Cabaret Voltaire Kick Off Reissue Series with 'Red Mecca' Vinyl Re-release

Cabaret Voltaire Kick Off Reissue Series with 'Red Mecca' Vinyl Re-release
Nineteen years after calling it quits, chilly UK post-punk crew Cabaret Voltaire are about to highlight some finer points from their career via a new reissue series.

A press release confirms that the Sheffield outfit's third LP, 1981's Red Mecca, will be offered up on wax via Mute on July 22. The record was originally served up through Rough Trade, but Mute released a CD edition in 1990.

Mute explains that the record was the last full work with co-founder Chris Watson and was inspired by riots that had been taking place across the country at the time. The band's Richard H. Kirk hinted in a statement how "that insurrection on the streets found its way into the music."

The Middle Eastern influences on the LP likewise "reflected the beginnings of long-running tensions stemming from the Islamic Revolution and the resulting Afghanistan conflict and rise in fundamentalism." Portions of the album were also inspired by writer William S. Burroughs and Orson Welles' 1958 film Touch of Evil.

Red Mecca was remastered for the vinyl reissue by Stefan Betke.

Mute will also issue a box set titled #8385 (Collected Works 1983-1985) sometime in the fall. It will include "classic mid-period releases" The Crackdown (1983), Micro-Phonies (1984), Drinking Gasoline (1985), and The Covenant, The Sword and the Arm of the Lord (1985), as well as bonus cuts, B-sides, remixes, and two DVDs.

You can pre-order the set here.

UPDATE: #8385 (Collected Works 1983-1985) will see release on November 4.

In 2014, they'll issue another box set called #7885 (Electro Punk to Techno Pop 1978-1985).

Red Mecca:

Side 1:

A Touch Of Evil
Sly Doubt
A Thousand Ways

Side 2:

Red Mask
Split Second Feeling
Black Mask
Spread The Virus
A Touch Of Evil (Reprise)