Nature Unveiled
Details
1984 January Master Tape UK
In Box
Notes
Sold by David Tibet on ebay 27-Jul-2016

This is the original two-track stereo 1/4" master tapes for Current 93's first album, Nature Unveiled (Laylah Records LAY 4, 1984).

According to the tape box, Ach Golgotha (Maldoror Is Dead) was mixed to stereo on January 18, 1984, and The Mystical Body Of Christ In Chorazaim (The Great In The Small) on a unspecified day in April, 1984.

The stereo master tape for the free single, No Hiding From The Blackbird and The Burial Of the Sardine (Laylah Records LAY 7, 1984) by C93 and Nurse With Wound, respectively, is also included with the master tapes for the album.

There are 3 printed sheets inside, one of them 2-sided, connected with technical details of the mastering. My handwriting is on the front, back and spine of the boxes for The Mystical Body Of Christ In Chorazaim (The Great In The Small) and No Hiding From The Blackbird / The Burial Of the Sardine; and my handwriting is on the front of Ach Golgotha (Maldoror Is Dead).

The tape has REMIX written on the box for Ach Golgotha (Maldoror Is Dead) as Steven Stapleton and I decided not to use the first mix we had made of that track for Nature Unveiled as we were not perfectly happy with it, and so consequently remixed it, a week or so later, for the album. That original first mix of Ach Golgotha (Maldoror Is Dead) was later reissued on the C93 album Dawn.

A description, and confirmation, of the provenance of these master tapes, handwritten by David Tibet, will be included in the package when it is sent to the purchaser.

Please note: the purchase of this item does not confer any rights, in any way whatsoever, to issuing the material on these tapes OR using it in any way at all. We cannot guarantee that the tapes are still playable, though we imagine they should be.
Nature Unveiled
Details
1984 12" BE L.A.Y.L.A.H. Antirecords LAY4
1000 Black vinyl in regular sleeve
First Pressing
Red photocopied insert
Includes the 7" No Hiding From The Blackbird (LAY6)
Scratched messages - by hand on both sides
B side centre label browner
Cover spine brown
Track Listing
A
  1. Ach Golgotha (Maldoror Is Dead) [pandurtro004]
B
  1. The Mystical Body Of Christ In Chorazaim (The Great In The Small)
Vinyl Etchings
A: Qvis est iste qvi venit
B: Hee comes! Soone you shall see!
Personnel
John Murphy
Youth
Nick Rogers
John Fothergill
Isidore Ducasse
Sleeve Notes
Nature Unveiled: Antichrist Revealed

Falling back through the years: Capvt Iniqvorvn.
Nunc dinittis.
And there, and there: In a foreign town in a foreign land;
Repaing time had come.
Standing unveiled before Him who shed His Own Blood is the Little Horn, from Angingnart
descending, who shed other's blood.
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
Surely the Thousand Year Reign of The Mystical Body of Christ Himself is about to commence.
Surely that place and time where all thinjgs rush together has been reached
Yet how much bling night there is in the hearts of men.
(And then he com'th)
How much sadness is yet to fall.
For belief in the innocence of rulers depends on the ignorance of thise ruled.
(And then he com'th)
See the priests and the lords and the rulers and the liars take their predestined sides.
here they come, dressed in their white shrouds; they do not speak, they hold hands.
(And now he com'th)
The Shadow falls.
And Jesus wept.
But look to Chorazim; look to Bethsaida.
For we know who you are.
Pope: Antichrist!
Government: Antichrist!
You lords and clergy: Antichrist!
We declare you Anathema. Excommunicans.
As of old, so it is now.
In illo tempore:

Lacrimosa dies illa. Qva resvrget ex favilla.
dies irae, dies illa.

Ducasse/Christ 777

93 Current 93: This particular manifestation of the Current involved the following individuals: J Murphy; Christ; A. Anxiety; The Youth; S. Stapleton; IHS Tibet IHS; N. Rogers; J. Fothergill; I. Ducasse.

