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Songs to Learn & Sing

Echo & The Bunnymen Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (25 Oct 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sire / London/Rhino
  • ASIN: B000002L8T
  • 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: 154,784 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Rescue
2. The Puppet
3. Do It Clean
4. A Promise
5. The Back Of Love
6. The Cutter
7. Never Stop
8. The Killing Moon
9. Silver
10. Seven Seas
11. Bring On The Dancing Horses

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Echo & The Bunnymen ~ Songs To Learn & Sing

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best compilation ever made. 12 Oct 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I cannot believe this ORIGINAL compilation has only received 2 out of 5 so far.
Songs to Learn and sing has got to be the best ever compilation album.
From Rescue through to Bring on the Dancing Horses it gallops through the Bunnymen's back catalogue, a timeless work of utter genius. Killing Moon, Silver, Crystal Days - all of them are songs to learn and sing, shout, get drunk, dance and remember with utter fondness. Every note sounds as great as it did back then.
So, how can you say the Korova 'Best of' is better? It uses the exact running sequence of this 1985 version. (OK so the songs run in order of release). But Songs to Learn is a far superior piece of musical history. God damn it, it is THE definitive and only credible Bunnymen collective there is. Mac the Mouth would surely agree.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CAREFUL! 5 Nov 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is a great complilation of early Bunnymen. Be careful though, their are two versions on Amazon.
If you are interested make sure you go for the verion with EXTRA TRACKS ie 15 tracks in total, (extra tracks are Pride, Simple stuff, Read it in books, Angels and devils). Excellent tracks and worth it for the extra pound or so.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fab 21 April 2014
Format:MP3 Download|Verified Purchase
This brings back lots of memories. good stuff jumping round your handbag or swaying head down, ape like to the music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars CD 29 Dec 2012
By Jayne
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
My partner was made up with this as part of his birthday present, as I am not keen on them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a must have... 31 Aug 2005
By M. Lohrke - Published on
Format:Audio CD
ian mcculloch and co. practically invented the british guitar rock later adopted by the likes of the smiths, the stone rose, et. al. more melodic and accessible than the likes of joy division, echo and the bunnymen straddled the line between exquisite song crafting and experimentation.

ian mcculloch proved to be the perfect frontman -- the trademark haircut, the trenchcoat, the voice that threated to crack at any second, the enigmatic persona. while not a truly gifted vocalist, he never had to be. his raspy voice is ideally suited to the music. much of the bunnymen's charm lay in their working class roots, settling for less than perfect, slightly gritty production and focusing instead on quality beats and melodies. will sargeant single-handedly ushered in a new guitar movement. his playing was sometimes intrusive in the beginning, but always interesting melodically and sonically as he matured. (and coldplay oughta be paying him royalties for the riffs they've nicked from him.) add to that a more than capable rhythm section (r.i.p., pete), and the bunnymen became one of the most influential rock bands of the last 25 years.

some of the finest bunnymen songs are found here: the oft mentioned 'the killing moon,' 'never stop,' 'the cutter,' 'the rescue,' etc. even now (2005), they sound fresh. every time i play this cd in my car or at home, i'm blown away by how utterly *fantastic* a band they really are--inventive, unique, and ridiculously original; excellent arrangements, flawless melodies, superb musicianship. of course, it always helps to have ian broudie doing the knob-twiddling.

this collection is something of 'greatest hits' that chronicles one of the most important 'post-punk' bands to ever come out of the UK. a must have for any music afficionado.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bring on the best songs. 5 Jan 2004
By H3@+h - Published on
Format:Audio CD
This is pretty much what the casual fan is looking for. It's a collection of their early 80's songs, and includes the hit "Bring On The Dancing Horses", from the "Pretty In Pink" soundtrack. Other great songs are "Rescue", "Cutter", and the great "Killing Moon". The only big thing missing is "Lips Like Sugar", which was released afterwards. Otherwise this is a nice simple collection. It will go great with your "Cure" and "Joy Division" cd's. They do have an 18 track import collection. "Ian McCulloch's" solo stuff is good too, especially "Candleland".
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just the beginning... 16 Feb 2002
By Eric Beck - Published on
Format:Audio CD
This is going to be just the beginning for you. The Bunnymen piqued my interest with Evergreen, so I thought I'd start off my Bunnymen collection with a sampler. Although this became my most played CD, it was my least satisfying! I just had to buy more and have not been disappointed ever since. It is obvious just listening to the disc the whole way through how different the Bunnymen's albums are. Furthermore, the rest of the songs on each album are just as good as the ones included here. In fact, I don't think the Crocodiles songs give you a good impression on how great an album that one is. It is awesome!
This is a smart investment. Not only do you get a sample of each of the Bunnymen's four classic albums, but you get two great non-album tracks in Never Stop and Bring on the Dancing Horses. If you could just get a Greatest Hits that included these two and The Game and Lips Like Sugar, the only two good tracks off the otherwise (...) Gray Album, then you would be all set.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Most Underrated Band in History. 4 Jan 2006
By Bernard Chapin - Published on
Format:Audio CD
Well, you've heard a million times the cliché "still sounds fresh today," and I'm here to tell you that this hackneyed saying is absolutely true when it comes to this CD. When I was mostly unfamiliar with punk music I associated the best of it with the otherworldly sound of the introduction to "The Cutter." Later, after listening to the album extensively, I realized that "Bring on the Dancing Horses" was the worst of the eleven tracks (which is really saying something). It did not take long before they became, like the Smiths, personal favorites. Echo was one of the most original sounding bands of the eighties with talent to burn. They featured the type of complexity that made it tough on critics to reduce that wonderful decade into a stew of big hair, kitsch, and campy lyrics. This is about as passionate a band as there has ever been, and when I play "Songs..." I do not jump about. I let it wind through and imbibe its beauty and perfection.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy This ECHO If You Own No Other 8 Jun 2003
By Chris O'Brien - Published on
Format:Audio CD
The ONLY collection of ECHO to buy if your budget is limited. Includes seminal tracks and flourishes with the final "Bring on the Dancing Horses." This album is a great collection of "progressive hits" that help to define a swath of (thankfully!) underplayed bands of the 1980s, long before "progressive hit" referred to grunge from seattle.
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