Nitzer Ebb are a British EBM (Electronic Body Music – a sub-genre of electronic music combining industrial, synth punk, disco and dance) group formed in 1982 by Essex school friends Vaughan “Bon” Harris (programming, synthesizers, drums, vocals), Douglas McCarthy (vocals), and David Gooday (drums). They released their demo ‘Basic Pain Procedure’ in 1983, following it up with five albums for Mute/Geffen. This career spanning retrospective box marks the first time that all five of the band’s albums for Geffen/Mute have been collected in one complete box set. The box set features expanded double vinyl releases of each album (10 vinyl LPs in all), with several bonus tracks and hard to find 12” mixes – all carefully curated and remastered by Pylon Records.
The original artwork has also been expanded into gatefold sleeves, with embossing and spot UV finish. It also contains a large size booklet with liner notes by the band’s co-founders Douglas McCarthy and Bon Harris, along with unseen photos, flyers and artwork, detailing their entire career in chronological order from Essex to Los Angeles. These albums have been out-of-print since the early ’90s and have never been reissued prior to this. Available in two versions, one with five double albums in black vinyl, and the other being a limited edition coloured vinyl release which contains not only the five double albums but also ‘Basic Pain Procedure’.
The result is something which is invaluable to any fan of the band. But, to be honest I just don’t understand this style of music at all, and although I can appreciate all the work has gone into this six and a half hour long set, it just isn’t something I want to listen to. But in terms of what is being delivered to the fan, this is quite an achievement.