You Must Be Certain Of The Devil

by Diamanda Galás

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Malediction 04:19


I dedicate this album to my brothers & sisters, Persons With Aids, who now live & die in fear.


released May 23, 1988

Diamanda Galás: all vocals, Hammond organ, piano, synthesizers & keyboard bass.
Charlie Terstappen: drums
Kurt Schmidt: guitar on Double-Barrel Prayer & Birds of Death. Kurt Schmidt appears with kind permission of Phonogram (Germany).
Peter Zimmerman: percussions on Birds of Death.
Thanks to Naut Hamon for providing string samples on Let's Not Chat About Despair.

All music by Diamanda Galás (except Swing Low Sweet Chariot * Let My People Go (Go Down Moses)). All words by Diamanda Galás except: 1. expert from the Gloria Mass (in Double Barrel Prayer) 2. excerpt from Psalms 58 & 59 of the Old Testament (in You Must Be Certain of The Devil).

Album produced by Gareth Jones & Diamanda Galás at Studio Hansa, Berlin 1987. Assistant engineering for drum recording by Pete Schmidt. Consultation: Paul Kendall. Mastered by John Dent at The Exchange. Cover design by Paul White/Me Company. Cover photography by Emily Anderson. Drawing by James Nocito.

Thanks: Daniel Miller. Intravenal Sound Operations. Frank Kelly. Tom Müller. DAAD. Naut Hamon. NEA Opera / New Music Theatre.
Special thanks: Gertrude Saleh & Patrick Smith. David Hyry. Harald Bullerjhan. Richard Manuccia. Irma Josten. Paul White. Gordon Duke. Irene Spillmann. Suzanne Stefanac. Michael Flanagan. Christo Haas. Jim Morton. Peter Wright. Everyone at Mute.

You Must be Certain of the Devil is the third part of the trilogy Masque of the Red Death. The first part is The Divine Punishment. The second part is Saint of the Pit.

1988, 2018 Diamanda Galás


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Diamanda Galás New York, New York

Diamanda Galás is a Greek-American avant-garde composer and performer, whose work confronts the subjects of violence and despair with political conviction and austerity. Galás rose to prominence in the ‘80s and ‘90s with the recorded trilogy, Masque of the Red Death, and the performance work Plague Mass, which addressed the AIDS crisis in a time of deafening political silence and inaction. ... more

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