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Beaster

Sugar Audio CD
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Mac McCaughan of Superchunk & Merge wrote of the Copper Blue / Beaster & FU: EL (Deluxe Edition) reissues:

When word went around that Bob Mould had a new band, not only a "band" band (as opposed to hired band to play his solo albums on tour) but also a trio, of course anyone raised from teenhood on punk rock and Hüsker Dü in particular (like myself) went into ... Read more in Amazon's Sugar Store

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Creation Records
  • ASIN: B000024TUG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,121,665 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Recorded at the same sessions that produced their classic debut Copper Blue, this sophomore collection was very much the dark flipside to the first album's widescreen powerpop.

Although retaining his gift for great hooks, Beaster saw frontman and songwriter Bob Mould screaming confessional and rawly emotional lyrics against a raging torrent of noisy guitars. Ably backed up by the bass and drums of David Barbe and Malcolm Travis, the intense suite of songs combines wall of sound dynamics with powerful religious imagery and carefully layered arrangements. Remarkably, Sugar were vindicated in issuing such an extreme sonic statement when the album entered the UK charts at number three and cemented their reputation as an uncompromising but brilliantly creative outfit.

Lovingly remastered from the original tapes in remarkably improved fidelity, this edition combines the 1993 album with a DVD featuring the band blasting through their live set in front of a huge outdoor audience at one of the many festival appearances they made that year.

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TRACKLISTING:

Disc 1 (CD):
"BEASTER"
1. Come Around
2. Tilted
3. Judas Cradle
4. JC Auto
5. Feeling Better
6. Walking Away

Disc 2 (DVD):
"PROMO VIDEO"
1. Tilted

"LIVE AT FINSBURY PARK 13TH JUNE 1993"
2. The Act We Act
3. A Good Idea
4. Changes
5. Beer Commercial

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Praise Bob! Amen to Sugar's six commandments! 31 Aug 2003
Format:Audio CD
As someone once said, the blues isn't about feeling better. It's about making everyone else feel worse.
Horror stories are still told about how, during the course of making this record, Bob Mould, Sugar's legendary front-man, incapacitated himself, actually not being able to speak. As Bob writes in the album's sleeve-notes, "I thought that this material was going to be a bit difficult for some people to comprehend ... now I'm not sure what to think, so it's time to let go of it".
So this record represents a release, a getting-it-out-there, such that everyone else can sort it out. For one thing, I'm glad I'm not Bob Mould. It really does sound like sheer hell in there. The Lord only knows which demons Bob was wrestling with, but it sounds like an act of demonic genocide more than a clean fight.
Take the smooth, shiny bits away from "Copper Blue" and you've got "Beaster". It is not, however, as frighteningly grotesque as the band prepared everyone for before its release, what with their references to an album so impossibly dark and frighteningly heavy that they couldn't bring themselves to listen to it.
The album takes off every so gently, with a wash of synth and acoustic guitar that brings to mind an air-balloon gently rising up into a clear blue sky, on the ethereal, cathedral choir-boy mantra of "Come Around" - only to knock your front teeth clean out with "Tilted". If you've ever seen the film of "Lawnmower Man", the Steven King novel, listening to "Tilted" on full volume is like having layers of your brain shaved off with that same lawnmower. "I only do these things to freak you out", screams Bob as he fires-up his lawnmower guitar for the most technically competent and ear-meltingly brilliant rock guitar solo ever to be committed to tape.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of the Deluxe Version 6 Jun 2012
By Syriat TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Beaster. A Beast at Easter. The Dark Side of Copper Blue. All of these subtitles and more came alongside the second offering from Sugar. Recorded at the same time as Copper Blue the darker and much more religious album came out the following March. It could probably be summed up in one word. Brutal. This extended edition contains the original CD release, a set of liner notes covering the album and where the band were at during the time of releasing the album and a DVD (of which more later).

