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Through the Looking Glass

Siouxsie & The BansheesAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • ASIN: B000000OQ9
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,451 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. This Town Ain't Big Enough For The Both Of Us
2. Hall Of Mirrors
3. Trust In Me
4. This Wheel's On Fire
5. Strange Fruit
6. You're Lost Little Girl
7. The Passenger
8. Gun
9. Sea Breezes
10. Little Johnny Jewel

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4.7 out of 5 stars
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4.7 out of 5 stars
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54 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Names of original bands April 25, 2002
Format:Audio CD
I did a little homework and found out who originally did what song on Through the Looking Glass (a truly astounding CD). Siouxsie didn't exactly choose from Top 40 selections, so a bit of sleuthing was in order.
1. Sparks
2. Kraftwerk
3. Jungle Book soundtrack
4. The Band (the original is unbearable, in my opinion)
5. Billie Holiday
6. Doors
7. Iggy Pop
8. John Cale
9. Roxy Music (when Brian Eno was still with them)
10. Television
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gets My Vote for Best Covers Album Ever! May 16, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Siouxsie & the Banshees - Through the Looking Glass (1987)

The song choices are really surprising for Siouxsie & the Banshees and they all turned out fantastic. What makes these songs so good, aside from the talented musicians involved, is the creative way they are re-imagined. In my view, Siouxsie & the Banshees have never gotten the credit they deserved. Not only did they make some of the most lush, sophisticated and otherworldly albums ever recorded, they made some of the best pop singles ever IMHO. Nearly every song on THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS has been trimmed and polished into a perfect pop gem. Anyone of them would've made an excellent single. Considering the fact that Siouxsie & the Banshees were such excellent songwriters, it would be sacrilegious to claim their covers album to be one of their best...I won't go so far as to say that, but I will say it's one of my personal favorites. THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS still blows me away every time I hear it.

My impressions:

"This Town Ain't Big Enough For Both Of Us" (The Sparks) - a propulsive, runaway roller coaster of a song augmented with fantastic orchestral accompaniment.

"Hall of Mirrors" (Kraftwerk) - bubbling, mechanical, yet infused with soul courtesy of Siouxsie. Great lyrics.

"Trust in Me" (Richard and Robert Sherman - from the JUNGLEBOOK movie) - one of the most sensuous, slow-burning recordings ever. Adorned with heavenly harps and a purring, sexy delivery from Siouxsie. Absolutely hypnotic.