The Current would also like to acknowledge the help and inspiration emanating from the following areas: S. Robertson; F.A Burr; I. Ingram; P. Donnan; F. Häaman; LFD; G. Yorke; A Yorke; S. Pugh; B. Smith; J. Thompson; M. Baker; D. Baker; C. Glover; D. Kenny; M. Fontana; G. Rushton; J. Valls; Iva; R. Haigh; K. Needs; P. Savage; T. Heller; R. Jugg; Fang; Vagina Dentata Organ; Crystal; L. Shapiro; Crass; Rachel; D. Pearce; Bee; Hair by Ross and Paul. Our thanks to M. Hirsig and our lady L.A.Y.L.A.H.; and also to Babs Santini for her beautiful artwork on the cover.
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Nature Unveiled
Details
1984 12" BE L.A.Y.L.A.H. Antirecords LAY4
1000 Black vinyl copies in regular sleeve
Second pressing
White insert
No 7"
Cover slightly darker
Scratched messages - by hand on A side, by machine on B side
B side centre label redder
Cover spine red
Track Listing
A
  1. Ach Golgotha (Maldoror Is Dead) [pandurtro004]
B
  1. The Mystical Body Of Christ In Chorazaim (The Great In The Small)
Vinyl Etchings
A: Qvis est iste qvi venit
B: Hee comes! Soone you shall see!
Personnel
John Murphy
Youth
Nick Rogers
John Fothergill
Isidore Ducasse
Sleeve Notes
Nature Unveiled: Antichrist Revealed

Falling back through the years: Capvt Iniqvorvn.
Nunc dinittis.
And there, and there: In a foreign town in a foreign land;
Repaing time had come.
Standing unveiled before Him who shed His Own Blood is the Little Horn, from Angingnart
descending, who shed other's blood.
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
Surely the Thousand Year Reign of The Mystical Body of Christ Himself is about to commence.
Surely that place and time where all thinjgs rush together has been reached
Yet how much bling night there is in the hearts of men.
(And then he com'th)
How much sadness is yet to fall.
For belief in the innocence of rulers depends on the ignorance of thise ruled.
(And then he com'th)
See the priests and the lords and the rulers and the liars take their predestined sides.
here they come, dressed in their white shrouds; they do not speak, they hold hands.
(And now he com'th)
The Shadow falls.
And Jesus wept.
But look to Chorazim; look to Bethsaida.
For we know who you are.
Pope: Antichrist!
Government: Antichrist!
You lords and clergy: Antichrist!
We declare you Anathema. Excommunicans.
As of old, so it is now.
In illo tempore:

Lacrimosa dies illa. Qva resvrget ex favilla.
dies irae, dies illa.

Ducasse/Christ 777

93 Current 93: This particular manifestation of the Current involved the following individuals: J Murphy; Christ; A. Anxiety; The Youth; S. Stapleton; IHS Tibet IHS; N. Rogers; J. Fothergill; I. Ducasse.

The Current would also like to acknowledge the help and inspiration emanating from the following areas: S. Robertson; F.A Burr; I. Ingram; P. Donnan; F. Häaman; LFD; G. Yorke; A Yorke; S. Pugh; B. Smith; J. Thompson; M. Baker; D. Baker; C. Glover; D. Kenny; M. Fontana; G. Rushton; J. Valls; Iva; R. Haigh; K. Needs; P. Savage; T. Heller; R. Jugg; Fang; Vagina Dentata Organ; Crystal; L. Shapiro; Crass; Rachel; D. Pearce; Bee; Hair by Ross and Paul. Our thanks to M. Hirsig and our lady L.A.Y.L.A.H.; and also to Babs Santini for her beautiful artwork on the cover.
Nature Unveiled
Details
1986 est. CS UK Mi-Mort MM005C
In regular cassette box
Track Listing
Side A
  1. Ach Golgotha (Maldoror Is Dead) [pandurtro004]
  2. Christ's First Howling
  3. Fields Of Rape
Side B
  1. The Mystical Body Of Christ In Chorazaim (The Great In The Small)
  2. I'm The One
Personnel
John Murphy
Youth
Nick Rogers
John Fothergill
Isidore Ducasse
Nature Unveiled
Details
1989 12" UK Maldoror MAL123
2000 Black vinyl copies in regular sleeve
No insert
Track Listing
A
  1. Ach Golgotha (Maldoror Is Dead) [pandurtro004]
B
  1. The Mystical Body Of Christ In Chorazaim (The Great In The Small)
Vinyl Etchings
A: HE IS NEAR...
B: ...AT THE DOOR
Personnel
John Fothergill
John Murphy
Nick Rogers
Youth
Sleeve Notes
Nature Unveiled: Antichrist Revealed
Current 93 were falling: Tibet, Steven Stapleton, John Fothergill, John Murphy, Annie Anxiety, Nick Rogers, Youth
Lacrimosa Dies Illa. Qua Resurget Ex Favillia.
Dies Irae, Dies Illa

