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The Coral [CD]

The Coral Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (29 July 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Deltasonic Records
  • ASIN: B00006AKOH
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,059 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Spanish Main
2. I Remember When
3. Shadows Fall
4. Dreaming of You
5. Simon Diamond
6. Goodbye
7. Waiting for the Heartaches
8. Skeleton Key
9. Wild Fire
10. Bad Man
11. Calenders and Clocks

Product Description


While the fiery rock & roll spirit of The La's Lee Mavers courses through their veins, the debut album by youthful Liverpudlian mystics the Coral proves they are far more than Merseybeat chancers. The opening "Spanish Main"--"We've set sail again! / We're heading for the Spanish Main!"--casts the sextet as marauding scally pirates, out to pillage musical history for any loot they can lay their hands on. Magnificently, it's possible to hear the influence of everything from Captain Beefheart to Miles Davis, from Spanish mariachi guitar to rambunctious Cossack dance rhythms surfacing between the tight, ragged grooves of "I Remember When" and "Shadows Fall". But the staggering thing about The Coral is that it's stuffed to bursting point with ideas, yet presents them all in such stark clarity. It's hard to pick an album highlight, but it's probably a toss-up between the curious, swooping fable of "Simon Diamond" and the unfettered insanity of "Skeleton Key", which finds frontman James Skelly croaking "Solid gold skeleton key / opens the most intricate lock / Brother roll another for me/ I am shipwrecked on the rocks!" as his bandmates caw like parrots in the background. The Coral are off on a totally mental trip. It would take a fool, however, to choose not to join them. --Louis Pattison

