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Release of 2022.
Limited to 555 copies, hand-numbered on a sticker on the clear plastic protection sleeve
185g picture 3LP set in heavy sleeve with hot-foil embossing and 2-sided insert
Includes Coil's "Ape" slipmat
"The Ape of Naples" is a deeply emotional and uniquely rewarding album.
In its immediate accessibility it is somewhat reminiscent of Coil's
mid-1980s classic "Horse Rotorvator" sharing that album's wild variety
of sounds and styles as well as its overriding sombre mood. Originally
released in 2005 and in many ways the band's ultimate swan song, it is
now considered one of the go-to albums for introducing new listeners to
the unparalleled magick of Coil. Compiled and released by Peter
Christopherson one year after Jhonn Balance's tragic deadly fall, it
includes reworkings of the live favourite "Amethyst Deceivers" and "Love
Secret's Domain"'s "Teenage Lightning" as well as several songs
originally intended for the ill-fated "Backwards" album like the
haunting and preminiscent "Fire of the Mind" and the superb "Amber
Rain". Other tracks were created using unfinished song ideas from around
"Backwards", sampling tiny bits of Balance's live vocals from songs
only ever performed in concert once like "Triple Sun". Using the lyrics
of the theme tune for the 1970s BBC sit com series "Are you being
served?" for the unbelievably haunting "Going up", this album's final
track and the last song Coil ever performed live, is maybe the most
poignant example of Balance's and Christopherson's
method of turning base matter into pure sound gold, and like the title
of the album, derived from an imaginary adult video an equally fine
example of the often underappreciated humour of the boys.
Christopherson with the help of long-term sound wizard Danny Hyde and using some of the talent of Coil touring members managed to craft an album which feels and flows like a true Coil classic.
The Kontakt version is the third Coil record receiving the fully remastered and enhanced Picture 3LP treatment supervised by Danny Hyde.
All of the original material has again been carefully and sympathetically remastered by Grammy-nominated engineer Jessica Thompson who has been previously lauded for her splendid job on its sister release "The New Backwards". Coil fans old and new will be thrilled over the inclusion of more than an hour's worth of 9 rare and largely unheard bonus tracks from Danny's vaults completing the set.