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There's an expanded 16-page booklet with new liner notes by noted music-writer DARYL EASLEA with contributions from the band's principal songwriters BOO HEWERDINE and NEILL MacCOLL and American Country-Rock singer and Album Producer STEVE EARLE.
DISC 1 - THE ALBUM (48:16 minutes):
CD 1 features the LP "Eureka" - originally released January 1988 on Chrysalis CHR 1646. As was customary for the time - the Cassette and CD versions carried bonus tracks - in this case 2 - "White Feathers" and "Up In Smoke". They were placed at the end of each side - Track 6 and Track 12 (this reissue uses that MC and CD configuration). But if you prefer to place both these tracks at the end (thereby not interrupting the 10-track LP run) a simple reprogramming of this CD will allow that.
However, the story doesn't stop there. After a less than ecstatic reception from the public (despite a lot of genuinely positive press) - Chrysalis tried to re-launch the album and band the following year. They rearranging the track list of "Eureka" - gave it different artwork - and simply called it "The Bible". This new LP variant was released 25 September 1989 on Chrysalis/Ensign CHEN 12.Read more ›
Solid pop songwriting, occasionally inflected with jazz or country. Nice piano parts (reminiscent of Bruce Hornsby at times), good hooks, good use of saxophone, and expressive vocals by lead singer Boo Hewerdine.
Standout tracks include the catchy Skeleton Crew, the expansive Skywriting, the jazzy Up In Smoke, the power-pop tour-de-force Crystal Palace. The best track of all may be Tiny Lights, with a compelling hook that isn't easy to break down melodically but sticks in your mind anyway. But there isn't really a bad track on here. November Brides, Cigarette Girls, Honey Be Good, The Wishing Game, Blue Shoes Stepping -- it's all quite strong.
Hard to find, but worth picking up if you do.
England's The Bible were a class act fronted by the talented Boo Hewerdine. The sound is jazz/pop complemented by great musicians like Neill MacColl, half brother of the late Kirsty MacColl.
"Skywriting" is a great mix of breezy vocals, piano and guitars. "Crystal Palace" is still one of my all time favorite songs. The vocals are superb and the group is clicking on every cylinder. Other great tracks include "Honey Be Good", the jazzy "November Brides" and "Blue Shoes Stepping".
I'm not sure if the US release included them so hold out for the UK release with the extra tracks. "White Feathers" is great.
A real classic in my opinion.
"Random Acts of Kindness" a mini compilation on the Haven label is well worth searching for as well.
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This CD was an impulse buy, but I have never regretted it. I have placed this album on each of my computers and devices, so it is always with me. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Drew R. Maerz
The songs are emotive and smart, the arrangements are simple enough to show off the heart-felt vocals but rich enough to hit all the right buttons, and each song is its own... Read morePublished on July 9, 2007 by Stephen Harris