The "VINYL ART" 2xCD Version
"The Ape of Naples" is a deeply emotional and uniquely rewarding album.
In its immediate accessibility it is somewhat reminiscent of Coil's mid-1980s classic "Horse Rotorvator" sharing that album's wild variety of sounds and styles as well as its overriding sombre mood.
Originally released in 2005 and in many ways the band's ultimate swan song, it is now considered one of the go-to albums for introducing new listeners to the unparalleled magick of Coil.
Compiled and released by Peter Christopherson one year after Jhonn Balance's tragic deadly fall, it includes reworkings of the live favourite "Amethyst Deceivers" and "Love Secret's Domain"'s "Teenage Lightning" as well as several songs originally intended for the ill-fated "Backwards" album like the haunting and preminiscent "Fire of the Mind" and the superb "Amber Rain".
Other tracks were created using unfinished song ideas from around "Backwards", sampling tiny bits of Balance's live vocals from songs only ever performed in concert once like "Triple Sun".
Using the lyrics of the theme tune for the 1970s BBC sit com series "Are you being served?" for the unbelievably haunting "Going up", this album's final track and the last song Coil ever performed live, is maybe the most poignant example of Balance's and Christopherson's method of turning base matter into pure sound gold, and like the title of the album, derived from an imaginary adult video an equally fine example of the often underappreciated humour of the boys.
Christopherson with the help of long-term sound wizard Danny Hyde and
using some of the talents of Coil touring members managed to craft an
album which feels and flows like a true Coil classic.
The Infinite Fog version is the third Coil record receiving the fully remastered and enhanced 3LP/2CD treatment supervised by Danny Hyde.
CD is available in two versions with the original and
well-loved original CD cover art and for the first time using the former
vinyl-only cover art.
CD Digipak "VINYL ART" + Booklet and Poster
1 Fire Of The Mind 5:14
2 The Last Amethyst Deceiver 10:11
3 Tattooed Man 6:33
4 Triple Sun 3:46
5 It's In My Blood 4:51
6 I Don't Get It 5:35
7 Heaven’s Blade 4:13
8 Cold Cell 4:08
9 Teenage Lightning 2005 7:11
10 Amber Rain 5:12
11 Going Up 8:29
12 I Don't Get It (Untitled Rendered) 5:04
13 Animal Are You? 11:37
14 Katcha Falling Star 3:57
15 Ten Minute Triple Sun 10:47
16 I Don't Get It (Unadorned Mix) 5:34
17 Heaven's Blade (Mix 1) 6:03
18 Cold Cell In Bangkok (6 Minute Version) 6:24
19 Amber Rain (Drier More Intimate) 5:06
20 Going Up (Live Better 2) 9:44
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