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acr:box
Artist
A Certain Ratio
ReleaseProduct
acr:box
Label
Mute
Catalogue Number
ACRBOX1
Release Date
May 2019
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A Certain Ratio - who celebrate their 40th anniversary this year - present a new lavish box set, ‘acr:box’, via Mute, on 4CD set, coloured vinyl 7LP box set (with digital download code) and digital download album.

‘acr:box’ was remastered by Martin Moscrop at Abbey Road studios and features over 20 unreleased tracks.

Following on from 2018’s compilation, ‘acr:set’, the box showcases the diversity of the singles, B-sides and alternative versions of tracks that A Certain Ratio have released but without repeating tracks recently made available. ‘acr:box’ collates everything that fans had been missing from the recent reissue campaign and compliments that with a selection found after a deep delve into the archive to find all the hidden gems that had been talked about over the years but never heard - even a few releases the band had forgotten about.

Looking to make the box set as comprehensive as possible, even the original tapes from the session they recorded for a collaboration with Grace Jones were uncovered and reworked. This session includes the cover version of Talking Heads’ ‘Houses In Motion’, using Jez Kerr’s guide vocals (pre to him becoming the band’s singer). Grace Jones never completed her vocal take after attending one of the recording sessions with the band.

The box set, which marks the 40th anniversary of A Certain Ratio’s debut release, the Martin Hannett produced ‘All Night Party’ (Factory Records’ first single release) was described recently by Record Collector as “a statement of future intentions: to set funk off against nervous angst.” They went on to be hailed universally as pioneers of what became known as ‘punk funk’ thanks to the success of their second single, ‘Shack Up’, represented here via a radio edit from Electronic, featuring Bernard Sumner and Johnny Marr.

The band will be bringing their blistering live performance to London’s Islington Assembly Hall on 4 May 2019 and have announced a 2-day ACR festival at Yes, in Manchester on the 24 May (the anniversary of the actual release date of the original ‘All Night Party’ 7”) and 25 May, which will see special guests join ACR for a takeover of all four floors of the venue. Additional dates for a full UK tour will be announced soon.

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