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Consequences, by Lol Creme / Kevin Godley. Original boxed set, triple LP with booklet. Mercury CONS17 (UK 1977)
US boxed set, 3 x LP. Mercury SRM-3-1700 (US 1977), disc label pictured below:
Australian vinyl set: 6641 658 (individual discs 9199 062/063/064), disc label pictured below:
Double CD re-issue. Mercury / Polymedia Marketing Group 848 565-2 (Germany 199?). Pictured below. Limited edition of 3000 copies, serial number marked on booklet in biro. Booklet full of typographical errors, and with far fewer pictures or credits. The track listing on the back of the box is wrong, suggesting each disc is divided into many tracks when, in fact, there are only 3 tracks on each disc. There is also a clumsy edit (and attempt to remove the fade) on the number 5 in the final lead-in to 'Blint's Tune' (on the vinyl version you had to change sides of the disc at this point).
re-reissue. One Way Records OW543634 / 314 543 634 2 (US, Dec 2000).
A far superior re-issue, with two discs in a slim 'Brilliant Box'. They
have done a good job at reproducing the text and artwork of the orginal
booklet along with lyrics to the songs. Few typographical errors, aside
from 'Pete Cook' on the CD and CD case, and a reference to the Manchester
suburb of 'Didbury' (rather than Didsbury) - but then that was in the
orginal booklet anyway! Click on the images below for larger, more detailed
views of the packaging.
Japanese CD re-issue. Universal / Mercury UICY-9170. Beautifully packaged in a cardboard box; contains 2 CDs that seem to be the same as the One Way CDs (same track splits on each CD). It has a facsimile of the original booklet that came with the vinyl triple album boxed set, a Japanese leaflet (translation please!) and - rather oddly - three coloured paper sleeves that match the original vinyl sleeves. But there are only 2 CDs - weird, but nice and very Japanese. The CDs also say they play at 33 and a third!
Extracts from Consequences
Mercury MK-41, USA/1977
What you are holding in your hand are musical excerpts from Lol Creme and Kevin Godley's three-record creation entitled "Consequences." Because of the album's complex nature, we felt it incumbant upon our part to prepare a programming aid for radio.
To put this music in some sort of context, we have provided notes for each of the tracks on this sampler. Please listen to the entire three-record set of "Consequences" however. It is one of the most startling pieces of music ever created.
Wind -- 2:38
Go Wrong -- 3:37
In The Morning -- 3:53
Cool -- 2:53
As should be obvious, these musical excerpts do not pretend to tell the story contained within "Consequences." For that, you'll have to listen to the entire three records, read the booklet enclosed in the package as well as the lyrics.
Although the story of "Consequences" sounds terribly intense on paper, there is more than a good share of humor. Indeed, with Peter Cook involved in the spoken sections, the humor is typically British - daft!
Enjoy all three records that comprise "Consequences." It is the work of two of the finest musicians in the world - Lol Creme and Kevin Godley - who left a most successful group to complete the kind of LP which has never before been attempted.
Music from Consequences, single LP containing the best music without the play. Mercury 9109 615 (UK, 1979) - presumably similar to the Canadian release below.
Consequences, Mercury SRM-1-3780, Canada/1979
This selection of 'Music From Consequences' includes the songs that reflect the attitudes and feelings of all five personalities, and some of the instrumental themes, describing the power of the Elements wot threaten them."Side 1:
Five O'Clock In The Morning -- 3:56
When Things Go Wrong -- 3:47
Lost Weekend -- 4:48
Cool, Cool, Cool -- 2:53
Sailor -- 2:05
Rosie -- 3:06
Sleeping Earth -- 6:36
Honolulu Lulu -- 3:20
The Flood -- 6:45
Burial Scene -- 2:28
5 O'Clock in the Morning. 7 inch single. Mercury GOD 001, UK 1977.
5 O'Clock in
the Morning 2 x 7 inch demo sampler.
Images by Godley & Creme. Spectrum Music 550 007-2 (Germany). This compilation contains 'Lost Weekend', probably the finest song on the album, featuring Sarah Vaughan on vocals. Its sleevenotes contain the following:
It could only happen in the over indulgent 70's. Two members of a highly successful rock group appreciated by the public and the critics alike decided to leave so that they could develop an instrument called a 'Gizmo' and release a triple album telling the story of 'Man's Last Defence Against An Irate Nature'
The group in question was 10cc, the duo Godley and Creme. Kevin Godley born 7th Oct. 1945 and Lol Creme born 19th Sept. 1947 had been friends since art school days. They teamed up with Eric Stewart and achieved a would-wide hit under the name of The Hotlegs with 'Neanderthalman'. In 1972 they became a four piece with the addition of Graham Gouldman and called themselves 10cc.
Four years of success was abruptly halted when drummer Godley and guitarist Creme left to work as a duo. The main reason stated was to develope a new instrument they had invented called a 'Gizmo'; a small device attached to the bridge of the guitar, with small wheels which bowed the strings creating an orchestral effect. They used the device since The Hotlegs and used it a great deal on 10cc tracks. In '77 the duo released a triple album called 'Consequences', featuring narration by Peter Cook and a guest apperance by Sarah Vaughan. The expense (twice the price of most albums in its day) and the somewhat pretentious subject matter in the face of the punk rock movement meant it was a commercial failure compared with 10cc's work. A single album was edited out of the project 2 years later.
The History Mix by Godley & Creme contains samples from Consequences.
Other Godley & Creme Gizmo records
L by Lol Creme and Kevin Godley. Polydor (US, 1978) PD-1-6177 / 2480 485 (LP), 8T-1-6177 (8-track), CT-1-6177 (cassette). Gizmo on 5 tracks, including 'The Sporting Life' and 'Art School Canteen'. Now re-issued in a CD double-pack along with Freeze Frame by OneWay.
Freeze Frame by Godley Creme. Polydor 831-555-2 (mid-price CD, UK). Fine Gizmo work on 'Random Brainwave' and possibly 'Clues' also. Originally released in 1979, now re-issued on CD by OneWay - bundled with L.
to David McCarthy and 'He is John' for help with this discography.