"This Wheel's On Fire" (Bob Dylan, Rick Danko) - shocking reinvention of the last track of Bob Dylan's BASEMENT TAPES album recorded with the Band. A much more upbeat version than the original featuring wild orchestral accompaniment.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars " Trust in me..." August 9, 2002
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This is my favorite Banshees album by far, I flipped it over and over on the turntable ( yes, I had the vinyl version! ). Not only are the covers stylisticly different, the sources are just as diverse. As other reviewers have noted here, some of the original versions are less than well known. I had to see the Jungle Book again and read an article on Billie Holliday's "Strange Fruit" to familiarize myself. Iggy and Roxy Music were less surprising, as Siouxsie and Steve Severin were digging these people in the early seventies. It's upbeat, it's melancholy, it's pure Banshees. Probably the most accessible Banshees album after "Rapture".
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A haunting album May 18, 2006
Format:Audio CD
The first time i had heard this album I was totally oblivious it was a covers album. It really sounds like all original stuff the band wrote. It's not disjointed like some covers albums can be, it sounds like a coherent solid original album. I heard Siouxsie's passenger before Iggy pop's which may seem strange to some people but we are all introduced to music at different stages and times. (Was surprised to find the true meaning of the song "Strange Fruit", originally sung by Billie Holliday regarding the lynching of slaves) This album has a unique and haunting sound. I believe it to be one of the best of Siouxsie's.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Me too July 4, 2005
Format:Audio CD
It's criminal and typical that Siouxie's cover of "Trust in Me" isn't well known. It's one of the all-time great covers. The remainder of this album is excellent and her choice of faves (and these are her faves) is surprising and fun--especially the Sparks tune which she does fabulously. Listen to the samples if you haven't heard her astounding voice and delivery and pray for the day you encounter her perfectly off-pitch creepy-as-heck vocals in the song "Israel" or the glorious tune "Dazzle." One of the great vocal talents in pop and stupidly underappreciated.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest album of all time July 25, 2004
Format:Audio CD
A perfect album. Flawless production. Gorrgeous strings. Siouxsies vocals are incredibly dramatic and sexy on every track. The all-covers concept somehow makes it even more of an artistic achievement.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Siouxsie's Second Best January 28, 2004
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Format:Audio CD
Her first best is The Creatures, "Anima, Animus." This close second is marvelous in it's genre crossings. Billie Holiday to Iggy Pop? Crafty!
Best cut is the Absolutely Fabulous Britcom theme song, "This Wheel's On Fire." Her arrangement is NOTHING like the Britband who covers it for the show. Other incredible cuts are "The Gun" and "The Passenger."
While most people love Siouxsie's slinky, Eastern-tinged "Trust In Me" cover, I think that the song is a glaringly obvious choice for her and she doesn't depart from, so much as magnify, the forboding vocals of the original by Sterling Holloway.
Instead, a stunningly unsual choice is Billie Holiday's "Strange Fruit," a WAY over-the-top depiction of a lynching! Sure, the subject matter is pure Siouxsie, but she actually makes this dreadfully melodramatic song WORK beautifully and heartbreakingly as a dirge! I know this is heresy, but her version is BETTER than Billie's, which is what several decades, a continent's-away perspective, and another culture can do for a song.
So, anyway, if you're in to edgy covers, you may want to also check out "Porgy" by When People Were Shorter And Lived By the Water. This crazy Canadian band makes short shrift of Gershwin's musical theatre classic, "Porgy and Bess" by ramming thru the ENTIRE score thrash-punk style!
Hey, you gotta give it an "A" for effort and an "S" for the smile factor! It sure takes the wind out of the overblown reverence this musical has accumulated over the years. And the song "Readheaded Woman" rocks!
So check out Siouxsie or When People Were Shorter or even Sinead O'Connor's cover CD "Am I not Your Girl." Because good covers turn mediocre musical pieces on their heads!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic from 80s
I loved this music in high school. I decided to use "Trust in Me" for a Halloween dance performance last year. Read more
Published 3 months ago by D.D. Popcorn
5.0 out of 5 stars Loving it!
I used to own this when it came out and lost it on cassette, so it was great to be able to find something so valuable to me on a medium I could still enjoy today. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Maria C. Flores
5.0 out of 5 stars Great covers
NOT AVAILABLE ON ITUNES! If you want to listen to this amazing collection of covers by Siouxsie and the Banshees, then you have to buy the CD. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Russell
5.0 out of 5 stars A Surprise Treat For Me
Bought the album for "This Wheel's on Fire" which everyone seems to think became famous because of the Dylan version, but in fact was a big big big hit for Julie Driscoll in the... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Stephen Mann
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun!
This is an album of covers by Siouxsie and the Banshees. I like this - not their best by far but still a fun little album. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Ranakabuto
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best cover albums I've heard
This is an album of strictly covers by Siouxsie and the Banshees but if you listen to the album the whole way through, it doesn't always feel like you're listening to them playing... Read more
Published 24 months ago by Shelley D. Bowen
4.0 out of 5 stars Looking Glass
When this album first came out, I was really disappointed. I, like most fans, was anxious for a new Banshees album filled with original lyrics and sounds. Read more
Published on December 30, 2009 by Goth Guy
5.0 out of 5 stars Relevant..
"..Pastoral scene of the gallant south,of the bulging eyes and the twisted mouth"..relevant rendition of Billie Holiday's "Strange FrUit"("Your Lost Little Girl" is also cool and... Read more
Published on February 11, 2009 by Cihuacoatl
5.0 out of 5 stars INCREDIBLE!
I had this on tape and some of the songs have been going thru my head, so I wanted to pick it up in a format I could play in my car. Def. a must for any siouxsie collection.
Published on December 25, 2007 by Miss Christine Huneke
5.0 out of 5 stars step through
in general, im not a huge covers fan. so initially, the idea of a strictly covers album didnt interest me. Read more
Published on May 2, 2006 by surrational
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