69 Love Songs Volume 1
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69 Love Songs Volume 1

June 8, 1999

  Song Title
Absolutely Cuckoo
I Don't Believe In The Sun
All My Little Words
A Chicken With Its Head Cut Off
Reno Dakota
I Don't Want To Get Over You
Come Back From San Francisco
The Luckiest Guy On The Lower East Side
Let's Pretend We're Bunny Rabbits
The Cactus Where Your Heart Should Be
I Think I Need A New Heart
The Book Of Love
Fido, Your Leash Is Too Long
How Fucking Romantic
The One You Really Love
Punk Love
Parades Go By
Boa Constrictor
A Pretty Girl Is Like
My Sentimental Melody
Nothing Matters When We're Dancing
Sweet-Lovin' Man
The Things We Did And Didn't Do

Product Details

  • Original Release Date: June 8, 1999
  • Label: Merge Records
  • Total Length: 55:55
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  • ASIN: B000U7VTT4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,680 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Starting Point for the 69 Love Songs. April 24, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Stephin Merrit is a poet, and the 69 Love Songs are a testament to his skill. In them he wades through the viscissitudes of love from many vantages. I can't decide between volume 1 and volume 3 as my favorite. Volume 1 of course is a logical starting point and contains simple, majestic tunes like #2 "I Don't Believe in the Sun," #6 "I Don't Want to Get Over You," #8 "The Luckiest Guy on the Lower East Side," and #12 "The Book of Love" (I like the lyrics here a lot). The album contains not only marvelous lyricism but also appropriate instrumentation and ornamentation. The occasional electronic flourishes are reminiscent of the great Magnetic Fields release Holiday and provide just the right touch at times. Volume 1 of the 69 Love Songs is a recommended album for those who are new to the Magnetic Fields as well as long-time fans who haven't gotten into the box set yet.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I usually hate "songwriters" January 1, 2003
Format:Audio CD
But this is great stuff. The lyrics are clear, funny and poignant. The melodies are smart and beautiful. You can't help but get a kick out of it, which is surprising for something so stark, minimalist, dark, and sad underneath. Your kids would probably love it, if you don't mind the occasional bleep word. I keep this one in the cd player in my kitchen so I can sing along while chopping up potatoes.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 23 down, 46 to go.... September 8, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
i bought "vol.1" on a whim, not really knowing what to expect and, well, let me put it this way: I'M BUYING VOLUMES 2 AND 3 FIRST THING TOMORROW. this is excellent stuff -- sort of sounds like a cross between leonard cohen and belle & sebastian, or maybe cole porter as produced by tom waits. i don't know. all i do know is that this is songwriting of a very high order with a keen sense of humor running throughout. i'm simply fascinated by this mysterious enigma. check it out!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy Happy Joy Joy June 5, 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Wow. How did I ever miss this album. These guys are just the best. Sardonic, romantic, beautiful music, can't be bagged. This stuff is just not normal. It is very very American, very carolina, very beatnik cafe, very outdoor picnic, very replay in your room with the door shut. Real musicians, real instruments, real voices, adorable lyrics that are not predictable, I can't believe they are not famous. I guess I'm glad they're not. I want to keep them as a secret.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you only buy one disc of 69 LS, August 3, 2003
By alaska
Format:Audio CD
then disc one is probably the one to get. The ratio of brilliant to merely good songs is higher, perhaps, than on any other Magnetic Fields CD; favorites include "I Think I Need a New Heart," "Luckiest Guy on the Lower East Side," and "All My Little Words," an irresistably hooky psuedo-bluegrass lament about the futility of clever songwriting (penned, of course, by pop music's supreme ironist). Come to think of it, if you buy disc one and you have any taste at all, you'll end up getting the others as well -- you might as well get the box set.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the three CDs March 7, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I can't imagine not wanting the whole box set, but if you really only want to get 1/3 of this set, either for yourself or as a gift for someone, I would definitely recommend Vol.1. It has the catchiest songwriting and the most easily accessible melodies. Start here!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Music for the soul July 17, 2003
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Today, when most pop songs are simple to the point of vapidity, both musically and lyrically, it is refreshing to find something like this album. Merritt blends perfectly the beautiful melodies with clever, witty lyrics as he explores all forms of love from the disguised lament of the ugly teenager and the hopelessness of the spurned lover to the joyous proclamations of those that have found true love. He matches musical genre to the message of the song and makes effortless transitions between each. The voices of the songs have true emotion in them and successfully vary in tone so as to augment the lyrics. Claudia Gonson's voice is beautiful and brilliant, constrasting nicely with Merritt's deep bass. My only complaint is that Claudia ought to sing more. To summarise as best I can, this music is poetry, philosophy and melody. It is dark and insightful, naive in places, cynical in others, but never depressing. A true masterpiece.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty darn listenable! June 21, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I really enjoyed this album. It's really different, quirky, trippy [choose a pertinent adjective]. I am not, perhaps, the most cool and in the know person to talk to about music, so I had never heard of The Magnetic Fields before. I was reading a review of the new Belle & Sebastian release FOLD YOUR HANDS... (which I liked, too ~ though perhaps not as much) and there was review suggesting TMF, so I bought it and was positively surprised. I just bought Vls. 2 and 3. Stephen Merritt is a really gifted songwriter/performer and I will definitely be looking for his work with the Gothic Archies, etc. He reminds me of Morrissey, somewhat, but better and not as smug. Some of the highlights of Vl. 1 are I Don't Believe In The Sun, Chicken With It's Head Cut Off, Nothing Matters When We're Dancing, etc. The only songs out of the 23 that I didn't like were Reno Dakota and How F*cking Romantic.
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Published on February 6, 2011 by R. Newnham
1.0 out of 5 stars I love this album...
...but it's worthless on it's own. without a doubt, the three parts of 69 love songs are so perfectly balenced, that it's senseless to buy just one. Read more
Published on July 31, 2007 by Michael Hartge
5.0 out of 5 stars Stephen Merritt's best - popsmithery at its finest.
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Published on May 4, 2006 by Casey Dangel
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
The first volume of 69 Love Songs is in my opinion the best of the lot, the classic disc. The songs are in a bunch of different styles, but there are all catchy and have something... Read more
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