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Modern Lovers Extra tracks, Import


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  • Audio CD (August 5, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Import
  • Label: Castle Music UK
  • ASIN: B0000A5BUA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #248,808 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Roadrunner
2. Astral Plane
3. Old World
4. Pablo Picasso
5. She Cracked
6. Hospital
7. Someone I Care About
8. Girlfriend
9. Modern World
10. Dignified & Old (Bonus Track)
11. Im Straight (Bonus Track)
12. Government Center (Bonus Track)
13. I Wanna Sleep In Your Arms (Bonus Track)
14. Dance With Me (Bonus Track)
15. Someone I Care About (Alternate Version) (Bonus Track)
16. Modern World (Alternate Version) (Bonus Track)
17. Roadrunner (Alternate Version) (Bonus Track)

Editorial Reviews

2003 reissue of 1976 classic, that's unavailable domestically, features 17 tracks including 8 bonus tracks, 'Dignified & Old', 'I'm Straight', 'Government Center', 'I Wanna Sleep In Your Arms', 'Dance With Me', 'Someone I Care About' (Alternative Version), 'Modern World' (Alternative Version), & 'Roadrunner' (Alternative Version). Includes slipcase & foldout sleeve with extensive liner notes, photos & other memorabilia. Castle.

Customer Reviews

One of the greatest LP's ever recorded.
Michael S. Marley
I think the main reason I love this album so much is that Jonathan Richman is so much like me.
Evan Streb
Jonathan Richman has more feeling in his vocals than most singers.
M. Scagnelli

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Wayne Jepson on March 7, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This re-release on Sanctuary Records (UK) represents a near-complete collection of the 'original' Modern Lovers studio recording efforts. Its a shame that this band did not get an album completed in 1971/72 and get the fame that they deserved when they were still together. If you already have an earlier release of this record and are wondering whether to buy this one as well, here are some details to help with your decision. The first 9 tracks were released on vinyl in 1976, and were mostly from the 1971-72 recording sessions produced by John Cale. Tracks 10-12 were included on the Rhino CD release of the record in the 1980s, and are from the 73-74 session with Kim Foley producing. Tracks 13-14 were previously released on the "Original Modern Lovers" CD, and represent the best of the rest of the Foley sessions. Of the final tracks - and the only ones not previously released - on this re-issue, Someone I Care About and Roadruner are from the band's earliest demos, from early 1971 (Hospital, track 5 on the original record, also came from this session). These demos are a little rough, and lack some of the fire of the later recording sessions with Mr. Cale, but this earliest and longest Roadrunner still sounds great. Modern World is an early version from the 1972 John Cale sessions. Its interesting and edgy, but the '73 version clearly shows improvement. If the three previously unreleased tracks aren't enough to convince you to buy this disc, the liner notes alone may suffice. They are by far the most thorough description I've seen of the early Modern Lovers history, including details of the various recording sessions that make up this release.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Adam Tebrugge on September 22, 2003
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30 years after these tracks were recorded, popular music has still not caught up. This recording is the missing link between black and white music. Jonathan Richman was a direct descendent of the Velvet Underground while Jerry Harrison went on to turn the Talking Heds into Parliament/Funkadelic. This is the best packaging of the recordings available. It includes a half dozen previously unreleased versions. The finest gem is an absolute rave version of "I want to sleep in your arms." This disc is absolutely essential to any fan or historian of popular music.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Shlomo Sinatra on January 31, 2008
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This classic album, here in its definitve treatment, with incredible, comprehensive liners, is just a must for anybody who can relate to something Jonathan Richman once said: "I started a group because I was lonely and figured that way I'd make friends".

This beautifully chronicled group of stories, with a definite Velvets sound, is completely one of innocence. Love, sex and rock and roll being a rebellion against parents is a bald-faced lie. It's not always that way, and Elvis knew it even if Lou Reed didn't (see: "Rock and Roll"). Ricky Nelson knew it too. I LOVE the song Old World; it's a fantastic statement about refusing to give up loving his parents, he doesn't care what the hip people think; he loves what he loved as a child. Unlike alot of Richman's later stuff, this is not child-like, however; this a grown man, one growing into manhood here, refusing to give up what remains true to his heart.
The Modern Lovers were one of Boston's greatest ever bands, along with the Real Kids and The Remains.
Jonathan was always a dreamer,and LET'S HEAR IT FOR THE DREAMERS!
Astral Plane is one of those dreams; an alternative reality? Or an alternative TO the harsher reality? "I'll meet you tonight on the Astral Plane--or I'll go insane". Some serious passion here, belied by its delivery slightly. A brilliant song.

Someone I Care About is another heart-warming song; on this, he ain't looking to fool around, for some mere sex (did I just use the term "Mere" about sex?! wow, this album really is affecting me!)
This song is about not lying and playing the game just to get laid; it's about the real yearning inside most of us, someone to love. And it has a refusal for anything less! This guy, he had some real strong head-set beliefs!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Katherine McCarthy on July 20, 2006
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If you are looking for the missing link inbetween the Velvet Underground and the Ramones, buy this CD. There were a few essential bands from this time period - the NY Dolls, the Dictators and the Modern Lovers. Here, on their groundbreaking 1st artifact, the Modern Lovers rock with the stripped down essentials of serpentine organ, sparse guitar strumming, and basic drum beats. Jonathan Richman's wry lyrics propel them into rock history. The lyrics of "Pablo Picasso" are as funny as anything written by the Ramones. "Hospital" inspires the same "Is he kidding?" response. Surreal lyrics sung absolutely sincerely. Not for nothing did the Sex Pistols cover "Roadrunner." Quote Johnny Rotten, "How does this song start?" The reply, "1-2-3-4-5-6!" Classic! Hasn't dated one bit.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Bryan on April 23, 2001
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If you're not a rock and roll music junkie then you probably don't know The Modern Lovers. Here is your six degrees of seperation for some of the members:
Jonathan Richman - His biggest exposure is from playing the musical interludes and finally getting shot at the end of the 90's hit comedy film Something About Mary. He also played at Gram Parson's wake/Phil Kauffman's legal defense fund.
David Robinson - later went on to become the drummer for the Cars.
Jerry Harrison - went on to become a member of the Talking Heads.
A good portion of the album was produced by ex-Velvet Underground member John Cale. The first track Roadrunner is obviously influenced by VU's song Sister Ray. If you are into the Velvet Underground, and you can't get enough, then definitely pick up The Modern Lovers. In the linear notes, a person is quoted that "Jonathan Richman looked like Dustin Hoffman, but moved like Mike Jagger". I think this statement is a good description of the Modern Lover's music as well. Jonathan Richman's songs could've been written by Hoffman's character in The Graduate. Someone struggling with the restrictions and expectations of "The Old World" and the emerging restrictions and expectations of "The Modern World". Singing against casual sex, drug use, fast cars and acceptance in a sometimes guitar-distortion, sometimes pop music manner, Jonathan Richman is one of the forefathers of the indie rock muscian.
The Modern Lovers is a historically important album in the evolution of rock n' roll.
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