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Holy Bible [Limited Edition]

Manic Street Preachers Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (30 Mar 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000025DBG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  Mini-Disc  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,655 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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MANIC ST PREACHERS The Holy Bible (1994 UK limited edition 13-track PICTURE DISC CD album including the singles Faster PCP Revol and She Is Suffering picture sleeve)

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Sacred & Profane 28 Jun 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Quite truly one of the marvels of British and Welsh music at the end of the twentieth century, The Holy Bible is both harrowing and addictive yet has placed the Manic Street Preachers in a awkward situation; never again would their music and lyrics fuse together into a cohesive fireball of nilhism, rage, and beauty.
The roots of this album start with the over-produced "Gold Against The Soul" and the backlash that befell the band that wanted to be bigger than Guns N' Roses. While the effort was more streamlined than the debut, the result was a Manic Street Preachers album that was too polished, very photogenic, and even polite enough to merge with MOR stadium rock in an effort to gain a larger audience. The acoustic trend in music was acknowledged with hefty doses of fingerpicked intros and hushed Hammond organs while grunge was highlighted with wah-wah pedals and stacatto riffs. They supported this album by playing with Bon Jovi.
Then, things started to happen. Richey Edwards continued his slide into self-hurt, depression, alcoholism, and drug abuse. Musical tastes were changing as bands jumped on the BritPop bandwagon. Pop music was on the way up as moody, introspective rock was on the way out. Their manager, Philip Hall, had passed away from cancer. Kurt Cobain committed suicide. All of these factors combined with an Manic Street Preachers habit of changing gears to keep their musical approach fresh. Hammonds and acoustics were stripped off the songs. Fuzz guitars and bass were added along with flanger and phase effects. The band that had a soundbite for each track on their debut album started defining each track with an opening excerpt from film, text, and music.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No words can describe... 30 Aug 2007
Format:Audio CD
I was recommended this album by a friend with care and warning that the lyrics delve so deeply into the flaws and corruption of today's society that all the songs emotionally stay with you forever.
And my was he right.

First listen? I didn't really listen to the lyrics as such but more of how James managed to entwine the lyrics with the music so cleverly.
The more I listened to the album, the more I became intrigued by the lyrics. The most gruesome, heart-wrenching and honest lyrics I've ever heard. But they're so amazing.

So what I did was look deeply into what Richey James Edwards was all about. The more I learnt about him, the more I loved the songs and the more I realised what they all meant.

This is an album to be kept forever. It seriously is a compelling disc full of the many things people are too afraid to admit are happening in our society.

Once you listen to it, you will appreciate the music that the Manics make even more. Trust me. It's definitely worth the buy as it will keep you listening for years to come.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, pure and simple. 9 May 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Well what can I say that hasn't already been said a thousand times before? Nothing...so I'll say it all again.
This album is possibly the most depressing-yet-uplifting record ever made. The main strength is in the lyrics. My personal favourites can be found on the spittinly angry "Faster", the tear-jerking "4st 7lb", and "Of Walking Abortion", which is both spittingly angry and tear-jerking. It was the last album which Richey Edwards took an active part in writing (by this I mean that he had disappeared by the time Everything Must Go came out, although some of his lyrics were included on it). And it is a true insight into the mind of a man who was beautiful, talented, intelligent and almost insane.
Even if you come close to understanding most of the lyrics, there is still the musical complexity to get past. What the rest of the band do - or did - is take a poem and set it to an incredibly catchy tune, that will never, ever leave your head. Some are scarily cheerful...who else but the Manics would set lyrics about prostitution to an up tempo tune like that of "Yes"? Far from undermining them, this gives the lyrics an extra element of disturbing irony - as if it was needed. James' voice is one of the most emotional you will ever hear on record, and I think that Sean's drumming, which is constantly ignored, disturbs a special mention. He really is world class. And how is it possible that I could have got this far into a Manics review without mentioning the lovely Nicky? As well as doing wonders on the bass, 30% of the lyrics here are his.
In conclusion, if you do not yet have this record then hang your head in shame. Buy. It. Now. It will change your life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thinks it's God, when it's the devil itself 19 April 2003
By Ernest
Format:Audio CD
Pretentious, political and at times poetic. Accumulating years of studying history and politics onto one disc, it's done so very well. It's gifted with a genuine detestation of political figures and glorifed serial killers which Richey/Nicky vent in their Archives of Pain. It's an education in itself, this album alone inspired hundreds of teenagers who realised that socialism is about more than being a miner from Wigan, to discover culture. Even if you depise the glamourous arrogance of the Manics, amongst the prosaic acerbity of their lyrics is a collections of songs blessed with the uniqueness of J-D Bradfield's vocals, stretched beyond what one would call 'jigsaw fitting' lyrics. It's difficult to express political opinion in sugar-coated melodies, this album is far from universal. It's ego requires tolerance; it's abrasiveness, patience. But it's expressive if not pacifying, its subject matter prevents any kinds of serene state. The album is active, if its heard from the point of view of it being solely a piece of music then its paradoxical beauty is lost. Read every condemnation, every scathing comment, its not fake depression cultivated by nu-metal, it's reality spat in its most real form.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A definite classic, buy it!!
I bought this when it first came out, and to be honest was not at all prepared for such a dark album following on from Gold Against the Soul. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Cumbrianblue11
5.0 out of 5 stars Eerie and uncompromising. The best Manics album and one of my all time...
After their second album, the criminally underrated Gold Against the Soul, was panned for its commercialised tone compared to their punky debut Generation Terrorists, the Manic... Read more
Published 2 months ago by HipsterSithGuy
5.0 out of 5 stars Brit Pop
This album is outstanding and dark making The Manic Street Preachers one of the most honest bands to come out of the brit pop scene! Read more
Published 5 months ago by B. H. JONES
5.0 out of 5 stars The Holy Bible
This has been bought as a Christmas present so not for me so I can't really say what it is like
Published 9 months ago by Mrs. Valerie E. Cooper
5.0 out of 5 stars He left without saying goodbye; but then.
The album is, and always will be; a glimpse inside the mind of a very complex and troubled young man. Read more
Published on 19 Jun 2012 by B Atkinson
1.0 out of 5 stars experimentalist indie rock album
I fought the 1st Manic CD from 1991 or 1992 was really good, and would listen to it again. This one though grows on you though and is really an experimental indie type rock sound. Read more
Published on 18 Jun 2012 by Paul Smithson
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible.
The Holy Bible begins with a sliver of direct speech, ending in `everything's for sale,' kicking off a track and an album highlighting the sterile, soulless nature of capitalism. Read more
Published on 30 Jan 2012 by Miss Kirsty Neary
1.0 out of 5 stars A waste of effort to listen.
This album was bought following repeated accollades in reviews identifying it as one of the best albums made. Read more
Published on 11 July 2010 by Clubber 1
5.0 out of 5 stars A career defining album.
Having read a number of reviews of this album, all claiming it to be one of the greatest of all, time i was apprehensive that i'd be let down when i heard it. Read more
Published on 28 Jan 2010 by Jamie Skelton
5.0 out of 5 stars A good effort from MSP
This is the best thing by MSP by a country mile. Its sometimes painful to listen to esp. "die in the summertime" and "4st.. Read more
Published on 28 Dec 2009 by JimmyDCFC
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