Friday, March 23, 2007

The Sensational Creed | Beggars Banquet

The Sensational Creed is kinda band-phantom for me... absolute info absence. I mailed to Mutant Sounds and left comments on several blogs more in attemp to get any info that would be somewhat more than just niggardly cat description. Well, anyway, The Sensational Creed "Nocturnal Operations" is a masterpiece... and nevertheless I cannot inform you in a worthy manner, this LP is the one I would like to share more than any. Beggars Banquet is an English independent record label that began as a chain of record shops owned by Martin Mills and Nick Austin. In 1977, spurred by the prevailing DIY aesthetics of the British punk rock movement (then at the height of its popularity), they decided to join the fray as an independent label and release records under the Beggars Banquet imprint. Two daughter labels, Situation Two and 4AD Records, were launched to release artists like The Pixies, Cocteau Twins and others. Situation Two was the label to press the first The Sensational Creed 7'' under the same name three years later their 12'' "Nocturnal Operations" was pressed on Beggars Banquet. This ripp was done from the 1984 BEG 12''.
• The sleeve info:
BEG 125 T Sensational Creed "Nocturnal Operations" (12")
All titles written by Sensational Creed
"Nocturnal Operations": Christine Beveridge* – Voice; Steve Reid – Voice, Instruments; Mixed and Produced by M. Hedges, B. MacKenzie and S. Reid
"Down Pericomoscopes": S. Reid – Voice, Instruments; S. Mason – Synthesisers; B. MacKenzie – Tubular Bells; Mixed and Produced by M. Hedges, B. MacKenzie and S. Reid
"The Voyage of the Titanic": S. Reid – Instruments; Howard Hughes – Grand Piano, Emulator; Jamie McCormack – Euphonium; Mixed and Produced by S. Reid
* Christine Beveridge, Billy MacKenzie's friend from Dundee, Scotland. Christine and Billy were old friends. They met in The Crypt, Billy's clothes shop in Dundee, where Christine was a "regular costumer". Later, she had moved in London with Steve Reid, and that's where she met Billy again in 1981. According to the Glamour Chase (Maverick Life of Billy MacKenzie (Paperback)) biography, she moaned about being forced to sing in that breathy style by Billy.
Any additional info would be appreciated. No sleeve attached, sorry... problems with a scanner (I do not paste the covers into the post body but these should be embedded and seen in iTunes as "Artwork"... not this time*).
*Upadated, now with the front and back of the sleeve scans embeded.

"So, brilliant, but obviously too strange for that time, to be a hit"... tricky avant-pop with, shaking vocals by Reid, breathy one from Beveridge... really twisted bass lines are the well produced supplement for the simple drum lines structure... new wave masterpiece... it's outstanding.

Download The Sensational Creed "Nocturnal Operations" (29.8 Mb)


Gary said...

You might be interested to learn that Christine Beveridge is appearing at 'A Tribute to Billy MacKenzie' at Shepherds Bush Empire, London on Wednesday 28th March, together with Subterraneans and Paul Haig. Also appearing are British Electric Foundation (first ever gig under that name), Electric Soft Parade, Apollo 440, Claudia Brucken with Andrew Poppy, OneTwo (Claudia with Paul Humphreys of OMD, Mower, and Billy's old pianist, Howard Hughes. Tickets still available from

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I just found this song title and artist name after trying to remember them and locate them for a good dozen years!
Thanks for the info. I tried the link, but the file is no longer there. Can you post a new link?

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