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Take Fountain

The Wedding PresentAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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The boy Gedge has written some of the best love songs of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Era. You may dispute this, but I’m right and you’re wrong!‘ John Peel.

The Wedding Present have had eighteen UK Top 40 hit singles… not bad for a band that has, from its inception, stubbornly refused to play the record industry’s game. In 1985 David Lewis Gedge boarded a ... Read more in Amazon's The Wedding Present Store

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  • Audio CD (January 6, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: MANIFESTO RECORDS
  • ASIN: B0007IO6XC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #327,573 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Interstate 5 (Extended Version)
2. Always The Quiet One
3. I'm From Further North Than You
4. Mars Sparkles Down On Me
5. Ringway To Seatac
6. Don't Touch That Dial
7. It's For You
8. Larry's
9. Queen Anne
10. Perfect Blue

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TAKE FOUNTAIN was recorded in Chicago and Seattle with studio icon Steve Fisk, producer of The Wedding Present's 1994 LP, Watusi; Fisk, a prime mover in the Seattle scene, also produced albums for Nirvana, Screaming Trees, and Soundgarden. This is The Wedding Present's first album since 1996's Saturnalia.

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Somewhere it’s raining, and a heartbroken teenager listens to the Wedding Present on headphones while staring out at the raindrops sploshing against the earth outside. Formed in Leeds in the mid ‘80s, this "miserabilist" pop band was huge in the U.K. back in the ‘80s and ‘90s, though they never approached the charts here. In 2005, the Wedding Present is David Gedge plus whoever he wants in the band. In fact, Take Fountain, the first WP album in 8 years, allegedly started out as a new record by his post-WP orchestral pop act, Cinerama. Gedge has always demonstrated very Catholic indie-rock taste. His band covered Pavement’s "Box Elder" -- a song off their first single -- before most knew who they were. And here he re-enlists versatile veteran Steve Fisk as the producer. There are poppy mid-tempo dirges ("Don’t Touch that Dial") and vaguely detuned, mopey but not emo anthems ("Mars Sparkles Down on Me"). The now-Seattle-based Gedge has made another Wedding Present album filled with pretty songs that gracefully shout to the heavens, "Woe is me!" --Mike McGonigal

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best TWP in Years March 20, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I was a little anxious to find out how this album would turn out and have been anticipated it's release for some time now. I have not been disapointed in fact very impressed with Take Fountain.

This albbum is better that anything Cinerama released (although I though Torino was a great record) and some of the last releases that TWP where a little dissapointing for me. This record makes up for this and is well worth to buy.

The album is a strong set of songs and a solid releases from start to finish. InterState 5 is a powerful pounding song (a great driving song)that shows TWP at their best. The extended mix breaks into a south western/blueman group type instrmental that is brilliant. There is likely a short movie to made just for this song alone. It really gets your imagination pumping.

Further north than you is a great pop song well wriiten and catchy all the way through. Mars Sparkes down is a downbeat song remins me a bit of the seamonsters record. Don't touch that dial is also a great downbeat song with strong emotional drives.

Track 7 It's for you sounds like it came straight off the Bizarro record and is a lively bit of fun.

Even if you have been dissapointed with TWP or Cinerama in the past this is the time to make ammends. TWP have delivered a solid album that will be memorable. I recomend to buy this record.

Also the good news is the US tour and they have been plying alot of oldies including My Favorite Dress, Once More, Kennedy, Brassnect on the European circuit so I expect that we will receive the same here. The US tour dates are.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Glorious June 22, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I started listening to the Wedding Present with Seamonsters and followed them through the wonderful Hit Parade CDs but then sort of lost touch with them. About a month ago I found WP on a friend's Top 8 List on Myspace.com and thought I should get out the old CDs and see how they had aged. After listening to them all multiple times I figured I needed to see what Gedge was up to now and ran out to buy Take Fountain.

As Interstate 5 kicked in my first thought was that they still manage to get some of the greatest drum sounds ever recorded. As a musician/producer I live for killer recordings, especially drums, and WP have never dissapointed. The second surprise was Gedge's voice. If I didn't know it was WP that I was listening to I may not have recognized him right away. He seems to have shed a bit of his accent and now, where his voice used to be somewhat buried on previous albums, his vocals are pushed forward in the mix. He's voice has matured wonderfully and the listener can now hang on every one of his excellent lyrics. And speaking of lyrics, I noticed that a previous reviewer here at Amazon was struck by the same line as I - "how can I just shake his hand when it's been all over your skin". When I heard that for the first time it was like a knife in the chest. Even now after the 10th listen it still causes brings an ache.

I could sit here all night and write praise for Take Fountain. The production is amazing, the songs are fantastic, the musicianship is beautiful. It's a glorious album and I'm sure I will be obsessed with it for quite some time. Do yourself a favor and buy a copy. You won't regret it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing lyrics May 4, 2005
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Most of the time I dismiss lyrics and focus my opinions simply on the music and/or vocals. Yeah, that's just the way I am, so deal with it. That said, the lyrics on this album are impossible to ignore. "How can I just shake his hand when it's been all over your skin?" Simply amazing. Every song seems to have some line in it that blows me away and when this is all combined with outstanding musical arrangements (I'd say soft and airy) it makes for my favorite album of the year so far.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars First album in years! February 15, 2005
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Hell ya! One of the most overlooked bands of the 80's and 90's is back with their first album in 7 years. The Weddoes have returned with a good one as well. Older fans take note. There isn't much new sound here, but it does sound like a Wedding Present album. Hell, this band influenced Nirvana. If you are a newer fan, go buy Watusi and Seamonters as well.
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