on 16 June 2013
This is a superb value box, with the first 4 albums already available in the remastered series (track for track identical) and the "assorted" compilation as disc 5 bringing us most of the material on the second CD of the 4th album's remastered re-issue so there is very, very little new here and as such this box really is for either collectors or those who missed the recent remastered re-issues and if you fall into either of those categories, buy this immediately.
What did strike me as very welcome though were the 6 live tracks from 1987 - presumably the whole show was recorded so I for one would like to see the rest of it appear sooner rather than later, as it sounds a lot better than the later "So Alive" live album.
Very highly recommended even if you do not know the band, you should take the opportunity offered here and enjoy.
These records would also sound awesome in 5.1 surround as well.
on 14 May 2013
A very comprehensive collection of the band's recordings from their first incarnation 1985-1989 which includes the four original albums with bonus tracks and a fifth disc which compiles additional rarities (including The Bubblemen!) and live recordings. The albums are no longer available individually on CD.
Under-appreciated in Europe (where the expectation was for these ex-members of Bauhaus to produce sombre, dark 'Gothic' music), Love And Rockets were capable of a far more colourful sonic palate, as these CD's attest. Starting with their rocking-soul debut, a cover of 'Ball Of Confusion', they created a unique melange of hard and soft psychedelia spiced with early rock 'n' roll, funk and general strangeness.
SEVENTH DREAM OF TEENAGE HEAVEN
"Though the years have deadened its impact somewhat, there is still a visceral thrill to be drawn from replaying the first Love and Rockets album, a sense of the first step taken towards a brave new world, and a miasmic whirl of psychedelic intent that masks intents even darker than the preceding Bauhaus ever envisioned. Recorded and released in 1985, riding to club acclaim on the back of the "Ball of Confusion" remake, and aligning its makers with a destiny and fame that no one could ever have predicted, Seventh Dream of Teenage Heaven ranks among the most deceptive debut albums of the 1980s." - Dave Thompson All Music Guide
"Rich in sonic detail, the neo-psychedelic Express offers a listening experience like no other album -- guitars spiral to dizzying heights from beds of sound, arrangements swirl, songs change and mutate. "Kundalini Express" typifies Love and Rockets' approach, chugging along for several verses before breaking open and ascending into the heavens; Anglo-fied Eastern religious imagery and philosophy predominate lyrically, and in tandem with the psychedelic music, offer an almost quasi-religious experience." - Jonathan Ball All Music Guide
"Earth, Sun, Moon reins in the rampant excesses of Express while remaining psychedelic; the near white-out of the cover gives a clue to the music, as many of the songs emerge from a soup of white-noise guitar distortion. Much of the record addresses, in its nebulous fashion, hope and disappointment; the title track and "Youth" are two of their most simple, yet most affecting songs. Not a "normal" pop record by any means, it's more straight-ahead than their previous work and includes the upbeat single "No New Tale to Tell," a college radio hit that set the stage for the band's popular breakthrough a year later." - Jonathan Ball All Music Guide
LOVE AND ROCKETS
The re-mastered CD with bonus tracks - previously unreleased in Europe
"As the band's breakthrough record in the U.S., riding high on the left-field success of the slinky T. Rex homage "So Alive," this album still divides the band's fans to the present. Charges of sell-out are incredibly curious, because aside from "So Alive," absolutely nothing here sounds like it would have gotten anywhere on the airwaves. While Ash and David J were clearly dividing their songwriting efforts, resulting in a rather schizophrenic album, what they were writing and performing were some of the best songs of their collected careers." - Ned Raggett All Music Guide
A new compilation of the 'Swing' EP (previously unreleased in Europe), rare single tracks, an unreleased studio recording, live recordings and The Bubblemen EP.
on 6 June 2013
The comment of "the first incarnation" simply refers to the period before the hiatus i.e containing collected works from '85 to '89 and should therefore be treated as nothing more.
The box: A terrific package containing some fantastic music from one of the most underrated bands of the mid '80's and what's more you get the lot, the first four albums in full each packed to the hilt with lots of bonus material. The icing on the cake here of course is the fifth disc: packed full of absolute gems,including many tracks that have never appeared on CD before plus a handful of previously unreleased cuts to boot. Miniature replica's of the original art, picture CD's and a full "original credits" booklet, all this for an unbelievable price. Top marks Beggars Archive for this set and indeed the series(The Fall, Natacha Atlas, Gary Numan, Bauhaus, Buffalo Tom, The Icicle Works etc etc) Aimed at both the casual fan with a nod to the collector, very welcome additions. Don't hesitate grab it while you can.
on 10 July 2013
Brilliant collection of albums from the prolific post-Bauhaus sans Peter Murphy project that is Love and Rockets. Loaded with bonus tracks and beautifully handled remastering, this set properly presents the salad days of these three proper gents. Includes The Bubblemen EP, and the always entertaining fan-interview-on-tape turned into a song, "David Lanfair"
on 8 July 2013
The music David J and Daniel Ash released seperately or together between 1983 and 1989, as David J, Tones on Tail and Love and Rockets, is among the very best British music of the period. Bauhaus was often great, but David & Daniel, along with Kevin Haskins, were seriously talented way beyond that important post-punk group. Buy this 1985-1989 set while it's such a bargain.
My own favourite L&R albums at the time were and still are "Seventh Dream" (called the "Abbey Road" of the 80s by the great Pat Fish) and "Earth Sun Moon" (alongside "Love and Rockets" for me it's the "The Beatles" (White Album) of the 80s).
The remasters sound a bit louder than the old 80s CDs but not badly so. You can tell they've used good sources for the main albums as the sound is clear and big, with a pleasing, analogue EQ feel on "Seventh Dream" in particular.
If you don't already have them seek out the superb, essential earlier post-Bauhaus pre-Love and Rockets 1983/84/85 albums "Etiquette of Violence"/"Crocodile Tears & the Velvet Cosh"/"On Glass" (David J), and "Everything" (Tones on Tail). There's also many excellent latter-era albums such as "Sweet F.A" (L&R 1996) and "Estranged" (David J 2003).
on 14 October 2013
I miss a little bit more information about the albums. Well, maybe more artwork, lyrics, that kind of stuff. Anyway, what matters in here is the music and that's quite fine, of course!!!!!