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The Holy Bible [Import]

Manic Street PreachersAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)

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“The secret of life is to have a task, something you devote your entire life to, something you bring everything to, every minute of the day for your whole life. And the most important thing is—it must be something you cannot possibly do.” (Henry Moore)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 28, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Epic Europe
  • ASIN: B000024J5H
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,090 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Yes
2. IfwhiteAmericatoldthetruthforonedayit'sworldwouldfallapart
3. Of Walking Abortion
4. She Is Suffering
5. Archives Of Pain
6. Revol
7. 4st 7lbs
8. Mausoleum
9. Faster
10. This Is Yesterday
11. Die In The Summertime
12. The Intense Humming Of Evil
13. PCP

Editorial Reviews

Aussie version of the UK act's critically acclaimed third album, originally released in 1994. 'Holy Bible' is their last album featuring iconic guitarist Richey James. 13 tracks including the harrowing anorexia diary '4st 7lb'. 1994 release. Standard jewel case.

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Absolutely Stunning Album July 6, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I have to confess that I avoided "The Holy Bible" for a long time. Sure, I enjoyed "Generation Terrorists" and the Manics' later albums (especially "This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours"), but everything I heard about "The Holy Bible" focused on how different it was - how it was so 'dark', 'bleak', 'disturbing', 'harrowing' and so on. Not to mention the famous disappearance of lyricist Richey James just months after the album was released. Even glancing at the titles to the tracks discouraged me: "Of Walking Abortion", "Archives of Pain", "The Intense Humming of Evil"... they sound more like Marilyn Manson than the Manic Street Preachers.

But when I finally did break down and get "The Holy Bible", I was completely blown away. Sure, the lyrics are dark, there's no getting around that. But the songs themselves are absolutely amazing, some of the best music I've ever heard. "The Holy Bible" starts off with a bang - two of them, in fact. "Yes" and "Ifwhiteamericatoldthetruthforonedayitsworldwouldfallapart" (all one word, a famous phrase of Lenny Bruce) grab hold of the listener and don't let go. Once you've heard the chorus to "Yes", it is impossible to forget:

In these plagued streets of pity you can buy anything
For 200 anyone can conceive a god on video...