The album itself is short (six tracks including an instrumental). Its bookended by two beautifully sweet pieces of music which would lull you into a false sense of security. However, the four tracks in the middle are full of anger, heavy riffs and quite exhilarating music. Tilted is thrashy and is a full on thrill ride of a track. Judas Cradle (yes those religious references start here) slows down proceedings with a dirty, grungey almost dirge like quality that just screams at you. Then we go into the maelstrom. JC Auto - yes JC stands for that religious figure and yes its that blatant in its religious references. If you were in any doubt from the album cover of blood stained rope you won't be after hearing this. Its so cathartic a track that you can feel the demons being exorcised. It can only be followed by Feeling Better - a track of great melody and noise that is the redemption of the piece - except it really isn't if you listen to the lyrics. The remastering has enhanced it and I love the feel of this version. Its as raw as ever.

The accompanying liner notes are not quite as detailed as the Copper Blue ones but they do give some of the info behind this album. The DVD is an odd one however.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Often Overlooked Classic 16 Oct 2000
By A Customer
Format:Vinyl
Often when people think of Sugar they immediately think Copper Blue which I think is a great is a great shame as Beaster is often forgotten about.
Although it is a mini album (6 tracks) i still think it is one of the classic power guitar albums of our time up their with Nevermind. It is on the whole slightly rawer and grittier with a harder edge than Copper Blue. The album opens with "Come Around" an acoustic led melodic song similar to "If I can't change your mind" from Copper Blue.Though its track 2 "Tilted" that gets things rocking with an amazing power chord drenched verse and a rather fine solo.Then there is the slightly slower "Judas Cradle" which begins with screaming feedback before kicking into a an amazingly catchy song which will have you humming the chorus for months. Following that is the albums best "JC Auto" which has to fight with "Teen Spirit" as one of the greatest power guitar tunes EVER! its an over 6 minute epic with its thundering drums and power guitars tharshing like its their last song. Next is the pop based "Feeling Better" with a similar formula to the tracks on Copper Blue with some keyboards. The album ends on a rather strange and spooky note with the organ based "Walking Away" which strangely fits at the end of the album.
If you are reading this review you probably have Copper Blue so I recommend you get this album ASAP. But if you are into Nirvana, Foo Fighters etc I think this is a great place to start getting into the most underated guitar bands ever Sugar.
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5.0 out of 5 stars When you can't make much sense of the s*** that's in your head...
I can't add anything substantial to the subject particularly not on an intellectual level but I would say that next time your head is full of s*** and you can't make any sense of... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Spazmo
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite Sugar album gets a spit & polish
Recorded at the same time as "Copper Blue", "Beaster" is a short collection of six songs, sometimes described as an EP, and I've even heard it described as a mini-musical. Read more
Published on 20 Jun 2012 by Peter Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars Sugar's Masterwork
5 songs of religious angst and power with a final organ led ascent back into the light. This is the story of a man who lost his faith and regained it, set to the most power of... Read more
Published on 25 May 2010 by robotfish
5.0 out of 5 stars Catharsis through a blood flecked fret board
I remember when i got the original vinyl version of Beaster on its initial release in 1993 getting home playing it and thinking "Blimey .....Bob sounds really ****** off. Read more
Published on 30 July 2009 by russell clarke
5.0 out of 5 stars Bob goes barking. Writes some tunes. Rock masterpiece ensues
I've just bought this on CD having originally owned it ten years ago in the days when I was still buying cassettes, so to hear it again for the first time in ages was fantastic -... Read more
Published on 22 Jan 2004 by "unkleboo"
4.0 out of 5 stars Guaranteed to kill your neighbours' lawn...
Phew. Sugar's first album Copper Blue took some beating in the guitar-frenzy stakes (particularly the rockier stuff on what us quaint old-fashioned types used to call Side 2 - The... Read more
Published on 25 Nov 2003 by Dave Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars There is no volume in the world loud enough for this album
Buy the biggest hifi you can find, put it on full volume and go straight to J C Auto, the greatest power-guitar tune ever written.
Published on 19 Nov 1999
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