Edward Ka-Spel
AaΔzhyd China Doll

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NL LP Torso 33028
GR LP Penguin 30023

side a

  1. Aaδzhyd China Doll [STCD090]
  2. Flesh Parade [STCD090]
  3. The Qa'Spell [STCD090]
  4. The Unfortunate Demise Of The Fabulous Puccino Brothers [STCD090]

side b

  1. Nuts In May [STCD090]
  2. Traitors' Gate [STCD090]
  3. Blowing Bubbles (Part 3) [STCD090]
  4. The Fool [STCD090]

The Prophet Qa'Sepel - voice, keyboards, samples and loops
Majest - guitars, drums
Lady Sunshine - lady vox
Hanz Myer - elektronixx, enhancement
Processed by Qa'Sepel/Majest/Myer

According to the liner notes, "This is merely part one of the Aaδzhyd trilogy".
There was a CD edition of this album retitled THE RITUAL announced on Megaton Records, but it never took place (possibly a bootleg?).
This album was reissued along with CHYEKK CHINA DOLL as a 2xCD set in 1995.

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UK CD Torso CD187

  1. Aaδzhyd China Doll [STCD090]
  2. Flesh Parade [STCD090]
  3. The Qa'Spell [STCD090]
  4. The Unfortunate Demise Of The Fabulous Puccino Brothers [STCD090]
  5. Nuts In May [STCD090]
  6. Traitors' Gate [STCD090]
  7. Blowing Bubbles (Part 3) [STCD090]
  8. The Fool [STCD090]
  9. The Witchfinder Suite Parts I-VI [STCD090]

The cover of the CD release incorrectly lists two bonus tracks, "When Old Gods Die" and "After the Tower", that do not actually appear on the disc. These tracks were later included on the Lyvv China Doll release as "Wenn Alte Gotter Sterben" and "Tower 8".


Aaδzhyd China Doll

Aaδzhyd! It creeps and I fall and I'm peeled from the lips to the hips and my inside's outside. Hide me in your bed God. You can spread me on your bread, God. Or throw me in the cell... You call it "Hell", I call it warm! A fizz. Apokacidilipsmakk. I crack. I crawl. (So get those fucking horsemen off my lawn!).

Flesh Parade

Up before the Flesh Parade... The pretty faces... The bedroom eyes... The pouting lips. The longing thighs say "Come in for a night, you won't regret it - but don't make any plans". She likes a man, but a hand is just as effective. A mutual need. No need to talk. No moonlit walks, no sun-drenched beaches. Just a bed and just an alarm clock, says your time is up. Go find another body (boy, girl) in the Flesh Parade.The line-up never changes. And, sure, nobody's perfect. Just good at Perfect crimes. We have the standard phrases; ask the time. How about the weather? Don't care about the spots. My only interest is your mind.(Got the time for a grind in the Flesh Parade?)

The Qa'Spell

Kissing frogs is fine when you're single, when you've time to spare. You hold the mirror, comb your hair, the manna drops down from heaven. But spare a thought for me; light a candle. Place me in the flame...Handle me with care, I'll maybe melt away. If you do believe in me; yes if you are convinced - I'll be your prince now and forever. No more wincing as you kiss a frog, and no more waiting...

The Unfortunate Demise of the Fabulous Puccino Brothers

The host of heaven welcomed seven ghosts. He gave them coffee, showed them'round but the catastrophe had left them speechless.They'd tried to teach us kids how human beings could be pyramids when Gideon went sliding on a banana skin. The stage caved in. They hit the cellar. Hit the deck. Stone dead and seeing red when gates were golden[....?....] Peter told them how they'd like it there... make tightropes,tiptoe gently through the clouds. And if they fell, just ring a bell. Anet would catch them, stop them dropping headfirst into hell!

Nuts in May

Nuts in May go firing guns while Nuts in June write speeches.They find a box to preach on while the kiddies screech in prams. And mum sucks on a choc-ice, mumbles how the weather's nice. It's like a desert island; the cannibals run twice around the pot and pop you in and pick you out all red and chewy. Then turn you into superglue for kids to sniff on... makes them nuts in May with guns and Nuts in June who write those speeches.

Traitor's Gate

The river's wide, the river's deep. I know I scraped the bottom with
a rock chained to my feet - the fishes feed on my mascara...
You were smiling when you met me... Yes, you promised me the world.
You said that you'd protect me...
You were smiling as they threw me from the viaduct.

Blowing Bubbles (Part III)

Sometimes you criticise me, analyse me, dice me in eight equal slices; I'm cut down to size. It's alright - I love you! It's a long drop, I've been there far too many times. But you always caught me and fed me and warmed me. (I'm flying too high!)
I love you.

The Fool

You call me up. They cool me down. They drown me with a syphon spewing ice-knives, nail me to my shadow, case me in a plaster-cast and cast me down the mine. I'll dig until my fingers shine and blood runs down the wall. They wanted coal but I'll keep scraping until I'm striking gold.It's fool's gold, but I'm just a fool - be sure, it's real enough for me! I'll make a crown. I'll take my princess to the holy ground, we'll waltz around the stones. So fast, we'll twist into another time. Another home! Just you and me; a few well-chosen friends because we need them. It's so lonely caged in eden eating apples only cause we're so damn bored.


Another album in the china doll series, Aaδzhyd china doll, is an album that tends to evoke an emotional response even after several listens - fellow dots member, "the silver man" joins mr. ka-spel in what turns out to be a rather weird and negative album - the title track (which also happens to be the opening track) sets the mood with a repetative beat, insane keyboard noises, whispers, and edward saying "get those fucking horsemen..." something something something, i don't know - several lengthy sound collages make up the majority of this album and it lacks the waltzes of chyekk china doll - i would have to say that even with its negative side, this album is a better one the chyekk china doll - perhaps it is because it is two years later and it seems that edward ka-spel is trying to get as weird as he possibly can without crossing over into the experimental - the negative angle of this album could be a precursor to songs like 'city of needles' on shadow weaver - 'blowing bubbles (part III)' is surprisingly similar to mauve sideshow in the female vocals that overlay the intro - but the rest of the song features ka-spel chanting with weird effects on his voice - yeah, i would have to say again that if you like weird, and you like the dots, you will probably find edward ka-spel's china doll series (at least chyekk and Aaδzhyd) enjoyable, but if you have never heard the dots before, i wouldn't start with this album - thank you, that will be all - Matt Van Dyke