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This Is Your Bloody Valentine

My Bloody Valentine Vinyl
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  • Vinyl
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Dossier
  • ASIN: B000LXJO94
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,125,565 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better Than Loveless... Discuss 21 April 2010
Format:Audio CD
Perversely, I find this LP more satisfying than the greatly over-rated Loveless, it certainly gets listened to more often around these parts. For me, Isn't Anything remains their masterpiece, followed by Ecstasy And Wine then this. You have to appreciate that both Loveless and Isn't Anything are a completely different musical style and aesthetic to this early effort from the band.

If you go into this expecting shoe-gazer guitars and dreamy vocals, you will be disappointed. Don't let that turn you off though, what you get here is MBV cutting their teeth on the sort of short, spiky pop that they took to its logical extreme on the Ecstasy and Strawberry Wine EPs and the subsequent compilation of the two. The vocals are disorientating, with their first singer Dave Conway sounding like Dave Vanian and the song forms bringing to my mind the likes of The Birthday Party and The Meteors.

And there's the rub - this is not the MBV that most people know, and as a result they neglect to give this record (and the early EPs with Dave singing) a fair listen. You want to hear MBV using feedback? This is the place to do it, they avoided feedback in their later LPs opting instead for sculpting the sound with amps and effects. What you get here is infectious post-punk with a Gothic tinge, full-speed-ahead riffing and theatricality.

It's a million miles away from the blissed-out noise and laconic grooves of Loveless (which at times I find inconsistent, dull and self-important,) but none the less entertaining. I have to say I didn't like it the first couple of times I heard it, and I knew what to expect. However, let it grow on you, and it will reward, especially if you love the pop of Ecstasy And Wine and the punkier moments of Isn't Anything. This and the bands first 3 Eps would make a great CD re-release and re-appraisal - they're a real hidden gem.
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1.0 out of 5 stars You Never Should... 14 Oct 2008
By Zod
Format:Audio CD
No beating around the bush here...Simply put...This is by FAR the worst album I own or have ever owned.

Indeed, it is SO poor that I am actually embarrassed to admit that I own it and I can see why MBV themselves have distanced themselves from this release.

The music itself is the poorest cod-goth, there isn't one redeeming feature in this record. There isn't even the merest hint of the blissful sonic adventures which would follow.

Even if you are an MBV completist(as I am), steer clear at all costs.

1 out of 5 (just because I can't get this review through with no stars)
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Avoid this! Seriously it SO bad and in no way represents MBV as we know and love them. This album has been re-released countless times on vinyl and cd it's NOT RARE - no one in their right mind would pay good money for this early 80's gloom. If you like that style of music then you already know that the Birthday Party and Bauhaus are far superior.

Instead look for anything after 1987 - this is when they came in to their own and the marvelous Bilinda joined - previously it was Dave Conway who was the singer and, well what can I say...best thing that ever happened to MBV was him leaving!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A The Cramps + Misfits hybrid ? 3 Mar 2011
By Tester
Format:Audio CD
I completely disagree with the previous negative review but obviously musical tastes are subjective and it depends of what sort of music you normally listen to. This is the only record that I really like from this band (the rest of the stuff I've listened to is fine but doesn't fascinate me...) In this album, the music seems to me like a mixture of The Cramps and The Misfits...if you like that sort of bands, then this is the right purchase for you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars My Bloody Mary Chain? 9 Sep 2002
By Wm. Mars - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This Is Your Bloody Valentine is completely unlike that of MBV's later albums. This album lacks the beauty and complex pop melodies that marked MBV's stirring zenith. It is not an unpleasant album, but it certainly is not Loveless. The music is like the love child of the Jesus & Mary Chain and the Doors. Annunciate with the Birthday Party and the Cramps for style, and there you'll have it. This was the beginning of the band's fantastic alliance of instable minds, hapless romanticism, affectionate resentment. Oh' the apathetic apologies!
"Hate
Don't say I didn't
Warn you"
If you are an unconditional fan I recommend that you give it a chance. Otherwise, try the later more melodic albums - Glider, Isn't Anything, Loveless, Tremolo, Ecstasy and Wine... (anything after GEEK).
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Come on....its not that bad. 25 July 2006
By Crazy Rocket Guy In Superman Outfite Ready To Conquer The World - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I mean its good . Ok its not exactly the ultimate masterpiece of MBV like Loveless for example and thats cuz they were still a young band searching for their sound . Actually , i dont know why people even compare it to their later releases since its completely different . Its like comparing The Kinks to Jesus & Mary Chain .....see the difference?

And its better than any new stuff that comes out .

People always dismiss it as crap and blame everything to poor Dave Conway . I mean the poor guy , he tried very hard to get somewhere with the band and its a real shame coz his vocals arent bad at all (although they do get ridiculous at DONT CRAMP MY STYLE ) . Although it has to be said , if he didnt leave the band wouldnt have evolved into what created ISNT ANYTHING and LOVELESS . Well .... at least Dave is pursuing a carrer in comics and i think he's written a book .

Anyway....its a good album with loads of pretty little songs like FOREVER AND AGAIN (my personal favourite) and TIGER IN MY TANK.

Its good..........
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PERFECT and PROPHETIC 23 Dec 2004
By entropytea - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This first MBV album showcases and prophesies the talent to be exhibited on later masterpieces Isn't Anything and Loveless by baring its postpunk gothic teeth. At times balladic (The Last Supper), but usually agressive (Don't Cramp My Style), every song on this short album is a gorgeous confluence of Stooges meets Cramps sludgy white-noise guitar and persistant crashy percussion; Doors carnival-ride keyboards; Ian-Curtis meets Nick Cave vocals fronted by Dave Conway; Velvet Underground art loft; and best of all...Kevin Sheild's signature ethereal vocals in the backdrop. How could you possibly complain about this album? Cleary MBV was making a landmark transition from the former to the newer for its time (1984). And you were probably listening to Van Halen instead---shame on you!

As a sidenote, if you are into White Stripes, Hives, Interpol, and the like, GO GET THIS ALBUM NOW and hear who did it all much better---first!
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Derivative but promising 17 Jan 2009
By Ryan K. Fry - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is not the same manifestation of the group that brought us the classic Loveless and Kevin Shields had yet to grasp the near total creative control he would be remembered for with that album. What we've got instead here are seven fairly accessible goth rock-styled tunes led by then-vocalist Dave Conrad's Presley-meets-Danzig baritone. Colm Ó Cíosóig was every bit the frantic percussionist ("Tiger in My Tank"), already beginning to utilize the incessant drumrolls which would continue to plague - or christen, depending on your preference - the group's output some years later. For what little inspiration was present here, however, most of the album is fairly derivative. There wasn't anything single-worthy yet - that would take a bit longer to achieve with a band that had yet to come into their own as true innovators.
8 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars No love for Dave Conway? 28 Oct 2004
By Isn't_Anything - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Why does everyone hate this record? Yes, it doesnt have the beauty of "loveless", but it isnt the worst record I've heard. The All American rejects record sounds 10x worse!! Its not "loveless" obviously, but it does have its own place in the MBV collection. It does sound like a really bad goth band. The record is fun to listen to and the keyboards are a nice touch. Just because they got a full time bass player didnt mean they had to ditch the keys. Would've worked great. Its funny to listen to. I only gave it two stars because it isnt that great compared to some of the later records, but I dont hate it!! I like this record better than the strokes for crying out loud. People who hate this record because of the "lack of beauty" probably only own "loveless"...
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