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The Modern Lovers

The Modern Lovers Audio CD
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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B0000032AZ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 407,681 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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57 of 59 people found the following review helpful
By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME
Format:Audio CD
The Modern Lovers' eponymous debut was actually recorded in the early 1970s, making it one of the key proto-punk works - though officially it wasn't released until 1976. Its influence would be apparent on those that followed- The Sex Pistols would cover 'Roadrunner', Siouxsie & the Banshees would use it as a marker for the drum-sound of their debut LP 'The Scream' & the organ-heavy-tight-sound would be apparent on such acts as The Fall, The Blue Orchids & The Teardrop Explodes. I am surprised this album doesn't have more reviews on here - or that it doesn't make those endless best of lists alongside Revolver, OK Computer and the other usual suspects...
This remastered-reissue from 2003 comes with the original nine-track album made by a line-up that included future Talking Head Jerry Harrison and eight-bonus tracks that take in demo-alt-versions of these tracks and several other related songs. The organ-drones, like those of Silver Apples, predict bands like Spacemen 3 and Suicide- the demo-version of 'Someone I Care About' could fit on 'Playing with Fire' (well, perhaps with less chemical-experimentation from Spacemen 3!) The Modern Lovers are very much the missing link between The Velvets and The Voidoids, as the taglines often say & also are part of the U.S. proto-punk set that included Television, New York Dolls, Rocket from the Tombs, Pere Ubu & Kim Fowley.
Jonathan Richman- who probably found his widest audience ever popping up in 'There's Something About Mary' - wrote the songs here (excepting bonus-track I Wanna Sleep In Your Arms, which appears to either quote an Iggy Pop song, or was written with Mr Pop himself; it sounds like a more interesting Ramones!).
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally!!! 1 Nov 2003
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Now all fans of the Lovers and Jonathan Richman can breathe a sigh of relief- the ultimate document of the original band is available. For those that don't know, the Modern Lovers, arguably kick-started the American punk movement, recording a long deleted album much coveted by the Ramones, the Talking Heads and Television. The album with it's basic guitar, bass, drums and farfisa organ sound, stood out from the crowd of other poxy music produced at the time- rocking the New York underground, and still stands out today- witness the sound ripped off wholesale by the Strokes!
The quality of Richman's writing, of course bolstered by suitably caveman music, even at this early stage in his career, confirms that he is one of the greatest treasures in the world of rock and roll. Those of us who follow Richman will all, no doubt, be hugely excited by this timely re-release, not least due to the generous unreleased-track package.
Lets hope that, with its wider release, this wonderful album can now take up its rightful place in amongst the landmarks of rock and roll: as the true start of punk.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
By Paul
Format:Audio CD
Yes, it's a great album, as everyone knows.

However, the purpose of this review is to warn you to be aware (as I wasn't) that the track listing of this version is not as shown above; it includes only Tracks 1-9 of those shown, and therefore excludes a number of essential songs from the album.

There is another version with a blue cover that's listed on Amazon UK as being by Jonathan Richman (rather than Modern Lovers) and includes most of the extra tracks that aren't on this version.

So, now you know, you pays your money and you takes your choice. Personally, I would have spent a couple of quid more for the other version if I had known. (sigh...)

EDIT: The track listing shown here has now been modified to reflect my comments above, so that's a good thing. Just a bit late for me...!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute must-buy 9 Dec 2011
Format:Audio CD
Don't let the original release date fool you, this is the definitive Modern Lovers album. This one was released about 5 years after it was recorded, at a time when the band had already significantly changed their direction, and lineup. New Modern Lovers output had headed somewhere less "hard" and, dare I say it, somewhere less important by 1975. Don't get me wrong, I cherish almost every recording Jonathan Richman ever made; Later Modern Lovers tunes are awesome, but early Modern Lovers Tunes are....VITAL. Yep, this album easily fits into my top 10 most important albums that ushered the transition from the 60s to the 70s, and defined modern music in general. This is easily up there with Sgt Pepper, Surrealistic Pillow, Velvet Underground and Nico and Their Satanic Majesty's Request. It is a defining album.

The fact that it sounds like the album that VU's Loaded should have been is no accident, Richman was a major fan. Modern Lovers is quite simply a natural progression from the Velvet Underground; the lead guitar and keyboards doing amazing, outrageous stuff while the rhythmn section pounds along giving it all space to happen in. I love Loaded but it's a Lou Reed album. THIS is a VU album, as far as I'm concerned.

Hard to pick favourites here. Natural standouts like Roadrunner and Pablo Picaso don't make my list because I've heard them too often - on other ML albums, singles of various producers, and of course a ton of cover versions to boot. Hence I cite Hospital and Astral Plane as the standouts here and leave it at that.

As for the extras....wow. Some great stuff... I'm Straight has fast become my all time favourite ML song these days, and I find it a very intruiging song indeed.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Badly Packaged
As any of those of you who are reading this review are aware, buying a 12' piece of plastic represents much more than buying the music. Read more
Published 4 months ago by fishyhoops
4.0 out of 5 stars Unfulfilled promise.
The first 5 tracks on this CD are fantastic. With the keyboards pumped up and in the front of the mix this is total balls out rock, superbly complimented by the guitar and bass. Read more
Published 15 months ago by MWC62
5.0 out of 5 stars a must have
I choose 5 for this music because it is a classic.

Jonathan's angst-riven lyics
pioneering use of the buzz well before its time and familier in new wave bands. Read more
Published 16 months ago by apollyg
5.0 out of 5 stars A Seminal Stepping Stone
Many albums of the last 50 or so years have, of course, had chequered recording (and/or release) histories - the debuts of MC5, The Velvet Undergound and Dexy's Midnight Runners,... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Keith M
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm in love with Rock and Roll... and I'll be out all night
Arguing over who was the first to invent punk music is a treasured passtime of the rock music geek. Whether or not Jonathan Richman has the greatest claim to this is open to... Read more
Published on 15 Feb 2009 by Thomas A. Woodford
5.0 out of 5 stars Legendary 70's album
You may have seen Jonathan Richman crooning in trees on Something About Mary but this is where it all began. Read more
Published on 16 May 2001 by "555piero"
5.0 out of 5 stars jonathan richman was never called an asshole...
great lyrics, excellent music, all-round genius songwriting, especially 'I'm Straight' and 'Pablo Picasso'
"there are only two answers to the question 'are you a fan of... Read more
Published on 22 July 2000
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