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The Black Parade
LP (12" album, 33 rpm)
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On December 11, 2007, The Black Parade was released as a vinyl LP, a first for the band. Two versions were released, the regular edition and the special edition. Both editions contain two records. The first record of both editions has tracks one to four on the A-side and five to seven the B-side. The second record has tracks eight to ten on the A-side and 11 to 13 on the B-side. The special edition includes the hidden track, "Blood," while the regular edition does not. The special edition comes in a slip-case box with two 15-page books. 2,500 copies were made of the special edition, while 3,000 copies of the regular vinyl edition were made. It is speculated that roughly 1,500 copies of the special edition vinyl are still in circulation.
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Got introduced to MCR years ago, didn't like this album back then for no particular reason, and now as my music taste and experience with more genres has evolved, I can recognize the great composition in this album. There's elements of circus madness, the best variety of powerfully distressing and hopeful emo writing, gothic style orchestration, and that unique MCR flare that ties complex melodies together. 9.9/10, 0.1 points off for the blood song getting ripped from the original album, 1:30 of silence and all.
Thank you random Internet person!!!!!
This album manages to weave sadness, joy, love, hate, mortality and all these disparate elements of the human condition into a raucous, triumphant celebration of life and death. Not emo, not goth, not punk, not exactly pop, but synthesis of all the above that transcends the source material to cry out in an original voice, a sound of the zeitgeist that produced it, a time of uncertainty, war, social devolution, and above all, a search for meaning.
Here is meaning in full.
Source- A 38 year old, 230 pound dude who lifts weights religiously and has never worn eyeliner.
At first, their choice of track listing (ie: opening with "The End" amongst others) was a little off-kilter, but, the more I listen, the more I appreciate/understand. Gerard has chosen to present the tracks in the fashion of a dying man's recollections of his life, life flashing before one's eyes. In fact, this reminds me of Grant Morrison's (comic) "Invisibles" , Vol. 1, issue 12 wherein the story is presented as a series of non-linear scenes that are ultimately revealed to be the dying visions of a token bad-guy who had been killed by King Mob, the main character, back in issue 1. Now given Gerard's professed admiration for Grant Morrison's writing, I'd say it's no mere coincidence, more a case of subliminal inspiration, if not an outright tip of the hat. But I digress.. As for the songs, manoman what a collection. It's hard to pick a fave overall, but "House Of Wolves", "Mama" and "Sleep" stand out especially. "Sleep" (to me) seems like a natural album closer, but that goes back to the choice of track-listing. Not so much dashing expectations as breaking rules and conventions, which really is brilliant - so much of these songs owe a debt to "classic rock" forms, but MCR also choose to keep the rig barelling in a post-modern/forward direction, pedal full to the metal. Bravo!
MCR really are an inspiration. I'm 33 and these guys (among others) give me hope that good/great music is in safe (new generational) hands, and not in danger of being completely homogenised (ie:IDOL-ised) into putrid stagnation.
Also, Liza deserves a special mention. So much bad press about her inclusion on the album. Typical of what Henry Rollins once referred to as "hack writers". Bravo, Liza! And Bravo MCR (Gerard especially) for such gracious consideration of her.
Now, I really only have one tiny criticism of "The Black Parade" - "Cancer" is just too short! Call me greedy, but it needed at least another verse or something more. Cool song, but!
And the Box Packaging is just exquisite. James Jean rocks as does black velvet. Now, if I can only have MCR agree to headline MY funeral one day, that WOULD be a black PARADE! LOL.
Looking forward to seeing MCR live in January and also can't wait 'til their NEXT album (Not to forget THE UMBELLA ACADEMY comic). Peace!
Oh, and one last point - "John" : man I don't know whether to pity you or hold you as an inspiration. I mean, Keith Urban - putting yourself through THAT much torture in the name of musical appreciation, that takes stones! I suggest Celine Dion next or maybe even John Tesh. As for your quip about MCR being the biggest posers, well, I still ain't bought YOUR CD yet (It IS on the wish list, though) so I guess the verdict is still out. LOL.