LOVE AND ROCKETS • 5 Albums

LOVE AND ROCKETS – 5 ALBUMS
Release date 13 May 2013

A very comprehensive collection of the band’s recordings from their first incarnation 1985-1989. 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 mélange of hard and soft psychedelia spiced with early rock ‘n’ roll, funk and general strangeness.

DISC1 – 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

If There’s A Heaven Above
A Private Future
The Dog-End Of A Day Gone By
The Game
Seventh Dream Of Teenage Heaven
Haunted When The Minutes Drag
Saudade
BONUS TRACKS
Ball Of Confusion (UK mix)
Inside The Outside
If THere’s A Heaven Above (12” mix)
God And Mr. Smith
Haunted When The Minutes Drag (USA edit)
If There’s A Heaven Above (Canada mix)

DISC 2 – EXPRESS
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

It Could Be Sunshine
Kundalini Express
All In My Mind
Life In Laralay
Yin And Yang (The Flowerpot Man)
Love Me
All In My Mind (Acoustic Version)
An American Dream
BONUS TRACKS
Angels And Devils
Holiday On The Moon
Lucifer Sam
B-Side No.1
B-Side No.2
Yin And Yang (The Flowerpot Man (remix)
Ball Of Confusion (USA mix)

DISC 3 – EARTH.SUN.MOON
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

Mirror People
The Light
Welcome Tomorrow
No New Tale To Tell
Here On Earth
Lazy
Waiting For The Flood
Rain Bird
The Telephone Is Empty
Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven
Earth, Sun, Moon
Youth
BONUS TRACK
Mirror People (Slow Version)

DISC 4 – 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

  • (Jungle Law)
    No Big Deal
    The Purest Blue
    Motorcycle
    I Feel Speed
    Bound For Hell
    The Teardrop Collector
    So Alive
    Rock And Roll Babylon
    No Words No More
    BONUS TRACKS
    Bike
    Bikedance
    No Big Deal (12” remix)
    Dreamtime

DISC 5 – ASSORTED!
A new compilation of the ‘Swing’ EP (previously unreleased in Europe), rare single tracks, an unreleased studio recording, live recordings and The Bubblemen EP.
We also have an unforgivable omission on the credits. The rather wonderful saxophone playing on ‘Bad Monkey’ is, of course, by the incomparable… Mr. Daniel Ash

Mirror People ‘88 (Full Length Version)
Wake Up
Cuckoo Land
The Early Worm
1000 Watts Of Your Love
Bad Monkey
David Lanfair
Sorted
Mirror People (Live)
No New Tale To Tell (Live)
Seventh Dream Of Teenage Heaven (Live)
Love Me (Live)
Kundalini Express (Live)
Lazy (Live)
THE BUBBLEMEN
The Bubblemen Are Coming
The Bubblemen Rap
(Full Length Version)
Dub Rap
B Side (Edit)

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