This is a Maldoror record, produced and mixed by Steven Stapleton, and is made in England. It was previously released on LAYLAH Records, LAY 4, in a different sleeve.
Nature Unveiled
Details
1992 CD UK Durtro DURTRO009CD
In jewel case
Track Listing
  1. Ach Golgotha (Maldoror Is Dead) (18:59) [pandurtro004]
  2. The Mystical Body Of Christ In Chorazaim (The Great In The Small) (19:50)
  3. No Hiding From The Blackbird (4:04) [lay6]
  4. The Burial Of The Sardine - Nurse With Wound (6:16) [lay6]
  5. LAShTAL (3:52)
  6. Salt (3:49)
  7. Maldoror Rising (Live In Amsterdam 1984) (8:55) [c93-live-08-DEC-1984] [maldoror333boot] [vod74.4]
  8. Maldoror Falling (Live In Brighton 1984) - Dogs Blood Order (12:13) [c93-live-08-MAY-1984] [ihvh418]
Personnel
Youth
John Fothergill
Roger Smith
John Murphy
Nick Rogers
Fritz Haäman
Andy
Tim Spy
Sleeve Notes
Tracks 1 and 2 originally appeared on the LP nature Unveiled (LAYLAH LAY 4, 1984); 3 and 4 given away as free 7" with the first 1000 copies of Nature Unveiled (LAYLAH LAY 6, 1984); 5 and 6 originally released on the LAShTAL 12" single (LAYLAH LAY 1, 1983). Tracks 7 and 8 only available on bootleg LPs - I am not happy with the quality of these pieces but felt they should be made officially available so people would not have to pay the high prices demanded by bootleggers.

Current 93 on tracks 1 and 2: David Tibet, Steven Stapleton, Annie Anxiety, The Youth, John Fothergill, Roger Smith, John Murphy, Nick Rogers.

Current 93 on tracks 3 and 4: David Tibet, Steven Stapleton.

Current 93 on tracks 5 and 6: David Tibet, John Balance, Fritz Haäman.
Current 93 on track 7: David Tibet, Steven Stapleton, Andy, Tim Spy.
Current 93 on track 8: David Tibet, Andy.

My thanks are due to: Steven Stapleton, John Balance, Annie Anxiety, Douglas P. for remaining close to me for so long.
To Shalamah and James Mannox for help.
To Rinpoche and James Low.
Notes
Susceptible to disc rot
Nature Unveiled
Details
2008 March CD CA Durtro Jnana DURTRO JNANA 94
In jewel case
First 1000 copies come with Andrew Liles remix CD
2008 September mp3 & flac UK Durtro
Track Listing
  1. Ach Golgotha (Maldoror Is Dead) (18:59) [pandurtro004]
  2. The Mystical Body Of Christ In Chorazaim (The Great In The Small) (19:51)
II Nature Revealed: a remix by Andrew Liles
  1. Ach Golgotha (Maldoror Is Dead) (19:05) [dprombx76]
  2. The Mystical Body Of Christ In Chorazaim (The Great In The Small) (20:34) [dprombx76]
Personnel
Youth
John Fothergill
John Murphy
Isidore Ducasse
Nick Rogers
Sleeve Notes
LAY 4:
Nature Unveiled: Antichrist Revealed

93 Current 93: This particular manifestation of the Current involved the following individuals: J Murphy; Christ; A. Anxiety; The Youth; S. Stapleton; IHS Tibet IHS; N. Rogers; J. Fothergill; I. Ducasse.

The Current would also like to acknowledge the help and inspiration emanating from the following areas: S. Robertson; F.A Burr; I. Ingram; P. Donnan; F. Häaman; LFD; G. Yorke; A Yorke; S. Pugh; B. Smith; J. Thompson; M. Baker; D. Baker; C. Glover; D. Kenny; M. Fontana; G. Rushton; J. Valls; Iva; R. Haigh; K. Needs; P. Savage; T. Heller; R. Jugg; Fang; Vagina Dentata Organ; Crystal; L. Shapiro; Crass; Rachel; D. Pearce; Bee; Hair by Ross and Paul. Our thanks to M. Hirsig and our lady L.A.Y.L.A.H.; and also to Babs Santini for her beautiful artwork on the cover.

