
7. 7/mary Anne 4:19
8. 8/feel So Good 5:04
9. 9/2.35 (Feedback Version) 3:50
10. 10/hey Man 4:49 11/it's Allright 7:42
11. 12/2.35 (Version 2) 3:40
12. 13/things'll Never Be The Same 6:09
13. 14/transparent Radiation (Organ Version) 4:14
SPACEMEN 3
TAKING DRUGS TO MAKE MUSIC TO
Label: SPACE AGE
Cat No: ORBIT056CD
Barcode: 5023693105628
Packaging: CD Regular

Re-release, digitally re-mastered featuring Sonic Boom and Jason Pierce. The origi-
nal appearance of Taking Drugs was a bootleg on the legendary/notorious Father

Yod imprint in 1990, later supplemented with contemporary outtakes and cuts for the
Bomp reissue in 1994 and one further song for the Space Age version in 2000. The
original seven tracks, dated January 1986 and the first recordings to feature Pete
Bain on bass, are collectively known as the Northampton Demos. Both Sonic and
Pierce have been on record as long preferring these takes to the eventual versions

that surfaced for the most part on Sound of Confusion. Certainly it's a fine set of per-
formances, showing a definite step toward the more familiar sound of the group and

away from the rougher takes on For All the Fucked Up Children of the World. "The
Sound of Confusion," aka "Walkin' With Jesus," rips along with fierce energy, Pierce's
singing and the rampaging, primitive wail and rumble of the band just wonderful.
"Losing Touch With My Mind" takes things to an even higher level, a huge wallop of

feedback and beat (Natty Brooker's drumming in particular delivers just what the doc-
tor ordered), Pierce delivering the lines with a flat, cutting drawl. On the slightly lighter

tip, "Come Down Easy" is more or less fully in place (aside from singing about it being

1986!), possessing a more upfront but less vocally distinct feel than the Perfect Pre-
scription take. The tracks that surfaced on the later reissues come from a variety of

different sessions, including the original take on "Feel So Good" and a good live version of "Things'll Never Be the Same," one of
several cuts featuring Brooker's drumming replacement Rosco.

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