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1999 triple CD album from the Indie/Electronic Pop band led by singer/songwriter Stephin Merritt. Just as the title promises, 69 Love Songs contains just that, most of them sung by Merritt. Guest vocalists include LD Beghtol, Glaudio Gonson, Shirley Simms and Dudley Klute,

Initially conceived as 100 love songs arranged in alphabetical order for theatrical revue performance, Stephin Merritt--indie-pop songsmith and Magnetic Fields spearhead--downsized his ambitious concept project to 69 Love Songs, his first recording under this moniker in four years. Parleyed into three volumes, Merritt, as on other outings, is joined by a rotating cast of musicians including manager Claudia Gonson. These players take on the role of orchestra and cast to Merritt's madcap composer, librettist, and performer, augmenting his lo-fi electronic-based rock with sparkling instrumental touches and narrative vocals for a portion of his absurdly wondrous ditties. Endlessly intriguing, the Fields revisit not only earlier themes of love both shunned and requited, but continue to forge a seemingly impossible synthesis of country-tinged Euro-pop and old-school musical theater. No stranger to melancholy, Merritt's twinkly music-box world, in shades of resplendent violet, is beautifully peopled with incurable romantics who drop pop-culture references and shed gender identity as often as most folks change their underpants. Not surprisingly, 69 Love Songs is delicious defeat on the romance front while pulling ahead as Merritt's most coherently engaging listen. --Paige La Grone

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Absolutely Cuckoo
  2. I Don't Believe In The Sun
  3. All My Little Words
  4. A Chicken WIth Its Head Cut Off
  5. Reno Dakota
  6. I Don't Want To Get Over You
  7. Come Back From San Francisco
  8. The Luckiest Guy On The Lower East Side
  9. Let's Pretend We're Bunny Rabbits
  10. The Cactus Where Your Heart Should Be
  11. I Think I Need A New Heart
  12. The Book Of Love
  13. Fido, Your Leash Is Too Long
  14. How Fucking Romantic
  15. The One You Really Love
  16. Punk Love
  17. Parades Go By
  18. Boa Constrictor
  19. A Pretty Girl Is Like...
  20. My Sentimental Melody
  21. Nothing Matters When We're Dancing
  22. Sweet-Lovin' Man
  23. The Things We Did

Disc: 2

  1. Roses
  2. Love Is Like Jazz
  3. When My Boy Walks Down The Street
  4. Time Enough For Rocking When We're Old
  5. Very Funny
  6. Grand Canyon
  7. No One Will Ever Love You
  8. If You Don't Cry
  9. You're My Only Home
  10. (Crazy For You But) Not That Crazy
  11. My Only Friend
  12. Promises Of Eternity
  13. World Love
  14. Washington, D.C.
  15. Long-Forgotten Fairytale
  16. Kiss Me Like You Mean It
  17. Papa Was A Rodeo
  18. Epitaph For My Heart
  19. Asleep And Dreaming
  20. The Sun Goes Down And The World Goes Dancing
  21. The Way You Say Good-Night
  22. Abigail, Belle Of Kilronan
  23. I Shatter

Disc: 3

  1. Underwear
  2. It's A Crime
  3. Busby Berkeley Dreams
  4. I'm Sorry I Love You
  5. Acoustic Guitar
  6. The Death Of Ferdinad De Saussure
  7. Love In The Shadows
  8. Bitter Tears
  9. Wi' Nae Wee Bairn Ye'll Me Beget
  10. Yeah! Oh, Yeah!
  11. Experimental Music Love
  12. Meaningless
  13. Love Is Like A Bottle Of Gin
  14. Queen Of The Savages
  15. Blue You
  16. I Can't Touch You Anymore
  17. Two Kinds Of People
  18. How To Say Goodbye
  19. The Night You Can't Remember
  20. For We Are The King Of The Boudoir
  21. Strange Eyes
  22. Xylophone Track
  23. Zebra

Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 7, 1999)
  • limited_edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set, Limited Edition
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Merge Records
  • ASIN: B00000JY1X
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (149 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,494 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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81 of 87 people found the following review helpful By Alex Junaid on February 13, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I suspect a certain worldview is required to fully enjoy this album, the major component of which is an almost preternatural attraction to the weird and excessive. Fortunately I have that in spades, so when a drunken friend (in whose tastes I have great faith - he reccomended Pulp and Six Feet Under, after all) mentioned this doozy, I was intrigued enough to go out and buy it.
First of all, this album achieves two reasonably important things: it delivers exactly what it promises, and it does so with an almost frightening consistency. Any album with just shy of three full hours of music is bound to have some filler, but there's almost nothing here that doesn't work on at least some level, and a good third of the songs are actually great. That's more than some bands achieve in an entire career.
Musically speaking, this is a low-fi, indie pop album (read: it sounds like it was recorded in a basement - and that's a virtue). That said, it runs the gamut. 'Fido, Your Leash is Too Long' is an odd, synth-drenched, funky jam; 'A Chicken With Its Head Cut Off' is a sweet and lowdown number that draws on classic country influences; 'My Sentimental Melody' sounds like something They Might Be Giants would record in one of their softer moments (at least to me), 'Absolutely Cuckoo' is a four-part harmony vocal dubbed over a ukelele - and that's just a scratch on the surface of disc one.
From a lyrical point of view, these are all love songs, true. But love is a many splendored thing, isn't it?
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51 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Greg Cleary on April 9, 2003
Format: Audio CD
In the Sixties, people used to sometimes write "Clapton is God" on the sides of buildings, so let me be the first to write "Merritt is God." (Though I wouldn't be surprised if somebody beat me to it.) The sheer number of great songs in this collection is staggering. After getting used to each volume separately, I now typically listen to the entire collection in sequence, setting aside three hours for the experience.
It's amazing how consistently high the quality is here. There are only three songs I hate--"Punk Love," "Love Is Like Jazz," and "Promises of Eternity"--and Merritt has gotten so far into my head that I wonder if the first two, at least, were intentionally designed to be hated. The theme of this album is diversity, after all, and how could a 69 song collection be diverse if you liked every song?
Merritt and his merry band of guest vocalists (24 songs are not sung by him) mix images of joy, sorrow, male, female, gay, straight, lust, true love, and just about anything else you can think of that has to do with romantic love. Merritt wisely avoided trying to string the songs together thematically, instead choosing a looser approach that gives "69 Love Songs" the feel of a really good (and delightfully long) mix tape.
A list of the songs I like, or even the songs I love, would be too lengthy to include here. For example, the first eight songs on Volume One are all knockouts, and even the ninth one, "Let's Pretend We're Bunny Rabbits," is an amusing and entirely harmless OMD ripoff.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 20, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Ok. I debated this purchase for about two weeks. I looked at itfrom a cost stand point ($! yikes) but you have to devide that by 3cd's. Or better yet, devide that by 69 amazing songs. Very cheap cost if you think about it... So, I bought this collection and it is one of the most sound purchases I have ever made.
As the historians tell it, there were supposed to be 100 love songs written for a boxed set. Somehow 100 turned into 69 and the rest is musical genius on 3 discs.
If you're not familiar with the sound of the magnetic fields...think They Might Be Giants (circa FLOOD) or a new wave Tom Waites (circa Small Change) or the punk rock Burt Bacharach.
I have found that disc two is my personal favorite...with songs like the poetic 'Very Funny', the 80's new wave inspired 'If You Don't cry', the spector-esque 'Washington DC' and my personal fave 'Papa Was a Rodeo'. Yee-haw.
Disc one holds just as many gems but i think they would mostly be considered b-sides. Take for instance the swank 1970's show tune wanna-be 'The Luckiest Guy on the Lower East Side', the uber minimal 'punk love', or the coulda been a Johnny Cash hit in 1968 'Chicken With Its Head Cut Off'.
Disc three is my second favorite of the three Cd's. The stalker anthem 'Im Sorry I Love You' is fun, The traveling menstral vibe of 'The Night You Can't Remember' and the lo-fi buck rodgers vibe of 'Strange Eyes' are ...'as lovely as a tree...'. Also, I can just hear 'Underwear' as a back drop for a Haines commercial in 2010.
If you are looking for something new and origional look no further. Amusing, Inspriational, Arty and fun. Steven Merrit scores a 3 way home run.
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