Zero: A Martin Hannett Story

Zero: A Martin Hannett Story

by Martin HannettMartin Hannett


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This is the third time Martin Hannett's production work has been anthologized. Martin, released by Factory in 1991 (shortly after Hannett's death), and And Here Is the Young Man, released by Debutante in 1998, are quite similar to this set (they're also shorter), but they've both gone out of print -- perhaps this disc will slide out of circulation within seven years as well, only to be replaced with a slightly better and more thorough representation. The three discs share a lot of the same material and have some similar faults, and they each provide demonstrative looks into Hannett's career, even if you already have half the material on each one. Zero: A Martin Hannett Story contains 21 tracks and lengthy liner notes from LTM's resourceful James Nice. It rolls through a lot of key moments, beginning with Buzzcocks' "Boredom" (Hannett's first job) and concluding with World of Twist's cover of the Rolling Stones' "She's a Rainbow." (You can almost sense the former sneering at the very idea of the latter, but that's another story.) The average music fan won't hear the imprint of singular production work until the seventh track, Joy Division's "Transmission," where Hannett truly began to use the studio and new effects to alter the sound of the instruments. As Nice says, Hannett used "anything, indeed, that created space, weirdness, and 'sonic holograms.'" His creativity peaked during the post-punk era, and a lot of that had to do with the moods and themes explored by the bands he worked with at the time. New Order's "In a Lonely Place," Magazine's "The Light Pours Out of Me," OMD's "Electricity," and Pauline Murray & the Invisible Girls' "Dream Sequence 1" are other central inclusions, while some less-known tracks -- the Names' "Night Shift," Basement 5's "The Last White Christmas," Kitchens of Distinction's "Quick as Rainbows" -- are just as important to the story. "Quick as Rainbows," recorded in 1990, actually indicates Hannett's slide into indistinguishable work, especially if you compare it to Hugh Jones' production of the same song. ESG, A Certain Ratio, Minny Pops, and maybe even Crispy Ambulance and the Stockholm Monsters are the significant missing bands from this roundup, but they all have compilations or in-print albums that are worth finding. The disc is filled to capacity, so it's not as if they would've all fit anyway.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/25/2006
Label: Big Beat Uk
UPC: 0029667427029
catalogNumber: 270
Rank: 104875

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Martin Hannett   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Mick Jagger   Composer
Lou Reed   Composer
Howard Devoto   Composer
Pauline Murray   Composer
Pete Shelley   Composer
Emily Mitchell   Art Direction
Edge   Composer
John Ashton   Composer
Bono   Composer
John Cooper Clarke   Composer
Adam Clayton   Composer
Ian Curtis   Composer
Martin Hannett   Composer
Peter Hook   Composer
Duncan Kilburn   Composer
John McGeoch   Composer
Dennis Morris   Composer
Roger Morris   Composer
Larry Mullen   Composer
Peter Perrett   Composer
Keith Richards   Composer
Paul Ryder   Composer
Shaun Ryder   Composer
Gary Whelan   Composer
Richard Butler   Composer
Stephen Morris   Composer
Tony Rounce   Memorabilia,Label Consultant
Bernard Sumner   Composer
Rocco Barker   Composer
Mark "Cow" Day   Composer
Paul Humphreys   Composer
Rob Finnis   Memorabilia,Label Consultant
Mick Rossi   Composer
Julian Swales   Composer
Anthony "Packrat" Thompson   Composer
Graham Fellows   Composer
Kenneth Scott   Composer
Michael Atkins   Composer
Paul Wiggin   Composer
Vincent Cassidy   Composer
James Nice   Liner Notes
Andrew Prinz   Artwork,Art Direction
Timothy H. Butler   Composer
Daniel Goodwin   Composer

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