Skeletal Family – Eternal – CD Boxset review30th January 2016
Probably one of the most influential post punk Goth bands of their generation this boxset is an essential part of any audiophile or Goths record collection.
This collection, which is released by Cherry Red Records 29th January, has been lovingly put together with the band opening their archives for the 1st time in many years & culminates the Skeletal Family’s independent recordings for the Red Rhino label between 1983 and 1985.
5 discs of pure, raw, & amazing music. Which features for the 1st time, many of the band’s unissued BBC sessions for John Peel, Kid Jensen and Janice Long on disc 3.
Discs 1 & 2 concentrates firmly on the bands 1st 2 studio albums Burning Oil and Futile Combat, alongside all their non-album singles, B-sides and rare compilation appearances.
Disc 4 concentrates on live material, drawn principally from a show at Folkestone Peter Pipers (01-03-84) and a later show with Anne-Marie’s replacement Katrina Phillips. It culminates with a version of Bob Dylan’s ‘Knocking On Heaven’s Door’, with guests Andrew Eldritch (Sisters Of Mercy) and Wayne Hussey (The Mission).
Disc 5 is tremendous as it concentrates on new & old demos along with reunion live tracks. Personally the sound of new demos fills me with hope of a possible new album (one can hope & once again I’m planting seeds)
The discs are housed in a very nice card box box that contains the 5 cds in their own cardboard covers as well as a really nice booklet that contains the band’s history & rare photos. The only gripe I have is with the booklet itself. The print is so small that you need a microscope to read it. That is the only thing that lets this set down.
To have all this great music in one handy package for the 1st time ever is truly brilliant & it’s great to experience this amazing band again. I hadn’t heard most of this in over 20 years so it was almost like rediscovering an old friend.For those of you who are just starting to delve a bit deeper in to the past you are going to find something in this box for you.
It’s well worth the money just for discs 3-5 but t have the added bonus of Futile Combat & Burning Oil along with B-sides is just a beautiful thing.
If you’re a fan of “panda” rock then it’s must have purchase.
20. TREES (Flexible Response Vsn)
20. THE WIZARD
(with Andrew Eldritch and Wayne Hussey)
* Brand new 2015 Demos
Score – 8.5/10