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Seventh Dream Of A Teenage Heaven [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

Love & Rockets Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (8 May 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Beggars Banquet
  • ASIN: B00004T9Z0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 155,934 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Formed from the ashes of Bauhaus, Love And Rockets took their inspiration not from former Goth front man Peter Murphy, but from the psychedelic visions of Pink Floyd main man Syd Barrett. Arriving, as they did, in the mid-1980s, Love And Rockets were able to employ contemporary technology and studio wizardry to update the original concept, and this debut album found them at their creative zenith, conjuring strange sounds--just listen to the scratchy, rasping solo that shatters the flow of the opening track "If There's A Heaven Above"--with an unmistakably English vibe. The time probably wasn't right for their particular brand of spaced-out rock but, in retrospect, Seventh Dream Of Teenage Heaven comes across not as a simple act of homage, but as a genuinely new hybrid, informed by an awareness of soul, pop, prog-rock (and yes, Goth), pre-dating the genre-mixing that became so common in the decade that followed. Making this re-issue even more appealing is the inclusion of four UK single mixes, and a brace of transatlantic mixes that would otherwise take months to track down in the world's rare record emporiums. --Johnny Black

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Love and Rockets Album 27 May 2000
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Format:Audio CD
I originally bought this when I was 17 and I spent a whole summer endlessy playing it. Tracks like 'PrivateFuture', 'Haunted..' 'Saudade' just have some fantastic melancholic feeling about them. Dual harmonies from J and Ash , haunting accoustic guitar intros and inspired keyboard touches from John A Rivers all contributed to make this album feel so fresh in 1985. It never got the recognition it deserved in Britain where the Stalinist music press dictacted that the boys just didn't deserve a second chance since they had accounted for 3/4 of the despised Bauhaus. This despite the fact that this record was far and away better than anything they did collectively as Bauhaus. Anyway, I avidly bought the subsequent 'Express' along with 'Earth Sun and Moon' albums but after that they somehow lost it. Be it a desire to finally make it big, or to to diversify into new musical territory, albums like 'Love and Rockets' and 'Hot Trip' were disappointing to say the least. If you like bands like Janes Addiction, Trex, David Bowie etc I would definitely reccomend this and if you already own it... well its worth buying again for new sleeve notes + pics and the inclusion of 12" mixes
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A restored classic 4 May 2000
Format:Audio CD
The under-rated debut album has been remastered by the original producer, John A. Rivers, and restored to it's complete vinyl running order. Previous USA and UK CD's mixed up different tracks and, since they used the 1985 vinyl masters, tended to sound 'thin'. This version is from the studio tapes, sounds much more muscular and includes both sides of the UK 12" singles plus some remixes as bonus tracks. On top of that, there's a 20 page booklet with notes by David J and Andy Brooksbank and a selection of contemporary photos. Dark psychedelia de-luxe!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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had walked in briefly onto the gothic rock scene when it was mourning the break up of their beloved Bauhaus. Ian Curtis and Joy Division were gone before most of the crowd had a chance to get to know their music and call them their own. Bauhaus were gods and now they were gone as well. Perhaps the lament was heard; their gods replaced their black cloth for blue and gave us this album, released in 1985, which became one of the best years in rock music.
God And Mr. Smith confuses us tremendously. It plays a game with its sound, distorts, ridicules itself and we are really not sure where we are heading. A Private Future, on the other hand, goes straight to the heart of this amazing album. Lyric-wise this is our wisdom sharing time. 'Believe in where you are going but don't loose your yesterdays', among many golden truths. We are also noticing that Kevin's drums are spectacular, as they are in charge of this song, which almost seems to have been composed to showcase his work. Dog-End Of A Day Gone By shows us that this great band knows how to pull you in and keep you involved even when it appears that the music at times can be... texture deficient. The Game pulls us in even more, especially if we play it on repeat 1 for a while. This song contains certain power which becomes apparent with repetitive listening. The words could be taken literally and be a nod to the amphetamine crowd left behind, but they can also signify a belief in incarnation where the win-loose situation gets some real traction. The lyrics of If There's Heaven Above reinforce that second possibility because we are walking over the same territory again.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding - absolutely superb 11 Sep 2008
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Now, I am not a big fan of the current trend in so-called "remasters" that seem to be about all we ever get from the major labels these days (and they wonder why sales are down? Try releasing some material, guys. Figures state that CD sales were indeed down 31% in 2007, but the figure that does not get mentioned so often is the one saying Major Label releases are down by 34%) as these are often badly (read "cheaply") done and often brutally overcompressed and maximized in the name of an ever hotter pressing.

