The Way It Was: Live Recordings and Studio Sketches 1985-92
"Cassiber (phonetically: 'a message smuggled out of prison') crashed like a locomotive into the 'Deutsche Neue Welle.' Founded by Heiner Goebbels, Alfred Harth, Christoph Anders, and Chris Cutler (his first major project after News From Babel), Cassiber managed to fuse materials and attitudes drawn from experimental rock, fringe jazz, punk, pop, plunderphonics, improvisation, close structure, and musique concrete into an energetic and complex form of studio (and then concert) composition unique in its fusion of highly diverse experimental approaches to form with risky, emotional, and expressive execution. Through a deep connection between instrumentation, form and topicality, their musical evolution tracked and anticipated the political and technological changes of their time. Thus, in the course of their ten years of intermittent touring and four records they evolved significantly through the high stakes energy of the earlier releases into their later, more complex and composed, studio works (by which time they had become a trio: Goebbels, Anders, Cutler) with access to the new (first) generation of polyphonic samplers. Highly radical, their music opened up song form by abandoning, extending, or crashing sideways into it -- and was built mainly out of noise, libido, high musicality and, uniquely at the time, a great deal of cultural debris. This CD collects unreleased live recordings and studio sketches, sequences like a typical concert and, as luck would have it, these turn out to be great recordings that paint the best -- and most devil-take-the-hindmost -- picture of this extraordinary, groundbreaking band."