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The Very Best Of Echo & The Bunnymen: More Songs To Learn And Sing [CD]

Echo & The Bunnymen Audio CD
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“For me, this is a whole new approach. It’s more edgy than anything I’ve ever done. I’m dealing with something on this record I didn’t want to deal with for a long time” Ian McCulloch

A year ago, Ian McCulloch found himself in a dark place. After leading Echo & The Bunnymen through 35 years ... Read more in Amazon's Echo & The Bunnymen Store

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  • Audio CD (11 Sep 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B000HKDC62
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,569 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Cutter
2. Back Of Love
3. The Killing Moon
4. Seven Seas
5. Never Stop
6. Rescue
7. I Want To Be There
8. Don't Let It Get You Down
9. A Promise
10. Silver
11. People Are Strange
12. Do It Clean
13. The Game
14. Rust
15. Lips Like Sugar
16. Nothing Lasts Forever
17. Bring On The Dancing Horses
18. Hang On To A Dream
19. It's Alright
20. Stormy Weather

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ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN The Very Best Of: More Songs To Learn And Sing (2006 UK 20-track CD album featuring a overview of the legendary cult band whose dark swirling fusion of gloomy post-punk and Doors-inspired psychedelia brought them a handful ofBritish hits and highly successful albums in the early 80s; including the hits The Cutter The Killing Moon & People Are Strange plus 3 Bonus Tracks recorded between 2001 - 2006 Hang On To A Dream Its Alright &

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5.0 out of 5 stars Career-retrospective... 17 Aug 2006
By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME
Format:Audio CD
The Bunnymen are probably due a career retrospective beyond the box-set 'Crystal Days' - the original 'Songs to Learn & Sing' ending in 1985 and the 1997-compilation 'Ballyhoo' a bit of a rush to cash in on the Bunnymen's return - album tracks like 'The Disease', 'Over the Wall' & 'All That Jazz' best suited to their source albums. Though this compilation leaves off 'The Puppet', as did 'Ballyhoo' and the reissue of 'Crocodiles'...what's wrong with this song????? Other than 'The Puppet', all of the original 'Songs...' is here and all predictably fantastic: 'Rescue', 'Do It Clean', 'A Promise', 'The Back of Love', 'The Cutter' (later sampled by Ultramarine), 'Never Stop' (rivals Haircut 100 and 'Oblivious' by Aztec Camera), 'The Killing Moon' (as featured in 'Donnie Darko'), 'Silver', the sublime 'Seven Seas' & the charming 'Bring on the Dancing Horses.' It's all perfect stuff and worth buying for this great sequence of classic singles, gripes about the absenc of 'The Pictures on My Wall' apart!!!

The band then had problems - Pete De Freitas going AWOL and their 5th album being a damp squib - though two of the better tracks are here, 'The Game' and 'Lips Like Sugar'('Bedbugs & Ballyhoo' probably should have made it too, as should 'Angels & Devils' and 'Read It In Books'...). The crowd-pleasing element is found with their cover of The Doors' 'People are Strange' which featured in Brat Pack Vamp-B-movie 'The Lost Boys.' Ian McCulloch then jumped ship and Pete De Freitas was tragically killed in an motorycle collision with a car. A version of the Bunnymen carried on with members of St Vitus Dance, but they have now been written out of history.
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3.0 out of 5 stars value for money ok.. 30 Oct 2012
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The dvd extra is very good, but the compilation is very poor only a few tracks of the marvelous early albums. I guess with this price is ok.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a must buy CD brill 15 April 2014
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I've never stopped playing it .what a brilliant cd ,love all the songs,really really, good well worth buying every track is a good one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An official sequel 5 Feb 2013
Format:Audio CD
There are often several very similar Best Ofs available for bands who have been around for a while - especially those who have split up and reformed - though I can't recall coming across many compilations billed as an official update of a previous round up. More Songs To Learn And Sing takes away one song and adds 10 plus the M word to the Bunnymen's original mid-80s best of. But is it a better album?

The answer to this is maybe yes though sadly, possibly no. Although some of the new tracks are excellent, there are also quite a few inessential songs on the updated compilation which, at their worst, remind me melodically and lyrically of Oasis at their most cloying.

Still Oasis are often excellent as are The Bunnymen. Among the highlights of More Songs To Learn And Sing are the thrilling A Promise and The Cutter as well as the epic Killing Moon and Bring On The Dancing Horses. All of these songs combine the commanding vocals of Ian McCulloch with the superb, exciting guitar-work of Will Seargeant, melodic bass of Les Pattinson and powerful drumming of Pete De Freitas.

As fans of Echo And The Bunnymen know, Ian McCulloch never shied away from declaring his band's genius and it is perhaps fitting that the liner notes of More Songs To Learn And Sing feature a pretentious summation of the band's talents by Paul Morley. Over-the-top maybe though somehow apt as, at their best, The Bunnymen made some of the most stunning music of the 80s. Whether or not you think the new compilation is better than the original, every music loving house should have an EATB best of and this CD is a fine place to go for one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars superb 'best of' by an woefully underrated band 16 Aug 2012
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Not a duff track on this album.Even the later songs,made when the band were past their best,stand up well alongside the earlier stuff.
As ever,i would always recommend purchasing the original albums,particularly Ocean Rain.But,to be honest,I would settle for this alone.
A great compilation of a band that were always underrated and have ended-up being massively influential.
Buy it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Christmas JOY! 24 Jan 2012
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A superb compiliation featuring 20 of Echo & The Bunnymen's finest tracks. I received it very promptly, and just in time to enjoy over my Christmas holiday.
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