May 11, 2011

RhoDeo 1119 Aetix

Hello, time for the latest from the past, the King is dead, long live the republic! Alas these lessons are forgotten time and again...there is no noble blood just a noble upbringing and if people are confused about nurture or nature it's because the churchdemons (priests) deny them a true understanding of life.
Ok Echo & the Bunnymen have to say at the time I started to dislike their over the top dramatic sound, why not go Goth straight away, they didnt which was a mistake and with hindsight one can say Ocean Rain was unsurpassed by them in the 25 of and on years that followed....

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The Bunnymen grew out of the Crucial Three, a late-'70s trio featuring vocalist Ian McCulloch, Pete Wylie, and Julian Cope. Cope and Wylie left the group by the end of 1977, forming the Teardrop Explodes and Wah!, respectively. McCulloch met guitarist Will Sergeant in the summer of 1978 and the pair began recording demos with a drum machine that the duo called "Echo." Adding bassist Les Pattinson, the band made its live debut at the Liverpool club Eric's at the end of 1978, calling itself Echo & the Bunnymen. In March of 1979, the group released its first single, "Pictures on My Wall"/"Read It in Books," on the local Zoo record label. The single and their popular live performances led to a contract with Korova. After signing the contract, the group discarded the drum machine, adding drummer Pete de Freitas.

Their debut album, Crocodile, was produced by The Chameleons and Ian Broudie. Echo's brilliant, often harrowing debut album beginning with the dramatic, building climb of "Going Up," at once showcases four individual players sure of their own gifts and their ability to bring it all together to make things more than the sum of their parts. Will Sergeant in particular is a revelation -- plays the electric guitar as just that, electric not acoustic, dedicated to finding out what can be done with it while never using it as an excuse to bend frets.

The group's third album, Porcupine, is a solid outing, a noticeably better listen than its predecessor, Heaven Up Here. Songs are intriguing and elaborate, often featuring swooping, howling melodic lines. Arrangements here owe a lot to 1960s psychedelia and feature lots of reverb, washed textures, intricate production touches, and altered guitar sounds. Ian McCulloch's vocals are yearning, soaring, and hyper-expressive here, almost to the point of being histrionic, most notably on "Clay," "Ripeness," and the title track. Driving bass and drums lend the songs urgency and keep the music from collapsing into self-indulgence.

With their 4th album Ocean Rain came not only critical succeess and sales , it started off a rut, big trouble with Warner(label)when they finally did come together again Pete de Freitas had left the band, but later returned and everything was rerecorded. in the end the epynomous album had taken 3 years. It was unsurprisingly not that well recieved, by now it was 1987. A year later McCulloch quit the band in 1988 and de Freitas was killed in a motorcycle accident in mid-1989. The remaining members werent really able to resurrect the band... In 1994 McCulloch and Sergeant began working together again under the name Electrafixion; in 1997 Pattinson rejoined the duo, meaning the three surviving members of the original Bunnymen lineup were now working together again. Rather than continue as Electrafixion, the trio resurrected the Echo & the Bunnymen name and released the album Evergreen (1997) and since What Are You Going to Do with Your Life? (1999), Flowers (2001) and Siberia (2005). The Fountain is the thusfar latest Echo & the Bunnyman album released in 2008.

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Recorded at Rockfield Studios near Monmouth in Wales, Heaven Up Here was co-produced by Hugh Jones and the band. A generally well received album by fans in the United Kingdom and by critics, Heaven Up Here won the "Best Dressed LP" and "Best Album" awards at the 1981 NME Awards. The album has also been listed at number 471 in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

Echo and the Bunnymen - Heaven Up Here ( Flac 446mb)

