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Holy Ghosts (Orchestral Reworks from Union Chapel / Pro Patria Mori)


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  • Audio CD (15 April 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: EDSEL.
  • ASIN: B00BL5K256
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,481 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Bring on the Dancing Horses (Orchestral Reworkings Live at Union Chapel) 4:02£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Rescue (Orchestral Reworkings Live at Union Chapel) 4:10£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. The Idolness of Gods (Orchestral Reworkings Live at Union Chapel) 4:13£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Bedbugs and Ballyhoo (Orchestral Reworkings Live at Union Chapel) 2:23£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Pro Patria Mori (Orchestral Reworkings Live at Union Chapel) 3:55£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Angels and Devils (Orchestral Reworkings Live at Union Chapel) 2:35£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Nothing Lasts Forever (Orchestral Reworkings Live at Union Chapel) 5:19£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Arthur (Orchestral Reworkings Live at Union Chapel) 3:48£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Candleland (Orchestral Reworkings Live at Union Chapel) 3:31£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen10. The Killing Moon (Orchestral Reworkings Live at Union Chapel) 4:43£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen11. All My Colours (Zimbo) [Live at Union Chapel] 3:32£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Watch Me Land (Orchestral Reworkings Live at Union Chapel) 3:59£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen13. The Fountain (Orchestral Reworkings Live at Union Chapel) 4:06£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Somewhere in My Dreams (Orchestral Reworkings Live at Union Chapel) 3:17£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Lips Like Sugar (Orchestral Reworkings Live at Union Chapel) 5:57£0.69  Buy MP3 


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Listen  2. Empty as a House 3:53£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Lift Me Up 4:13£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Pro Patria Mori 4:42£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Raindrop on the Sun 3:08£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Fiery Flame 3:23£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. The Party's Over 5:09£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Watch Me Land 3:42£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Me and David Bowie 5:25£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Somewhere in My Dreams 3:42£0.69  Buy MP3 

Product Description

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Ian McCulloch has announced the release of Holy Ghosts , featuring two unique discs of new and stunning recordings.

The first is a collection of orchestral re-workings of classic Echo & The Bunnymen and solo tracks, originally recorded during McCulloch s show at the Union Chapel in 2012, mixed and produced by Youth (Primal Scream/Depeche Mode/The Verve)
The second disc is the new studio album Pro Patria Mori that showcases ten new songs, highlighting an exciting new direction in McCulloch s solo work and completes a fantastic package.

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TRACKLISTING:

Disc 1 "Orchestral Reworkings from Union Chapel":
1. Bring On The Dancing Horses
2. Rescue
3. Idolness of Gods
4. Bedbugs and Ballyhoo
5. Pro Patria Mori
6. Angels and Devils
7. Nothing Lasts Forever
8. Arthur
9. Candleland
10. Killing Moon
11. All My Colours (Zimbo)
12. Watch Me Land
13. The Fountain
14. Somewhere In My Dreams
15. Lips Like Sugar

Disc 2 "Pro Patria Mori":
1. Different Trees
2. Empty As A House
3. Lift Me Up
4. Pro Patria Mori
5. Raindrop On The Sun
6. Fiery Flame
7. The Party s Over
8. Watch Me Land
9. Me And David Bowie
10. Somewhere In My Dreams

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By AnnieG on 17 April 2013
Format: Audio CD
A real treasure and highlight of my collection. Love the combination of classic McCulloch and new studio recordings although it's CD 1 (orchestral reworks) that will see the most spins for me.

CD 1 is a relative best of Echo and the Bunnymen with chilling new versions of highlight tracks like Rescue, Nothing lasts Forever, Killing Moon and Bring On The Dancing sti Horses stripped back to an acoustic with Mac's voice shining with every track bolstered by new string arrangements. I prefer a lot of these to the originals and is worth the mere 10 quid price alone!

CD 2 is his new studio album Pro Patria Mori which is good, but not mind blowing. Best of his solo works by a mile but not a patch on the orchestral reworks but the title track, somewhere in my dreams and most definitely Watch Me Land sizing up well in McCulloch's songbook.

