Monday, January 21, 2019

Peter Murphy: Deep (1989)

I'm not sure I have the words to describe how much I love this record. I love it so much that I have two copies, both Canadian, along with the CD. One I picked up not to long ago for $8! For that price, I could not pass it up. I had recently seen a copy in a shop in Toronto for $60! Another store had a copy going for $40. Talk about price gouging.

I don't think that Murphy ever equaled this record. It's simply fantastic, nearly perfect. The CD has one small advantage over the vinyl, and that is the addition of the Roll Call (Reprise). It's the perfect addition, since I never want that song to end.

My fav song from the record is probably Cuts You Up, but it's really hard to choose. If you plan on buying a Peter Murphy record, this is the one to get. It is his masterpiece.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Peter Murphy: Blilnd Sublime (1988)

This US promotional 12" single contains Blind Sublime (7" Edit-Remix) and Blind Sublime (Dance Remix).

Friday, January 18, 2019

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club: Wrong Creatures (2018)

Although I am a biog fan of this band, this was a recent acquisition, and I have only listened to it a couple of times. As such, I have little to say, yet.

Peter Murphy: Indigo Eyes (1988)

This is a promotional 12" single for Indigo Eyes. The same mix of Indigo Eyes is on both sides, and both sides are labelled as Side A. Your dates, with The Church, are listed on the back cover.

Bauhaus: Bela Lugosi's Dead - The Bela Session (2018)

Some notes from Discogs:

Includes 20" x 20" poster and colour printed inner sleeve.

The Bela Session is the complete recording session including previously unreleased tracks..
Recorded 26 January, 1979, at Beck Studios, Gisburne Road, Wellingborough.

This has been produced directly by the band with Leaving Records, in advance of the band’s Ruby (40th) anniversary.

“Bela Lugosi’s Dead” was originally released by Small Wonder Records, 1979.
“Harry” was originally released by Beggars Banquet, 1982.
“Some Faces,” “Bite My Hip,” and “Boys (Original)” are previously unreleased.

These are the tracks, three of them previously unreleased:

Bela Lugosi’s Dead
Some Faces (previously unreleased)
Bite My Hip (previously unreleased; later reworked, re-recorded as Lagartija Nick in 1983)
Harry (later released as a B-side in 1982)
Boys (previously unreleased; later re-recorded and released as the B-side of Bela Lugosi’s Dead).

Notes from StonesThrow dot com:

"The Bela Session captures the first time Bauhaus recorded together, January 26th, 1979, just six weeks after forming as a band. This is the first release of that complete recording session, including three previously unreleased tracks. This also marks the first official reissue of the single “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” on vinyl for over thirty years. The audio has been newly mastered from the original analogue tape by Mandy Parnell at Black Saloon Studios" [source]

I like it.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Peter Murphy: Love Hysteria (1988)

OK, I will admit that I hate one song on this LP, and that song is Fun Time, a tune written by David Bowie and Iggy Pop, and first recorded by Iggy for The Idiot. That version is much much better. The two best songs on Love Hysteria are Indigo Eyes and All Night Long, though there was a time when I thought Socrates The Python was the best thing I had ever heard.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Kate Bush: Remastered In Vinyl IV (2018)

I was going to let this one pass, but at 30% off a really good price to begin with, I found it difficult to resist. Plus, I had a $30 gift card for that store.

This box contains four records: 12" Mixes, The Other Side 1, The Other Side 2, and In Other's Words. This is a wonderful collection.

Kate Bush: Aerial

In 2005, I wasn't buying records, so I missed the original pressing, which now goes for insane amounts. Happily, this was repressed in 2018, just in time for Christmas. I guess you'd call it another gift for myself.

Vocal contributions from Rolf Harris, on An Architect’s Dream and The Painter’s Link, have been excised owing to his arrest and conviction on indecent assault charges. Kate's son's vocals are used instead. Oddly, I thought that I had never even heard of Rolf Harris prior to reading about the news stories surrounding this reissue. But, I discovered that I am familiar with the track, Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport.
 
I wonder if this edit will push the price up of the original pressing? Who knows? I would say that I agree with the decision to remove his voice.