Most of the songs on the album have a political dimension - the Manics are well-known socialists and proud of it. Ifwhiteamerica... takes on the hypocrisy of Reagan's America (in which we are still living) and Thatcher's Britain - specifically the contrast between their self-images and reality.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius, lyrically and musically July 8, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is the album par excellence. More people live their life by this piece of music than any other, yet was it intended as such ? When recorded, co-lyricist Richey James was going through mental illness, anorexia and alcoholism. Other lyricist Nicky Wire was on the verge of leaving. Both of their lyrics are stark and to the point with a severe lack of humour. Subjects range from concentrarion camps, to political correctness, to anorexia to American Imperialism ansd are treated in a manner that could not be described as anything except vicious and passionatte.
The music (co-written by drummer Sean Moore and singer/guitarist James Dean Bradfield) is as stark and brutal as the lyrical contect. Most songs begin with an uncredited sample followed by vicious, furious and sometimes tragic music that captures the essencs of the lyricists' vision.
On a personal level, the song "Faster" means most to me. It deals with the impossibility of the soul to stand up to, and oppose the modern world, or something like that. Set to a furious neo-punk backdrop, with Bradfields powerful voice and guitar shining through It ends with these brilliant lines repeated 4 times "So damn easy to cave in / Man kills everything".
Superior. Especially in light of what the manics hve turned into.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything's for sale. But buy this one February 1, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I just realized it's now been exactly five years since Richey James' disappearance, and what better time to write a review about a record that has been said is simply a portrayal of this "coolest person in the 90's".
Three quarters of the lyrics on the Holy Bible are by Richey, and as always, James and Sean have written the music. Prior to the album, the band said to have been listening to Joy Division, for example, and they visited death camps, among many other haunting locations.
And this can be heard. The Holy Bible simply gives me the creeps, and now even more than before. It was the first Manics record I ever laid my hands on, but now that I've heard the previous ones also and seen what they were like a couple of years before, I can't but say it frightens the hell out of me.
By handling issues all the way from death camps to anorexia to gun laws to serial killers to glorification of the past to political correctness, this record changed my way of thinking. In the same time I was reading ethical philosophy, met this great socialist fellow and heard this record, and I was forever moved away from such a selfish movement as capitalism.
Richey wrote great lyrics for this one (and I can't say that any of them are bad, so I have to give credit to the bassist Nicky also), and they are supported by great melodies and sounds, not a single track is less than excellent. The lead guitars are sometimes so terrific I'm speechless, not to mention some very fine riffs, bass ("Archives of Pain") or guitar ("Yes").
Some people have complained about how the album has been produced, it is too "full", but I think it's perfect. I couldn't ask for a more finely produced record. Can't say a single bad word.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brutal and Brilliant January 30, 2005
By Coleen
Format:Audio CD
One of the greatest recordings of the 1990's...this album affected me the same way the first Clash album did. EVERY song is a killer! However, this does not sound like the Clash, except it is influenced by them - it is much darker than the Clash - lyrically, more like Joy Division, VERY dark. And the JD comparisons don't end there. JD's lyricist, Ian Curtis, hung himself right after recording the band's epic, "Closer". MSP's co-lyricist (with Nicky Wire), Richey James Edwards, went missing and still hasn't been found (in fact, has been declared dead) after this album was released. Listening to the lyrics, it's not surprising. But the album is somehow uplifting, too, with James Dean Bradfield's powerful vocals and surging melodies. This album truly is a classic! Check it out! You'll probably wear it out.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars the soundtrack to so many lives
The Holy Bible is remastered to perfection.
it sounds almost like a new least it sounds fresh. Read more
Published 7 months ago by SFNico
4.0 out of 5 stars nowadays I can't seem to tell the difference
Loud, scary sloganeering was always part of the Manics' image. On their first two albums, they dealt with issues that had potential to hit uncomfortably close to home in the UK of... Read more
Published on May 29, 2011 by Angry Mofo
5.0 out of 5 stars I was completely blown away.
When I heard the samples of this album, I must admit I was completely underwhelmed. I bought this album almost completely on the word of everything I had heard. Read more
Published on April 7, 2010 by M Fine
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing.
I've heard this album over 50 times now, after hearing it for the first time a few months ago. The album is dissonant and violent while at the same time being well-written and... Read more
Published on December 29, 2007 by J. Morrison
2.0 out of 5 stars I don't understand why people rave over this
There are some creative things on here, granted. But I've listened to the album many times now and I just don't get it. Read more
Published on November 17, 2007 by Aaron Myers
2.0 out of 5 stars Pretentious Punk For the Irreversibly Doomed
I got this album two years ago on the reccommendation of way too many people I didn't know. After multiple, multiple listens, I can finally say that the music on this album is... Read more
Published on April 8, 2007 by ashe corvin
5.0 out of 5 stars Deserving of all the hype
I'm one of those people who is very turned off by hype. Usually I read about a band or album being "the greatest" this or that, and when I finally hear it I'm horribly let... Read more
Published on January 16, 2007 by Third World Symphony
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretentious title - lives up to its bold claim
This is the Manics' signature album and one of the most underrated masterpieces in the wider pop music world. Read more
Published on October 10, 2005 by Wired
5.0 out of 5 stars Preaching the extinction
I can't imagine an album more powerful than The Holy Bible. It's impossible to separate the strengtful spirit of it's songs from the charismatic and troubled personality of the... Read more
Published on August 30, 2005 by bronte
5.0 out of 5 stars my favorite album
This is truley an album forgotten. You would be very lucky to find this in the U.S.. That said its being re-released in a 10th anniversay package for all us american folks. Read more
Published on February 21, 2005 by Carl Hershberger
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