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The CD Singles '88-91'
The CD Singles '88-91'

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The essentials, 3 May 2004
This review is from: The CD Singles '88-91' (Audio CD)
Much has been made of Morrissey's unpredictability over the years. It's part of the charm of the saga of his career. But in the wake of The Smiths' demise, Morrissey - with Stephen Street in tow - rarely put a foot wrong, as this collection attests. I was buying each of these religiously as they were released, and with the exception of Interesting Drug, I was never Disappointed. Even Ouija Board had the incomparable Lucky Lisp as a B-side. Which brings me to my main point. As someone who, like Morrissey, grew up buying records in an era when the B-side was often far more interesting than the A, I can promise the same is true of these gems. Cynics at the time suggested they should have been released straightaway as the second album, but perhaps Morrissey felt that leftovers from Viva Hate would not constitute an album. He half-relented unfortunately and the half-new Bona Drag was the unsatisfactory result - neither complete nor completely new. The extremely patchy Kill Uncle followed as his standards declined. This collection, however represents the purple patch and with Viva Hate, constitutes the essential early work. One or two of these are dispensable (Hooligan live version, Michael's Bones) - evidence that the barrel was indeed now empty, but the riches are incalculable. The singles obviously are peak Moz moments, but the more reflective (I'll Never Learn, At Amber) and reflexive (Disappointed) are beautifully conceived. Despite the hefty tag on this set, I recommend buying this before it gets deleted. It may be your last chance.

Send Me a Lullaby: Remastered
Send Me a Lullaby: Remastered

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Manna from Heaven for Go-Betweens devotees, 7 Aug. 2002
This reissue of the Go-Betweens 1981 debut is a gem.
Send Me A Lullaby marked the Go-Betweens' departure from their Monkees/Patti Smith hybrid pop and charted their course for the string of magnificent albums that followed. They were a three-piece then and Tony Cohen's sparse production precariously balances Forster and McLennan's intricate guitar/bass interplay with Morrison's frenetic drumming and sets the contrast to their poignant evocative lyrics. Compared to later work, it feels like a raw nerve, but the songs have aged well.
Now Send Me A Lullaby has been reborn with an entire second disc of equally brilliant demos and rare singles from the period. Some are impossibly rare (Very Quick On The Eye bootleg tracks) and here they are, digitally remastered from the source tapes. Never mind that the video bonus is rough quality, it's better than never seeing it. (I only had a snippet of it before).
The sleeve looks great, the back cover in keeping with the original. Track info inside is great too.
At last, the reissue the Go-Betweens deserve.

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