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Born Sandy Devotional [Import]

The Triffids Audio CD
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A Brief History Of The Triffids... Like some unholy trinity, The Triffids, along with Nick Cave and The Go Betweens seemingly conspired to change people's attitude towards Antipodean rock in the mid-eighties, never before taken even remotely seriously. I984 was the pivotal year when The Go Betweens released Spring Hill Fair, Cave debuted with From Her To Eternity and, in late August, The ... Read more in Amazon's The Triffids Store

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  • Audio CD (23 Jun 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Mushroom
  • ASIN: B0000088JP
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 308,675 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Though recorded in London, Born Sandy Devotional is the closest anyone has come to articulating the dizzying light and awesome space of the Australian interior in song. Triffids singer and songwriter David McComb was fascinated throughout his career by the vastness of his homeland, and the possibilities of freedom and loneliness it contained. The titles of these extraordinary songs tell half the story themselves: "Lonely Stretch", "Wide Open Road", "Estuary Bed". On Born Sandy Devotional, McComb turns an array of skilfully-drawn characters--vengeful lovers, would-be killers, desperate suicides, unmissed drifters--loose on the emptiness, and narrates their misadventures with typical lyrical eloquence. Behind him, The Triffids sound like a desert highway feels. Simply one of the greatest albums of the 1980s. --Andrew Mueller

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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
By russell clarke TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
I find myself when reviewing certain albums by certain bands using the words "Criminally neglected" a lot. That's probably because I review a lot of bands who are criminally neglected, not that their being criminally neglected would stand up in court like ....but it should. Anyway a particularly pertinent example of this is The Triffids.

The very first review I wrote for Amazon was for The Traffics "Calenture", a sumptuous collection of bruise deep love songs that is one of my favourite things ever. The album that preceded that while lacking "Calenture,s" blue eyed opulent romanticism was "Born Sandy Devotional " which in it's own more arid yet starkly quixotic way is just as superb. Some would even say it's superior. I would contest them on that but not too vociferously.

The late Davis McComb was a truly gifted performer and writer obsessed with the vastness and landscape of his native Australia .Though this album was actually recorded in London it virtually reeks of the outback .Very rarely does one album so tantalisingly encapsulate the ambience , odours and textures of the geography that inspired it. More than any travel documentary "Born Sandy Devotional" imbibes the listener in what it would be like to experience the places these songs exist in. And what songs they are.

"Seabirds" is one the great opening numbers of an album. "No foreign pair of dark sun glasses can ever shield you from/ the light that pierces your eyelids /the screaming of the gulls". This song enveloped in pedal steel and ominous strings radiates dramatic friction and the lyrics have that ambiguous yet elegiac frisson that McComb seemed to produce at will.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great reissue on Domino.... 7 Jan 2007
By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME
Format:Audio CD
Recorded in 1985, `Born Sandy Devotional' followed earlier releases `Treeless Plain' and `Raining Pleasure' heralding a major shift in the creativity and scope of songwriter David McComb and fellow Triffids' Evil Graham Lee, Martyn Casey, Jill Birt, Robert McComb, & Alsy Macdonald. Produced by Gil Norton (Doolittle, Ocean Rain) and the band, `Born Sandy Devotional' was recorded in London and probably should have been the record that introduced them to a wider audience. The Triffids were one of those culty acts in the 1980s that didn't break through and gain commercial success - see The Go-Betweens, Microdisney, The Comsat Angels, The Sound, Crime and the City Solution, American Music Club, Tuxeedomoon - but don't let that stop you now!!

I first heard the Triffids unknowingly - the gorgeous `Bury Me Deep in Love' was used in Neighbours, though failed to break through as a Neighbour-associated track had before in the case of Angry Anderson's lungburstingly dire `Suddenly.' I knew the name, though probably confused them with Thin White Rope or something, but it was purchasing a copy of compilation `Australian Melodrama' for 99p that put me on the path to their records. A fair amount of that compilation stems from this album, while all Triffids is good Triffids, it's probably this or `Calenture' that are their greatest moments. `Calenture' suffers from production of the time, which some dislike - despite my assurances they should put such concerns out of mind!!

