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Screaming Fields of Sonic Love

3.7 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

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Screaming Fields Of Sonic Love - Sonic Youth (CD 1995)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Teen Age Riot
  2. Eric's Trip
  3. Candle
  4. Into The Groove (y)
  5. G-Force
  6. Beauty Lies In The Eye
  7. Kotton Krown
  8. Shadow Of A Doubt
  9. Expressway To Yr Skull
  10. Starpower
  11. Death Valley '69
  12. Halloween
  13. Flower
  14. Inhuman
  15. Making The Nature Scene
  16. Brother James
  17. I Dreamed I Dream


Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 25, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • ASIN: B000003TBJ
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #309,659 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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In 1995, Sonic Youth's record company decided to re-release all six of the band's seminal 1980's albums: the violent, harsh 'Confusion is Sex'; the unsettling dreamscapes of 'Bad Moon Rising'; the pulsing psychedelic 'EVOL'; the straightforward indie-rock of 'Sister'; the avant-garde tribute to Madonna `Ciccone Youth'; and the quasi-symphonic masterpiece 'Daydream Nation.' To promote these reissues, DGC also issued this record, an assortment of 17 songs from the band's 1980's catalog. By no means would anyone consider Sonic Youth a singles band (they only issued six singles in their first nine years as a band; seven if you count "Into the Groove(y)" from the Ciccone Youth LP). But the band sounds surprisingly good stripped down to the singles and key album tracks. This unconventionally-sequenced retrospective (it begins with the selections from `Daydream Nation' and goes back to the earlier, less commercial songs) shows how the band developed from a cooler-than-thou art-noise clique into one of the most creative and enduring bands in rock history. The long and graceful interlocking guitar lines of "Teen Age Riot" and "Candle," the quintessential indie love song "Cotton Crown," the shimmering psychedelia of "Shadow of a Doubt," and the forbidding sturm und drang of "Death Valley 69" and "Inhuman" all make a case on how no one could touch Sonic Youth in the 80's, and for those looking to familiarize themselves with the group, this is an excellent place to begin.
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If you want to get into some Sonic Youth but are afraid to test their albums ( and I can fully empathize having being one of them myself ) this compilation will serve as a godsend to you. However I must warn you that you might feel a little tricked ( not in a bad way though ) with this compilation for on the most part this album is really mellow only with the later tracks piling on the noisier tracks but it does serve as a useful starter for anybody interested as it whets the appetite for more Sonic Youth records.
Buy this album and you might become a SY junkie.....join the club we all know how you feel
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I give it a five for the music, but a 2 for the concept. This is a great release for those people who are not going to take the effort to purchase all of the releases that these songs come from (although I think that you get a better experience from their music when it has not been removed from its context as a whole...i.e. the album it was released on). If you like this I suggest buying Confusion is Sex/Kill Yr. Idols + (if you can find it) their self titled e.p. If you like those, try Sonic Death Live (again, if you can find it)...that is about as intense as they get on their own.
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Yeah, pretty much every band that's been around a long time and is at all respected in the music world is kind of expected to put out a kind of cult-favorites/greatest-hits album, but in Sonic Youth's case, all of their songs are cult favorites. And none are really hits; "Teenage Riot", "Dv69", and "Bull in the Heather" are pretty much as close as they come. I bought this record for "I dreamed I dream" alone (since an out-of-print SY ep is literally nonexistent in such a city as Nashville), and although I think it's worth it for such a beautiful song (it's probably my all-time favorite). I suppose this would be a decent album for any SY novice, but it certainly is no alternative to buying the separate albums, since, well, first of all, how the hell did they decide which songs to put on "Screaming Fields"? Why are such classics as Schizophrenia, In the Kingdom #19, I Wanna Be Yr Dog, Silver Rocket, The Sprawl, Burning Spear, Ghost Bitch, The Good and the Bad, and Pipeline/Kill Time kept off of a kind of "best of" album? I just don't find that a "best of" can be done with Sonic Youth, especially a choice of only 17 of their wonderful songs....
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well how do you pick a greatest hit album from a band like sonic youth who knows who cares .i own this as part of my collection as just something to bring with me when i dont want to take any 3 or 4 cds with me on the road someplace .this compelation would probably be a good introdution but it does not have enough songs on it.what they should of done was at least made it a double disc or something.so to put it this is not a good intro to the band but for your friend who never heard the youth .let him or her borrow this because im sure all of you already have all there albums any ways!...
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This is, oddly enough, a Sonic Youth hits album. It works much better than one might expect, but there are some curious selections here that preclude a higher rating. The Daydream Nation era has Eric's Trip in place of Silver Rocket and Kissability. That's inexcusable. Then, the Sister era excludes Schizophrenia and Catholic Block. Mere grievances, perhaps, but had these changes been made, Screaming Fields would have been a much better portrait of Sonic Youth pre-Goo discography. Hardcore SY fans will already own all this material, so they can make a proper mix themselves, while newcomers to SY are advised to buy Sister and Daydream Nation instead.
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