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  • Audio CD (May 23, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Inside Out U.S.
  • ASIN: B000FDEU3A
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,322 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Last Human Gateway 19:57
2. Through The Corridors 2:35
3. Awake And Nervous 7:45
4. My Baby Treats Me Right ‘Cos I’m A Hard Lovin’ Man All Night Long 1:45
5. The Enemy Smacks 13:49
6. Just Changing Hands (bonus track)

Editorial Reviews

Originally released 1983, Tales From The Lush Attic was IQ's first album and is now available for the first time as a U.S. release. Recorded in August '83 in only 5 days this record contains the two all time favorites The Last Human Gateway and The Enemy Smacks in their original studio versions. The artwork for the release was done by Peter Nicholls, lead singer of IQ. This definitive version also contains the bonus track, Just Changing Hands.

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3.7 out of 5 stars

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By luca64 on August 8, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Incredibly this is the debut album of an incredible band in prog rock.

This is incredible because listening to songs starting from the epic The Last HUman gateway, through Awake and Nervous and masterpiece The Enemy Smacks, you hardly believe this is a debut album, as it sounds more as a mature album of a long experienced band.

The quality of sound in spite 1983, is very good and overall this is a very good product which I strongly recommend to any IQ fan and to those who didnt have the chance to listen to this band before..
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Fabio on March 6, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Strangely, there is only one review for this album which is the first of (possibly) the greatest today's prog band (sorry Flowerkings and good bye Porcupine Tree you are a second best!) and, with all due respect for my fellow "prog-fan" who rated it earlier than I, I totally disagree with you.
Perhaps you heard it for the first time with today's ears.
But this is a hell of a debut! I was a mere 22 years old, still mourning for the demise of Genesis when in a small record shop (yes, records were still in vinyl then ) I saw this incredibly beautiful cover and by impulse (because it was expensive and I did not have much money then) I bought it.
I put it on and I was stunned. Prog was still alive... with its long complex architecture of a music that does not speak only to your ears but to your heart.
Now I'm double that age and I still shiver when I hear it.
Perhaps technically it's not recorded in the most flawless way. So what? The music is powerful and the melodies are beatiful, wild, majestic, tortured, sometimes insanely captivating and still full of nuances that I'm still discovering.
Go back and listen to it again, and for all the others, go buy it, even if it's expensive. Even though The Wake is superior this is a must have album for whoever loves prog music.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steven Sly on May 23, 2007
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
In the early 80's the neo progressive rock movement burst out of England and got relatively popular for a time. The band that got the biggest was Marillion, but IQ was another pioneer of the movement and arguably as good. "Tales From The Lush Attic" was the debut album from IQ, taking its influence from classic 70's progressive rock especially Peter Gabriel era Genesis. "Lush Attic" was recorded in 5 days and unfortunately it shows in the production. The album showcases a band that would do much better albums later in their career, but flashes of brilliance can be found here and there. Peter Nichols voice is a bit on the shrill side on much of this album. He would become a much better singer later on as well. The album contains 2 tracks that have become IQ classics. The 20 minute "Last Human Gateway" starts out a bit weak for my ears, but the final 5 minutes or so of it is outstanding. "The Enemy Smacks" is another fan favorite that still finds it's way into the IQ live set today. Overall the album sounds quite dated, but it hints at where the band would go down the road.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Pamela D.Wheaton on July 17, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This is one of the best in their catalog.The first track times in at around 17 or 18 minutes and is a masterpiece. The rest are excellent. I highly reccommend this to anyone who is into great Progressive rock!
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Margaret Brundage on October 11, 2001
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Okay. I like early period Genesis as much as anyone. No one is ever going to rate IQ on a level with that band. But as a consumer, you have to know what you're getting into when you buy an album like this, and for what it is -- a Neo-Prog band HEAVILY influenced by early period Genesis, this is a very listenable album. Songs like "The Last Human Gateway" and "Awake and Nervous" stand up to repeated listenings because they are interesting in their own right and have their own prog-based groove -- something I can't say about the highly touted Marillion albums of that period which I find overcooked and turgidly written.
I'm particularly impressed with "The Last Human Gateway" because it works well as an organic whole, not just as a bunch of songs strung together (a problem I sometimes find with longer pieces by newer Prog bands, especially Spock's Beard). And Peter Nicholl's whine and Gabrieliesque makeup are irritating, but I'd rather listen to him than Fish.
In the early 80's, when this album came out, few besides IQ and Marillion were attempting this kind of music, derivative as it may be. In the new Millenium, in the midst of a mini-Prog Renaissance, these guys deserve some respect. I'll definitely buy another album by them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Music Buff on October 28, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This was my first IQ CD and I have to admit it is still one of my favorites especially for "The Last Human Gateway". The ability to pull-off a 70's Genesis sound ala "Nursery Crime" or a "Foxtrot" is a compliment rather than a criticism. Start with this and then move on to "J'Ai Pollette D'Arnu", "Ever" and then "Subterranea". You can see how the band matures over the years. Fun to see live too....if you get the chance. I'm not that fond of "Tne Wake" but some say that is one of their best too.
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