5 Album Box Set
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Limited UK box set from the British Alt-Rock trio consisting of 3/4ths of Goth legends Bauhaus: Daniel Ash, David J and Kevin Haskins. Under-appreciated in Europe, Love And Rockets were capable of a far more colorful sonic palate than the darker sounds of their previous incarnation, as these CDs attest. The box contains digitally remastered and expanded editions of the albums Seventh Dream Of Teenage Heaven (1985), Express (1986), Earth Sun & Moon (1987), and Love & Rockets (1989) along with a fifth disc consisting of 18 non-album tracks.
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In particular, I thought that the reissue of 'Seventh Dream of Teenage Heaven' would more or less be identical to original CD release which I already owned; it looked that way from the track listing. However to my pleasant surprise, this isn't the case; none of the tracks included on the 4 box set album CDs are identical to the original CD releases; on average each track is about 30 seconds longer than the 'original' version, which means these are all extended track versions of the original CDs. So that means if you own the originals CDs, if you purchase this box set you are getting 'alternate' versions of all the tracks, making this set that much more worth it.
So if you are a Love & Rockets fan, and are a completest, I highly recommend this box set.
European listeners and possibly owners of the original vinyl won't notice any difference but to me it's a glaring omission.
***what follows is my original review****
If this was the pre-file sharing days this LIMITED EDITION box set would have sold out a long time ago. If you had told me back in the $20 CD days I'd be able to get this much L&R music for such a low price I would have said you were stealing it or something.
I can't believe some people are complaining about the packaging, I mean I respect their opinions but COME ON man!
Ok it IS a no frills box set but if you have purchased any of the "Classic Albums Collections" box set that feature Columbia affiliated artists like I have (and by the way I think those are a great bargain as well) then you know that this, while being "no frills" is a cut above those.
On those sets you get a "glossy box" filled with slipcases, no liner notes and, even though as I stated I think those a great value too, those sets seem to have used lesser ink for printing the LP cover replica slipcases.
Not so with this set! The colors are very vibrant. Not only that but instead of just a "glossy" slip box you get a nice box that opens and closes. You also get a booklet with recording credits and while it doesn't contain extensive liner notes or some long essay it does give you the essential info. If you want more info and writings on the band you have the internet!
Okay so that's the packaging. I'm assuming you have heard Love and Rockets before if you are here but if you haven't you should head over to Spotify and check them out. A truly "alternative" trio that consisted of all but one member of the legendary UK band Bauhaus.
Love and Rockets mixed synth, punk, pop, psychedelia and a bunch of other styles to create their own unique musical stew that while retaining it's 80's influence still sounds very fresh and exciting.
This set includes their first four (and arguably their best albums) ALL remastered ALL with bonus tracks plus a bonus fifth disc of rarities.
Of course with a set like this there will always something that someone somewhere wishes had been included and I myself am a little mystified as to why all the extra space on the "EARTH SUN MOON" disc was utilized better but that's a minor complaint.
I got this off an Amazon seller for $22 with shipping and could have gotten it cheaper if I wanted to use a seller with slower shipping but what can say? I was Excited!!
Anyway, I've never gotten so much for my money, even with the aforementioned "Original Album Classics" you don't always get remastered albums so this really couldn't be better in that respect.
Some people might say a box set is meant for people who are already a fan of the band and most of the time that would be true but if you have heard ANYTHING off ANY of these albums and liked it, you will not be sorry you purchased this box set.
For pete's sake you couldn't buy the stupid mp3's for this price!!!
below is the track listing for the entire box set, now what are you waiting for?
-- Seventh Dream Of Teenage Heaven -- (CD 1)
If There's A Heaven Above
A Private Future
The Dog - End Of The Day Gone By
Seventh Dream Of Teenage Heaven
Haunted When The Minutes Drag
Ball Of Confusion (UK Mix)
Inside The Outside
If There's A Heaven Above (12" Mix)
God And Mr. Smith
Haunted When The Minutes Drag (USA Edit)
If There's A Heaven Above (Canada Mix)
-- Express -- (CD 2)
It Could Be Sunshine
All In My Mind
Life In Laralay
Yin And Yang (The Flowerpot Man)
All In My Mind (Accoustic Version)
An American Dream
Angels And Devils
Holidy On The Moon
B-Side No. 1
B-Side No. 2
Yin And Yang (The Flowerpot Man) (Remix)
Ball Of Confusion (USA Mix)
-- Earth . Sun . Moon -- (CD 3)
No New Tale To Tell
Here On Earth
Waiting For The Flood
The Telephone Is Empty
Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven
Earth, Sun, Moon
Mirror People (Slow Version)
-- Love And Rockets -- (CD 4)
**** (Jungle Law)
No Big Deal
The Purest Blue
I Feel Speed
Bound For Hell
The Teardrop Collector
Rock And Roll Babylon
No Words No More
No Big Deal (12" Remix)
--**Bonus Material**-- (CD-5)
Mirror People '88 (Full Lenght Version)
The Early Worm
1000 Watts Of Your Love
Mirror People (Live)
No New Tale To Tell (Live)
Seventh Dream Of Teenage Heaven (Live)
Love Me (Live)
Kundalini Express (Live)
The Bubblemen Are Coming (The Bubblemen)
The Bubblemen Rap (The Bubblemen)
Dub Rap (The Bubblemen)
B Side (Edit) (The Bubblemen)