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A Storm In Heaven [CD]

The Verve Audio CD
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Before they started The Verve, Richard Ashcroft, Simon Jones, Nick McCabe and Peter Salisbury used to gather in an old car, high above the hillsides around Wigan, gazing down over the town and wondering how they could avoid the anonymity that destiny seemed to be presenting them with. Their solution was to form a band, but even the wild-eyed dreamers couldn’t possibly have guessed just ... Read more in Amazon's The Verve Store

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  • Audio CD (21 Jun 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000025IQ8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Mini-Disc  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,637 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Star Sail
2. Slide Away
3. Already There
4. Beautiful Mind
5. The Sun The Sea
6. Virtual World
7. Make It Till Monday
8. Blue
9. Butterfly
10. See You In The Next One (Have A Good Time)

Product Description

VERVE A Storm In Heaven (Deleted 1993 UK original 10-track CD album including Slide Away and Make It Til Monday picture sleeve CDHUT10)

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stormy 14 Sep 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is the Verve at their best. It is the closest you can get (along with the EPs) to resonating those beautiful early Verve performances where songs lasted 20 minutes and your head and heart were taken somewhere else. There will always be a part of me left in the rafters of Sheffield Octogan in 1992. Guitar sounds that chime like distant bells echoing in a dreamy valley(from the best guitarist of the 90's). Drum beats that shuffle beautifully. Bass lines that remain understatedly melodic. And then theres that Ashcroft fellow before he went too ladish (all that C'mon malarchy!!). These were the days when the man would shuffle bare foot on an indian rug looking like a student lost in the late 60's. This is a fantastic album. It doesnt need to be like Urban Hymns. It doesnt need that cockyness of Luck man. It is perfect as it is. Best listened to in a cave to add echo to echo or in a car watching the sun set over the beautiful Derbyshire wilderness. Dont judge it by what happened in the late 90's. Judge it by the innocence of those long 92/93 summers. Epic
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unrivalled genius 18 Oct 2006
By Y. Li
Format:Audio CD
Before the Verve became known as "The Verve", they were simply known as "Verve" and this was the only LP they released under that name. Very fitting, as after this album they changed direction and went looking for pop stardom. And even though some of their best efforts (such as History, On Your Own, Bittersweet Symphony, etc) came after this album, A Storm in Heaven was a work of pure genius.

Nick McCabe's psychedelic guitars create a dreamy landscape over which Richard Ashcroft floats his haunting vocals and right from the spacey opener "Star Sail", the album unrelentlessly bellows out brilliant songs. Standout tracks include "Slide Away", "Already There", "Make It 'Till Monday", "Blue" and the outstanding closer "See You In The Next One (Have A Good Time)".