Here is an exception, and it is a thing of joy to listen to.
I wore out my vinyl copies of this album on first release, and know it like the back of my own hand. This remaster is very, very true to the original and sounds simply great. From the opener "If There's A Heaven Above" (and I am happy to see the proper version back for this release, as my first CD version dropped this track in favour of the Canada mix which IMHO is not as good) the quality & attention to detail shines on through. A quick look at the sleeve notes reveals that the remastering was actually done by the original producer/engineer - John A Rivers - and what a rare thing that is. Top marks to beggars banquet for this and it is something the majors would do well to take note of.
The whole of the original album is there, and sounding better than ever before too.
Stand-Out tracks? Impossible to say. Personally, I don;t think there was a bad track on the album in the first place with material ranging from the beautiful instrumental track "Saudade" (apparently a portugese word meaning a state between deep menancholy & nostalgic reverie) to the driving "Dog End Of A Day Gone By" via gems like "Haunted While the Minutes Drag" - seriously, they are all superb.
The Bonus material is well-chosen too.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's About Time 10 Jun 2000
By Chris D. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I had lamented that this album ever went out of print, but this re-release exceeded expectations. It contains the entire seven-track UK release (with the original and superior version of "Dog End Of A Day Gone By") and the extra tracks from the US version, as well as numerous remixes. The liner notes are extensive, and include a section written by David J.
And the music itself? This first effort by Love and Rockets (hot off the heels of Tones On Tail) is dark, lush and brilliant. "Haunted When The Minutes Drag" is the best song that the band ever recorded. "A Private Future" and the haunting, melancholy instrumental "Saudade" are standouts. It is all excellent material, and the remixes are a welcome addition, especially the Canada Mix of "If There's A Heaven Above." The songs feature Daniel Ash's trademark fuzzbox guitars as well as stunning 12-string acoustic guitar work.
This is a fantastic album in a superb package. If you were unable to get this cd in it's original release, get this edition now. "Seventh Dream Of Teenage Heaven" is Love and Rockets at their absolute best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 7th DREAM a triumph - trippy, pretty, intensely gorgeous! 29 April 2004
By Rich Latta - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Someone in the Love and Rockets camp has a habit of fine-tuning their albums and adding new songs after the initial album release date. This is cheating, but no matter. I've fine tuned my own version of what the album should sound like. At least this current release has the original line-up of songs, followed by the bonus material. The following is MY running order for the album:

"If There's A Heaven Above" - "Throw the world off your shoulders tonight Mr. Smith . . ." This joyously hopeful song dives right into the main themes of the album, namely - youth, the mystery of religion, the nature of human existence and the progression of time. *****

"A Private Future" - Starts off as a pretty, idyllic song that progresses into a more ominous exploration of religious beliefs. Culminates in the line "Live the life you love/ Use a god you trust/ And don't take it all too seriously" which instantly brings their sermonizing back down to earth. ****

("Snuff out the ") -- "Dog-end Of A Day Gone By" - A steady rock workout drenched in omnipresent guitars, organ and rumbling drums. ****

"The Game" - This one sounds like being caught in some Twilight Zone timewarp. Ticks along at a deliberate pace like a clock that intensifies as the song progresses. ****1/2

"Inside The Outside" - This one's a cool rocker. Dominated by drums that tumble all over the place and tortured single-note shreds of fury on guitar. ****

"God And Mr. Smith" - a wigged-out remix of "If There's A Heaven Above" sans words. Strange Middle Eastern vocal distortions and other effects swirl around to trippy effect. *****

"Seventh Dream Of Teenage Heaven" - The word "hypnotic" gets thrown around a lot, but this song definitely qualifies for that description. Like entering an alternate reality. Intense - especially at one particular point in the middle! *****

"Haunted When The Minutes Drag" - Also hypnotic and intense, but in a much different way. This is a great guitar-driven song featuring more of the terrific electronic percussion found all over this album. *****

"Saudade" - gorgeous acoustic guitar displaying an expert combination of picking and strumming (an L&R trademark) as a spacey drum gently knocks away. Builds to a gentle yet sweeping climax. A beauty! *****

