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DOME - 1-4+5
5 x Vinyl LP
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Editions Mego

Released: 12th December 2011 | 45 track experimental album
Cut at Dubplates & Mastering by Rashad Becker, August 2011

Floating-point re-master by Russell Haswell, August 2011

New artwork and layout: Dave Coppenhall

Editions Mego are proud to release the complete recorded works of DOME in a deluxe vinyl box set that also includes newly designed artwork by David Coppenhall, reproductions of the original Atelier Koninck posters that accompanied Dome 1 and Dome 2, insert with sleeve notes by Howard Jacques and Neil Martinson as well as unseen photos from the period. If that wasn't enough it also contains a matchbox to put matches in to shake along to your favourite Dome tune!

With the demise of the group Wire in 1980, founder members Bruce Gilbert and Graham Lewis joined forces to create Dome. With the assistance of engineer Eric Radcliffe and his Blackwing Studio, Dome took the ethic of using the studio as a compositional tool and recorded and released three Dome albums on their own label in the space of 12 months: DOME (July 1980), DOME 2 (October 1980) and DOME 3 (October 1981). A final fourth album, WILL YOU SPEAK THIS WORD: DOME IV was released on the Norwegian Uniton label in May 1983.

These albums represent some of the most beautifully stark and above all timeless exercises in studio experimentation from early 1980s alternative music scene. As Hioward Jacques points out in his liner notes:

Spontaneity was the key - to make something fresh, unlike anything else. With such an abstruse attitude to popular appeal the visual approach was iconically symbolic. The artists themselves, imaged anonymous as smartly besuited gentlemen with heads masked by elongated black cylindrical tubes - a dualistic collision of serious and silly - a homage to Dada and surrealism that introduced a perhaps sardonic, quasi-religious vista - all serving as pointers to focus on the form and content of the audio material and the paradox of absence and presence.

With the re-activation of Wire in 1985 it was thought that all DOME activity had ceased. Whilst no new recordings appeared DOME utilised any spare time to secretly record new pieces. In 1989 dancer/choreographer Michael Clark commissioned them to record a piece for his new ballet 'Because We Must'. In the same year they also performed live in Rotterdam and Amsterdam.

In 1999 WMO commissioned Dome to record new pieces to accompany the recordings from 1989. This compilation, entitled YCLEPT, would be the final recordings, to date, that DOME have made. DOME 1-4 appearing on vinyl for the first time in over 30 years, whereas the recordings making up YCLEPT (DOME 5) appear for the first time on vinyl.

5LP box set including posters, inserts and a matchbox.