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Through The Looking Glass

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 2, 1987)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Geffen
  • ASIN: B000000OQ9
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,835 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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58 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Maureen Kelly on 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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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Rich Latta on 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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Scott Davies on October 30, 2014
Format: Audio CD
Rather than end my review with my thoughts on the remastering and packaging, I will start with it. Simply put, I feel the remastering is lacking. The fidelity has been dulled down and the volume has been increased to heavy compression levels. By lowering the high end it makes many of the nuances in the music blur into the background. Just give a simple comparison to the original CD (compensating the volume for accuracy). The “remastered” CD sounds dull by comparison. Though the original album tracks have definitely been compressed, the two 12” mixes have been destroyed. I had hoped Severin would have found a nice middle ground because he’s well aware that I’m not the only one who has had issues with the past remasters, but no such luck. I’m also not a fan of the packaging at all. The single fold digipaks looks cheap and flimsy. Even some of the Banshees CD singles had more elaborate packaging. The glossy finish from the last batch of remasters was deemed an “error” so this batch is back to the matte finish similar to the first batch of remasters when they were available as digipaks. I would much prefer a standard and protective jewel case, though Severin has stated his distaste for them.

Through the Looking Glass was one of the first records I bought by Siouxsie and the Banshees when I started getting into their music in 1987. I didn’t really want to start with a covers album but it was the only LP I could find at my local store at the time. The album opens with the Sparks cover of their huge 1974 hit ‘This Town Ain’t Big Enough For Both Of Us’. I really liked this right away and it became a favorite of mine, though I had not heard the original at that point. When I did finally hear the original several years later I was surprised how much better it was than the Banshees version.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By ignorance is bliss on 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. Juliet on 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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