To me "Ball Of Confusion" belongs on <<EXPRESS>> where it originally appeared (in album form at least) and I prefer the extended version because it's awesome and worth hearing as much of it as possible. I haven't heard all the other mixes included on this CD, so I'll probably break down and get it at some point.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heavenly 10 Aug 2006
By SystemStructure - Published on Amazon.com
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Sweet god, what a great record. The music and the way it was recorded in the studio is just AMAZING. Love and Rockets here give us one of the most solid records I've heard from the 1980's. The songs are fresh sounding solid rock (injected with a sense of grandeur and not a trace of sugar coated fakeness - yet it has huge mainstream appeal they play L&R on the radio a lot), you could tell it was a new direction for Daniel Ash & Co. Just a fantastic record from the 80's amazing blend of rock, synthesizer, drums and good lyrics! Take a dash of Beatles, throw in some Jesus & Mary Chain, some Bluesy Rock, Dylan and finally a nice thick layer of gothic roots - then you have Love and Rockets.

"Live a life you love, use the God you trust and don't take it all too seriously."

This is the repackaged edition - the whole album is remixed and sounds perfect also the album art is different. Included is a little booklet about the band's origin.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars as you close your eyes this album will set your soul on fire 6 Feb 1999
By Ami - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
i listened to this album for the first time when i was a teenager--my friends and i were out late clubbing and trying to unwind, this is the album i would play to close my eyes, to set my soul at ease, and my heart on fire as i drifted off--after ten years i still enjoy this album as much as i did the first time i listened to it--i recommend this album to anyone who likes music combining synth, cosmic sampling and a good douse of classic bauhaus/love and rockets mastery. enjoy!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Salvation in the Nuclear Age 3 Mar 2010
By kabalabonga - Published on Amazon.com
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Raw charisma, an aggressive demeanor, and a strong personality made Peter Murphy the inevitable "star" of Bauhaus, but his "supporting cast" were brilliant instrumentalists, though it was in the service of the sturm and drang of gothic rock. A severe illness kept Murphy from contributing much of anything to the band's last release "Burning From The Inside", forcing the trio that would later become Love and Rockets into recording much of that CD on their own, pressing bassist David J and guitarist Daniel Ash into service as primary vocalists, and finding as a result their own unique energy.

By 1985, this trio (including drummer Kevin Haskins) had recorded "Seventh Dream of Teenage Heaven", suggesting that their musical path would now concentrate on the elevation of spirit, on a quest not to explore the foulest, most unsavory elements of the human personality ("The Three Shadows",from Bauhaus's 'The Sky's Gone Out"), but on personal enlightenment, even possibly from a divine source ("A Private Future" from "Seventh Dream").

Most of the standout songs are driven by Daniel Ash's elegant yet simply structured guitar work (both acoustically and with electric guitar providing heavily processed/fuzzed out counterpoint), and David J's fretless bass weaving parallell melody lines around it. Kevin Haskins's percussion provides the adhesive the songs are cemented around, and an astute listener can hear the influence of industrial music as well, sometimes all in the same track ("Seventh Dream of Teenage Heaven" comes to mind here, in addition to the Canadian version of "If There's A Heaven Above"), nowhere more in evidence than in the majestic tone poem "Haunted When The Minutes Drag". "A Private Future" is oriented primarily around Ash's 12-string acoustic, while "Dog-End of A Day Gone By" relies heavily on Ash's fuzzbox. Both are tied together by Haskin's propulsive drumming and the lead bass lines J. has laid down.

Lyrically, the band is signaling throughout the release that they are in search of transedence from the human condition, through either the levitiation of the soul ("A Private Future", "If There's A Heaven Above" and "Inside the Outside") or elimination of worldly desire ("The Game") ,the exceptions appearing to be the title track, "Haunted When The Minutes Drag", and a cover of the Temptations' "Ball of Confusion". David J's warm, rich expressive voice powers "Dog End of A Day Gone By" while Ash's smooth, slightly crisp delivery drives "The Game"; but no matter, they tend to share vocal duties on each song (excepting "Suadade", the band's multilayered instrumental) often combining them, and thus giving the lyrics even more dynamic tension. If you're looking for a place to start, try "Express", their follow-up release, but as for me , this is the one I return to the most often.
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