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Lion [Double CD, Limited Edition]

Peter Murphy Audio CD
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In his four decades of service in the post-punk culture wars, PETER MURPHY has confounded fans, critics, even himself. As the mainman of the acclaimed outfit Bauhaus, he helped usher in ground breaking opaque moods and atmospheres into the post-punk landscape. When the band broke up for the first time in 1983, the singer set off on a solo career that found him challenging his audiences in ... Read more in Amazon's Peter Murphy Store

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  • Audio CD (2 Jun 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD, Limited Edition
  • Label: Nettwerk Music Group
  • ASIN: B00J3FORJ8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,622 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Hang Up
2. I Am My Own Name
3. Low Tar Stars
4. I'm On Your Side
5. Compression
6. Holy Clown
7. The Rose
8. The Ghost of Shokan Lake
9. Eliza
10. Loctaine
See all 11 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Double Dare (Live)
2. In The Flat Field (Live)
3. God In An Alcove (Live)
4. Silent Hedges (Live)
5. A Spy In The Cab (Live)
6. Bela Lugosi's Dead (Live)
7. The Passion Of Lovers (Live)
8. Stigmata Martyr (Live)
9. Hollow Hills (Live)
10. Spirit (Live)

Product Description

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Iconic front man Peter Murphy spent most of 2013 celebrating 35 Years of Bauhaus on his Mr. Moonlight Tour, which saw him playing to sold-out shows around the world. In the midst of touring, Murphy also spent time recording the follow-up to 2011s solo album NINTH. The new record, called LION, was produced by Killing Joke bassist Youth. Murphy describes the "Lion" material as "a mixture of stuff, almost like operas for the dispossessed. It's very romantic and very deep and emotional, quite symphonic in places, but then becomes, like, a rabble-rousing pirate sea shanty. The vinyl version comes with 2 bonus tracks - 'Gabriel' and 'I Am My Own Name (Youth Remix)'. The CD version comes with a bonus disc of Bauhuas songs taken from the 2013 Mr Moonlight Tour - Double Dare (Live), In The Flat Field (Live), God In An Alcove (Live), Silent Hedges (Live), A Spy In The Cab (Live), Bela Lugosi''s Dead (Live) The Passion Of Lovers (Live), Stigmata Martyr (Live), Hollow Hills (Live), Spirit (Live).

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gothic Opera 4 Jun 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Dark evocative gothic opera indeed.

This is the album I always expected Peter Murphy to make after his time in Bauhaus. All his previous solo efforts up to ninth only hinted at what he could do. The problem was I always felt he was chasing a commercial hit (Dust excepted) but now he really has unleashed himself. It started with his excellent last album ninth and arrived with this one.

Each track seems like a mini opera and Murphy’s voice is in commanding form. It’s not an easy listen by any means but despite that it has many moments of sheer beauty and passion. Even the song titles stir the imagination, Loctane, Eliza, Holy Clown etc.
Most artists do their best work early in their career and then repeat the formula with ever diminishing returns. Not Peter Murphy, his trajectory has moved up significantly with his last two albums.

Lion is the work of a real artist. Superb.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Stuff 15 July 2014
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The record company trailer released a few months back for this album didn't do it justice, focussing mainly on big, dense choruses. There's plenty of those, but it's more interesting than that. Full-on, but beguiling too, and a real true grower, as a previous reviewer wrote.

Consider getting the 2LP vinyl edition, which has a quality extra track, "Gabriel", which is unlike any of the other tracks so well worth having, and superior packaging including a gatefold sleeve, and a very nice full 12" black and white grainy / "on canvas" version of the cover art on one of the inner sleeves, with Peter's dedication to his wife Beyhan printed across his chest.

Peter Murphy is a strange and brilliant man. He first hypnotised me over the John Peel Show radiowaves when I was 8 in 1980, and he can still do it now. He's no relic, unlike the ridiculous British music writers who used to slate him constantly during the 1980s. Unlike Peter, they haven't done anything useful for a long, long time.

5 Low Tar Stars out of 5
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4.0 out of 5 stars Best Peter Murphy Album Ever? 14 Sep 2014
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I'll admit I lost interest in Peter Murphy after buying Holy Smoke. I'd loved his first three solo albums but this one didn't do it for me at all and I hadn't bought anything he released since. But I saw him live last year and quite enjoyed the show so when this was released I bought it without knowing what it would be like or who had worked on it.

I found it in my mailbox on my way to work so I bunged it into my car's CD player for the daily commute. The intro of the first song reminded me instantly of Killing Joke (which is a very good start) so it was hardly surprising to read the sleeve notes and see that KJ's Youth was co-writer, performer and producer. The thing is, though, that this sounds way better than anything KJ have done, from a production point of view. Obviously Youth doesn't have the sway within his own band to do what he clearly knows how to do brilliantly. The bottom end, in particular, is incredibly tight but the whole thing is like a sledgehammer to your head. It's an amazingly good sound.

There are also some great songs in here. The opener, Hang Up, is a sprawling masterpiece but, at the same time, a very strange choice for a lead single. Eliza, a proper Goth anthem in the finest traditions of Vision Thing, might have been a better choice, or Low Tar Stars, which is the most accessible song on the album and belts along at a fair pace. Other highlights are I Am My Own Name and Holy Clown. These songs are surrounded by slower, moodier pieces, the best of which is definitely The Ghost of Shokan Lake. Murphy's vocals are fantastic, as always, and whilst the instrumentation is dominated by synth basslines, there is still plenty of guitar and moody sounds to fill the wall of sound.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Murphy and Youth the perfect combination 4 Jun 2014
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Having followed Murphy for years this has got to be the strongest offering to date. I was wondering what the new album would be like after the taster videos that were served up in the intermission of the recent Mr Moonlight Tour as the snippets did not inspire me. However I purchased Lion and glad i did.
Youth and Murphy make a great combination here, there is more power in Murphys voice and bags of confidence. The use of synths and Youths production values makes a stronger backdrop for Murphys unique voice. This is a much heavier affair than previously and these songs should be stunning when played live. This is a new dawn for Peter and i feel there is a good nod in the direction of Bauhaus in some of these songs; a good strategy after the 35 years of Bauhaus tour. This album is not as fragile like previous albums and has a much harder edge. A nice bonus is the extra disc of Bauhaus numbers on the limited edition cd. My only criticism is there are no plans for a limited vinyl edition with the Bauhaus tracks...i wait to be proved wrong though.
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5.0 out of 5 stars FORCE AND ENERGY VS. ATARAXIA! 15 Sep 2014
His finest album since Ninth of 2011. With this sonic sphere PETER MURPHY is newly proving himself to be more than just an ex BAUHAUS member. .As we all know,he was already a goth before there was a word for it and we also know that he has the perfect ring of truth about it,too! Just watch his first videos with the band and as a solo artist ...and even before that Crepusculo saga. He,himself with this identified flying saucer entitled Lion,is a great spectacle of ferocious spirit. Sounds change and innovate the goth scene and he has evolutionated as time passes by,for better..The trilogy : Hang Up, I Am My Own Name and Low Tar Stars take us all to gothic fields as well as dark wave tendencies in that opus :Eliza.Another sounds infiltrated here: synth and post industrial conjugation of effervescent rhythms all together in one. Virgin ears must begin to know about the true history.It's imperative!
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