It's a great price for a well put together 2CD collection which features all the lyrics from Pro Patria Mori and offers something really compelling for fans and newcomers to Bunnymen's music. I must buy
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Simon Levene on 13 Mar 2014
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I am a long time follower of both Echo & the Bunnymen and Mac's solo work but certainly don't fall into the sycophant bracket.
I find very little to like on either of these albums.
Pro Patria Mori seems a weak (even half-hearted) effort, the songs sound like rehashed versions of songs from The Fountain or Sliding (both of which I liked). I found the lyrics to be simplistic to the point of being childish, especially evident in Me & David Bowie and the cringeworthy opener Different Trees.

I have to admit I was never a fan of live albums and the Union Chapel recordings do nothing to win me over. Mac's voice sounds brittle and lifeless, the re-workings do not improve the original recordings. No revelatory moments here for me, sorry Mac.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Lynn Zimmer on 18 April 2013
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So I missed out on the whole PledgeMusic thing and didn't purchase "Pro Patria Mori" or "Live at Liverpool Anglican Cathedral" via that arrangement. I'm not terribly upset as this "Holy Ghost" two disc serves nicely to give me the studio "Pro Patria Mori" disc AND an altogether different live performance on the second disc named "Orchestral Reworks from The Union Chapel". It's this live CD that's caused some confusion and had left me wondering if it was the same show with an alternate track list, edited time(s), etc. It is, in fact, not the same. "Orchestral Reworks" times in at 59.5 minutes w/15 tracks while "Liverpool Anglican Cathedral" runs 80 minutes with 19 tracks. They are both great in their own right. I prefer the "...Reworks" track listing but favor the more lively setting (clearly audible) within "...Liverpool". Just to be perfectly clear, if it wasn't obvious already, I bought both and couldn't be happier. Nice job Mr. McCulloch and please do come back to Chicago sometime very soon (I'm still suffering from the March 2012 postponed/cancelled show).
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By Charlie on 11 Jun 2014
Format: Audio CD
This is one of my favorite CD's at the moment. Loved the stunning version of Bring On the Dancing Horses. I saw Echo & The Bunnymen live at The Troxy recently. Ian McCulloch was just brilliant. They have still gorrit! Buy this CD! X
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By Jason B. on 9 Aug 2013
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Thoroughly enjoyed the orchestral rewordings of classic tunes on disc 1. Disc 2 of original songs is good, but is probably not Ian McCullochs best album. Worth having for Disc 1 alone.
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If you are Echo and the bunnymen and enjoyed previous solo albums from Ian, you'll notice something is missing here.
Go and listen Candleland, instead!
Still, the new arrangements for old songs are ok!
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A fine double header from Ian McCulloch. Pro Patria Mori is a solid solo album but the real star for me are the pared down Union Chapel tracks, having recently seen Ian in acoustic mode this album is a real gem
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16 of 22 people found the following review helpful By P. Frizelle on 19 April 2013
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What we have here are two albums which in a way represent where McCulloch, as a person stands today, reflective and full of remorse. The first, Holy Ghosts is a live recording of the Union Chapel gig he did with a string quartet and the second, his fourth solo album "Pro Patria Mori'.

Mac is a man plagued by his own demons seeking retribution. He asks no forgiveness, but has a tendency to blame the world for his own mistakes. The wisdom of age at least has tempered his ego and led him to realize that he is the master and commander of his own destiny and the victim of his own doing.

I still blame the sycophants that Mac and the "Crucial Three" comfortably and willingly surrounded themselves. One by one we have seen these icons fall and left to the vultures. Mac is the last of them. The truth is, although there were glimpses of pure genius, none of them were really that good, not really. Mac represented a time of the "Long Overcoat" a dim and distant memory now but a time when the "Planets Aligned" and provide us with a savior, an antidote to the gluttony and superficial music scene of the time.

Holy Ghosts captures one of those rare moment s when magic happens at a gig. The songs are delivered with gut wrenching sincerity, so much so that you can almost see his heart bleed as he offers it to you on a platter like some modern day messiah. A wondrous thing to behold, it was if an incarnation of "Echo" himself was present. A very spiritual experience that reduced many of those who were there spellbound and moved to tears.

Assisted by Ian Broudie (Lightning Seeds), Mac's vocals seemed less strained and much clearer without the restrictions of a full band.
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