Although you may not feel the urge to be subversive while hanging on your Desert Island, Gang of Four’s debut release “Entertainment” is truly the most influential, exciting, and strongest from the band and possibly the era. Tracing through many genres, spreading widely with leanings towards punk and what would later be defined as indie rock and rap. The twitchy funky rhythm is pungent with searing and grinding guitar bursts, all under its spoken and often shouted vocals. The recording is raw and energetic, giving way to its stirring and evocative sound. They maintained much of this on their sophomore release “Solid Gold” and became somewhat more commercial on their third release “Songs of the Free,” before fading into mere obscurity from those who were not yet their fans. Entertainment still stands as a must have album that will surely make you a rebel.
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Wesley is a lifelong music enthusiast. He started his career in the recording industry in New York City as an audio engineer, producer, and studio manager. Subsequently he toured across America as a guitarist with the short-lived band Land's Crossing. After many years in the technology sector and amassing a substantial vinyl and CD collection, he delved into immersive audio and created Hi-Res Edition to share with other listeners about the sound quality and discrete mixes available on many formats. He recently upgraded his system to 7.1.4 Dolby Atmos and continues to seek out and share about the best sounding releases.