VA / Soul Jazz Records Presents - In The Beginning There Was Rhythm


Unavailable for over 20 years, In The Beginning There Was Rhythm was Soul Jazz Records’ first foray into post-punk and punk-funk in the UK, capturing the groundbreaking, seminal groups that crossed the divide of punk and dance music for the first time.


First released in 2001, this album is fully remastered, remade and presented once more in its entirety and features A Certain Ratio, Cabaret Voltaire, Throbbing Gristle, The Human League, The Pop Group, Gang of Four, The Slits, 23 Skidoo and This Heat. As Muzik magazine noted on its initial release, ‘In The Beginning There Was Rhythm’ is a choice selection from the fertile post-punk period when bands thought nothing of combining politics and philosophy with imported dance rhythms and edgy industrial angst. Most of the bands featured come from the then bleak post- industrial North of England - Manchester, Sheffield, Leeds as well as Bristol and London - and yet all show a fascination with Black American rhythms and an experimentation in sound that was completely unique at the time.


• Available as CD or double black vinyl edition, complete with two bespoke inner bags containing extensive sleevenotes and original photography.
• Download code included.


1. A Certain Ratio - Shack Up
2. 23 Skidoo - Coup
3. Gang Of Four - To Hell With Poverty
4. The Human League - Being Boiled
5. The Slits - In The Beginning There Was Rhythm (Early Version)
6. This Heat - 24 Track Loop
7. Throbbing Gristle - 20 Jazz Funk Greats
8. The Pop Group - She Is Beyond Good and Evil
9. Cabaret Voltaire - Sluggin' Fer Jesus
10. 23 Skidoo - Vegas El Bandito
11. A Certain Ratio - Knife Slits Water

Release Info

Release Date: 10th May 2024
Format: 2LP, CD
Label: Soul Jazz Records

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"In The Beginning... doesn’t have a single limp tune. It’ll amaze new listeners and give old ones some hard-to-find tracks. Buy it."
"In The Beginning... is essential missing-link history, and body-rockin’ fun”

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