Product Description

THE CORAL The Coral (2002 UK 11-track CD album - This is the debut album from the Liverpudlian bunch including the singles Skeleton Key & Shadows Fall plus Hidden Track Time Travel)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lost and sea and loving it 20 Mar 2004
Format:Audio CD
Pirate indie-rockers. You heard me.
From the marauding opening guitar of Spanish Main (only lyric: "We'll set sail again, we're heading for the Spanish main!") to the jangly weird-out of Calendars and Clocks, The Coral is about as eclectic and silly as debuts can get. We have a ballad about a man turning into a tree (Simon-and-Garfunkel-ish Simon Diamond), a harmonica-filled masterpiece that recalls, at moments, Madness (Shadows Fall), something that resembles a Bond theme (Wildfire) and two enjoyable, ska-like singles that you'll have to make a conscious effort to avoid singing along to (Dreaming of You, Goodbye). The lyrics are weird, the music changes directions just when you least expect it (I Remember When suddenly bursts into Russian Polska - "Hi, hi, hi, hi!") and the barbershop-quartet vocals sound, as well as silly, pretty damned good.
Sure, it's incoherent and completely all over the place - the running theme seems to be that there isn't one - but that just makes this stuff listenable, fun, and happily surprising. And in a world of predictable music that you've heard before, surely surprises must be a good thing?
Set sail. You'll love it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Something New- not for conformists 27 July 2004
Format:Audio CD
This album gave me a shock from the first track, with a distorted crash of cords, I knew immediately that this was going to be one unusual album. I was not disappointed. It is a thoroughly enjoyable collection that I would recommend any folk-music or rock-music lover to buy. It is non-conformist and offers something new in each track. My personal highlight, Dreaming of You, combines everything I love about music. Folk-balad 'wailing', catchy tune, excellent percussion (particulary drums and glockenspiel)and exciting rhythms.
If you like steriotypical music with little change and regular rhythms, perhaps this is not for you- it is true, some of the tracks (particularly 'Wildfire') cna get a little irratating, especially if you listern to them (like me)non stop on a 6 hr car journey. But I think the fact that after the 6 hrs 95% of the tracks were as fresh and enjoyable as ever says more about the album then words could.
Look out for the pirate behind you in Skeleton Key, feel the ghostly nostalgic atmosphere in Shadows Fall and skip anything that gets too repetative and annoying. Well worth the money- I have not regretted buying this once.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Coral is worth a listen 13 Jan 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I bought this album on the basis of a review I read in Q. Yes, there is a lot of hype around this band, but what the hype fails to mention is that The Coral have successfully fused melodies, musical influences and tempos that should NOT work well together.
This is the most eccelctic and original album I have heard in ages. Gems are: "Dreaming of You" (if you can listen to this song without singing along, you have no soul!), "Calendars & Clocks" (reminds me of an old La's tune), "I Remember When" and "Shadows Fall".
The album is not without it's confusing moments. "Spanish Main" kicks-off the record in odd fashion and "Skeleton Key" is a mish-mash of changing tempos and vocals that seems mispplaced. Nevertheless, this album is excellent and will take a few listens to gain a feel for what they are doing. Be patient. The Coral, are onto something very, very special, in my opinion.
I am eagerly awaiting their next release, due in Spring 2003. These guys are only going to get better.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing short of Magnificent 23 April 2003
By Joe
Format:Audio CD
For this Liverpool band there is a bright future ahead in the Top Ranks of the music business. Although they have been around for a while this album has surely caught the publics eye. A mix of clever guitar work, drumming, and a whole array of other mystical instruments this is one of 2002's best albums. Before I bought this album I did not know much about The Coral, but their style of music instantly charmed me. A Must buy album!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Amazing. Tremendous. A miraculous feat of music, if you will, but it all boils down to one thing: The Coral are brilliant. After hearing the catchy 'Dreaming of You' on the radio about ten months after the first time I heard it, I decided I had to buy their album. And what good luck it was that I heard it, for if I hadn't I would have missed out on one of the best albums for a long time.
After the first track, 'Spanish Main' and the frankly odd 'Simon Diamond' I was a little unsure as to whether I was out of my depth with this album, but after two run throughs of the record I was hooked. From the weird and wonderful 'Skeleton Key' to 'Goodbye', a song wich I can guarantee will have the listener jumping around the room playing an imaginary guitar, 'The Coral' is an original, twisted and totally mind blowing piece of music that any fan of a whole host of other indie or rock acts must have.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Refreshingly different debut 1 Aug 2002
Format:Audio CD
This is the album that may well give the British Indie Scene a much needed kick up the backside.
This debut album is crammed with ideas and although The Coral wear their influences on their sleeves (the Beatles, Captain Beefheart etc...), they always seem to interpret these influences into something modern and fresh.
There are many stand-out tracks on this album, but the singles "Dreaming of You" and "Shadows Fall" as well as "I Remember When" are my personal favourites. Where the album loses a star for me is the inclusion of "Simon Diamond", which is a little dreary - perhaps a Sergeant Pepper style 'concept song' was a little ambitious for a debut album. Also, the experience is over a little too quickly, the whole album just edging over the 40 minute mark - and that's with a 'secret' track added on a few minutes after the album proper.
However, in all, this is an excellent debut and one which has not been out of my CD player since I bought it! The lads from Liverpool have come up trumps and I look forward to hearing more great music from them in the future!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Love them
Didn't know these guys and this first effort is nothing less than brilliant - some of it Madness some Cure mostly unique!
Published 6 months ago by prog
5.0 out of 5 stars Who DOESN'T love The Coral?!
The Coral are such a great band, I think this album is an iPod essential! Filled with really great tunes.
Published 13 months ago by Jade Cleaver
4.0 out of 5 stars DREAMING OF YOU
Dreaming Of You is one of my favourite songs, everytime I listen to it I fall in love with it a bit more! The lead singer has a very cool edge to his voice. Read more
Published on 8 May 2011 by Katie
5.0 out of 5 stars Individual - and I'm still playing it!
This is the only Coral album I play now. I have the three after, as well.

The 'songs', or compositions, are superbly different enough from each other but still follow... Read more
Published on 28 Nov 2010 by Tim Kidner
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly under rated - a potential classic British album.
The coral are underated in british mainstream music. They brought this album out many years ago and today it still sounds as good. Read more
Published on 4 Jun 2010 by L. Morris
5.0 out of 5 stars This is Music!
I usually think that the first album of a band is the best. Or at least, shows how good and far they're able to become. Read more
Published on 19 Feb 2010 by Pedro Pablo Perez Garcia
4.0 out of 5 stars Believe The Hype
The Coral are an English band formed in 1996 in Hoylake on the Wirral Peninsula in Merseyside. The band's music is a mixture of old-fashioned country, 1960s-style psychedelia and... Read more
Published on 26 Jan 2010 by Mr. Percy Frizelle
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most interesting debut albums ever released
'The Coral' appealed to me immediately, with their off-the-wall tales of pirating, maurauding, love, drugs and general tomfoolery, though it took me a few listens before I truly... Read more
Published on 20 April 2007 by Mr. D. Woods
4.0 out of 5 stars not bad
I got this album for one reason, like most people, Dreaming of You, - magic!

The other songs on the album dont realy compare to that track, but are still reasonably... Read more
Published on 1 April 2007 by Eddy
3.0 out of 5 stars There's something there...
Yes, there is definitely something there. I don't think it's full released with the music but it's a very interesting album and worth a listen. Read more
Published on 24 Oct 2004 by El
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