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16 Lovers Lane Enhanced, Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (3 Jun. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Enhanced, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Import
  • ASIN: B000HKDES8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 166,036 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Love Goes On!
  2. Streets Of Your Town (Video - Australian Version)
  3. Streets Of Your Town (Video - Uk/us Version)
  4. Quiet Heart
  5. Love Is A Sign
  6. Was There Anything I Could Do? (Video)
  7. You Can't Say No Forever
  8. The Devil's Eye
  9. Streets Of Your Town
  10. Clouds
  11. Was There Anything I Could Do?
  12. I'm Allright
  13. Dive For Your Memory

Disc: 2

  1. Love Goes On! (Single Version)
  2. Wait Until June
  3. Mexican Postcard
  4. Rock And Roll Friend
  5. Casanova's Last Words
  6. You Won't Find It Again
  7. Running The Risk Of Losing You
  8. Apples In Bed
  9. Head Over Heels
  10. You're A Big Girl Now

Product Description

Product Description

This remastered edition of 16 LOVERS LANE features a bonus disc with B-sides and rarities including film clips. The sixth Go-Betweens record (1988) (and their last before a 12-year hiatus), 16 LOVERS LANE, is not only one of the band's finest albums, it's a remarkable collection of love songs. Focusing on the bittersweet side of romance, vocalist/guitarists Grant McLennan and Robert Forster write with a clear-eyed, unflinching intensity that draws listeners into their narratives of loss and redemption. Moving back to Australia, the group abandoned a short-lived experiment with programming and synthesizers begun on their previous album, and returned to a more organic sound that, accompanied by crisp production, gives this outing a bracing, undated immediacy. Everything here is a gem (including the supremely catchy near-hit "Streets of Your Town"), but perhaps shining most brightly are "Love Is a Sign" and "Dive for Your Memory." One of pop music's masterpieces, 16 LOVERS LANE is a record that people with even a passing interest in the form owe it to themselves to own.

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By A Customer on 8 Aug. 2001
Format: Audio CD
This is a much more homogenous album than their last album 'Tallulah' and is much more flowing and listenable for it. They rediscover the 'Liberty Belle' guitar sound but this time round the poppy production glosses it up a little more making this the Go-Betweens pop album. The two songwriters compliment each other perfectly. McLennan writes addictive pop gems such as 'Streets of Your Town' and acoustic ballads like 'The Devil's Eye', while Forster adds dry, bittersweet classics like 'You Can't Say No forever' and 'I'm alright'. The lyrics are funny and insightful, the music is crisp, complex and melodic. They sound like a band in real harmony and then they split up of course.
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This "Expanded Edition" of "16 Lovers Lane" is a gem, with the extra, and in some cases previously unreleased, tracks showing a band on top of their game - indeed, leaving one wondering what fabulous album they might have recorded afterwards, had they not split up first.

As there are plenty of reviews around of "16 Lovers Lane" (which needless to say: is a great, melodious, lyrical, literate pop album of some stature, with male and female vocals complimenting one another, violins supporting and enrichening the guitar and bass core of the sound, and with barely a weak moment among the 10 tracks), I shall concentrate here on reviewing the additional disk in this edition of the release, as I think, out of all the double CD re-releases of the Go-Betweens 1980s albums, this one stands out, again with barely a weak moment among its tracks.

The second disk opens with the remixed single version of "Love Goes On!", which, in all honesty adds a little bit of polish (not necessarily required, but not actively detrimental) to the already fairly shiny album version. But that apart, the rest of the CD is a little more adventurous - bringing together a combination of obscure tracks hidden away on B-sides, some first released on the superlative (and long out-of-print) "1978-90" retrospective double LP, unreleased tracks, and one live recording from the final Go-Betweens concert of the 1980s to a wider audience. Or potentially so, anyway.

Among the highlights of this disk are: "Mexican Postcard", a lush and dreamy, and rather short number, the calibre of which is evidenced by the fact that a Go-Betweens tribute band in London named themselves after the track, despite it being little-known.
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Says it all really, a quite magnificent album, with every track a modern classic, from two of the catchiest pop songs ever composed ('Love goes on' and 'Streets of your town') to the fabulous arrangements of 'Clouds' and 'Quiet Heart', ending with the poignant defiance of 'I'm alright'. Approaching near perfection and a must for all record collections, for fans of pure pop to obscure indie stalwarts.
The new 'Friends of Rachel Worth' album aside, you can understand them splitting after the release of this album. When you achieve this level of accomplishment and yet commercial acclaim still eludes you, anyone would just have walked away.
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By A Customer on 18 Feb. 2000
Format: Audio CD
If there's one band that exemplifies the injustice of the pop charts, it's the Go Betweens. This album is one of the finest ever made, from the soaring magnificence of Love Goes On (listen to it twice and you'll be singing along...) through to Streets of Your Town (tell me why it wasn't number one, or even number 40) and beyond, there isn't a duff one among them. If you're gonna make a final album, make it like this: even at the ripe old age of 30, it's still there in My All Time Top Five - maybe even the Top Two. Forster v. McLennan? It's your call...
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You can argue yourself into a right tizzy about which Go Betweens album is the best, but for me there is no contest. 16 Lovers Lane is an album engorged with warm sunny melodies and swoon inducing laments. It showcases two very fine song writers at the peak of their escarpment scaling powers, which in the pantheon of rock/pop puts this album right up there.I.m taking the Mount Olympus of music here in case you hadn't got the message. 16 Lovers Lane deserves to sit with gods such as "Abbey Road", "Pet Sounds" or "Rumours".
Grant McClennan and Robert Forster have disparate writing styles. McLennan's is the more accessible. His songs are graceful exercises in limpid writing while Forster has an austere angular approach that renders his songs harder to warm too initially but they grow on you, boy do they grow on you. McClennan is the more natural singer as well, his voice a pleasant equitable burr while Forsters matches his music, being more clipped and precise. Often he's not singing, more like enunciating with a melodic edge.
Every song on 16 Lovers Lane is superb. Both writers are equally adept at writing ballads or more up-tempo numbers. But on this album it's McClennan who provides the strongest examples of both. "Streets of your Town" is a sublime breezy pop gem with angelic vocal backing while "Quiet Heart" is a gorgeous increscent ballad with pullulating violin backing which by its third verse achieves a kind of rapturous aching sadness rarely matched in music history as far as this reviewer is concerned.
As the album title suggests its mainly concerned with matters of the heart and is I suppose a concept album of sorts though it follows no story arc, just the trials and tribulations we all go through in the name of love.
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