Falling back through the years: Capvt Iniqvorvn.
Nunc dinittis.
And there, and there: In a foreign town in a foreign land;
Repaing time had come.
Standing unveiled before Him who shed His Own Blood is the Little Horn, from Angingnart
descending, who shed other's blood.
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
Surely the Thousand Year Reign of The Mystical Body of Christ Himself is about to commence.
Surely that place and time where all thinjgs rush together has been reached
Yet how much bling night there is in the hearts of men.
(And then he com'th)
How much sadness is yet to fall.
For belief in the innocence of rulers depends on the ignorance of thise ruled.
(And then he com'th)
See the priests and the lords and the rulers and the liars take their predestined sides.
here they come, dressed in their white shrouds; they do not speak, they hold hands.
(And now he com'th)
The Shadow falls.
And Jesus wept.
But look to Chorazim; look to Bethsaida.
For we know who you are.
Pope: Antichrist!
Government: Antichrist!
You lords and clergy: Antichrist!
We declare you Anathema. Excommunicans.
As of old, so it is now.
In illo tempore:

Lacrimosa dies illa. Qva resvrget ex favilla.
dies irae, dies illa.

Ducasse/Christ 777

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Reviews
After 24 years David Tibet's debut full-length as Current 93 has been reissued in its original form on compact disc. The audio has been completely re-mastered to great effect, but the additions available on the 1992 release from Durtro are gone, replaced only in the first 1,000 copies by an icy Andrew Liles remix. That remix rounds the album out quite nicely, but the omissions are nonetheless annoying.

In England's Hidden Reverse David Tibet compared the sounds on Nature Unveiled to the appearance of shadows cast by a candle's flame. The exaggerated dance of figures projected by the fire is an excellent metaphor for the reverberated moans and chants that jump and teleport throughout "Ach Golgotha (Maldoror is Dead)." Steven Stapleton's ability in the studio helped to translate the entire record into an exaggerated and frightening play of monumental blocks of sound. The way different samples are lumped together and cut irregularly is dizzying, causing no little amount of disorientation. That image of slowly undulating figures above describes the entirety of Nature Unveiled partly because of Stapleton's talent and partly because of Tibet's monstrous and lucid vision. The first groans of sound are as a rising curtain and what follows is a nightmare puppet show of light, wherein the Antichrist is summoned only to be cursed and rejected by an adamant and frightened Tibet. As various samples begin to clash and blend into a supreme panic the effectiveness of Current 93's approach on this record becomes plain. Annie Anxiety's truly awesome performance in "The Mystical Body of Christ in Chorazaim (The Great in the Small)" is one of her most memorable and it heightens the play of human cries, treated pianos, monastic chants, unidentifiable stereo oddities, and defiant vocals that populate both songs. The details are made more powerful thanks to Denis Blackham's re-mastering job and remarkably this album sounds more clear and robust than many modern recordings made by artists with similar palettes. It has been 24 years since Nature Unveiled was released, but it sounds more powerful to me now than it ever did.

Tibet's preoccupation with Christian imagery, apocalyptic narratives, and both surrealism and mysticism is evident throughout the record, something made doubly clear by the revamped liner notes. These same topics are eventually addressed with greater maturity later in Tibet's career, but conceptually Nature Unveiled is surprisingly accomplished. The dual authorship in the liner notes helps to emphasize the dual nature of the record's subject matter, drawing the album's many themes together in the characters of Ducasse and Christ 777 . By reifying man's potential for evil in the character of Maldoror and by emphasizing the hope in Christ's return Tibet manifested the phenomenology of fear and redemption with a fairly amazing depth, even if immature lines like "Fuck you, Maldoror" rear their head now and again. The tension between Isidore Ducasse's anti-God-man and Christ the God-man bares fruit in the end and grants credence to Tibet's synthetic approach. All of this plays out, of course, with respect to "nature," a thing I can only imagine Tibet associates with man. Indeed, closer inspection of the conceptual work also makes clear some still relevant political and social commentary, which are couched in religious expectancy and a sense of hopelessness concerning man's fallen state. Current 93's early output is often sandwiched into the industrial category due to its abrasive qualities, but clearly this recording was unlike anything else being made at the time either sonically or ideally.

It is unfortunate that this reissue is missing the additions from the 1992 CD version of the album; with them it would be a near-perfect release. In that 1992 edition six extra songs were provided: "LAShTAL" and "Salt" from the LAShTAL 12" on L.A.Y.L.A.H., "No Hiding from the Blackbird" and Nurse with Wound's "The Burial of the Sardine" from the 7" originally given away with the record, and "Maldoror Rising (Live in Amsterdam 1984)" and "Maldoror Falling (Live in Brighton 1984)" from two then extant bootlegs. To my knowledge these songs are not widely available and though they are of a lesser quality than the principle material, they still compose an interesting part of the early Current 93 canon. To Durtro/Jnana's credit, the first 1,000 copies of the reissue come with a remix of the album by Andrew Liles called Nature Revealed. In some respects this remix deserves a review all its own, especially considering the massive alterations Liles makes to many important parts of the record. His style brings an odd iciness to the whole affair as he freezes many moments on the record and casts them into an uncomfortable stasis. He also increases the presence of pure noise on the record, which provides an increased anxiety and semblance of destruction. Liles manages to summon the Antichrist with bravado, but unlike Tibet he seems happy with allowing his evil to brood. Unfortunately this remix is only available to the first 1,000 people that buy the reissue and so in some time I imagine Tibet will have to give due consideration to all the material associated with Nature Unveiled.

