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Artist
Coil
ReleaseProduct
The Ape Of Naples
Label
Infinite Fog
Catalogue Number
IF-111
Release Date
November 4, 2022

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Coil's final and considered by many to be masterpiece album The Ape of Naples. A haunting, yet delicately beautiful LP that goes a long way to showing the breadth of talent as songwriters and musicians the duo of Jhonn Balance and Peter Christopherson were, and why the music they created as Coil has had such a lasting impact.

Originally released a little over a year after the untimely passing of Jhonn Balance, The Ape of Naples was not as much a snapshot of Coil in their unknown at the time, final chapter but more a compilation of sorts. The material dated from 1993 to 2004 and includes live tracks and remixes, assembled and reworked in 2005 by Peter Christopherson. The Ape of Naples was originally released on the duo's Threshold House imprint in a limited run of CD's and a triple acetate, LP edition limited to 23 copies only.

The Ape of Naples is an album cherished by Coil admires the world over, yet stands tall as a firm favourite for many non-fans alike. Fusing manipulated samples from their archived recordings made through the years and featuring Jhonn's final words uttered on stage (in a startling cover, more about that later). This is an album where every step is followed silently by a feeling of impending loss, reflected solemnly in the lyrics of Tattooed Man with its line "There's a man lying down in a grave somewhere, with the same tattoos as me".

Ending the album with the final song ever performed live by the duo, a cover of "Going Up?", the theme song from the classic British sitcom "Are You Being Served?" the piece in the hands of Coil takes on a staunch, funeral-like stare. Slowly stepping forward and moving ahead, the vocals intertwined in the repetition of the lines "Going up" and "It just is". An incredible ending to what was one of the most unique groups and one of the most unique recordings to ever grace this mortal, Coil.

Reissue 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. The astounding design of the original box-set release is restored for the gatefold 3LP sleeve using the fully-licensed artwork by Ian Johnstone (making it easy to differentiate this new vinyl version from previous un-sanctioned LP releases using poor reproductions of the original CD art for the front cover), the CD will be available in two versions with the original and well-loved original CD cover art and for the first time using the former vinyl-only cover art.

Vinyl Track List

A1 Fire Of The Mind 5:14
A2 The Last Amethyst Deceiver 10:11
A3 Tattooed Man 6:34

B1 Triple Sun 3:47
B2 It’s In My Blood 4:51
B3 I Don’t Get It 5:35
B4 Heaven’s Blade 4:22
B5 Cold Cell 4:09

C1 Teenage Lightning 2005 7:11
C2 Amber Rain 5:12
C3 Going Up 8:30

D:
Ten Minute TripleSun 10:48
Heavens blade mix 1 6:07
Amber Rain Drier more Intimate 5:06

E:
Cold Cell in bangkok 6 minute version 6:24
I Don’t Get It (Unadorned Mix) 5:35
Going up LIVE better 2 9:53

F:
I Don’t Get It (Untitled Rendered) 5:04
Animal Are You? 11:39
Katcha Falling Star 3:57

CD Track List

1 Fire Of The Mind 5:14
2 The Last Amethyst Deceiver 10:11
3 Tattooed Man 6:34
4 Triple Sun 3:47
5 It’s In My Blood 4:51
6 I Don’t Get It 5:35
7 Heaven’s Blade 4:22
8 Cold Cell 4:09
9 Teenage Lightning 2005 7:11
10 Amber Rain 5:12
11 Going Up 8:30

1 I Don’t Get It (Untitled Rendered) 5:04
2 Animal Are You? 11:39
3 Katcha Falling Star 3:57
4 Ten Minute TripleSun 10:48
5 I Don’t Get It (Unadorned Mix) 5:35
6 Heavens blade mix 1 6:07
7 Cold Cell in bangkok 6 minute version 6:24
8 Amber Rain Drier more Intimate 5:06
9 Going up LIVE better 2 9:53

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