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A great introduction to Liverpool`s finest,
This review is from: Ballyhoo: The Best of Echo & The Bunnymen (Audio CD)
The second Best of...album released by The Bunnymen and easily the better. The 1985 release, Songs To Learn & Sing, was a greatest hits package, Ballyhoo is far more. Not only are the singles there, but much more besides, giving you a truly wider picture as to the Bunnies brilliance.
The opener, 'Rescue' is a personal favourite and is still played at concerts today. Hard to believe it is over 20 years old. The second track 'Do It Clean' was actually a B'side to the 1980 single 'The Puppet' showing how strong the Bunnies material was. 'Villiers Terrace', although a great song, is I believe represented here purely on the strength of it at Live Shows, it is always one of the first to be requested and seldom refused.
the next 4 tracks, all come from The Bunnymen`s second and equally impressive album 'Heaven Up Here' (1981). Tracks 4 and 5 are gold dust, again concert favourites. 'A Promise' is pure Bunnymen and also a single. 'The Disease', a odd selection given that it acts as an intro to the proceeding track on the 'Heaven Up Here' album. Having said that, despite being just over 2 minutes long, it remains a classic.
Tracks 8 and 9 are 2 of the most successful and popular Bunnymen tracks of all time. Both singles from 82 and 83, they deserve their place in Bunnydom. 'The Cutter' being my personal favourite song off ALL TIME.
'Never Stop' marked possibly the Bunnymen`s most popiest record to date, without I may add effecting it`s quality.
Tracks 11-13, also very CHART typical, but classics by anyones standards, come from the 1984 album 'Ocean Rain'; once described as the best album ever released. 'The Killing Moon' is probably one of the best ballads ever written.
Tracks 14 and 15 both coincidentally from movie scores, retain a Bunnymen feel, despite the later being a 'Doors' classic. Personaly, I prefer the Bunnymen version.
Sadly, by 1987 and track 16, all was not well in the Bunnymen camp. Whilst 'Lips Like Sugar' and 'Bedbugs and Ballyhoo' are classic Bunnymen tracks, the album they where lifted 'Echo and The Bunnymen', is often said to lack passion. Something I may add, I do not agree.
If you have yet to experience the Bunnymen, I suppose this album is a great starter. If you feel you want a broader picture, wait for the soon to be released 'Crystal Days' a four CD set covering just about everything the Bunnymen have done. If money is tight however, choose Ballyhoo, you will be wiser for it.