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Album Review

A posthumous greatest-hits collection (the first of way too many!), Revolution made it out in 1984, with just one new song, the abandoned 45 "Americanos," joining a straightforward run through the band's singles output. Poorly remastered and lacking any of the sparkle that made Westworld so essential, Revolution probably did more damage to Theatre of Hate's reputation than anything else; the package needed to wait another 15 years before it was truly given its day in the sun, as the first volume within the band's Act archive collection. Beautifully remastered and cleaned up all-round, the journey from "Legion" and "Original Sin" on toward the band's final run of 45s — including "The Hop" and "Eastworld" — is as peerless as the promise that those last recordings oozed from every pore.


Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s

Gothic post-punks Theatre of Hate formed in Britain in 1980; led by singer/songwriter Kirk Brandon, formerly of the Pack, the original group also comprised guitarist Simon Werner, bassist Jonathan Werner and drummer Jim Walker. Immediately recognized as one of the era's premier live acts, Theatre of Hate debuted in 1981 with the concert LP He Who Dares Wins Live at the Warehouse Leeds; soon after, Brandon dismissed the remainder of the group, assembling a new line-up comprising guitarist Billy Duffy,...
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