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Crystal Days 1979-99

Box Set, Remastered

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Echo & The Bunnymen - Crystal Days 1979-1999 collects 72 tracks, including 14 previously unreleased tracks and 23 cuts never before available on CD. This Rhino Records box set spans the whole of the Bunnymen's career, from their very first recording ('Mon

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Though a much-ballyhooed phenomenon that influenced modern bands as diverse as Pavement, Hole, and Flaming Lips, Liverpool's Echo & the Bunnymen tellingly had their biggest American successes ("Lips Like Sugar" and a cover of the Doors' "People Are Strange") just as they were beginning to come apart at the seams. With frontman Ian McCulloch wailing his impressionistic/expressionistic lyrics (occasionally so obtuse it was hard to tell which adjective applied) over Will Sergeant's fevered, jaggedly hypnotic guitar lines like a shamanic voice in the wilderness, the Bunnymen didn't so much push rock's boundaries as redraw them entirely to their own grand specifications. Compiled with a fan's zeal and the frank circumspection of hindsight, this richly annotated (including running track-by-track commentary by McCulloch and Sergeant) four-disc set documents the Bunnymen from their awkwardly determined '79 tracks and singles through highlights from their '80s albums and a gratifying late '90s comeback. Sprinkled generously throughout are singles, B-sides, Peel Session outtakes, and live tracks that add insightful details to their compelling, if decidedly star-crossed tale. Disc four will be especially welcomed by the faithful, containing mostly live tracks from '83 to '87 and an unlikely, eclectic array of covers ranging from Dylan's "It's All Over Now" and the Stones' "Paint It Black" through the Doors, Lou Reed, and Television that suggest these were impossibly ambitious musicians who made their mark first and discovered their roots later. --Jerry McCulley

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Monkeys (original version)
  2. The Pictures On My Wall (original single version)
  3. Read It In Books (original single version)
  4. Villiers Terrace (John Peel session)
  5. Rescue
  6. Simple Stuff
  7. Stars Are Stars
  8. All That Jazz
  9. Crocodiles
  10. The Puppet
  11. Do It Clean
  12. Show Of Strength
  13. Over The Wall
  14. A Promise
  15. Heaven Up Here
  16. All My Colours
  17. Broke My Neck (long version)
  18. No Hands (John Peel session)
  19. Fuel
  20. The Subject

Disc: 2

  1. The Back Of Love
  2. The Cutter
  3. Way Out And Up We Go
  4. Clay
  5. Heads Will Roll
  6. Gods Will Be Gods (alternate version)
  7. Never Stop (Discotheque)
  8. Watch Out Below (John Peel session)
  9. The Killing Moon (All Night version)
  10. Silver (Tidal Wave)
  11. Angels And Devils
  12. Crystal Days
  13. Seven Seas
  14. My Kingdom
  15. Ocean Rain
  16. All You Need Is Love

Disc: 3

  1. Bring On The Dancing Horses
  2. Over Your Shoulder
  3. Lover I Love
  4. Satisfaction
  5. New Direction (original version)
  6. Ship Of Fools
  7. All My Life
  8. The Game
  9. Bedbugs And Ballyhoo
  10. Lips Like Sugar (single version)
  11. People Are Strange
  12. Rollercoaster
  13. Don't Let It Get You Down
  14. I Want To Be There (When You Come)
  15. Nothing Lasts Forever
  16. Hurricane
  17. Rust
  18. What Are You Going To Do With Your Life?

Disc: 4

  1. In The Midnight Hour
  2. Start Again (live, 1987)
  3. The Original Cutter - A Drop In The Ocean
  4. Heads Will Roll (Summer version)
  5. Bedbugs And Ballyhoo (original single version)
  6. Zimbo (live, 1982 with The Royal Burundi Drummers)
  7. Angels And Devils (live, 1985)
  8. She Cracked (live, 1985)
  9. It's All Over Now, Baby Blue (live, 1985)
  10. Soul Kitchen (live, 1985)
  11. Action Woman (live, 1985)
  12. Paint It Black (live, 1985)
  13. Run, Run, Run (live, 1985)
  14. Friction (live, 1985)
  15. Crocodiles (live, 1985)
  16. Heroin (live, 1983)
  17. Do It Clean (live, 1983)


Product details

  • Audio CD (July 17, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 1979
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set, Original recording remastered
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B00005LMXO
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #301,468 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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