CRASS | Ten Notes On A Summers Day [CD]

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Number six in a series of re-releases of Crass’ now classical albums remastered and with additional related material. This edition includes the original Crass album plus additional tracks featuring Eve Libertine and comes with a specially designed fold-out poster and an illustrated booklet containing lyrics and contextual notes.

Ten Notes on a Summer’s Day – The Swansong.  Recorded at Southern Studios Winter 1984–Summer 1985.

From the liner notes by Penny Rimbaud: 

"Just as throughout our seven years’ existence as a punk band we had made concerted efforts to avoid specific political pigeonholing (‘left wing, right wing, you can stuff the lot’), so, musically, we attempted to push the barriers, always avoiding the obvious. In one respect alone we were absolutely consistent; our inconsistency. If the essentially rowdy Feeding of the Five Thousand and Stations Of The Crass had established us as the thinking man’s bovver band, so Penis Envy broke the mould as an almost lyrical, yet still very angry piece of rock ’n’roll feminism. And just as at the very time that the BBC thought us safe enough to be given airplay, so we ploughed in with Christ–The Album, an uncompromisingly avant-garde noise album which in its own way went a long way in redefining rock’n’roll’s limited parameters. Then, in much the same way as our fifth album, Yes Sir, I Will, owed more to free jazz than to rock, so Ten Notes On A Summer’s Day nudged itself towards modern European atonality, and us completely out of the rock’n’roll arena (as testified to by dramatically reduced record sales). In this sense, Ten Notes On A Summer’s Day truly was a swansong."

track list
  1. Ten Notes On A Summer's Day - Vocal Version
  2. Ten Notes On A Summer's Day - Instrumental Version

Additional tracks – vocals: Eve Libertine:

  1. Acts of Love No.37 – remix version – words/music/production: Penny Rimbaud. From Acts of Love, Southern Studios, 1984.  
  2. Pills & Ills – words/production: Penny Rimbaud, music: Hit Parade. From Hit Parade’s Nick Nack Paddy Whack, Southern Studios, 1984.
  3. Rocky Eyes – words: Penny Rimbaud, music written & played: A-Soma. Recorded and produced by A-Soma at his South London studio in December 1994.
  4. Outro including Acts Of Love No.39 – words/music/production: Penny Rimbaud. From Acts of Love, Southern Studios, 1984, and ‘Oh America’, featuring Barber’s ‘Adagio’ with The English Chamber Choir, Southern Studios, 2002.

 Release:  April 2012




The Crassical Collection


  • CC01 Feeding Of The Five Thousand CD
  • CC02 Stations Of The Crass CD
  • CC03 Penis Envy CD
  • CC04 Christ, The Album CD
  • CC05 Yes Sir, I Will CD
  • CC06 Ten Notes On A Summer’s Day CD
  • CC07 Best Before 1984 CD (work in progress)
  • CC08 Love Songs book
  • CC09 Consummatum Est poster


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  • 5
    Their most radical release

    Posted by Rita on 26th May 2012

    Probably Crass' most radical release, though many will not give it the time it deserves because it's not anthemic punk diatribes. For me it was Crass' unpredictability and their refusal to trot out another album just like the last that I loved. And so this work is as loved as all their others.