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pere-ubu-terminal-tower ART
  • Terminal Tower
  • Heart of Darkness
  • Final Solution
  • Untitled
  • Heaven
  • The Book Is On The Table
  • 30 Seconds Over Tokyo
  • Cloud 149
  • My Dark Ages
  • Humor Me (live)
  • Not Happy
  • Lonesome Cowboy Dave
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Terminal Tower

Pere Ubu
Terminal Tower


Released in 1985.
Out of print.

The mixes were rereleased on a cd by Fire Records which is out of print. They are available as a high quality audio download from our own Audio Downloads Page. Lyrics are embedded. A PDF of Liner Notes is included.

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Release Notes

The album collects the Hearpen singles from 1975 to 1977, the rarity "Untitled", the Chrysalis B-sides, and the Rough Trade single. There are some quality issues with Rough Trade and Twin Tone releases. See The Bug Report.

Digital transfer and eq by David Thomas & Paul Hamann at Suma in 1994.
Original artwork and photos by Mik Mellen.
Reissue package designed by John Thompson.

30 Seconds Over Tokyo and Heart of Darkness

Pere Ubu (v.1.0): Tom Herman, Scott Krauss, Peter Laughner, Allen Ravenstine, David Thomas and Tim Wright.
Originally released as Hearthan Records HR101 in the USA, 1975. Engineered by Bill Cavanaugh at Audio Recording.
30 Seconds Over Tokyo written by Thomas - Laughner - O'Connor.
Heart of Darkness written by Herman - Laughner - Thomas - Wright.
Published ©1975 Fire Songs, under license from Ubu Projex in US/Canada, and Virgin Music-BMG VM Music Ltd in the Rest of World.

Final Solution and Cloud 149

Pere Ubu (v.1.1): Tom Herman, Scott Krauss, Peter Laughner, Dave Taylor, David Thomas and Tim Wright.
Originally released as Hearpen Records HR102 in the USA, March 1976. Engineered by Ken Hamann at Cleveland Recording.
Final Solution written by Bell - Herman - Krauss - Laughner - Taylor - Thomas - Wright.
Cloud 149 written by Herman - Krauss - Laughner - Taylor - Thomas - Wright.
Published ©1976 Fire Songs, under license from Ubu Projex in USA/Canada, and Virgin Music-BMG VM Music Ltd in Rest of World.

Untitled

Pere Ubu (v.2.0): Alan Greenblatt, Tom Herman, Scott Krauss, Allen Ravenstine, David Thomas and Tim Wright.
Originally released on Datapanik In The Year Zero (Radar Records RDR1) in the UK, April 1978. Engineered by Mike Bishop at Cleveland Recording in June 1976.
Written by Herman - Krauss - Ravenstine - Thomas - Wright.
Published ©1976 Fire Songs, under license from Ubu Projex in USA/Canada, and Virgin Music-BMG VM Music Ltd in Rest of World.

My Dark Ages

Pere Ubu (v.3.0): Tom Herman, Scott Krauss, Tony Maimone, Allen Ravenstine and David Thomas.
Originally released as the b side to Street Waves on Hearpen Records HR103 in the USA, 1976. Engineered by Ken Hamann at Cleveland Recording.
Written by Herman - Krauss - Maimone - Ravenstine - Thomas.
Published ©1976 Fire Songs, under license from Ubu Projex in USA/Canada, and Virgin Music-BMG VM Music Ltd in Rest of World.

Heaven

Pere Ubu (v.3.0): Tom Herman, Scott Krauss, Tony Maimone, Allen Ravenstine and David Thomas.
Originally released as the b side to Modern Dance on Hearpen Records HR104 in the USA, August 1977. Engineered by Ken Hamann at Cleveland Recording.
Written by Herman - Krauss - Maimone - Ravenstine - Thomas.
Published ©1977 Fire Songs, under license from Ubu Projex in USA/Canada, and Virgin Music-BMG VM Music Ltd in Rest of World.

Humor Me and The Book Is On The Table

Pere Ubu (v.3.0): Tom Herman, Scott Krauss, Tony Maimone, Allen Ravenstine and David Thomas.
Originally released as the b side to The Fabulous Sequel on Chrysalis Records CHS2372 in the UK, October 1979. Engineered by Ken Hamann at Cleveland Recording. Humor Me recorded December 5 1978 in concert at London College of Printing, London.
Written by Herman - Krauss - Maimone - Ravenstine - Thomas.
Published ©1979 Fire Songs, under license from Ubu Projex in USA/Canada, and Virgin Music-BMG VM Music Ltd in Rest of World.

Not Happy and Lonesome Cowboy Dave

Pere Ubu (v.4.0): Scott Krauss, Tony Maimone, Allen Ravenstine, David Thomas and Mayo Thompson.
Originally released as Rough Trade Records RT066 in the UK, Feb '81. Engineered by Paul Hamann at Cleveland Recording. Mixed by Adam Kidron, Geoff Travis and Mayo Thompson in London.
NB. The 1985 release on Rough Trade and Twin Tone substituted the hitherto unreleased Suma mixes of these tracks by David Thomas.
Written by Krauss - Maimone - Ravenstine - Thomas - Thompson.
Published ©1980 Fire Songs, under license from Ubu Projex/Copyright Control 1980 in USA/Canada, and Virgin Music-BMG VM Music Ltd 1980 in Rest of World.

Release History

  • Rough Trade Records Rough 83 (UK) 1985 vinyl lp.
  • Twin Tone Records
    • (US) TTR8561 1985 vinyl lp.
    • (US) TTRCD8561 1985 cd.
  • Get Back Records
    • (Italy) GET 73 Apr 1999 vinyl lp (180g).
    • (Italy) GET 90073 2004 red-vinyl lp (140g) "lo-cost" logo on sleeve.
  • Bomba Records BOM813 (Japan) Jun 28 1998 cd.
  • RTI Records CKV 2115 2 (Italy) cd.
  • Cooking Vinyl Cook CD142 (ROW) Jun 1998 cd.
  • Geffen (US) Jun 1998 cd.

Press Reaction

Andy Gill, New Musical Express, Nov 30 1985
Yet by 1978 they had achieved what no other group would even attempt, before or since, they had become the world's only expressionist Rock `n` Roll band, harnessing a range of rock and musique concrete elements together in a sound which drew its power from, and worked on, levels of consciousness previously untouched by popular music. The music Ubu made in 1978 was heart and soul, body and mind, in one.

Paul Mathur, Melody Maker, Nov 30 1985
I have an idea that, when the final card is dealt and the last chip hurled into the centre, Pere Ubu will be looked back on as the most important group to have come out of America in the last decade and a half. Either that or they will be entirely forgotten...Some of the greatest moments from the constantly reshaping line-up are certainly pinned down here, and it's only when they ARE paraded next to one another that you realise just how widely influential Ubu have been...this is darned near to being the most important record you'll buy all year.

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