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Lion Double CD, Limited Edition

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Product details

  • 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: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 84,404 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

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
  11. Lion

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)

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Product Description

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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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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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!
HELENE RAMOS GALAGARZA
peruvian journalist,cyber dj,producer,editor
promoter and cyber writer.
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According to a recent interview with the artist, this LP was something of an extemporised effort: "I had nothing on the table except a sketch or two. So the producer, to coin a phrase, pushed me off the edge of the hill and I had to fly".

Murphy also mentions that the making of Lion was "a very fast process". All of which kind of makes it sound like it's going sound like some kind of rush job. Thankfully, that's not the case, though. The production values are pretty high, and producer Youth does an excellent job here - and on a surprisingly eclectic set of songs too. From stuff like Low Tar Stars with its dance beat (albeit more Cassandra Complex than Juan Atkins), to downtempo numbers that could be something off a Hollywood film soundtrack, Youth's production and Murphy's voice are on a tear here.

Murphy's mercury voice is on top form throughout. This is an artist who has always sung in a way that suggests singing is a release. The blurb above makes reference to opera, which makes some kind of sense. This is a world of miniature worlds in narrative - not earnest warblings about lines on the horizon (or lack of them). On the track Eliza we have the line "pain is not a necess ess ess ess ess it it it NECESSITY", sung like it's sung by someone on the deck of the Empusa in FW Murnau's
film "Nosferatu eine Symphonie des Grauens". I don't know if the reference to stammering is intended to be overt, but it chimed with me.

A satisfyingly weird/ bonkers record - expansive, shiny, dark, new, old, energetic, weary, gothic, non-gothic, meta-gothic.

It's a 5/5 from me.
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By JT on 23 Sept. 2014
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"Lion" continues where "Ninth" left off - this album proves once and for all that Peter Murphy was, is and always will be "the Godfather of Goth". I think "I Am My Own Name" is the definitive song to describe Peter Murphy and illustrate what he is all about. Other extremely powerful songs on Lion include Hang Up, Low Tar Stars and Eliza, but it's I Am My Own Name and Holy Clown that really do it for me. I could take Ninth and Lion and throw away everything else I have and still be happy. The bonus PM live Bauhaus numbers CD was a great surprise extra for me. I was going to see PM perform in the UK in August but unfortunately the gig (the goth festival in Northants) was cancelled by the organisers - so I'm hoping Mr Murphy returns to the UK soon as I aim to be at the front of the line when he does.

Keep on doing it like you do Peter - its awesome....
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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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