''Litany'' (12")

...AND AGAIN

Sleeve - Front: Folds out to form poster as per 7' 
Sleeve - Back
Vinyl: Blank silver / grey labels on both sides


Stats:

General:
Tracks - A: Litany / What Could Have Been  B: Colour Removal / Reset The Ride + 1 additional song (see below)
Released: 2005
Label: Test Pattern Records TPR 108
Matrix A: TEST PATTERN-108A
Matrix B: TEST PATTERN-108B

Pressing Info:
1000 (The pressing numbers on that source seem a little 'confused'. Relative availability on second-hand market suggests there were less than 1000)

Inserts:
No regular insert

Variants:
At least one has hand-written labels.



Notes

Sleeve is same as 7" version, but bigger. See Litany 7"  for more infos

Discogs:
Comes with an extra, unlisted and uncredited song, and with a huge b/w foldout sleeve. The extra track is a cover of The Younghearts - A Little Togetherness







Commodity Fetishism 

From the owner: 
(I purchased a copy of the Litany 12" from) a fellow from the Czech republic which has writing on the labels, now I know this isn't a hard thing to do all you need is a marker and boom there you go, but I thought maybe there was some connection with the band. On the A side labels it has written: Sudetenland give it up, and on the B side: Fuck Fr. Tiso, in red marker. 
Sudetenland is the German name for parts of Czechoslovakia mainly inhabited by German speakers, hence the (I thought) connection with the band. Again though I'm probably just a sucker for some kid with a red pen!
Fr Tiso
Sudetenland

Is it Genuine? 
The 'tour versions' of  ''Black Army'' & ''Black Cross'' often came with hand-written labels and were sold in 2005 on the first Euro Tour. The Litany 12" came out the same year. The tour included visits to the Czech Republic and Germany. The handwriting matches up and the references are typical FU. Of course it's (almost certainly) genuine!





''Black Army''



The Struggle Against The State
(Title of insert)

Sleeve - Front
Sleeve - Back
Vinyl - Side A: Printed labels (left) and 'tour' version with white labels (right)
Vinyl - Side A: Printed labels (left) and 'tour' version with white labels (right)
Insert 1: (Lyric sheet) Front and back
Insert 2: (Nestor Makhno) Front and back

Stats:

General:
Tracks: Baiting The Public B/W Circling The Drain / Municipal Prick
Released: 2005
Label: Burning Sensation Records BSC-BS001
Matrix A: 59452 1A BS 001
Matrix B: 59452 1B BS 001

Pressing Info:
First Press 1000 (Out of press)
*175 white labels. here were actually 300 white labels.
9 Test Presses

*Above info from LFG site, but believed to be incorrect, should be:
15 Test Pressings.
First Press of 1000, comprising 700 with printed labels and 300 blank with white labels. Some of the white labels have hand-witten messages. (According to a Maarten - a friend of the label owner).

Inserts:
Lyric sheet with 4 images on reverse
Portrait of Nestor Makhno with précis of the Black Army & Black Cross on reverse.

Variants:
Printed labels
Blank white labels: some of these have handwritten messages on and were sold on the European Tour.



This is the Sandy of Records
Image borrowed from Kyle Whitlow's site - check it out.








Notes: 
Black Army & Black Cross often come as a pair and are a compilation of older releases, put together for the European Market (for want of a better term), as the earlier releases were not so readily available outside of North America.

The two records have different images on the front of the sleeves and the reverse of the lyric sheet, but otherwise share the same the artwork.


Sleeve Notes:

Front Cover: (To follow). Actually, probably not. This will have to go down as 'unidentified' for the time-being. The feathered bicorn hats and red? uniforms suggest knights, but could alternatively be military or diplomats. Looks like they're in a car and being followed by soldiers with bayonets on foot. Probably has something to do with the state, or God, or something...





Back Cover: The compilation theme is followed through in the artwork: The band shot is from the ''Epics in Minutes'' CD, The 'Twin Dragon' image was used in sketch form on ''Looking For Gold'' and would be used again for the labels of ''Two Snakes''. The 'Big Fish / Little Fish' was used on''Baiting The Public''. Similarly some of the insert images are reused - the art nouveau swans from the ''Litany'' insert and one of the 'soldier' images from a ''Generation'' insert.




Commodity Fetishism:

Test Presses: Black Army (White sleeve, white labels)
& Black Cross (White sleeve, white labels)...






''Black Cross''


The Struggle Against The State
(Title of insert)

Sleeve - Front
Sleeve - Back 
Vinyl - Side A: Printed labels (left) and 'tour' version with white labels (right)
Vinyl - Side B: Printed labels (left) and 'tour' version with white labels (right)
Insert 1:  (Lyric sheet) Front and back


Insert 2: (Nestor Makhno) Front and back



Stats:

General:
Tracks: Police / Zezozose BW Dance of Death / Last Man Standing
Released: 2005
Label: Burning Sensation Records BSC-BS002
Matrix A: 59457 1A BS 002
Matrix B: 59457 1B BS 002

Pressing Info:
First Press 1000 (Out of press)
*175 have blank white labels
9 Test Presses

*Above info from LFG site, but believed to be incorrect, should be:
15 Test Pressings.
First Press of 1000, comprising 700 with printed labels and 300 blank with white labels. Some of the white labels have hand-witten messages. (According to a Maarten - a friend of the label owner).

Inserts:
Lyric sheet with 4 images on reverse
Portrait of Nestor Makhno with précis of the Black Army & Black Cross on reverse.

Variants:
Printed labels
Blank white labels: some of these have handwritten messages on and were sold on the European Tour.



Image borrowed from Kyle Whitlow's site - check it out. 





Lover boy is better than SSD
Above two pictures are the same disk (Thanks Philip!)



Notes: 
Black Cross & Black Army often come as a pair and are a compilation of older releases, put together for the European Market (for want of a better term), as the earlier releases were not so readily available outside of North America.

The two records have different images on the front of the sleeves and the reverse of the lyric sheet, but otherwise share the same the artwork.


Sleeve Notes:

Front Cover: Original photo by Josef Koudelka, taken during the Warsaw Pact Invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968. The invasion was carried out to reaffirm Soviet control and was in response to the liberalising reforms of the Prague Spring.

More of Koudelka's pictures of the invasion HERE.

Back Cover: The compilation theme is followed through in the artwork: The band shot is from the ''Epics in Minutes'' CD, The 'Twin Dragon' image was used in sketch form on ''Looking For Gold'' and would be used again for the labels of ''Two Snakes''. The 'Big Fish / Little Fish' was used on''Baiting The Public''. Similarly some of the insert images are reused - the art nouveau swans from the ''Litany'' insert and one of the 'soldier' images from a ''Generation'' insert.





Weird
Synchronicity or misfiling of LFG-related inserts #1: This pair came with two artwork clippings in each sleeve.









Commodity Fetishism:

Test Presses: Black Army (White sleeve, white labels)
& Black Cross (White sleeve, white labels)...