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The House of Love [VINYL] [Box set, Deluxe Edition]

The House of Love Vinyl
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  • Vinyl (26 May 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set, Deluxe Edition
  • Label: Optic Nerve
  • ASIN: B00H1U8K0O
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 207,781 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Christine
2. Hope
3. Road
4. Sulphur
See all 10 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Shine On
2. Love
3. Flow
4. Real Animal
See all 13 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Shine On
2. Christine
3. Destroy the Heart
4. I Don't Know Why I Love You
See all 8 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Shine On (Guy Chadwick Solo Demo)
2. Touch Me
3. Real Animal
4. Hold On Me
See all 9 tracks on this disc
Disc: 5
1. Love in a Car
2. Touch Me
3. Road
4. Fisherman's Tale
See all 9 tracks on this disc

Product Description

THE HOUSE OF LOVE were one of the most successful and critically acclaimed bands to grace Creation Records back in the late 1980s Their eponymous debut album was cited as one of the best albums of 1988 by music magazines and Indie fans alike This deluxe edition of THE HOUSE OF LOVE that replicates the tracklisting of the Cherry Red CD version released earlier this year offers the band?s complete Creation recordings from 1987-1988, together with a raft of previously unissued bonus material The package boasts all their Creation Records singles, from the original version of ?Shine On?, ?Real Animal? and the US favourite ?Christine? (which reached #8 in the Modern Rock chart there) to their final single for the label, ?Destroy The Heart?along with nineteen previously unavailable HOUSE OF LOVE demos, including two exclusive Guy Chadwick songs ?Hold On Me? and ?Modern World?, which were never released Also making their debut on LP is the rare 7? album freebie (two demos) and the ?Flexidisc? version of ?Shine On?, together with Guy?s original demo of this song which eventually gave them a sizeable hit All individually sleeved This 5 180gram LP package is housed in a casewrapped foil printed 2 part box and includes a 12" x 12" 20pp full colour booklet.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection perfectly packaged 27 Nov 2012
By degrant
Format:Audio CD
There is little that has not been written about the House of Love and their defining debut album. Suffice to say that their failure to match the profile and success of the groups which came before and after is one of the great mysteries. This (re-)release can be looked on in a number of ways - the quality of the original album, the value of the (copious) additional material and overall value for money.

As to the first, although the album featured neither the group's finest nor most famous songs it is perfectly-realised creation. Clocking in at barely half an hour, the album's force outweighs the sum of its ten individual parts and leaves one desperately wanting more while glad the group did not.

While some might baulk at the need for five versions of the seminal "Shine On" in the remaining 40 tracks, the House of Love always produced excellent B sides and sessions (see the Fontana B-sides compilation "A Spy In The House of Love" and the 21 track BBC release of the complete Peel Sessions which is an essential foil to the Deluxe re-issue). Half the tracks on offer here are demos and alternative versions never previously aired and even the most assiduous House of Lover will find new treasures here.

Finally, Deluxe is unbelievable value, all the more so given that the original album is currently out of print (as it were) while "1986-1988: the Creation Recording" (in essence the first 25 tracks on offer here minus the Bonus 7" demo offerings of "Shine On" and "Christine") currently retails for c£35.

While not as grandiose as the recent boxed sets of the "Velvet Underground & Nico" or "Blue Lines" (or, if truth be told, as ground breaking) this is a compulsory tribute to a classic album and unjustly neglected group. Essential.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Great album by one of the best indie bands of the late 80s. Captures the era perfectly, and at this price for 50 songs you really can't go wrong. Go on, buy it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Wharf
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Listening again to the House of Love's eponymous debut album took me right back to the late 80's when the UK music scene was going through a major transition. It was the height of "indie-dom", when small independent labels like Creation (who released the original version of this album) dominated new music, set the agenda, and made the major labels totally redundant. The Smiths had fallen apart, the baggy sound of Madchester was in fashion, and the dawn of Britpop was just around the corner. As a live act, on a good night, The House of Love could create a storm, especially when playing small venues like the Phil Kaufman Club. They brought together a contemporary blend of jangly 60's pop, echoey guitars, tight song-writing and hooks aplenty. There were elements of shoe-gazing, but with stronger and more defined song structures. Probably not the best of vocalists, Guy Chadwick nevertheless has a distinctive style, and was a fairly moody frontman with presence. Terry Bickers is something of an over-looked guitar talent. The album itself is possibly a little over-produced, but singles like Shine On and Christine are classics of the era. The additional material included with this re-issue is a mixed bag but a useful document of the time. Subsequent House of Love albums (released via major labels) were interesting but patchy, and the band never really followed up on their early promise.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Terrace of Love 31 Dec 2012
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If you're a fan from the first time around or a newcomer to the soundscape of the HOL you'll find something..... as it's all here!
As I know the songs inside out, I played cd3 first as there was more demo material on it which is always of interest.
The rest will take you straight back to the reverby guitars and vocals and the wall of sound which was their trademark. Go and treat yourself to bit of classic late 80's early 90's rock.......
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