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Ciao! Best of Lush Original recording remastered

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Ccompilation for the late, shoegazer brit-pop act featuring Emma Anderson (Sing Sing) and Miki Berenyi. 18 tracks which demonstrate with considerable panache just what was greatabout Lush. 'Ciao!' takes on the band's legacy in reverse order, showcasing the later pop punches like 'Single Girl', 'Ladykillers' and '500 (Shake Baby Shake) all taken from their amazing swan song 'Lovelife', before going onto explore the weighty themes and dense guitar textures of 'Split', working back to the Robin Guthrie produced 'Spooky' to the early woozy harmonies of their 1989 mini-album 'Scar'. 2001 release. Standard jewelcase.

1. Ladykillers
2. Single Girl
3. Ciao
4. 500 (Shake Baby Shake)
5. Light From A Dead Star
6. Love At First Sight
7. Hypocrite
8. Desire Lines
9. Lovelife
10. When I Die
11. Nothing Natural
12. Untogether
13. For Love
14. Monochrome
15. De-luxe
16. Sweetness And Light
17. Thoughtforms
18. Etheriel

Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 5, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: 4AD
  • ASIN: B000056UPY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,931 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By D. Mok on June 17, 2001
Format: Audio CD
The amount of artistic growth Lush exhibited in the '90s was simply stunning. From the lush, cooing soundscapes of its earliest EP recordings (available in the States as the collection entitled Gala), Lush evolved into a songwriting showcase of magnificent proportions, so it was a shame that just as the band was creating some of its best music, internal ruptures (and a fatality among the membership) put a stop to everything.
Lush's legacy remains a dazzling one. While the earlier, slightly naive songs like "Sweetness and Light" and "Nothing Natural" hold up, it's the music from the last two albums that's stunning. Along the way lead singer Miki Berenyi stopped trying to hide her limited voice within an ambient mix and instead relied on a much more powerful weapon, songwriting. While bandmate Emma Anderson's complex, U2-esque compositions continue to seduce, it was Berenyi's later, confessional, often painfully intimate writing that became the band's richest mine. Still, it was the tension between these two songwriters that made Lush's albums great. On this compilation you get less of a sense of that dynamic, but you can still tell which personality is which. Anderson's songs succeed on sonic grandiosity and innovative arrangements: "When I Die" is a truly moving account of the loss of a loved one, even more haunting in the context of drummer Chris Acland's suicide; "Desire Lines" slowly ebbs and pulls you into its sensual dreamscape; and even "Lovelife", a buoyant pop song, achieves a sense of high drama via almost inhumanly sparkly guitars and vocal tapestries. When Anderson shifts to pure-pop mode she tends to be less satisfying: "Single Girl" and "500 (Shake Baby Shake)" are enjoyable but forgettable pop tunes.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By H3@+h on June 29, 2003
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I still can't swap my albums for this collection, but if you are new to "Lush", this is exactly what you want. Almost as good as 18 "hits" could be. Odd but tolerable, this is in reverse cronological order. Four from the "Lovelife" album. I would have gladly given up the song "Ciao" for "Last Night". That song is what I love about "Lush". Then five from "Split", often refered to as their best album, and the b-side "Love at first sight". I would have liked another b-side or two from "Topolino", like "Carmen", or specifically "I have the moon", also on the 1997 "Nowhere" soundtrack. Another lovely song. Four from the "Spooky" album. Those are decent choices for the most part. Finally four from "Gala", which is actually a collection of EP's. "Scarlet" would have been nice to have, but at least it includes "Deluxe", and the classic "Sweetness and Light", (recently in a VW commercial). Though "Lush" split due to the drummers death, we have their beautiful music forever. Maybe sometime we'll hear something new from "Miki Berenyi". If you're a fan of "Curve", "Shonen Knife", or "My Bloody Valentine", you will be a fan of "Ciao". Ciao.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Culver TOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 5, 2002
Format: Audio CD
CIAO!, the best of Lush, is a collection of material not only from their 4 LPs but also "Love At First Sight" from one of the singles for their 1994 album SPLIT. Fans of Lush should probably already have all of their albums and some of their EPs and singles, but CIAO! is a superb compilation ideal for introducing people to the work of one of indie rock's finest bands musically.
Organised in reverse chronological order, CIAO! opens with "Ladykillers" from their last album LOVELIFE. While by this album in 1996 the band had moved to a britpop sound that some perceived as a bid for public attention, the crystal-clear production of the LOVELIFE material and the excellence of the performance makes Lush's material to the uninitiated attractive from the start. The incredible drumming of the late Chris Acland on "Ladykillers" and Phil King's powerful bass on "Single Girl" can only thrill a person hearing them for the first time.
From there, the songs on CIAO! in my opinion only get better. Six tracks are present from the era of their 1994 album SPLIT, the first of which is the gorgeous "Light From A Dead Star." Concisely packing its glory into 3 minutes, this is nearly perfect song is one of Lush's best efforts. One of my few nitpicks is that on CIAO! "Light From A Dead Star" is not followed by "Kiss Chase", as those two songs formed a great combination on SPLIT. But instead of that, we get "Love At First Sight" is here from one of the singles released to promote SPLIT and is relatively entertaining. "Hypocrite" is a friendly piece of pop goodness where Acland again shines.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Martin J Flanagan on April 9, 2001
Format: Audio CD
All best-of collections are subjective by definition, so there will always be some knit picking about the song selections... 4AD partially botched the Cocteau Twins b/o last year (in my opinion) with some of their choices, leaving out obvious career highlights and painting the band as a bit darker (more "goth") and less consistantly tuneful than they actually were...
This new Lush compilation covers most of the essentials - the singles and college radio semi-hits are all here (in reverse chronological order). There is plenty here to illustrate why Lush were dubbed the Abba of the British dreampop/shoegaze movement of the early 90's: Fronted by two equally gifted (and easy-on-the-eye) female singer/songwriter/guitarists, Lush produced more than a few top-notch songs ("De-Luxe" "For Love" and "Single Girl" to name but a few). Gorgeous melodies & harmonies abound, surrounded by gauzy guitar textures on the early-period tracks, and spikier guitar textures on the late-period ones (when they crossbred their sound with the then-current britpop trend and produced three UK near-hits, all of them charting just outside the UK top-20).
My complaint is the choice of album tracks and b-sides (actually only one b-side, and not one of their best). Call me a knitpicker (matter of fact I'll save you the trouble and admit it right here), but the casual listener could very likely drift off to some of the album track choices: "When I Die," "Monochrome," and "Etheriel"... There are at least a dozen far better songs in the band's catalogue that would have made this collection flawless.
Also, the lack of even one rare or previously unreleased track is also annoying (i.e.
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