Lucas Schleicher

15 June 2008
Nature Unveiled
Details
2008 September 12" UK Durtro Jnana DURTRO JNANA LP 94
Black vinyl copies in regular sleeve
"No Hiding From The Blackbird" facsimilie poster
LAYLAH insert facsimilie
Includes the 7" No Hiding From The Blackbird (DURTRO JNANA 94)
Track Listing
A
  1. Ach Golgotha (Maldoror Is Dead) [pandurtro004]
B
  1. The Mystical Body Of Christ In Chorazaim (The Great In The Small)
Personnel
John Fothergill
John Murphy
Nick Rogers
Youth
Sleeve Notes
Nature Unveiled: Antichrist Revealed

Falling back through the years: Capvt Iniqvorvn.
Nunc dinittis.
And there, and there: In a foreign town in a foreign land;
Repaing time had come.
Standing unveiled before Him who shed His Own Blood is the Little Horn, from Angingnart
descending, who shed other's blood.
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
Surely the Thousand Year Reign of The Mystical Body of Christ Himself is about to commence.
Surely that place and time where all thinjgs rush together has been reached
Yet how much bling night there is in the hearts of men.
(And then he com'th)
How much sadness is yet to fall.
For belief in the innocence of rulers depends on the ignorance of thise ruled.
(And then he com'th)
See the priests and the lords and the rulers and the liars take their predestined sides.
here they come, dressed in their white shrouds; they do not speak, they hold hands.
(And now he com'th)
The Shadow falls.
And Jesus wept.
But look to Chorazim; look to Bethsaida.
For we know who you are.
Pope: Antichrist!
Government: Antichrist!
You lords and clergy: Antichrist!
We declare you Anathema. Excommunicans.
As of old, so it is now.
In illo tempore:

Lacrimosa dies illa. Qva resvrget ex favilla.
dies irae, dies illa.

Ducasse/Christ 777

93 Current 93: This particular manifestation of the Current involved the following individuals: J Murphy; Christ; A. Anxiety; The Youth; S. Stapleton; IHS Tibet IHS; N. Rogers; J. Fothergill; I. Ducasse.

The Current would also like to acknowledge the help and inspiration emanating from the following areas: S. Robertson; F.A Burr; I. Ingram; P. Donnan; F. Häaman; LFD; G. Yorke; A Yorke; S. Pugh; B. Smith; J. Thompson; M. Baker; D. Baker; C. Glover; D. Kenny; M. Fontana; G. Rushton; J. Valls; Iva; R. Haigh; K. Needs; P. Savage; T. Heller; R. Jugg; Fang; Vagina Dentata Organ; Crystal; L. Shapiro; Crass; Rachel; D. Pearce; Bee; Hair by Ross and Paul. Our thanks to M. Hirsig and our lady L.A.Y.L.A.H.; and also to Babs Santini for her beautiful artwork on the cover.
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Nature Unveiled
Details
2014 December 12" UK Durtro Jnana DURTRO JNANA LP 94
<9 black vinyl copies
Test Pressing
Title and artist written in the bottom left corner of cover
Initialled by David Tibet
Unnumbered
Includes the Test pressing 7" No Hiding From The Blackbird (DURTRO JNANA 94)
Track Listing
A
  1. Ach Golgotha (Maldoror Is Dead) [pandurtro004]
B
  1. The Mystical Body Of Christ In Chorazaim (The Great In The Small)
Personnel
John Fothergill
John Murphy
Nick Rogers
Youth
Notes
Each of these TPs have been put into a newly designed silkscreened sleeve, printed in copper ink on white card.
Each record has the title and artist hand-written in the CatSpace at the bottom left of the cover by David, and each record also has the title and artist written by him on the white label.
Each sleeve is initialled by him.
The edition of each title is not numbered.
In the case of a 2LP (double album) release, both records are put into one sleeve.
There are between 1 and 25 copies of each of the titles.
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