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  • Audio CD (February 28, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: November 10, 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Warner Music UK
  • Run Time: 68 minutes
  • ASIN: B0000E2PY3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,922 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Going Up
2. Stars Are Stars
3. Pride
4. Monkeys (Album Version)
5. Crocodiles
6. Rescue
7. Villiers Terrace
8. Pictures On My Wall
9. All That Jazz
10. Happy Death Men (Album Version)
11. Do It Clean
12. Read It In Books (Album Version)
13. Simple Stuff
14. Villiers Terrace (Early Version)
15. Pride (Early Version)
16. Simple Stuff (Early Version)
17. Crocodiles (Live)
18. Zimbo (Live)
19. All That Jazz (Live)
20. Over The Wall (Live)

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Crocodiles (Expanded & Remastered) by Echo And The Bunnymen

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It's still one of the band's finest albums.
Wayne Klein
Crocodiles is possibly the best entry point into Echo & the Bunnymen's world.
Wee Jimmy
It's good to hear a pre-Balfe version of this track.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By ifutureman on December 15, 2004
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Firstly, to those reviewers who gave this one star, may I suggest taking up a different hobby than listening to music? Anyone who think this rates one star must either be deaf or have appalling taste. Not to mention that some of the complaints make no sense.

The running order is THE ORIGINAL ORDER. Like a lot of bands, Echo's debut got issued later in the U.S. than in England, and the label added some tracks (Do it Clean and Read It In Books) which had been released as a single in the UK. This reissue sticks to the original order and adds the single after the lp.

As far as lyrics go, the orginal album's sleeve had a pic of the band and underneath it was a snippet of lyric from each song on the record, along with (I think) one or two lyrics which would appear on Heaven Up Here. So I don't have a problem with there being no lyrics here; there weren't complete lyrics on the original release either.

The sound is awesome. Remember, this was the debut release from a "new wave" guitar band from Liverpool; four guys aged 19-20 playing their vision of rock and roll. Yeah the guitars sound jagged, that was the POINT. The band would eventually embrace more lush production with albums like "Ocean Rain" but "Crocodiles" is pure guitar-driven fun, coupled with Ian's dark and occasionally goofy lyrics.

The album is perfect, start to finish. As far as the bonus material, this is what reissues are supposed to be like: chock full of good rare stuff! Look what you get:

- a couple of super-early tracks cut as a three-piece with "Echo" the drum machine, before Pete De Frietas came on board. Primitive yet still very much worthy of the band's name.

- "Simple Stuff" my second favorite b-side (after "Angels & Devils").
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jason Parkes on December 11, 2003
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Crocodiles was the assured debut album from Liverpool's Echo & the Bunnymen, when contrasted to U2's debut Boy (also 1980) it is hard to believe that the Bunnymen didn't end up the biggest band in the world. Sure, the Bunnymen were influenced by other acts- notably Bowie & Television- but here they transcend and advance on those influences (see the earlier versions of Villiers Terrace & Pride, or the Peel Sessions recorded with a drum machine to see how they'd advanced). The classic (& only) line-up of Ian McCulloch (Vocals/Guitar), Will Sergeant (lead guitar), Les Pattinson (bass) & the late Peter De Freitas (drums) had honed themselves into a tight outfit, having released a single entitled The Pictures on My Wall prior to signing to Korova & recording this album.
Ian Broudie (Lightning Seeds, Big in Japan- later producer of Porcupine)was the initial producer, the robust version of Pride & classic single Rescue are helmed by him. The rest of the album was recorded at the fabled Rockfield Studios in Wales, & produced by Bill Drummond (Echo&Teardrops manager, late of the KLF) & David Balfe (Teardrop Explodes, later owner of Food Records)- both give the Bunnymen the perfect production. Julian Cope in Head On reveals that he was upset that the trademark Teardrops brass sound got its first outing on record: a Bunnymen record (see the anthemic Happy Death Men- another Camus reference next to those from Smiths Mark E & Robert...).
Going Up is the brilliant opening track, building up from a wall of noise to a pulsing rocker- it is fair to note that The Stone Roses did a very similar thing on their 1989 debut album (also recorded at Rockfield).
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Rock 'n' roll on August 25, 2005
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Crocodiles is the Bunnymen's great debut album and exposes a level the band would never reach in their career again. "Echo" would never again release such a cohesive album, without a single mediocre track. No fillers here! Unfortunately the Bunnymen in general and this album in particular are still fully overlooked by music fans. Probably the Bunnymen are the most underrated band ever!

Echo & The Bunnymen are definitely inspired by the music of The Doors and Television, the Marquee Moon album in particular. On "Crocodiles", though, the Bunnymen overshadow their music-heroes. The gorgeous bass-lines, the dark melodies, the melodramatic singing: it all comes together on this album that consists of 10 cohesive tracks that never become boring.

The title track is known for the fastest bass-line the Bunnymen would ever use to compose a song. "All that jazz" strongly reminds us of their Manchester contemporaries Joy Division (listen to Joy Division's classic song "Shadowplay"). "Villiers Terrace" is a breathtaking track, not only for its catchy intro and melody, but also for the bleak lyrics about (drugs) addiction ("people rolling round on the carpet - mixing up the medicine"). These three tracks are absolute highlights on an overall (nearly) perfect album. One of the very few albums that do not force you to ignore some dross /fillers. Rock 'n' roll / wave would never become better than this! I am sure that if you are prepared to take the eighties' sound / echo for granted (why should that be a problem if Franz Ferdinand, Kaiser Chiefs etc. are so amazingly popular today...?) this album becomes an instant favourite in your CD-collection. Highly recommended; I give it five stars!
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