''Black Cross''

The Struggle Against The State
(Title of insert)

Sleeve - Front
Sleeve - Back 
Vinyl - Side A: Printed labels (left) and 'tour' version with white labels (right)
Vinyl - Side B: Printed labels (left) and 'tour' version with white labels (right)
Insert 1:  (Lyric sheet) Front and back

Insert 2: (Nestor Makhno) Front and back


Tracks: Police / Zezozose BW Dance of Death / Last Man Standing
Released: 2005
Label: Burning Sensation Records BSC-BS002
Matrix A: 59457 1A BS 002
Matrix B: 59457 1B BS 002

Pressing Info:
First Press 1000 (Out of press)
*175 have blank white labels
9 Test Presses

*Above info from LFG site, but believed to be incorrect, should be:
15 Test Pressings.
First Press of 1000, comprising 700 with printed labels and 300 blank with white labels. Some of the white labels have hand-witten messages. (According to a Maarten - a friend of the label owner).

Lyric sheet with 4 images on reverse
Portrait of Nestor Makhno with précis of the Black Army & Black Cross on reverse.

Printed labels
Blank white labels: some of these have handwritten messages on and were sold on the European Tour.

Image borrowed from Kyle Whitlow's site - check it out. 

Lover boy is better than SSD
Above two pictures are the same disk (Thanks Philip!)

Black Cross & Black Army often come as a pair and are a compilation of older releases, put together for the European Market (for want of a better term), as the earlier releases were not so readily available outside of North America.

The two records have different images on the front of the sleeves and the reverse of the lyric sheet, but otherwise share the same the artwork.

Sleeve Notes:

Front Cover: Original photo by Josef Koudelka, taken during the Warsaw Pact Invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968. The invasion was carried out to reaffirm Soviet control and was in response to the liberalising reforms of the Prague Spring.

More of Koudelka's pictures of the invasion HERE.

Back Cover: The compilation theme is followed through in the artwork: The band shot is from the ''Epics in Minutes'' CD, The 'Twin Dragon' image was used in sketch form on ''Looking For Gold'' and would be used again for the labels of ''Two Snakes''. The 'Big Fish / Little Fish' was used on''Baiting The Public''. Similarly some of the insert images are reused - the art nouveau swans from the ''Litany'' insert and one of the 'soldier' images from a ''Generation'' insert.

Synchronicity or misfiling of LFG-related inserts #1: This pair came with two artwork clippings in each sleeve.

Commodity Fetishism:

Test Presses: Black Army (White sleeve, white labels)
& Black Cross (White sleeve, white labels)...