this release was already planned in 2011 for the 20th anniversary of „Save our Slaves“. The implementation and the restoration of the original source material took a lot of time, especially the sound-files of the 1990 pre-release concert which are completed for this set for the 1st time. Genocide Organ had to dig deep into long-forgotten parts of the archive, to reconstruct as many as possible of the original photo-materials, reconstruct, extend and re-view them.
The work on the new album „The Obituary of the Americas“ delayed the completion as well, but then also accelerated it, as both publications were cut across thematically. Now it is done!
A further stone fits into the wall of the bands historical back catalogue.
Limited numbered edition 500. The deluxe linenpaper covered Hard-Slipcase is foilblocked and debossed. The record sleeves and the additional artwork sleeves are all debossed and spot-varnished in the typical Genocide Organ artwork finish you know from : Obituary of the Americas: album. The artwork sleeve is filled up with extensive large 24p booklet, numbered certificate, inlay for the Live LP and embroidered patch.
Limited first edition comes as deluxe linenpaper covered, foilblocked and debossed Hard-Slipcase, incl. Coverpak with double CD and extensive large 24p booklet. Only this first edition comes as special Hard-Slipcase Set with the additional Live CD.
Musical contend on both formats:
The complete material of „Save our Slaves“ originally released in 1991.
„The Lever Sunlicht Shooting“, reflecting the complete performance of Genocide Organ Live 15.12.1990 in Mannheim in front of an invited audience.
Compilation Tracks from:
Perpetual State of Oracular Dream LP 1991
Natural Order 2LP 1997
Sound of Hate Vol.7 MC 1992
Exploration One CD 1995
Trans-Action MC 1992
+ both tracks from:
Klan Kountry 7″ 1998
all material from original source material re-mastered by Jerome Nougaillon and Genocide Organ.
Released on Tesco Organisation in 1991, Save Our Slaves arrived as the second album for Genocide Organ, following the debut Leichenlinie released 2 years prior. Although the impact of Leichenlinie is undeniable in establishing the group within the noise industrial / power electronics scene, upon reflection Save Our Slaves is the release that cemented Genocide Organ’s cult underground status. This cult status has been generated via their musical approach, coupled with lavish handmade packaging and the presentation of strong, potentially controversial thematic material in an impartial and ambiguous manner; which incidentally some have interpreted as being ‚politically incorrect‘. Save Our Slaves stands out as the landmark release that definitively executed each hallmark element of sound, visuals and thematic content with flawless accuracy.
Conceptually, Save Our Slaves is an album renowned for its direct engagement with many taboo aspects of America’s history. Consequently, without shying away from the darkest aspects of America’s past, Save Our Slaves is concerned with: slavery, racist movements such as the Ku Klux Klan, radical right wing political advocacy group The John Birch Society, and the struggles for suppression, dominance and/or liberty on both sides of the civil rights movement. There are seemingly implied references to Dr Martin Luther King (the vinyl side dubbed Birmingham perhaps referring to Birmingham, Alabama and the 1950-60’s civil rights movement), whilst the track Violent Coordinating Committee appears to be inspired by the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee – an important ‚direct action‘ organization of the 1960’s civil rights movement. Save Our Slaves also contains more direct references to other civil rights figures including James Meredith – the first African-American student admitted to the segregated University of Mississippi (a flashpoint of the civil rights movement); and Sarah Patton Boyle – Virginia’s most prominent white civil rights activists during the 1950-60s.
Yet to expand the thematic content further, the album also makes reference to American Imperialism of the 1950’s to 1970’s, which included covert CIA operations in the Middle East, Africa, South America, and Indochina / South East Asia. Specifically, such operations involved the facilitation of military instigated coups and provision of financial and military support to various dictators in the ideological fight for capitalism against communism and socialism.
Accordingly, within the broadly coveted discography of Genocide Organ, Save Our Slaves stands out as one of their pinnacle releases by fact of it being one the of most sought after. The album’s revered status is also demonstrative of the manner in which Genocide Organ combine music, theme and artwork to transcend the creation of albums designed merely to be ‚enjoyed‘. Save Our Slaves functions as a politically charged, controversial declaration and socio-political manifesto that analyses American society, the roots of America’s history and culture and its role in shaping the modern world. As exemplified by its sound, visuals and thematic content Save Our Slaves stands as a strong and clear testament to the initial rise and early establishment of Genocide Organ’s cult status.
Richard Stevenson: editor of Spectrum Magazine (1998-2001) / current editor of noise receptor journal (print ‚zine & blog).