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Swing The Heartache: The BBC Sessions Live


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On July 5, 1983, "Rest In Peace" were the last words uttered by bass player David J as he left the stage announcing to an unsuspecting audience and crew that BAUHAUS had just played their final concert. Shortly after, a press release followed confirming that BAUHAUS had disbanded.

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  • Audio CD (1 Jan 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Beggars Banquet
  • ASIN: B00000AGBL
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,308 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2. Telegram Sam
3. Double Dare
4. The Spy In The Cab
5. In the Flat Field
6. St. Vitus Dance
7. In Fear of Fear
8. Poison Pen
9. Party Of The First Part
10. Departure
11. The Three Shadwos Part 2
12. Silent Hedges
13. Swing The Heartache
14. Third Uncle
15. Ziggy Stardust
16. Terror Couple Kill Colonel
17. Night Time
18. She's in Parties

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I bought this to replace the one my husband had lost about 10 years ago...I haven't seen much of him since, he's played it over and over again, memory lane is a wonderful thing sometimes!!!!.
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It has taken me a long time to get my hands on this, although it has been on my shopping list since it emerged. Basically this is all the BBC sessions by the band over their all too brief history. It acts as quite a good overview of the band's career and is perhaps more representative of their material than the normal "Greatest Hits" type package. Also there are two unreleased tracks "Poison Pen" and "Night Time" to appeal to collectors. I would expect those who love the band to own it anyway, but it would also act as a good introduction to the uninitiated.
For all those who like their music dark, passionate and inventive.
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By Mr. W. Dickson on 1 Aug 2014
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Just excellent stuff, from the grandfathers of goth. :-)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
the real bauhaus 10 Sep 2000
By "a_beggar_at_the_banquet" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Those who can appreciate a harsher edge to their music can appreciate 'Swing the Heartache'. These sessions were recorded live (with minimal overdubs) for broadcast on BBC radio. Being a person who always enjoys a band more live than in the produced perfection of the studio (and always seeming to prefer the b-sides to singles), 'Swing' is by far my favorite Bauhaus CD. If you're not someone who appreciates the energy--and the lesser degree of polish--of live music and you want a Bauhaus sampler, try 'Crackle'; if, on the other hand, you want to know what these boys sound like live, this is a good choice.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Bauhaus at their Best 9 April 2003
By C. Wainwright - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Believe it or not this was the very first Bauhaus recording I picked up. I was about 13 at the time and I bought the cassette version and it just blew my mind. Peter Murphy's deep resonating voice was unlike anything I'd heard before and Daniel Ash's guitar playing was truly brilliant.
Recorded for various broadcasts on the BBC in the early 80s this collection of songs is my favorite of all the Bauhaus recordings. The collection was originally five separate studio sessions of 3-4 songs per session which were recorded and mixed in one day. Despite the limited time frame some of the recordings later ended up on other albums, most notably "Double Dare" which as recorded in these studio sessions was "stronger" than a later recorded version. It also includes the brilliant Bowie cover "Ziggy Stardust" that was to be their most popular single.
Other standout tracks include "Silent Hedges", "A God in An Alcove" and "In the Flat Field". There is also a very interesting song called "Party of the First Part" which features a dialogue between a young woman vying for stardom and the "devil" who takes her soul in exchange for fame and fortune.
The great thing about Bauhaus is that they appeal to a very wide audience. I don't listen to "goth" music but I love Bauhaus. If I were a new fan or somebody who had never heard of Bauhaus I would definitely pick up "Swing the Heartache" because it is truly representative of what Bauhaus were all about.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
undoubtedly a most exellently put together piece 27 Feb 2003
By George Danielson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is a wonderful album that was played and recorded live in england (bauhaus' homebase). I would recommend it to anyone interested in modern/post-modern/post-punk/expressionistic/dark wave/new wave/ect. rock. I was genuinely tired of some of the versions of some of the versions of the songs on the other bauhaus albums like mask, burning from the inside, and the sky's gone out, so I went searching for live albums from this band in hopes of perhaps finding some fresher versions of these songs or maybe even some new material. I had already purchased an listened to bauhaus' press eject and give me the tape, loved it too much, and played it over and over again until I reached the point where I could not stand to listen again. And then I found this album. This album comes complete with some very haunting new versions of
A God in an Alcove, Double Dare, In Fear of Fear, and In the Flat Field, which I continue to enjoy undoubtedly. All of these songs come complete with rare chorus coming from the other band members . It also has some rare material at the end, which, if you can call them songs, are very interesting to say the least. I would go ahead with this one, you will not be disappointed. And for those of you who were wondering, yes, alot of bauhaus' songs are repeated in different recordings. But no, they are not all the same. They all seem to vary in terms of the atmosphere expediated from the band members' instruments and Peter Murphy's hollowing vocals.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Bauhaus "BBC Session" Fun 5 April 2005
By R. Brown - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
While "Swing the Heartache" isn't exactly an essential Bauhaus album, it's a nice addition to your catalog if you're a fan. Consisting mostly of Bauhaus album tracks (before they actually made any albums) arranged differently than the versions found on the studio LP's, and a few B-sides/Rarities, "Swing the Heartache proves to be an interesting look into the imagination of Bauhaus' songwriting ability. While, yes, some songs on here ended up sounding identical on official releases, most of the (p)re-workings of Bauhaus classics can prove to be almost superior to those found on the records they found a home on down the road. Also showcasing some of Bauhaus' stranger moments, such as "Departure" and "Party of the First Part", this release is worth checking out if you're a fan.

Key Tracks: "Party of the First Part", "The Three Shadows Pt. 2", "She's In Parties"
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Dare I say..... Essential (way to know Bauhaus)? 20 Mar 2008
By Joren A. Lindholm - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This single disc of BBC recordings is a handy way to have the Bauhaus experience in it's most concentrated form. Bauhaus between 1980 and 1983 were a full-time group, and when they played live they did it very very well. They achieved legendary status with their live act. It's not just the unbridled imagination that constitutes their art, it's also the unfiltered, raw energy of their talent and honest approach to performance. Their performance had a capital 'P', which was willed by the desire to go for skillful provocation and full-on, risk-taking abandon. Such is the evidence found in Swing the Heartache. These 'live and in the studio for a day' sessions were done with an edge and immediacy far greater than the work they did for their record company. Pretty much each version here shreds the ones that reappear on the four proper albums. 'Swing the Heartache' has acoustic-sounding drums and sounds much better and twice as terse as it does on The Sky's Gone Out. Also, on this album you find the largest grouping of cover versions (Bowie, Bolan, Eno, etc.), tempered with the usual handful of their more left-field and far-out originals (an example in this case is the terrifically twisted, narrative-driven 'Departure').

Getting lost in the world of Swing the Heartache, it's possible to think 'Geez, this is bizarre to the average ear, but for the creatively inclined it sure is energizing and inspiring!' The sparks that flew off of the young Bauhaus quartet were as unique as is possible to be. The average musical acts that came after Bauhaus were what spurred the term 'Goth'. Bauhaus were just being themselves. Yet these days they seem so light in attitude that they just smile and give a shrugging response to the word 'Goth' as it's tagged to their identity. 'Bela Lugosi's Dead' (not on this album) is wonderful, original and may be their most 'Goth' and signature piece. But this may well be their most signature album in a hundred years. That's because it summarizes their career-spanning situation: Bauhaus in a room with nothing but themselves, the combustion of talent and the fleeting moment.

Not to be missed by anyone into or curious about Bauhaus. Also, it's got good cover art - which makes an impressive match to the music.
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