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Echo & the Bunnymen
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Extremely limited 180 gram clear vinyl LP pressing. This self-titled album was the fifth by the band and their last with their drummer Pete de Freitas. The album was produced by Laurie Latham who recorded the album in Germany, Belgium, London and Liverpool after an aborted attempt at recording the album without de Freitas at Conny Plank's studio in Cologne with producer Gil Norton. The band had taken a year off after the success of Ocean Rain and without a drummer as de Freitas had resigned from the band and moved to USA, were committed to making an album without a member who was fundamental to the band's creative success. Tensions grew within the band, and after trying numerous other drummers without success, the band then took Freitas back as a hired hand rather than a full member.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 12.44 x 12.32 x 0.2 inches; 10.44 Ounces
- Manufacturer : Imports
- Date First Available : December 12, 2014
- Label : Imports
- ASIN : B00QG7VXY8
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #381,335 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Here, the album has more catchy hooks, and the songs seemed to be up-tempo and rockier. There are also a lot of more keyboards throughout the album than any of their other albums up to that period. Still, the band is heavily influenced by The Doors, as “Bedbugs and Ballyhoo” points toward The Door’s earlier sound. (The bonus track “Soul Kitchen” is a remake of The Doors.) Will Sergeant even gets a lengthy guitar solo in the track “All in Your Mind,” which half of the song showcases the band’s willing to showcase they can totally rock. “Satellite” and “New Direction” are near rock jams that you couldn’t help yourself but bang your hand throughout the tracks. The bonus track “Over Your Shoulder” is a heavy beat track with Ian’s voice being a little distorted while Will Sergeant’s guitar howls with a few simple chords that are catchy.
“The Game,” “Over You,” “Lips Like Sugar,” and “All My Life” are softer tracks on the album but are a joy to listen to. “The Game” and “Lips Like Sugar” were two singles during the album’s release. Songs like “Lost and Found,” “Bomber’s Bay,” and “Blue Blue Ocean” are mid-tempo beats but catchy beats that are grooving on the edge to jam out full rock but the band hangs on the edge to let the songs flow naturally.
The self-titled album may not live up like Ocean Rain, but it still never the less a joy to listen to, as the band explores a newer sound that isn’t as dark, meaning their songs are catchier with hooks and arranging tempos to bow your head to. Before Ian’s departure and Pete’s horrific death, this album lives up to Echo & the Bunnymen’s name, in my opinion, and it’s really the last “Echo” like album before the 2014 album Meteorites that shows the band is willing to achieve a newer but oddly familiar sound they’d had. Perhaps these are “pop, radio like” songs, but this album is what really turned me onto a band that I didn’t know all too well. Cheers.
Some good songs here: The Game, Bombers Bay, New Direction and Lost and Found are some of the ones I enjoy...but nothing compares to Lips Like Sugar.
Overall disappointed, especially for what seemed like such a big deal with the Anniversary reissue/remaster packaging. I was thinking I missed out on something incredible here. Honestly, you are better off picking up Crocodiles or Ocean Rain. but casual listeners should really get everything they want from a greatest hits compilation (they have many fantastic singles and if this was my first purchase I'm not sure if I would have gone any further.)