1978 UK Crass: “The Feeding Of The Five Thousand” 12″ WEENY 2The Feeding of the 5000 is the first album by Crass, released in 1978 . Crass never gained a large mainstream audience, but their virulently anti-establishment lyrics and anarchist politics brought the band a committed following upon the record’s release.The record came to be made when Pete Stennett, owner of Small Wonder Records, heard a demo that the band had recorded. Impressed by all of the material, he decided that rather than release a conventional single by the band, he would put all of their set onto an 18 track 12″ EP.However problems were encountered when workers at the Irish pressing plant contracted to manufacture the disc refused to handle it due to the allegedly blasphemous content of the track “Reality Asylum” (referred to as “Asylum” on the record sleeve). The record was eventually released with this track removed and replaced by two minutes of silence, retitled “The Sound Of Free Speech”.

Penny wrote in Shibboleth, In the summer of 1978 having been picked up by Small Wonder a quirky and vehemently independent record label, we recorded our first album “The Feeding of the Five tHousand”, so called because five thousand was the minimum number we could get pressed, and some four thousand nine hundred more than we thought we’d sell. Taking one day to record, and a further day to mix, we committed to disc our entire repertoire of songs. The first track on the album, ‘Reality Asylum’, was a spoken piece, performed by Eve, who by then had adopted the surname Libertine. Taken from my book ‘Christ Reality Asylum’, the track was a passionate attack on the establishment Christianity, and as Marion Boyars had warned, led us into immediate complications. No pressing plant could be found to press the record, and no printer would agree to print the cover. Backing down, we decided to leave it out, replacing it with a minute’s silence under the title of ‘The Sound of Free Speech’

Second Pressing Inner Sleeve

Second Pressing Inner Sleeve has two press reviews that the original doesnt have

NME review January 2oth 1979

cutting found at

Feeding Revew from the NME