Chen Yi - "The" 1978-1983
Drawn from some 30 tapes of unfinished material, including one tape of demos for a thwarted record deal with CBS, the compilation features some of the scant material that managed to escape the commune, where members were all into making music, but not so up for releasing it. "Chen Yi aims for a collective approach of art. As an isolated group of humans/numbers operating directly from a secret place in Chelmsford (UK), they developped a personnal and "bizarre" utilisation of guitars, machines, voices, distortion, giving as result an unconventional regroupment of compositions amongst a lot of lost/unreleased recordings. This is likely what got John Peel interested which leads to an inexplicable CBS contract. More couldn't be finalised, because CBS suddenly pulled out of the contract. "Due to their raw and alternative 'self-made' musical approach, they've been compared to the likes of Throbbing Gristle, Borghesia & Severed Heads." - limited to 150 copies