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Bellavista Terrace: BEST OF THE GO-BETWEENS CD

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  • Audio CD (3 May 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Beggars Banquet
  • ASIN: B00000IP4Z
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 57,103 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Was There Anything I Could Do?
2. Head Full Of Steam
3. That Way
4. Part Company
5. Cattle And Cane
6. Draining The Pool For You
7. The Wrong Road
8. Bye Bye Pride
9. Man O'Sand To Girl O'Sea
10. The House That Jack Kerouac Built
11. Bachelor Kisses
12. Streets Of Your Town
13. Spring Rain
14. Dive For Your Memory

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME on 13 May 2006
Format: Audio CD
'Bellavista Terrace: Best of the Go-Betweens' was a 15 track compilation that surfaced between Robert Forster and Grant McLennan's late 90's reformation and the cycle of Go-Betweens albums that comprised 'The Friends of Rachel Worth' (2000), 'Bright Yellow Bright Orange' (2003) and the recent masterpiece 'Oceans Apart' (2005). The recent untimely death of Grant McLennan suggests that we'll need another compilation to take in that brilliant career - more similar to the double LP perspective of 1990's '1978 - 1990' compilation on Beggars Banquet.

In the meantime, 'Bellavista Terrace' is a fine reminder of a great band and an ideal one-disc compilation (though there is a limited edition version that needs to be owned taking in two radio sessions that feature many great songs not here: 'Twin Layers of Lightning', 'Clouds', 'The Clarke Sisters', 'Bow Down', 'Apology Accepted' & 'Love Goes On.' Forster and McLennan were the Lennon/McCartney, the Bell/Chilton, or the alternative Morrissey/Marr - one of the great songwriting partnerships (though both have made several solo albums). The Go-Betweens initially sufaced in the UK as part of Alan Horne's Postcard label, alongside such acts as Josef-K, Orange Juice & Aztec Camera. They share lots with Orange Juice - Byrdsian-jangly guitar flourishs, literate lyrics and the tag 'The Smiths...before The Smiths' (though Marr's rock-approaches and the funky basslines he wrote made The Smiths' less culty). The Go-Betweens have been covered by the Wedding Present, have been cited by bands like Belle and Sebastian and Sleater Kinney (the latter worked with them on 'Friends of Rachel Worth'), and I can detect their sound in acts like The Decemberists and the Arcade Fire. One of the great cult bands then...
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Gordon Hill on 12 May 2000
Format: Audio CD
Can't quite see the reasoning behind this release? Something for the casual Go-Betweens fan? No such thing in my experience! They may not have had the commercial success they surely deserved but every person that their music touched was instantly converted to rabid fandom and trainspotter like devotion. As it stands this is a pretty reasonable overview of this remarkable bands career although Beggars Banquet put out an excellent compilation a few years back called '1978-1990' which seems to be deleted now. That album had plenty of rarities to entice the serious fan and a good selection of the band's most accessable work to sweeten things out. This one concentrates solely on the latter which means that you get no surprises but the quality threshold never dips below outstanding. Any CD with Cattle & Cane, Spring Rain, Head Full Of Steam and the achingly beautiful 'Wrong Road' on it has got to be an instant classic. If you don't have Liberty Belle, Tallulah or 16 Lovers Lane get them all but if you want all their instant classics on 1 neat cd 'click to buy' now.
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Introduced to these little-known Aussie new wavers by a friend due to a couple of singles he'd got on his computer, I plumped for this compilation. Generally ignored and only ever having got no higher than just outside the UK/US Top 75 in two decades of making music (they split when the 90s arrived but got back together in some form or other for the noughties, until one of the singer-songwriters sadly died too young, putting a permanent halt on anything else being group recorded past 2005.

Even in their own homeland they barely had a hit at all, so it's amazing they continued as a unit for so long and knocking out many records, as utter lack of any true commercial success usually results in a one way ticket to the soup kitchen. Perhaps it was clearly noted by avid listeners that stuck loyally to them that their assured talents with instruments and songwriting was enough to allow them more leeway. They certainly don't sound out of place in the 80s-the only musical landscape where anything could and did happen, but they're more contained and constrained than the more exciting acts more remembered. As individually eccentric as they may appear, they're jangly new wave pop seemed to fit alongside the equally ignored Bluebells, better recalled Aztec Camera, Echo & The Bunnymen, even The Smiths, and the later Prefab Sprout and Deacon Blue, though far better than the pointless one-note Orange Juice.