Peter Murphy: Should the World Fail to Fall Apart (1987)

Oddly, this 12" has the same cover as the Canadian pressing of the Blue Heart 12". The only thing changed is the name of the track. I wonder why they reused this image. Anyway, this 12" has Should The World Fail To Fall Apart (Version), Confessions (Remix), and Jemal (Version Two).

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Peter Murphy: All Night Long (1988)

Now come hold my hand
No bad vibe hearts
Hold my hand you know
This journey could be long

 I have a copy of this 12" (or EP) on CD as well. There are four tracks: All Night Long, Confession (Live), Blind Sublime, and God Sends (Live). The notes say this:

Tracks A1 & B1 recorded at Jacobs and Abbey Road Studios. Mixed at Abbey Road.
Tracks A2 & B2 recorded live at "The Phantasy Club" Toronto, by CFNY-FM Radio.

That was back in the day when CFNY was the absolute best radio station in the world. That is no longer true.

All Night Long is a fabulous track.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Peter Murphy: Tale Of The Tongue (1986)

On the UK 12" pressing of Tale Of The Tongue you will find the title track and a different version of Should The World Fail To Fall Apart.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Peter Murphy: Blue Heart (1986)

The Canadian release for Blue Heart is really an EP. It contains five tracks:

Blue Heart (Extended Remix Version)
The Light Pours Out Of Me
Blue Heart (7" Version)
Canvas Beauty (Romance Version)
Should The World Fail To Fall Apart (Extended Remix Version)

Friday, December 07, 2018

Peter Murphy: Blue Heart (1986)

This is the original UK 12" pressing of Blue Heart, which has three tracks. They are:

Blue Heart
Blue Heart (Seven Inch Version)
Canvas Beauty (Up Version)

Discogs notes the following, which I had never noticed before: "The B side label incorrectly lists the track order. Blue Heart (7" Mix) is the first track, Canvas Beauty is the second track. The cover lists the correct sequence." TIL.

Thursday, December 06, 2018

Peter Murphy: Should the World Fail to Fall Apart (1986)


Peter Murphy's first solo LP, after the collapse of Bauhaus and Dalis Car, contains two cover versions. These are the aforementioned Final Solution and a cover of Magazine's The Light Pours out of Me. Once again, I like Peter's version of the Magazine tune, but the original is so freaking fantastic, it's probably impossible to top it. I don't think anyone could record a better version. It's simply awe-

inspiring on so many levels.

Clearly, this record sheds some of the goth feel, or should that read stereotype? This is a solid record, lighter than any Bauhaus outing, but it's really enjoyable. It may not be Bauhaus, but I really like it.

Once again, the record company effed with the track listings. The original UK version is different from the Canadian pressing. I really hate that. The difference, apart of track ordering, is that Canvas Beauty was removed from the Canadian version is preference to Tale of the Tongue. That has never made any sense to me because Canvas Beauty is a much better track. Oddly, I have the UK pressing.

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

Peter Murphy: The Final Solution EP (1985)

For Peter Murphy's first solo single, released in advance of his first solo record -- Should the World Fail to Fall Apart -- he opted to cover a Pere Ubu track. That's tough work, but he managed to do a respectable job. I'm just going to add that it must be difficult to make a cover version your own. As much as I admire Peter's version, the Pere Ubu orignal is better, in my humble opinion.

Any artist who strikes out on a solo career is going to be compared to the band from which they came. As the vocalist for Bauhaus, there were probably some -- perhaps unfair -- expectations. But, I'd say that this first outing is solid.

The Canadian version of this 12" single contains four tracks:

Final Solution (Club Mix)
The Answer is Clear (Version)
Canvas Beauty (The Fast Mix)
Final Solution (Third & Final Mix)

Monday, December 03, 2018

Bob Mould: Patch the Sky (2016)


"All this adds up to another midlife triumph from Mould, a record that harks back to his past while completely occupying the present moment, no matter how uncomfortable or painful that may be." Allmusic

The amazing thing about Bob Mould's solo output is that it is all very very good. The only weak point for me was Modulate, but I don't hate Modulate. I'd put all of his records at 4 or 5 stars out of five, except for Modulate. It's mostly the vocal treatments that I dislike and maybe the production,, but I enjoy other parts of the record. As for Patch the Sky, this is great, once again. Bob is very consistent.

Happily, my copy came with a bonus live CD with nine live tracks recorded at WXRT in June 2014.