However, aside from having fantastic songs, it is also a very complete album, with each track playing their own part to create a truly excellent album for fans of the Verve and alternative music. Truly, a storm in heaven.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Early Verve Captures the World 28 Feb 2006
Format:Audio CD
By far the best of 'The' Verve albums, it's wild, expansive psychedelic sound removed from the garage, funk and symphonic workouts that followed. John (Stone Roses) Leckie's production has never been better, but this is an atypical example of band democracy at work, before too many drugs combined with Ashcroft's ego and McCabe's mind unpicked everything that the band had built. Highlights include the seamless slide into 'Blue' from 'Make It Till Monday', the relentless percussive thrum of 'Slide Away', and the shimmering silver guitar on 'Already There' and 'Beautiful Mind'. If you like this, check out early singles 'She's a Superstar' and 'Gravity Grave', two more stunners from The Verve's early canon.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enter a musical dreamland 17 Aug 2000
Format:Audio CD
Out of the many albums i have listened to spanning across heavy metal through seventies rock to modern dance music, the Verves a storm in heaven has got to be one of the best i have listened to.From the opening chord of star sail you know you are going to be launched into a musical fantasy dreamland for the next 45 minutes. Nick McCabes reverb soaked, delay ridden guitar work draws from some of the best psychedelia of the seventies and Richard Ashcrofts soft vocals are more than capable of putting you into a soft mood. I fully reccomend it to anyone who likes to listen to a good bit of clever guitar work and it is most definitely the Verves finest hour
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5.0 out of 5 stars Subtle Swagger. 5 Jun 2010
Format:Audio CD
Probably like a lot of people, I heard Bitterweet Symphony and then Urban Hymns first in 1997. I got this a year or so later and it blew me away. Easily in my view their best album. The album flows perfectly, the band's chemistry is apparent on every track, you can tell they're a true democracy here and because of this Richard Ashcroft's natural swagger is subtle rather than cringeworthy. The band have always had a psychedelic dimension, Urban Hymns has it's spaced out moments too, so the comparisons with shoegaze are probably only because the album came out in 1993. Tracks like 'The Sun,The Sea','Virtual World' and 'Butterfly' have elements of Blues and Jazz in them too, while the subtle swagger is most apparent in 'Star Sail','Slide Away' and 'Blue'. The best moments though are the blissed out ambience and psychedelia of 'Beautiful Mind' and 'Make It 'Til Monday'. If you're curious about hearing a non-commercial side to Richard Ashcroft or The Verve or indeed just want to hear a fine 1990s psychedelia album then this one is worth checking out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Glorious wall of sound 24 May 2010
Format:Audio CD
Years ago I rented this on cassette from Barbican library on a whim. I was intrigued by the artwork and by the name of the band. Being heavily into grunge at the time, you may be forgiven for thinking that I'd hate this album. Instead it triggered a Verve/ Ashcroft love affair. I was mesmerised listening to this for the first time. It was quite unlike anything else being released at the time and a welcome respite from the in yer face swagger of Oasis et al.

The album is fascinating. The sounds layer over each other, until there's such a cocophony that at times it's almost beautifully unbearable. The lyrics are haunting, almost ethereal and are washed in with all of the other sounds. It's mellow and anything but... a great album for losing yourself to, with your eyes closed in the sun, or for winter evenings with something decent to drink, but certainly not a chill-out album to put on as background music...

It sounds a long retrospective journey now from the uber-hit that was Urban Hymns, less polished, more abrasive, but set the tone for The Verve's low-slung future. It's still interesting to listen to now and I would recommend it to anyone with an open ear.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A storm in heaven
It's great to re visit some of my earlier musical choices to see if the music is still fresh. I can remember this being so different & original that it frightened a lot of people... Read more
Published 2 months ago by woody
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I bought this for my husband who is a Verve fan. A good album and he has been pleased with it!
Published 5 months ago by Mrs Jane Cunane
4.0 out of 5 stars probably there best album
long before urban hymns came this album fantastic album it is and proabably my favourite out of the lot well reccommended for any shoegazing or indie music fan.
Published 9 months ago by jason
4.0 out of 5 stars Not all that stormy, but pretty heavenly
The first LP by the then named Verve (the definative article was added after a lawsuit filed by Verve Records) stands out in the bands catalogue, in that this is very much more... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Mr. M. Wilkinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential listening
If you have only ever heard of Verve from The drugs dont work or Bittersweet symphony then you need to go to the beginng and listen to the boys starting there journey that ended... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Ambient symphonies
Verve at the peak of their powers and a unique sounding album which could not be mistaken with inferior bands of the time such as Oasis, Stone Roses and others. Read more
Published on 28 May 2012 by Mr. S. Burgess
4.0 out of 5 stars Not my usual cup of tea but...
One of the things you're generally supposed to say about debuts that you don't think are that good is that they hint at a band's potential and their future direction but if I said... Read more
Published on 6 May 2008 by Shorty11857
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the pure essence of prog rock,
The first Verve album, A STORM IN HEAVEN, was released in 1993, prior to some legal wrangling necessitating the addition of the definite article to the band's name. Read more
Published on 16 Jan 2006 by Mr. Rgs Draycott
5.0 out of 5 stars An Album From Heaven
Forgive the pun, but if you are looking for an amazingly celestial, atmospheric album then look no further! Read more
Published on 6 April 2005 by Justine K
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