GRUFTGESAENGE (2 x LP) DR 003-4 Democrazy Records 1981
Matrix numbers: JD 1/2/3/4

West-German double LP first released May 1981. Originally on black vinyl this album has been re-released and re-re-released many times on many different colours including black (see list below).
Reissued as Ian Curtis, 15 July 1956 - 18 May 1980 double CD.
Source: live & studio.

We have compared the Amsterdam concert tracks on the original album and the reissues and they come from different tapes (or a different generation of the same tape). The sound on the original is more powerful and has more bass. All the reissues sound identical to each other. Almost all the reissues have one less track than the original (see below). As these all came from the same pressing plant it's not unusual for the "wrong" LP to end up in the "wrong" sleeve".

We have been contacted by the original bootlegger who tells us he only produced the first issue of this album. All subsequent re-presses were done by the pressing plant - without his agreement. He told us that none of the reissues have Shadowplay because the master plate had a flaw.

Original LP
The original version came in black vinyl with blank labels. The matrix number on the vinyl had hyphens in it.

The sleeve was non-glossy and the front cover had a black stripe along the bottom.

Back cover had a maximum price notice and a dedication to someone called Ertl.
     
Note: Some copies of the original pressing were released in the second cover (the one used for the "first set of re-issues" listing below which doesn't have the max price and Ertl comment).
     
Variation: We have discovered a clear vinyl version which is the same as the first issue in every respect apart from the vinyl colour and the sleeve. It has hyphens in the matrix number and Shadowplay as the last track on side 2 so it is presumably pressed from the same plates.. However, the sleeve is different - it is in the second cover (the one used for the "first set of re-issues" listing below which doesn't have the max price and Ertl comment). The labels are plain white. We believe this version came out in the early 1980s.
First set of re-issues (early 1980s)
Colour vinyl. Both LPs either yellow or blue. New matrix numbers (without hyphens). Blank labels.

Glossy/shiny sleeve. Black stripe along the bottom on the front cover, no max price or Ertl note on back cover.

Missing track: these reissues don't have Shadowplay, the last song on Side 2 of Disc 1

There is also an early clear vinyl issue (see "Variation" notice above).
Second set of re-issues (1980s)
Various vinyl colours, usually different from each other (ie one white & one red LP, one yellow & one red LP, one yellow & one white LP etc), no hyphens in matrix numbers. Printed black on white labels.

Glossy/shiny cover. Black stripe on front cover, max price and Ertl note on back cover.

Missing track: these reissues don't have Shadowplay, the last song on Side 2 of Disc 1
Third(?) set of re-issues (1980s)
Coloured vinyl, including multicoloured (the most common version has one splattered blue & one splattered yellow LP).

No hyphens in matrix numbers. Printed black on white labels, max price and Ertl note on back cover.

White stripe along the bottom on front cover.

Missing track: these reissues don't have Shadowplay, the last song on Side 2 of Disc 1
Fourth(?) reissue
Released 2002

Colour cover, matrix with no hyphens. Max price and Ertl note on back cover

Black labels with white print.

Missing track: this reissue doesn't have Shadowplay, the last song on Side 2 of Disc 1
Fifth(?) reissue
Released 2005

Black and white cover, matrix with no hyphens. Max price but no Ertl note on back cover

One disc black vinyl, one white with a slightly marbled look. Black labels with white print.

Missing track: this reissue doesn't have Shadowplay, the last song on Side 2 of Disc 1

  TAGSEITE   NACHTSEITE
A1 Passover B1 Transmission
A2 Wilderness B2 Love will tear us apart
A3 Digital B3 These days
A4 Day of the lords B4 A means to an end
A5 Insight B5 24 hours
A6 New dawn fades B6 Shadowplay ***
A7 Disorder    

  LICHTSEITE   BLINDSEITE
C1 She's lost kontrol D1 Incubation P.1
C2 Atrocity exhibition D2 Incubation P.2
C3 Atmosphere D3 Digital
C4 Dead souls D4 Glass
C5 Komakino D5 Komakino
    D6 Incubation 1
    D7 Incubation 2

Track C1 is mis-spelled on the record-sleeve: kontrol ---> control.
Side A and B plus tracks C1 and C2 Live: Paradiso, Amsterdam January 11 1980.
Tracks C3 and C4 from the "Licht Und Blindheit" single.
Tracks C5, D1, D2 and D5-D7 from the "Komakino" flexi (FAC 28):

"Incubation 1" = "Incubation P.1" = "Incubation"
"Incubation 2" = "Incubation P.2" = "As you said"

Tracks D3 and D4 are from "A Factory Sample" (FAC 2).

*** Shadowplay is only featured on the original black vinyl edition and the early clear vinyl reissue, all the subsequent reissues are missing this song even if it's listed on the back covers.


Gruftgesaenge has been released in the following colours:

1. Both records black vinyl
2. Both records multicoloured vinyl
3. Both records blue
4. Both records yellow
5. One blue one red
6. One blue one yellow
7. One red one white
8. Both records clear
9. One yellow one red
10. One yellow one green
11. One yellow one white

If you have a different version please email us


GRUFTGESAENGE (CD) KARMA 15 Good Karma

Live: Paradiso, Amsterdam January 11 1980.

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Digital Love will tear us apart
Day of the lords These days
Insight Means to an end
New dawn fades 24 hours
Disorder She's lost control
Transmission Atrocity exhibition

* This CD has been re-issued - some covers have bigger pictures and writing (like when you xerox something the copy is a bit bigger), the images inside the insert are a mirror image, the last E in "Gruftgesaenge" is partly cut off on the back cover, and the insert is on thinner paper.