Echo & the Bunnymen

Performers Echo & the Bunnymen

Sire | March 1, 2012 | Compact Disc

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Echo & the Bunnymen caught the group at a fortuitous career juncture; the clutch of songs here were among the hookiest and most memorable the band would ever write, while the arrangements are noticeably clean and punchy, mostly eliminating strings and similar clutter to focus almost exclusively on guitars, keyboards, drums, and occasional percussion touches. The warmly expressive "All My Life," which might perhaps have received an overheated arrangement on prior albums, benefited especially from this approach. The band rocked out convincingly on other selections, such as "Satellite" and "All in Your Mind." Pete DeFreitas' solid drumming at times veered toward the danceable on tracks like "Lost and Found," "Lips Like Sugar," and the overtly Doors-influenced "Bedbugs and Ballyhoo." Surprisingly, vocalist Ian MuCulloch appeared to have rediscovered the maxim "less is more"; his singing was comparatively restrained and tasteful, resulting in a more natural, unforced emotiveness that was extremely effective. The production values were excellent, with many subtle touches that do not detract from the album's overall directness. In short, doing it clean really paid off here. [The 2004 expanded edition of Echo & the Bunnymen includes a wealth of bonus tracks. Two tracks from the album are presented in different versions: a mellow, acoustic demo of "The Game," and a slightly more energetic early version of "Bedbugs and Ballyhoo." There are also two versions of the band's song from the Pretty in Pink soundtrack "Bring on the Dancing Horses"; an extended version, and a raw, early version called "Jimmy Brown." The version from the soundtrack isn't here, however. Also included are a moody version of the Doors' "Soul Kitchen," the unreleased song "Hole in the Holy," and "Bring on the Dancing Horses" B-side, the storming "Over Your Shoulder."] ~ David Cleary

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: March 1, 2012

Genre: Alternative

Style: Rock & Pop

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 1987

Label Name: Sire

UPC: 825646116423

Found in: Alternative

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Echo & the Bunnymen

Performers Echo & the Bunnymen
Guest Artist(s) Ray Manzarek
Producer Laurie Latham

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: March 1, 2012

Genre: Alternative

Style: Rock & Pop

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 1987

Label Name: Sire

UPC: 825646116423


Title Track Time
1.Game, The --
2.Over You --
3.Bedbugs And Ballyhoo --
4.All In Your Mind --
5.Bombers Bay --
6.Lips Like Sugar --
7.Lost And Found --
8.New Direction --
9.Blue Blue Ocean --
10.Satellite --
11.All My Life --
12.Jimmy Brown - (previously unreleased, early version of "Bring On The Dancing Horses") --
13.Hole In The Holy - (previously unreleased) --
14.Soul Kitchen - (previously unreleased) --
15.Game, The - (previously unreleased, acoustic demo) --
16.Bedbugs And Ballyhoo - (original version) --
17.Over Your Shoulder --
18.Bring On The Dancing Horses - (extended version) --

Editorial Notes

Echo & the Bunnymen caught the group at a fortuitous career juncture; the clutch of songs here were among the hookiest and most memorable the band would ever write, while the arrangements are noticeably clean and punchy, mostly eliminating strings and similar clutter to focus almost exclusively on guitars, keyboards, drums, and occasional percussion touches. The warmly expressive "All My Life," which might perhaps have received an overheated arrangement on prior albums, benefited especially from this approach. The band rocked out convincingly on other selections, such as "Satellite" and "All in Your Mind." Pete DeFreitas' solid drumming at times veered toward the danceable on tracks like "Lost and Found," "Lips Like Sugar," and the overtly Doors-influenced "Bedbugs and Ballyhoo." Surprisingly, vocalist Ian MuCulloch appeared to have rediscovered the maxim "less is more"; his singing was comparatively restrained and tasteful, resulting in a more natural, unforced emotiveness that was extremely effective. The production values were excellent, with many subtle touches that do not detract from the album's overall directness. In short, doing it clean really paid off here. [The 2004 expanded edition of Echo & the Bunnymen includes a wealth of bonus tracks. Two tracks from the album are presented in different versions: a mellow, acoustic demo of "The Game," and a slightly more energetic early version of "Bedbugs and Ballyhoo." There are also two versions of the band's song from the Pretty in Pink soundtrack "Bring on the Dancing Horses"; an extended version, and a raw, early version called "Jimmy Brown." The version from the soundtrack isn't here, however. Also included are a moody version of the Doors' "Soul Kitchen," the unreleased song "Hole in the Holy," and "Bring on the Dancing Horses" B-side, the storming "Over Your Shoulder."] ~ David Cleary
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