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Swervedriver Audio CD
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Following on from their recent reunion and a very successful U.S tour in 2008, after 10 years away Swervedriver are back! As one of the finest bands from the so-called "shoegaze" scene in the mid 90's, their music is often described as a cross between British ethereal bands such as Ride, Lush, and My Bloody Valentine, and Motor City rock and roll classics like the Stooges and the ... Read more in Amazon's Swervedriver Store

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  • Audio CD (13 Oct 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sony Music CMG
  • ASIN: B001F3QJAQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 156,338 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. For Seeking Heat (2008 Remastered Version) 3:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Duel (2008 Remastered Version) 6:23£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Blowin Cool (2008 Remastered Version) 3:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. MM Abduction (2008 Remastered Version) 2:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Last Train To Satansville (Satansville revisited?) (2008 Remastered Version) 6:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Harry And Maggie (2008 Remastered Version) 5:27£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. A Change Is Gonna Come (2008 Remastered Version) 4:00£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Girl On A Motorbike (2008 Remastered Version) 4:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Duress (2008 Remastered Version) 8:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. You Find It Everywhere (2008 Remastered Version) 4:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Never Lose That Feeling (2008 Remastered Version)11:50Album Only
Listen12. Planes Over The Skyline (2008 Remasted Version) 4:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. The Hitcher (2008 Remastered Version) 3:25£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Cars Converge Over Paris (2008 Remastered Version) 6:27£0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Description

2008 expanded remaster of 2nd album from 1992 includes the singles "Duel" and "Last Train To Satansville". Includes 3 bonus cuts.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Unearthed Gem 11 Aug 2010
Format:Audio CD
I heard the track "Duel" after a sound check at an indie night in Manchester. It sounded brilliant woofing through a big P.A. system. Right up my street, massive driving guitars, dirge bass lines, straight rock drums and smattered with catchy vocals and hooks, but not so much to be kitsch or too poppy... this is definitely still cool!

I marched over to the sound engineer and asked him who it was, went out the next day and bought the album. I was not disappointed. Think Ride but rockier, if you like Ride's "Leave Them All Behind" this album is a must have. Buy it... buy it now!
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5.0 out of 5 stars shoegaze for the fully awake 13 Feb 2009
By drew - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Full of the swirling, layered guitars found in the best shoegaze (My Bloody Valentine, Ride, etc.), Swervedriver offer a gripping, energetic take on the sub-genre. Where other shoegazers focus on creating oceans of drone-like sound to zone you out, Swervedriver's music will make you want to drive your car extremely fast. There's nothing trance-inducing about this band, or this album in particular. It rocks as hard as anything out there.

This is Swervedriver's best album, and the reissue really sharpens up the sound and offers up some great bonus tracks. If you really want to know what you're getting into, seek out "Never Lose That Feeling" and listen to it as loud as you can. If that doesn't sell you, nothing will.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect summer listening. 26 May 2010
By Angry Mofo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I tend to associate certain albums with particular seasons or times of year. Mezcal Head is slowly climbing to the top of my "summer" list. It is quite loud and hard-rocking, but it has an uplifting vibe that's just made for driving around on a lazy summer weekend.

That great summery feeling appears in many songs. It's there in that mid-tempo, half-focused guitar line in the verses of "MM Abduction," and in the laid-back vocals in the chorus of "Blowin Cool." Multiple songs (e.g. "Duel" and "Last Train To Satansville") end with protracted instrumental jams. The vocals also have a lot to do with it. Swervedriver originated in the UK, but their sound is very American. The off-key drawl of singer Adam Franklin is very much in line with nineties American alt-rock, and has an anonymous quality that makes it appropriate for any generic sun-baked afternoon, in just about any American setting.

Keep in mind, though, that this laid-back vibe is really a very deliberate, measured aspect of the band's technique. It comes alongside powerful hard rock. That lazy guitar line in the verses of "MM Abduction" effortlessly steps up into a booming chorus. In "Duel," waves of dense, crashing guitars come in and out of the song, alternately drowning out and emphasizing a tremulous rhythm. But if you really want to see what Mezcal Head is all about, listen to "Last Train To Satansville," the unforgettable high point of an already strong first side. It is a long, seven-minute ride on a driving, rolling rhythm with deep, dense bass. The vocals are half-submerged by the guitars, but the lyrics are actually quite dark, describing some kind of murder/outlaw story -- well, that's certainly part of the American mythos, and I guess it shows that the album isn't all about laziness and slacking off. The song ends with an extended guitar jam, but the rhythm is maintained until the end, so the song never quite loses focus.

Swervedriver is the rare band that can get away with an instrumental jam. They have a tight enough rhythmic sense to keep the instrumental parts anchored, and they're good enough musicians to come up with a few interesting flourishes. One of the bonus tracks, "Never Lose That Feeling," is basically a ten-minute jam with some slapdash lyrics thrown over the beginning, but the instrumental part is actually pretty engaging. There's even a saxophone in the mix somewhere; wisely, it stays in the background, augmenting the main rhythm instead of trying for some kind of jazz solo.

The band emerged from the British "shoegazing" scene of the early nineties, which was defined by dense, highly textured layers of distorted guitars. In my opinion, the best albums from that scene were Chrome by Catherine Wheel and My Mind's Eye by The Comsat Angels, but Mezcal Head is certainly a respectable third. In keeping with the album's more American feel, it has a lot more energy and drive, and a much harder edge, than any album by any other shoegazing band. The ebb and flow of the guitars, the way the distortion is scaled up or down within even a single song, holds one's attention so well that the album is able to do without the token slow songs and power ballads. The closest it comes to that is "Duress," which starts off very quiet, but builds up to a massive crescendo over eight minutes.

The second side isn't as good as the first, but "Girl On A Motorbike" and "Duress" keep things going, so that the only sub-par moment on the album comes with the last song, "You Find It Everywhere," which is repetitive and unmemorable. "Never Lose That Feeling" works much better as an ending, even though it's so long. Of the other three bonus tracks, "Cars Converge Over Paris" is a sweet surprise, a low-key, mostly acoustic song with an airy sound. It's a nice comedown after an hour of rocking out. The other two tracks are completely non-descript.

The shoegazing scene is long dead, but its influence can still be heard in music by acts ranging from Deftones to Ladytron. At its best, it had an appeal that could extend to pretty much anyone with a taste for loud electric guitars. I think any fan of American alt-rock would enjoy Mezcal Head.
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing album 16 April 2014
By Sharif Laurent - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I listen to a wide variety of music and Mezcal Head is one of my all time favorite albums. Great musicianship and lyrics. Duress, Girl on a Motorbike and Duel are standout tracks but all the songs are worthy. If you like this album check out Raise and Ejector Seat Reservation from Swervie. They are equally as good
5.0 out of 5 stars long lost love 27 Mar 2013
By Matt - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been listening to this album for a long time. Once again, I must thank amazon, because this an album that I lost somewhere years ago. I love to be able to shop from the comfort of my couch and find something that I wouldn't have been able to find otherwise.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great guitars 14 Aug 2014
By tim camp - Published on Amazon.com
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One of the best from the early 90s! A great guitar band. High energy, but super stoney.
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