Bauhaus - Volume Two
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1979-1983 was originally released as a double album on vinyl in 1985 and then split into two volumes for release the following year. Together they offer an in-depth introduction to one of the most influential bands of recent times. Volume 2 pulls together many of Bauhaus' best moments from its later career into one knock-your-socks-off release. More Mask numbers crop up here - two funk-heavy groovers (In Fear of Fear and Kick in the Eye), counterpointed by the slow, haunting Hollow Hills. The Sky's Gone Out is cherry-picked for some of its best moments, including Swing the Heartache and All We Ever Wanted Was Everything, though the version of Spirit is the less effective single re-recording rather than the dramatic album take. Rather tellingly, only three songs from Burning From the Inside are included - She's in Parties, the David J-sung Who Killed Mr. Moonlight?, and the Daniel Ash number Slice of Life. Added to all of this are the peerless covers of Ziggy Stardust and Third Uncle, a couple of ringers from earlier in the band's career (Satori and Crowds), stand-alone singles Lagartija Nick and The Sanity Assassin, and one honest-to-goodness rarity, Paranoia Paranoia, a radical dub reworking of Silent Hedges that's just as good as the original in its own unique way. In all, a great overview of the latter years of a great band, at least in its original career.