01 Show Of Strength 4:50
02 With A Hip 3:15
03 Over The Wall 5:59
04 It Was A Pleasure 3:15
05 A Promise 4:07
06 Heaven Up Here 3:44
07 The Disease 2:28
08 All My Colours 4:06
09 No Dark Things 4:27
10 Turquoise Days 3:51
11 All I Want 4:16
Bonus Tracks
12 Broke My Neck (Long Version) 7:17
13 Show Of Strength (Live) 4:39
14 The Disease (Live) 1:53
15 All I Want (Live) 3:09
16 Zimbo (Live) 3:52

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The band recorded and self-produced "The Killing Moon" – which was released on 20 January 1984 – at Crescent Studio in Bath, Somerset. After catching a cold, McCulloch completed the recording of the vocals for the song at Amazon Studio in Liverpool, where de Freitas also completed the drumming. The band then went to Paris where they were booked into Les Studios des Dames and Studio Davout. Henri Lonstan, the engineer at des Dames, assisted on the string passages and Adam Peters provided the string arrangements and played cello and piano. McCulloch, not happy with the lead vocals he had recorded in Paris, re-recorded most of the vocals at Amazon Studio in Liverpool.[5] The rest of the band members were happy with their contributions.

Continuing the band's prominent use of strings – which began with the 1982 single "The Back of Love" – they recorded Ocean Rain using a 35-piece orchestra. Lead guitarist Will Sergeant said, "We wanted to make something conceptual with lush orchestration; not Mantovani, something with a twist. It's all pretty dark. 'Thorn of Crowns' is based on an eastern scale. The whole mood is very windswept: During recording De Freitas used xylophones and glockenspiels in addition to his usual percussion, bass player Les Pattinson used an old reverb machine at des Dames and Sergeant's solo on "My Kingdom" was played using a Washburn acoustic guitar which he distorted through a valve radio.

Ocean Rain was remastered and reissued on CD in 2003. Eight bonus tracks were added to the album: "Angels and Devils", which had been recorded at The Automatt in San Francisco, was the B-side to the single "Silver" and was produced by The Bunnymen and Alan Perman; five Life At Brian's – Lean and Hungry tracks which had been recorded for the Channel 4 programme Play At Home; and two live tracks ("My Kingdom" and "Ocean Rain") which were recorded for A Crystal Day, a Channel 4 special for The Tube.

Echo And The Bunnymen - Ocean Rain (03 rem) (flac 391mb)

01 Silver 3:20
02 Nocturnal Me 4:57
03 Crystal Days 2:24
04 The Yo-Yo Man 3:10
05 Thorn Of Crowns 4:55
06 The Killing Moon 5:47
07 Seven Seas 3:20
08 My Kingdom 4:05
09 Ocean Rain 5:24
Bonus Tracks
10 Angels And Devils 4:24
The Life At Brian's Sessions
11 All You Need Is Love 6:45
12 The Killing Moon 3:27
13 Stars Are Stars 3:05
14 Villiers Terrace 6:00
15 Silver 3:25
16 My Kingdom (Live - 12 May 1984) 3:58
17 Ocean Rain (Live - 12 May 1984) 5:18

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 re-upped (18-1-17)

elsewhere on this blog (Rhotation Eight-X 20, 35-deletedpage )  now in Flac !

Echo and The Bunnymen - Crocodiles (80 rem-extd 461mb)

Echo And The Bunnymen - Porcupine (83 rem-extd  521mb)

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Inertia from Oz said...

Hey Rho.

Any chance of a re-up of Ocean Rain By the Bunnymen?

Just went to play my cd version of it and the cd is missing..!

Inertia from Oz

Anonymous said...

Hello. Please, if you can, re up Ocean Rain. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Hello. The ocean rain link doesn't appear to be working. Thank you!

Rho said...

Ah yes there's always one (or 2)that gets overseen-not the re-up but the re-enter, i call these shy-links duh, your sea-sailing experience awaits....

Anonymous said...

Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Hi Rho. If you're still in the process of re-upping albums could you please do "Crocodiles" by Echo & The Bunnymen. Thanks, greatly appreciated.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the Porcupines re-up Rho.