This isn't a singles collection, sadly, which is one of its weak points, as the album tracks on show aren't any memorable shakes to these ears apart from 'That Way' which should have been one.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Papa Bell on 24 May 2014
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If you're a fan of the alternative side of the 1980s musical landscape - when the mainstream was so very very poor - then it doesn't get much better than the Go-Betweens. Mature, beautifully crafted songs, and here you get an LP's worth of their best. It doesn't get much better than Cattle and Cane, the nearest to perfect there is in a song. However, the autorip facility advertised for this CD has failed to work for me, even though I ordered and received it three weeks ago. This isn't just a review about side-issues, such as the odd one you get about third party packaging, it is about the product as advertised. Here amazon fail. Yes, of course I've told them, but they assume I'm using the cloudplayer wrong, I'm not, but they do like to patronize. So, as a single disc intro to an excellent band, get it. As an example of Amazon and the way they view us, look elsewhere.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
It's ALL true... 7 Dec 2000
By Maybe Later Thanks - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Both those reviews that conclude "mediocre" and those who gush "transcendent" are right on the mark. I bought their old singles CD (alas, no longer printed), listened to it a couple of times, and put it at the top of my pile of CD's to sell immediately. I reconsidered at the music shop, listened to it again at home, and within two months it had become one of my five favorite albums ever, by anyone, bar none. The songs are sweet, sparse, don't really go much of anywhere. As such they do very little to reward the excited anticipation most of us feel when listening to a new disc. Thing is, their vision of the world -- ultimately pretty bleak, but at least full of little curiousities that are half-redeeming -- is, well, right. Listen to it enough, brow furrowed, head cocked, wondering what exactly they thought they were doing making such a record, and eventually this becomes clear. It's a little eerie, frankly, but get there and you'll absolutely adore them for it. I give it only four stars because it's tough sledding the first couple of listens and because this collection leaves out "Two Step, Step Down," which is easy to warm to and enduringly super, as well as some choice gems from the earlier singles collection, including "Dusty in Here" and a few others I all-too dimly remember. [Darn] ex-girlfriend, she wouldn't part with it.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The best band Australia has produced - this is the proof! 20 Oct 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Whilst dedicated Go-Between fans will know all these tracks, this collection is a great introduction to those who claim, "I know this one" when "Streets of your Town" is played on the radio. The Go-Betweens are certainly deserving of further exploration. "Bachelor Kisses", "Bye Bye Pride", "Right Here", "Cattle and Cane" and "Was There Anything I Could Do" still sound wonderful today and should all have been commercial successes at the time. The addition of hidden track "Lee Remick" is a nice touch for those who have the remainder of this "best of" on other albumns. Lets hope that this is the start of a Go-Betweens rennaissance and that positive albumn sales might convince Rob and Grant to get back together. The Australian music scene surely hasn't been the same since their premature parting.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Great band, uneven collection 2 July 1999
By Michael Paulsen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
While I love the Go-Betweens, this collection is a bit of a mess. It seems that these tracks were selected by Grant McLennan and Robert Forster, but the sequencing is uneven (and by that I don't mean to indicate that it should be chronological) and some of the songs are subpar for a "Best of" ("Draining the Pool for You", "Part Company" and "Dive for Your Memory" -- while decent -- are not what I would consider the cream of the crop). I won't even begin to mention how many great songs are missing. If you can find the limited edition of "Bellavista Terrace" with the bonus CD of KCRW sessions from the late 80's, grab it...this one makes it worth the while. I would have given this one 4 stars.
Sorry to see that this collection turned off the previous reviewer. My advice to him is buy "16 Lovers Lane" -- this album is miles better than this compilation...you have my word on it as a true music lover. I'm not even a francophile!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
timeless songs of love 27 July 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
over the years the go-betweens are the one band I've always come back to again and again, and this is a good summary of their music (though not as good as the 78-90 compilation.) tracks like bye-bye pride, cattle and cane or bachelor kisses can never be heard enough and the timeless beauty of these songs deserves as wide an audience as possible. the bonus live cd is a killer with stunning new versions of old familiars. if there is a heaven i'd like to think it was a warm, sunny beach, blue sky and sea, a bar serving endless g&t's and the gobetweens would be playing forever...
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
ok, so oh my god, the go-betweens are amazing! 3 Aug 2004
By Davy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
imagine the pixies' "here comes your man" softened a tad, with endless variations.

imagine the smiths and the cure hooking up and getting pregnant out of wedlock, then getting married, then honeymooning in australia, where they have their baby--which they name the go-betweens--and leave it stranded on the cove-front deck of the sydney opera house to fend for itself.

down-under pop brilliance. probably the most accessible and delightful band that never made it big (note: there is NO valid reason these guys were never commercially successful...and if the humorously venomous liner notes are any indication, the band members are still quite bitter).
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