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From the promised land (1984) / Vinyl record [Vinyl-LP] Import

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  • Vinyl
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Import
  • ASIN: B00401080C
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,373,319 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
This is an essential reissue of PD's second album, plus a raft of bonus tracks thrown in. [The original reissue of FTPL ('Resurrection' on Clay Records), inexplicably omitted the final album track 'Weeping Blood'. Thankfully, it is restored here, with all songs in a much more logical running order.]

This represents (along with the bonus tracks) PD's most eclectic collection, ranging from rock ('Break', 'Solace', 'Isabel'), through funk ('Holy Holy', 'No Motive'), to synth ('Conspiracy'). There really isn't a duff track in this collection (although perhaps two versions of 'Holy Holy' is stretching it a little..). John Fryer's production gives the songs a much more interesting and experimental feel than the subsequent Conny Plank-produced 'Company of Justice' LP (which in itself is a fine record too).

The bonus tracks alone would be worth buying, even if it were not for the inclusion of the original FTPL LP. Standout songs include 'Break', 'Bloodstains', 'Pale Fire' and 'Sacrosanct' - with that massive guitar sound. For my money, it crushes the CoJ version like a grape...

Overall, this is a highly recommended introduction for anyone thinking about checking out this long extinct (but thankfully not forgotten) band.
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Format: Audio CD
I first heard this band years after they'd split up when a friend gave me a cassette with the song "Isabel" on it. It was Play Dead at their best - punk guitars with a metal edge to them, bass mixed high with buckets of chorus, driving drums and vocals that are so melodic that you'd never expect them from a goth band. Now, fifteen years later I've just ordered this reissue and dragged out my vinyl to see if the songs are as good as I remember. The Break EP still sounds way ahead of its time, with a mix of metal and goth that would be called industrial metal these days, while the Promised Land material itself still impresses in its quantity and quality. Basically, if you're a fan of the Sisters Of Mercy or Killing Joke, and are wondering what other bands from the same era are worth checking out, then put this album at the top of your list.
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Format: Audio CD
I was browsing around looking for bargains, when I saw this CD, which I hadn't heard for at least 12 years, and the memories came flooding back. Even if it hadn't had the 9 bonus tracks I would have bought it. This is a dark and powerful album. Singer Rob Hickson's voice can take some getting used to, but persevere, and you will be rewarded with an evocative and richly textured set of songs that tear out of your speakers. For me the level of production is a lot better than many of their eighties "goth" counterparts, especially the drum and guitar sounds, and there is a depth and maturity to the music that never really gained the recognition it deserved. Outstanding, one of my favourites of all time. Also, check out their previous and subsequent releases especially A Company of Justice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic gothic rock outing 23 May 2008
By A. Salas - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Play Dead was an excellent british band that flourished in the 80s indie/post-punk/gothic rock areas..... with a number of solid releases.

From the Promised Land is perhaps their best, and this is an excellent version of it: remastered, in original track-order, and packed with b-sides and remixes.

Buy this and realize that all that mall-rock metal that kids are calling "goth" these days is nothing but commercial "emo" garbage.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Holy! Holy! 6 Feb. 2008
By BONES - Published on Amazon.com
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Play Dead are one of the most under-rated bands of the 80's and this is their finest work. I hesitate to call them a goth band, their appeal should be far wider than that, but if you like Killing Joke or The Sisters of Mercy then you are sure to like this. What I enjoy about this album in particular is the bass work - it drives most of the songs and is very funky on a lot of tracks. The guitar is as sharp as broken glass and the pummeling drums drive it forward like a freight-train. The distinctive, almost wailing vocals top it all off to perfection. Pleasureland is one of my all-time favourite songs yet here it fails to stand-out much from the excellent pieces around it. John Fryer's production is almost flawless.
This CD features the full album, followed by a fairly comprehensive set of bonus tracks from the era. These tracks lend more variety to this release, with the synth-bass driven Conspiracy and Sacrosanct, which points the way to the band's next release [Company of Justice - also brilliant].
4.0 out of 5 stars starts out with a bang 3 Jan. 2013
By todd999 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
it seems so long ago, back in 96, for less than $5, i found shine, and the first flower on vinyl at a flea market, and i hadn't yet realized the treasure i haphazardly stumbled on. only after the fact, i realized what i had, quite some time after both were eventually lost or stolen, and when i finally found from the promised land on cd (w/bonus tracks) i was nothing short of ecstatic....isabel and torn on desire are by far some of the most powerful/catchy tracks by any artist of this era, or in the genre, which set the mood for the entire album. Additionally, I am ever so grateful that From the promised land includes all the bonus tracks (otherwise nearly impossible to find , though not all are worth the effort.) and includes Pale Fire (which is one track that stands out most, and is unavailable on any other release currently available).
If only it included my favorites from first flower, i would find it complete, however, For new comers, or long time fans, this album is a must have.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 21 Mar. 2015
By Jon M. Solimando - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Great CD Fast Delivery Thank you
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