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  • Audio CD (25 Nov. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: CHERRY RED
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 111,217 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. All Night Long
  2. His Circle And Hers Meet
  3. Dragnet Drag
  4. Socrates The Pyphon
  5. Indigo Eyes
  6. Time Has Got Nothing To Do With It
  7. Blind Sublime
  8. My Last Two Weeks
  9. Funtime

Disc: 2

  1. All Night Long - Demo
  2. His Circle And Hers Meet - Demo
  3. Dragnet Drag - Demo
  4. Indigo Eyes - Demo
  5. Blind Sublime - Demo
  6. My Last Two Weeks - Demo
  7. Funtime - Demo
  8. I've Got A Miniature Secret Camera
  9. Funtime
  10. All Night Long - Single Edit
  11. Indigo Eyes Single Edit
  12. Blind Sublime- Remix Edit
  13. Blind Sublime - Blind Beats Mix
  14. Blind Sublime - Dance Remix

Product Description

Peter Murphy was best known for his time in Goth band Bauhaus and his notable appearance in a series of adverts for Maxell tapes! This was his second album released in 1988 was produced by former Fall member Simon Rogers- it was released to critical acclaim at the time. This updated version contains rare demos recorded at the time and comes in a 2CD set newly mastered from original tapes. A bonus disc of home demos and rare B-Sides, new sleeve notes containing a new interview with Peter, upgraded art work with many rare photos and memorabilia .

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The album

For me, this album is in the classic category, and no mistake. I was never much into Bauhaus, so when I heard this on its release it just blew me away. And here I am nearly 26 years later and this music still makes the hair on the back of the neck stand up.

The record isn't gothic in any way - and I'll bet all the ex-Bauhaus members aren't a fan of that word. There is, however, a kind of darkness and mystique to Love Hysteria. The album's production is overall very good indeed - it clearly wasn't recorded with a mass audience in mind, and Beggars Banquet's a&r dept were obviously wise enough to realise that in Murphy they had an exceptionally talented artist (a genius) on their hands, and so just let him get on with it.

Songwise, a lot of Love Hysteria is as good as it gets. Time Has Got Nothing To Do With It is just magical - a song about the human condition that has the depth of a Marcus Aurelius meditation as well as a great tune "the clock cannot be turned/ by remorseful yearns/ time has got nothing to do with it". Lovely stuff. Really excellent drum sound too.

Another cracker is Indigo Eyes, which was released as a single and had the best b-side of all time, an incredible live recording of the track God Sends, which isn't included on the bonus disc. The studio recorded version of the track appears on an earlier album, Should The World Fail To Fall Apart but the live version is the one for me. How I wish it could have been included here!

Love Hysteria is such a great, great album.
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Cherry Red continue their re-release of Peter Murphy's back catalogue with his second solo album LOVE HYSTERIA; it contains the best of his post-Bauhaus work in my opinion. Listen to TIME HAS GOT NOTHING TO DO WITH IT as an example of minimalistic pop.
Murphy`s voice is as good as it ever sounded and he`s having "fun" with the project; definitely worth the upgrade.
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I bought this album when it first came out in 1988 as being a Goth at the time I was into all music related to that genre and this being by one of the founding members of the legendary Bauhaus I thought I would give it a spin. Well, what a departure! Philosophical musings, romantic yearning love songs etc. Bravo to Pete Murphy for branching away from dark recesses and coming up with this! I haven't heard this in over 24 years (methinks some one nicked my cassette) and forgot how good an album it is. 5 stars all round!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Incredible album, but there are some remastering issues 21 Aug. 2014
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I'm not really sure how to rate this one.

First, let me make it clear that the music here is incredible, and this is one of my favorite albums of all time. If I could only listen to one album for the rest of my life it would be a toss-up between Love Hysteria and Kate Bush's Hounds of Love. So, if you don't have this in any form, buy it immediately. For the music, it is 5+ stars without question.

Now, let's talk specifically about this REMASTERED EXPANDED EDITION for those people who already have the original. I've had to mark the rating down to 4 stars because I am rather disappointed with the remastering for a few reasons. Most importantly, SOME SONGS HAVE BEEN ALTERED from the original release. For example, the intro of "Indigo Eyes" is shortened and doesn't sound right. Also, the ending of "His Circle and Hers Meet" goes on much longer than it did (or should). There are a couple of other places where something didn't seem right to me - and while I haven't investigated them further yet, I know this album *extremely* well, so if something doesn't sound right to me, it probably isn't the same. These may be small things, but I don't see ANY reason why they should be altering the songs like this, and it pisses me off.

