All music composed and improvised by MASSACRE.
Tracks 4, 6, 7, 9, 11, 12, 15, 17 & 19 recorded live April 1981 at 24 Rue Dunois, Paris.
Tracks 2, 3, 5, 8, 10 & 13 recorded June 1981 at OAO Studio, Brooklyn.
Tracks 1 & 16 recorded July 1981 at Inroads, NYC.
Track 14 recorded April 1980 at CBGB, NYC.
Track 18 recorded June 1981 at the Stone Club, San Francisco.
Additional work on the tapes done at Sorcerer Sound, NYC.
Recorded live at CBGB, New York, April 1980 (14), Rue Dunois, Paris, April 1981 (4, 6, 7, 9, 11, 12, 15), Stone Club, San Francisco, June 1981 (17), Inroads, New York, July 1981 (1, 16) and OAO Studio, Brooklyn, New York, June 1981 (2, 3, 5, 8, 10, 13) by Jean-Marc FOUSSAT (Paris), Charlie MARTIN (CBGB), unknown (SF), Bruce LEVINSON (Inroads), Martin BISI (OAO). Digitally remastered from the original recordings by Fred FRITH and Benedykt GORDON at Studio Gordon, Munich, January 1993 and by Andy FUCHS at SMM, Munich, February 1993. Cover Design: Peter BADER. Coverphotos: Heike LISS. Photos of Musicians: Tina CORRAN [!] / Thi-Linh LE. Litography: Litho AG, Aarau. Special thanks to Peter BLEGVAD, Bob CHRISTGRAU, Tina CURRAN, Giorgio GOMELSKY, Mike HARRISON, Thi-Linh LE, Bruce LEVINSON, Patrick PLUNIER, Michael SHORE, Sylvian TORIKIAN, Roger TRILLING & Greg HEET (Mr. E-Bow). "Conversations whith White Arc" originally appeared on "Speechless" (ReCDec 902). Tracks 1, 7, 15, 16, 17 consist of previously unpeleased material. PLAY IT LOUD! Fred FRITH: In October of 1978, Giorgio GOMELSKY called me from New York and invited me to come and witness the latest of his many phoenix imitations - the infamous "Zu Manifestival", aday-and-night-long extravaganza that took place in the old Entermedia Thheatre on 2nd Avenue. Henry Cow had broken up two months earlier, and after ten increasingly claustrophobic years of group life I wasn't even sure who I was and more, let alone what I was going to do next. I was ready for anything. On my arrival in New York I went straight from the airport to Giorgio's "Zu Place". In the basement a band was rehearsing the Art Bears' song "Moers Dancing" with a monstrous 4/4 dance beat. I was hooked! The rhythm section consisted of Fred MAHER, then 16 years old, and Bill LASWELL who said little and missed nothing. Later, the "Zu Band" became "MATERIAL". In the meantime I moved to New York permanently and asked Bill and Fred to join me in "MASSACRE". The group lasted less than eighteen months and didn't play more than about twenty gigs. This, our only record, was originally released by Recommended Japan and Celluloid in 1981.
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