Crass – Studio Rehearsal – 04/81

Inc Beg Your Pardon / Reality Whitewash / You Can be You – 30 minutes of practice tape

A fine practice session by Crass working on tracks, getting them warmed up for the masterpiece that was the box set LP ‘Christ – The Album’.

That material was eventually released early on the following year, a nice black box, two full length LPs, a huge poster and a nice thick booklet, and you paid no more than a fiver…Bloody bargain mate!

This rare recording by Crass is well worth a listen and is absolutely wonderful with bagloads of intimacy…

Images above from various Crass booklets and literature.

Another session from around the same time may be heard HERE

Also remember that any donations are still welcome for the up keep of Dial House, a worthy investment for the future of this beautiful cultural centre.

Cheques can by made out to: Penny Rimbaud, Dial House, Ongar Park Hall, North Weald, Epping, Essex CM16 6AE.

  1. back2front
    August 27, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    Thanks for this Penguin and very timely considering what’s going on behind the scenes over the re-issuing of the Crass back catalogue. Was quite disheartened to read of the arguements, Crass royalties being sent to Colin Jerwood for certain tracks and the demise of Southern. Hopefully it’ll all come out in the wash.

    Is this session the same as the one you posted previously from the same date?

  2. Penguin
    Penguin • Post Author •
    August 27, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    This one is a different session old buddy. The other one I uploaded has a link there at the bottom of this post.

  3. Steve
    August 28, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    Without wishing to reopen all sorts of cans of worms, is it true that the entire Southern empire has gone down the tubes? Or just part of it? Or none of it? Their website is still functioning and details of new releases (well, one) are still being posted……….. I’m confused.

  4. Penguin
    Penguin • Post Author •
    August 28, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    The Southern warehouse in Hornsey is closing down and Southern Records have downsized but Allison will still be active in releasing material from affiliated labels to the public.
    Some of the Southern employees are now employed for Southern Record Distributors and are doing similar jobs that they were involved with when working for Southern.
    The record labels that used to be distributed by Southern via the Hornsey warehouse will now be fully distributed in the UK and Europe by Southern Record Distributors.
    Just keep checking the Southern website for any up to date news concerning new releases etc.

  5. Steve
    August 28, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    Thanks Penguin.

  6. D.F.
    September 7, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    Is there any further information about what back2front is typing of, somewhere in cyberspace? This is the first I’ve heard of this information and would like to find out more…

  7. Tony Puppy
    Tony Puppy
    September 7, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    DF – back2front is referring to the original statment by Penny on the Southern site, which AL linked to in the ‘Punk Is Dead’ thread on here.

    The link is

  8. jim v
    jim v
    September 8, 2009 at 1:11 am

    Penny answers some questions on …

  9. Mark
    September 8, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    Thanks so much for all the clips I have found on here – I have fond memories of listening to Crass back in the day and these studio rehearsal tapes are great along with the other bands recordings.

  10. mark_e
    September 16, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    One of the nice users on has just uploaded:

    Steve Ignorant – Dunelm House, Durham 12 September 2009 (audience recording)

    partial setlist:

    2.Do They Owe Us A Living
    6.They’ve Got A Bomb
    7.Fight War Not Wars
    11.So What
    12.Shaved Women
    13.Bloody Revolutions
    14.Big A Little A
    15.Punk Is Dead
    17.Banned From The Roxy
    18.Encore Break
    19.Do They Owe Us A Living
    20.Encore Break
    21.Banned From The Roxy

    looks good!

    btw – dimeadozen is a torrent site which requires membership (it’s free)

  11. egg
    September 17, 2009 at 7:57 am

    Dear KYPP. Hello. A question for Mark_e.
    Has he got a copy of said concert?
    If so may i have a copy?
    Tried to go on dimeadozen but its gone down.
    Cant find a torrent for Durham 09 anywhere.
    Could you send me your link. Ta
    Yours egg

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