As far as the sonic upgrade, it is a mixed bag in my opinion. On the positive side, this remaster does have a significantly wider frequency range, much more detail and clarity, and I can hear things on it that I never heard on the original CD from the late 80s. So, it has much higher fidelity in that sense. Having said that, however, it is unfortunately been mastered in pretty much the same annoying way as most modern recordings and remasters. That is, it is loud, noticeably bass-heavy, somewhat flat sounding due to increased compression, and the mids are diminished so that the vocals do not stand out from the mix. While it is not nearly as bad as many of the other remasters I've heard in this regard, it was still obviously done with some degree of the "make it sound good to someone using earbuds in a noisy coffee shop" mentality, which is a real shame in this case. So, it's not a terrible remaster in that sense, but it could have been much better.

If this version is the only way you can get this music, then get it. If you already have the original CD, however, it's hard for me to say whether the remaster is worth buying or not. Even though it has lesser sonic quality, I think the original 1988 version is punchier, more balanced, and easier to listen to. I think the sparse sound was also intentional. So, I'd say that you don't really need this if you have the original. On the other hand, the remaster does have value as a set of alternate versions, and it has the bonus disk. It's also nice to hear the songs with more fidelity through a good system, even with the issues. The small song alterations are disturbing, though, so if you get this, make sure you keep your original CD.

To sum up: The music is incredible. The remastering is good, but not great. Some songs are slightly different from the original album versions.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Cash Grab 13 Dec. 2013
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I really don't understand this release at all. First off, the album itself is amazing. It's more focused than his debut release (Should The World Fail To Fall Apart) and more creative yet less overly commercial than Deep. With that said it would still be wise to avoid this version if you already have the original US release. This version doesn't sound drastically (if at all) better than the original and they have decided to exclude any 12" remixes which the original US version has. Here you get some mildly entertaining demos, a bunch of useless single edits and a b side which is the only truly valuable item on the second disc. I mean seriously, is the remix edit, blind beats mix and the dance remix of Blind Sublime really necessary as opposed to 12" singles and their companion b sides?

Cherry Red may have had their hands tied by rights issues, etc so I will give them the benefit of the doubt. Bottom line, avoid this and it's ridiculous price if you have the US version.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ok package if you like a lot of demos instead of 12 Inch mixes. 5 Dec. 2013
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Personally I would have preferred if they would have included more of the extended versions. There are two versions of Indigo Eyes for example, a 7" edit and probably the original album edit. But the longer 12" version which was included on CD version released previously has been omitted here despite the fact that this is a double CD set.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A different take on this re-issue 19 Dec. 2013
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Respectfully, I have to disagree with the other reviews here. I have been waiting, and hoping, for exactly this type of release for years. I knew it would eventually come out once "STWFTFA" was released. I really wanted to hear some demos from that re-issue but it didn't happen. It had some alternate takes but no demos to speak of. This one delivers demos for all of the songs except for "Socrates the Python". I'm sure that the reason for this is because the album track has almost no instrumentation (just a little guitar and percussion) and so the demo would sound identical. I have the opposite view on the single edit vs. 12" versions. I really don't care for extended versions of any song by any artist. I love when the single edits come out on CD since i always end up listening to them more than the album or 12" versions. I like my songs to get everything in under 5 minutes. Sometimes the 12" versions, back in the day, were actually different recordings where that the band would play longer sections. Those i really enjoy. Most of the 12" versions were much like today where the artist just hands the song off to a producer to do whatever they want with it. What you get is someone else's take on the song, not the artists. With regards to the original albums improved remastering, it's finally has good lows and mids. I am a serious audiophile and I can tell you the original album's sound is vastly improved and should be bought on the merits of the first disc alone. This set is definitely worth buying.
5.0 out of 5 stars Have been since the early 90's so I had to have Love Hysteria. This is my second one as I ... 4 Dec. 2015
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I am a huge Peter Murphy fan. Have been since the early 90's so I had to have Love Hysteria. This is my second one as I played the first into CD heaven. Every song will keep you wanting more and more!
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