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The series will launch with the Manchester band’s albums and will continue into 2018 with a compilation in April, followed by further releases and a rarities box set.
The first albums set for release include the band’s debut release, The Graveyard And The Ballroom, which originally came out on Factory Records in December 1979. The album will be available here on limited edition vinyl with colored PVC sleeve, CD and - mirroring its original release - on cassette. In addition, albums To Each (1981) and Force (1986) will be released on colored vinyl and CD.
Listen to “Do The Du” (taken from The Graveyard And The Ballroom) here.
The Graveyard And The Ballroom – Vinyl with limited edition color PVC sleeve / CD / cassette (Limited to 500 packaged in colored PVC sleeve, includes digital copy)
To Each – Limited edition red vinyl / CD
Force – Limited edition yellow vinyl / CD
All vinyl releases include digital copies
Following a series of festival dates that included Dekmantel in Amsterdam and Baleapop in France, plus a performance in London earlier in the year, the band will close 2017 with a special performance in their hometown of Manchester on Dec. 16 to support these releases.
December 16 – Manchester, England 02 Ritz with Gramme – tickets available from
In 2018, the rest of the A Certain Ratio’s catalog will be re-released, including the long out of print albums Good Together and acr:mcr.
I’d Like To See You Again - vinyl / CD
Good Together - vinyl / CD
acr:mcr - vinyl / CD
About the Band:
A Certain Ratio embraced the ethic and culture of the late seventies post-punk explosion, but sounded like nothing else around them and refused to fit in. Formed in 1978, the band had various members throughout their career, and a core line-up of Jeremy Kerr, Martin Moscrop and Donald Johnson.
Hailed universally as pioneers of what became known as “punk funk” thanks to the success of “Shack Up” on both sides of the Atlantic, their sound is not easily pigeonholed and their influence can never be understated. The band introduced the avant-garde elements of funk, jazz, electronics, tape loops and technology to the pop song, wrapping it in a post-punk aesthetic, adding great clothes and the coolest haircuts.
They have gone on to influence generations of musicians - from Talking Heads, LCD Soundsystem, Happy Mondays, Franz Ferdinand, ESG, Factory Floor and Andrew Weatherall. The Guardian’s Dave Simpson paid tribute to the band, once described as “James Brown on acid” in a recent Cult Heroes piece: “Once you start listening to A Certain Ratio, it’s difficult to stop”.
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Listen to a 4-song A Certain Ratio sampler