She And Me Fall Together In Free Death
Details
2003 June 12" US Beta-lactam Ring Records MT040b
1000 Black vinyl copies in gatefold sleeve
(Spine of some copies lists catalogue number incorrectly as MT043)
2003 12" US Beta-lactam Ring Records MT040b
513 Black vinyl copies in gatefold sleeve
Second pressing
Track Listing
Side A
  1. She and Me Fall Together Like Free Death
Side B
  1. Black is the Color of my True Loves Hair*
  2. Chicken Concrete (For Missy E.)
  3. Gusset Typing
Personnel
Sleeve Notes
Steven Stapleton
Colin Potter

Little girl voice on * Alice Potter

Cover sculptures Steven Stapleton
Photographs Andria Tibet

Mixed by S. S.
Engineered by C. P.

Recorded Feb 2003 at the Watertower Preston
She And Me Fall Together In Free Death
Details
2003 June 12" US Beta-lactam Ring Records MT040ART
25 Black vinyl copies in handmade sleeve including a unique copy of Tainted Creampuffs (Hostess Twinkie Mixes)
Track Listing
Side A
  1. She and Me Fall Together Like Free Death
Side B
  1. Black is the Color of my True Loves Hair*
  2. Chicken Concrete (For Missy E.)
  3. Gusset Typing
Personnel
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She And Me Fall Together In Free Death
Details
2003 CD US Beta-lactam Ring Records MT040c
200 Signed copies in hand-made cloth bag.
First set
2012 CD US Beta-lactam Ring Records MT040c
2 Contains an automatic drawing drawn under the influence of psilocybin
Signed copies in hand-made cloth bag
Track Listing
Side A
  1. She And Me Fall Together Like Free Death (18:20)
  2. Black Is The Color Of My True Loves Hair (4:50)
  3. Chicken Concret (8:41)
  4. Gusset Typing (6:00)
  5. She And Me Fall Together Like Free Death (Phosphorous Mix) (18:19) [bb08]
  6. Chicken Korma (9:30)
Personnel
Sleeve Notes
Steven Stapleton
Colin Potter

Cover Sculptures by S. S.
Photographs by Andria Tibet

Little girl voice on track 2 by Alice Potter
Mixed by S. S. & C. P.
Engineered by C. P.
Recorded Feb 2003 at the Watertower Preston
Notes
Apparently there are some special packages which include the 2 CD versions. Only the images printed on the CD's differ.
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Reviews
Far too much music being released these days seems to be utilitarian in nature. Albums are touted as "great driving music" or "after-club chillout music." I've actually heard certain critics suggest that an album is best heard in a particular time and setting: "Listen to this in the early morning hours after your girlfriend dumps you." Ever since Brian Eno developed the concept of ambient music, there seems to be a concerted effort to turn music into the equivalent of a backrub: something purely contextual that functions as an emotional salve if applied properly. Since the early 80's, Nurse With Wound has been pushing the opposite concept. Steven Stapleton's music is not made to make you feel better, or as something upbeat to play while doing crunches. Stapleton's music is designed for active, deep listening. You simply can't just play it in the background as you converse with friends. Even his most ambient pieces are not meditative; they are designed as a complex drama to make you FEEL something. Steven Stapleton's newest release is a full-length LP on the incomparably interesting Beta-Lactam Rings label. She and Me Fall Together in Free Death is probably the most approachable, largely "musical" album that NWW has released since Rock N' Roll Station. It's also one of his strangest concepts, a marriage of trance-inducing Krautrock grooves with a traditional jazz standard and some jarringly atonal musique concrete. Side A is the 20-minute title track: a slow-motion jam reminiscent of of one of Can's sidelong tracks on Tago Mago or the more avant-garde grooves of Tony Conrad and Faust's Outside the Dream Syndicate. The propulsive Jaki Liebezeit drumbeat is the foundation for a long jam session with what sounds like a dijderidoo and layers of guitar feedback. It's a massive, heavy sound, the kind that Julian Cope would devote a whole chapter to in his "Kratrocksampler." Side B is one long piece with three distinct movements. Beginning with those familiar, World Serpent-trademark windchimes, the listener is quickly ushered into Stapleton's singing debut (!) in a rendition of the oft-covered traditional jazz ballad "Black is the Color of My True Love's Hair." This was a favorite of the recently deceased Nina Simone, and also of the avant-jazz screamer Patty Waters. Nurse With Wound's version is backed by cello drones, repetitive guitar strums and tambourine, sounding very much like The Velvet Underground's "Venus in Furs." It's such a treat to hear Steven Stapleton's multitracked vocals cover this classic song, and this eerie version rates as one of my favorites. This song and the title track prove to the naysayers that Nurse With Wound is equally adept at rock n' roll songcraft as he is at demented sound collages. The creepy jazz cover seques into "Chicken Concret (For Missy E)," a truly warped tape-edit job that juxtaposes chicken squawks and sythesized birdcalls with random bleeps, speaker hiccups and gongs. Could this be Steven Stapleton's tribute to Timbaland and Missy Elliott's incomparable use of musique concrete techniques on their major label hip-hop anthems? Hard to say, but I like to think so. Side B ends with the hyper-sexualized "Gusset Typing," in which a mutated woman's voice describes her masturbation and orgasm in intimate, anatomical detail. Her monologue is set against an intense rhythmic throbbing that builds as she reaches her climax. At the end, she blows her load and the record ends. This certainly qualifies as an active listening experience, and it's also a great make-out record!

Jonathan Dean
She And Me Fall Together In Free Death
Details
2003 CD US Beta-lactam Ring Records MT040c
300 Signed copies in hand-made cloth bag.
Second set
2003 CD US Beta-lactam Ring Records MT040d
1000 in digipak
Track Listing
Side A
  1. She And Me Fall Together Like Free Death (18:20)
  2. Black Is The Color Of My True Loves Hair (4:50)
  3. Chicken Concret (8:41)
  4. Gusset Typing (6:00)
  5. She And Me Fall Together Like Free Death (Phosphorous Mix) (18:19) [bb08]
  6. Chicken Korma (9:30)
Personnel
Sleeve Notes
Steven Stapleton
Colin Potter

Cover Sculptures by S. S.
Photographs by Andria Tibet

Little girl voice on track 2 by Alice Potter
Mixed by S. S. & C. P.
Engineered by C. P.
Recorded Feb 2003 at the Watertower Preston
Notes
Apparently there are some special packages which include the 2 CD versions. Only the images printed on the CD's differ.
Other Images
She And Me Fall Together In Free Death
Details
2005 CD US Beta-lactam Ring Records MT040e
1000 In jewel case
Third edition
CD image shows the face of a girl
Track Listing
Side A
  1. She And Me Fall Together Like Free Death (18:20)
  2. Black Is The Color Of My True Loves Hair (4:50)
  3. Chicken Concret (8:41)
  4. Gusset Typing (6:00)
  5. She And Me Fall Together Like Free Death (Phosphorous Mix) (18:19) [bb08]
  6. Chicken Korma (9:30)
Personnel
Sleeve Notes
Steven Stapleton
Colin Potter

Cover Sculptures by S. S.
Photographs by Andria Tibet

Little girl voice on track 2 by Alice Potter
Mixed by S. S. & C. P.
Engineered by C. P.
Recorded Feb 2003 at the Watertower Preston

Special thanks to Stan "The Man" Reed for the Loan of his limited edition cover Pneumatic Architecture from the edition of 25 LP collage covers for the "She and Me Fall Together Like Free Death" album by Steven Stapleton. Thank you Chris and Heather.
Notes
All text on sleeve is in mirror writing.