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Loveless (Audio Cassette) [Import]

My Bloody Valentine Audio Cassette
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My Bloody Valentine's entire career has been aiming toward the perfect guitar noise that Kevin Shields has in his head: a pure, warm, androgynous but deeply sexual rush of sound. Loveless is overwhelming, with Shields and Bilinda Butcher's guitars and voices blending into each other until they become a distant orchestra, the rhythm section striding in majestic lockstep, and occasional bursts of dance rhythms (as on the single "Soon") buoying the live instruments' warp and drift. Furiously loud but seductive rather than aggressive, the album flows like a lava stream from one track into another, subsuming everything in the mix into its blissful roar, and pulsing like a lover's body. --Douglas Wolk

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Digitally remastered two CD edition of this seminal 1991 album from one of the most influential British guitar bands of the '80s and '90s. This double disc version contains a second previously unreleased version of the album, which has been mastered from the original analogue tapes. The original line up of the Shoegazing legends, with their awe-inspiring mix of feedback guitar and indistinct lyrics, have influenced countless bands since their 1988 debut, Isn't Anything. Loveless, the long-delayed follow-up performed well beyond anyone's expectations and has remained one of the most cherished releases of it's time. Sony/BMG.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I don't know whether to review the album, the re-mastering or the delivery, so I'm going to have to synthesize my opinion of all three. First thing's first: if you don't already own the album, buy this pronto. It's just about as good as music gets, and its legend grows day by day. If you do own a copy, it depends on how much of a fan you are. If you didn't like it the first time around, these re-masters probably won't swing your opinion. But if you've ever given Loveless more than a couple spins, I think you'll dig them. Having two markedly different takes on the same album prevents it from ever becoming tired. The re-master of the original tapes sound much the same as the 1991 version, whereas the second is much more physical. The original is the same old head trip, but with the analogue tapes, you can sort of tell that there's a band playing this music. My largest complaint is that album comes with absolutely no extra cover art, booklets, or other goodies. Just a cheap sleeve. And finally, the sleeve was delivered promptly and in perfect condition. Hooray.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Irritating Noise at its Finest !!! March 20 2014
By Barry
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I purchased this disc based on the amount of glowing reviews.
Talk about disappointing !!!!
Pure Crap !!!
Even my 18 year old shouted out "Turn That Garbage Off ! "
Not a fan in the least !!!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Do not buy from Warner Brothers! Jan. 9 2014
By J 1992
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I rated this one star just to get your attention. This is what he said about Warner Bros in a Pitchfork interview:

"Also, you don't get paid if you don't own it-- you know, we've never been paid one penny from the United States from any of the records we've ever made. In the record company's world, we're always in debt. But the strange part of the story is Loveless alone sold enough copies in its first year to put us out of debt. But somehow Warners have managed to create a situation where, hundreds of thousands of records down the line, we're still in debt. That's why the compilations aren't coming out on Warner Bros. They're extremely in breach of contract as well at the moment."

Don't support these hosers by buying the cheaper version. Buy the remastered 2-disc version (also on Amazon, by FAB distribution/Sony) and support the genius who created this masterpiece.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome July 26 2008
Format:Audio CD
Is there anything new that can possibly be said about Loveless? Any stone as yet unturned? So much has been written about this album, and so much of it reads the same: "It's about tension, noise vs. melody, ugliness vs. beauty... It's a return to the womb... It foregrounds the background and favors texture over development... Kevin Shields is Brian Wilson... Smart went crazy..." It's all true, of course. There's no arguing with any of that, just as there's little reason to talk about this album which so many people love. When it comes to Loveless, we understand each other so well that we nod and grunt like we're standing in front of Hank Hill's house. For me, it's been that way for some time: Seeing the letters "M", "B" and "V" next to each other in a review of another band's album is enough to get said record on my "music to check out" list. I suspect I'm not alone.

Now that Kevin Shields is in better health and is slowly returning to the scene, he's explained that Loveless was something of an albatross for him, that he never could find a proper way to follow it. He should be comforted by the fact that no one else has been able to follow it, either. I've long dreamt of an album that was "Like Loveless, but more," but I haven't found it. And so many hundreds of albums have tried. Perhaps this is the sound of a single idea perfected. We should move on and continue to explore the vast spectrum of sound and feeling music provides, but we'll always return to Loveless for what it alone can deliver.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the greatest albums of the 1990's... July 14 2004
Format:Audio CD
in 1991 came the already classic "Loveless". the rockers "My Bloody Valentine" made their rare debut with "This is Your Bloody Valentine" in 1984. then, four years later they released "Isn't Anything", but the album they made them special... the album that made them famous in the rock genre... was "Loveless". which is easily one of the greatest albums out there. what a incredible 48 minutes it is, with amazing tracks like "Only Shallow", "When You Sleep", "Sometimes", and their amazing ending to the album... "Soon. but theres absoulutely not one bad track... those are just the stand-outs. Only Shallow has some of the greatest streaming guitars ever. theres always those complaints with the band with the vocals they can't hear and not nearly enough bass. but if you listen to the record a couple more times... you realize that doesn't matter.
When i first purchased "Loveless" and listened to it, i was a bit disappointed. It got so much acclaim as "one of the greatest albums ever!" so i kept trying, then one day I was listening to it... and... it just... CLICKED! it just clicked to me how beautiful this album really is. its just so many different things! want me to tell you how different? i've wrote over 50 reviews on CD albums here at Amazon, and when I i clicked the "recommended" button on Loveless, it had more than half of the CDs i reviewed. Spiritualized, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Neutral Milk Hotel, and much much more. this part of this review may seem useless to you, but i'm just saying... if you buy any album from the '90s... make it this one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wall of Sound
What at first comes across as an aural manifestation of the Texas Chain Saw Massacre soon reveals itself as a spellbinding mix of complex song structures, melancholy vocals and... Read more
Published on Dec 6 2008 by Pieter Uys
2.0 out of 5 stars I've tried. Really.
I really have tried with all my might to like and appreciate this record, simply because of all the wonderful things I have heard about it. In the end, I just can't do it. Read more
Published on July 12 2004 by Sam Saunders
1.0 out of 5 stars Very jumbled over-layered fuz.
So amny people love this album but I think it's one of the most over rated albums ever.
Take a guitar, turn the reverb and volume all the way up and let it go over the vocals... Read more
Published on July 8 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars One of a kind. An art/indie masterpiece!
My Bloody Valentine's third record Loveless is a sweeping swath through the halls of stand out art music that will forever be tried (ie Evanescence) but never duplicated in full or... Read more
Published on July 7 2004 by pizowell
5.0 out of 5 stars A warm, fuzzy feeling
My Bloody Valentine spent the mid- to late-80's expanding upon the feedback-drenched, murky sonic wash developed by bands like Cocteau Twins and The Jesus and Mary Chain with an LP... Read more
Published on July 7 2004 by John L. Powell III
5.0 out of 5 stars I dont get it.
I just dont get it.
Its like, I cant hear the lead singer guys voice or something.
All I hear is really loud fuzz noises and everything but music. Read more
Published on July 5 2004 by Adam Trunoske
2.0 out of 5 stars OK..
I naturally thought I would appreciate this album after a few listens, as so many reviews have stated it is a musical masterpiece. Read more
Published on July 5 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars My Attempt At A Good Summary
I got his album when it came out as a recommendation from a friend who called it brilliant... this guy really knew music too. Read more
Published on June 29 2004 by Michael Theodore
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