The original 10-track album is fantastic, as great a way to spend 35-40 mins as any and one of those great albums from the 1980s, which was a great decade for music: Swordfishtrombones, Fables of the Reconstruction, Fried, Sign'O'the Times, Let It Be, Isn't Anything?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Ah the Triffids. What can you say about the Triffids? - one of those great bands which never got what they deserved? I suppose so; they would have certainly made Top of the Pops more interesting during the 80's, but really they were never destined for world-conquest. Can you honestly see David McComb doing a Bono? I bow to no one in my admiration for McComb - in my opinion one of the great song-writers (certainly lyricists) of the last 50 years, but, deep down, you know his demons were not the sort to be assuaged by `success'.

McComb's songs are those of the bruised romantic, constantly losing out in love, taking the wrong road, pining for what he once had but can never have again; and always there lurks in the background a cold, pitiless nature, waiting to pass its judgement and take what is owed. For me that sense of another harsher, more elemental world is what makes them THE great Australian band; McComb had been on that Lonely Stretch, he'd driven the Wide Open Road.

Quite frankly anything by the Triffids is worth hearing but this album is the `one', the one that everyone should own and listen to and wonder at; a suite of depressing, exhilarating, frightening, astonishing songs. From the opening dizzying swoop of `The Seabirds' to the closing wistful `Tender Is The Night' there's simply no let-up. On this version there are some extras, and, as I say, anything by them is worth listening to, but it's the original ten songs that matter, that are the reason that you really should own this.

Like all great bands the Triffids' music is hard to describe but instantly recognisable, a bit country, a bit folky, a bit 80's new-wavey, who cares - it's Triffid music. McComb found the perfect band, not interested in showy look-at-me playing, just giving everything they could to make his songs live. And they do.

Do yourself a favour and get it; it'll probably take a few listens to sink in, but stick with it, it'll more than repay the effort.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A sadly neglected masterpiece
Perhaps it was because The Triffids tried a little too hard to break through into the mainstream - in some of their later records the romance descends into gooeyness. Read more
Published 8 months ago by James Abbott
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous
Born Sandy Devotional is a masterpiece and a classic. There is no question about it. David McComb's lyrics display real writer's insight.
Published on 27 April 2012 by J. Lamy
5.0 out of 5 stars The Triffids: Born Sandy Devotional
The Triffids: Born Sandy Devotional

What makes a great album great? Many things, but one is the perfect blending of words and music to support and enhance each... Read more
Published on 26 Aug 2011 by Basket Press
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb and unique
Here in Italy I'm now listening this cd and it's incredibly superb and fantastic. Wide open road is one the best songs of the 80's and of every time . FUNDAMENTAL
Published on 12 Jun 2009 by Torricelli Lorenzo
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful trip down memory lane
I have this wonderful album in vinyl, tape and now finally in this splendid CD edition that does faithful homage to one of the best Ozzie born albums ever. Read more
Published on 19 Feb 2009 by Adolfo Martins
5.0 out of 5 stars stone cold classic
I first encountered The Triffids via a BBC Radio 1 late night session, must've been either (saint) John Peel or the much underrated Mark and Lard. Read more
Published on 11 Jan 2009 by Tabs666
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Songs, Awesome Album -Buy this and you'll love it!
In 1986 people's view of Australian music changed forever. The Triffids led this change by showing the rest of the world that Aussie songwriting and musicianship was something to... Read more
Published on 27 Aug 2006 by Perrymonkey
5.0 out of 5 stars Hats Off
It's Hats Off ! and a great big thank you to Domino Records for helping get some long overdue attention and (hopefully) sales for this most excellent band. Read more
Published on 17 Jun 2006 by Stevie Dal
5.0 out of 5 stars Just devotional
This album came out in the 80s and is an underground classic. Every song conjures up images of rough and ready small Australian towns where the atmosphere is pure dust and sweat. Read more
Published on 8 Jun 2006 by A. French
5.0 out of 5 stars Should have been massive!
Like those other neglected Australians The Go-Betweens, The Triffids were critically acclaimed but failed to break through to the big time. Read more
Published on 16 May 2006 by Tone Deaf
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