The Teardrop Explodes' second album saw the group's leader and principal songwriter Julian Cope expanding his songwriting by incorporating a myriad of experimental approaches. As a result 'Wilder' is seen by many to be the more artistically successful of the band's two official albums. The exuberant 'Passionate Friend' was the lead-off single from the sessions, followed by the bold, brass-led 'Colours Fly Away' and the elegiac 'Tiny Children', the latter of which many consider to be The Teardrops' crowning glory.
It was a more experimental album than its predecessor, 'Kilimanjaro' too and featured a far greater use of synthesizer arrangements and looped effects. Some tracks featured a full group sound as featured on Kilimanjaro , most notably on Passionate Friend , while the album as a whole broke away from the West Coast / beat group sound of the debut forging a much more downbeat and troubled atmosphere.
This new expanded 2-disc release of Wilder contains all the relevant B-sides, compiled by Julian Cope to run like a album, as well as the BBC radio sessions that were recorded at the time for Richard Skinner and John Peel. Cope, Troy Tate and David Balfe have all contributed to the extensive sleeve notes to make this release essential for any fans of the band.
2013 deluxe 2CD edition of 1981 album brings together all the related singles, B - sides and BBC sessions from the period for the first time and includes sleevenotes by band members Julian Cope, Troy Tate & David Balfe.