This for me is the great Go-Betweens album. On this recording the two writers Forster and McLennan start to write in overlapping styles almost making their contributions harder to tell apart. It's lyrical focused - The Clarke Sisters and Right Here are brilliant song poetry. Musically driving - Bye Bye Pride and Spirit Of a Vampyre are the band playing at their peak form and it also contains the wistful longing of You Tell Me and Hope Then Strife.
The production takes a major leap forward on this album, making it one of the easiest records for new-comers to the band to enjoy, although 16 Lovers Lane and Friends Of Rachel Worth both come close. I'm constantly amazed by the power and beauty this record displays which remains undiminished since the day I originally brought it.
Forster's epic The House That Jack Kerouac Built perhaps sums up what makes the Go-Betweens so great "you're on the road with a bad crowd" is a fantatastic farewell from a heavily theatrical Forster.
Although I gather the recording of this album was somewhat painful for the band at the time. It is evidence enough of its greatness that a large number of its songs are regularly in their set lists today.
The packaging of these reissues are particularly beautiful and I gather a great deal of work has gone into the fabulous sound restoration. I'm particularly pleased to see all the great songs for each period on a bonus disc rather than scatterede over various compilations. I also think its a wondeful idea to leave a classic album like Tallulah on one disc alone and the other material on the bonus disc. There's also all the videos included in the set which makes for a totally perfectly executed package.
This is a totaaly classic album. Packaged with love an care to an exceptional standard. Re-issue of the year in my book.