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Complete Masters Original recording remastered, Import

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  • Audio CD (June 1 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: Select Distributions
  • ASIN: B00004T9Z0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
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1. If There's A Heaven Above
2. A Private Future
3. The Dog-End Of A Day Gone By
4. The Game
5. Seventh Dream Of Teenage Heaven
6. Haunted When The Minutes Drag
7. Saudade
8. Ball Of Confusion (12in UK Mix)
9. Inside The Outside
10. If There's A Heaven Above (12in UK Mix)
11. God And Mr. Smith
12. Haunted When The Minutes Drag (USA Mix)
13. If There's A Heaven Above (Canada Mix)

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UK reissue of their classic 1985 debut album, lovingly remastered by the original producer John A. Rivers. Includes 20page book with expanded artwork and new notes by David J and six bonus tracks, 'Ball Of Confusion 12'' (UK Mix), 'Inside The Outside' (B-side BOC), 'If There's A Heaven Above' (UK12'), 'God And Mr. Smith' (B-side Heaven), 'Haunted When The Minutes Drag' (USA Mix) and 'If There's A Heaven Above' (Canada Mix). Standard jewelcase. 2000 release.


Formed from the ashes of Bauhaus, Love And Rockets took their inspiration not from former Goth front man Peter Murphy, but from the psychedelic visions of Pink Floyd main man Syd Barrett. Arriving, as they did, in the mid-1980s, Love And Rockets were able to employ contemporary technology and studio wizardry to update the original concept, and this debut album found them at their creative zenith, conjuring strange sounds--just listen to the scratchy, rasping solo that shatters the flow of the opening track "If There's A Heaven Above"--with an unmistakably English vibe. The time probably wasn't right for their particular brand of spaced-out rock but, in retrospect, Seventh Dream Of Teenage Heaven comes across not as a simple act of homage, but as a genuinely new hybrid, informed by an awareness of soul, pop, prog-rock (and yes, Goth), pre-dating the genre-mixing that became so common in the decade that followed. Making this re-issue even more appealing is the inclusion of four UK single mixes, and a brace of transatlantic mixes that would otherwise take months to track down in the world's rare record emporiums. --Johnny Black

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Format: Audio CD
Released in 1985, "Seventh Dream of Teenage Heaven" is the perfect soundtrack to the mid eighties. This is the remastered version from 2000 that includes 6 extra tracks and mixes which only enhance the recording. Opener "If There's a Heaven Above" begins with the line " Throw the world off your shoulders tonight Mr. Smith". Listening to those lyrics, you feel that for 40 minutes or so, you're leaving your troubles behind. All the other songs are exceptional as well,everyone seems to have a favourite. Also, I want to mention the sound quality, the remastering was done beautifully, It's a shame that beautiful music like this is trarely made these days.
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Someone in the Love and Rockets camp has a habilt of fine-tuning their albums and adding new songs after the initial album release date. This is cheating, but no matter. I've fine tuned my own version of what the album should sound like. At least this current release has the original line-up of songs, followed by the bonus material. The following is MY running order for the album:
"If There's A Heaven Above" - "Throw the world off your shoulders tonight Mr. Smith . . ." This joyously hopeful song dives right into the main themes of the album, namely - youth, the mystery of religion, the nature of human existence and the progression of time. *****
"A Private Future" - Starts off as a pretty, idyllic song that progresses into a more ominous exploration of religious beliefs. Culminates in the line "Live the life you love/ Use a god you trust/ And don't take it all too seriously" which instantly brings their sermonizing back down to earth. ****
("Snuff out the ") -- "Dog-end Of A Day Gone By" - A steady rock workout drenched in omnipresent guitars, organ and rumbling drums. ****
"The Game" - This one sounds like being caught in some Twilight Zone timewarp. Ticks along at a deliberate pace like a clock that intensifies as the song progresses. ****1/2
"Inside The Outside" - This one's a cool rocker. Dominated by drums that tumble all over the place and tortured single-note shreds of fury on guitar. ****
"God And Mr. Smith" - a wigged-out remix of "If There's A Heaven Above" sans words. Strange Middle Eastern vocal distortions and other effects swirl around to trippy effect.
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I had lamented that this album ever went out of print, but this re-release exceeded expectations. It contains the entire seven-track UK release (with the original and superior version of "Dog End Of A Day Gone By") and the extra tracks from the US version, as well as numerous remixes. The liner notes are extensive, and include a section written by David J.
And the music itself? This first effort by Love and Rockets (hot off the heels of Tones On Tail) is dark, lush and brilliant. "Haunted When The Minutes Drag" is the best song that the band ever recorded. "A Private Future" and the haunting, melancholy instrumental "Saudade" are standouts. It is all excellent material, and the remixes are a welcome addition, especially the Canada Mix of "If There's A Heaven Above." The songs feature Daniel Ash's trademark fuzzbox guitars as well as stunning 12-string acoustic guitar work.
This is a fantastic album in a superb package. If you were unable to get this cd in it's original release, get this edition now. "Seventh Dream Of Teenage Heaven" is Love and Rockets at their absolute best.
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It's surprising that both "Seventh Dream of Teenage Heaven" and "Express" will only be reissued in Europe, and not the United States. Love & Rockets have never been popular in Britain, we need these CDs HERE!
This edition consolidates 4 fairly different remixes from 3 different markets. (UK, USA, Canada). It doesn't include the (superior?) US mix of 'Dog-End of A Day Gone By', a major oversight. Oops! The budget for 'remastering' the album may not have been high - the new sound is louder but not as detailed as I hoped. That said - it sounds far better than the old mid-'80s CD master.
The real test will be the remastered "Express" - a much more exciting album. Except for 'Inside the Outside', most of this album is slow-tempo in the Bauhaus style, with a small hint of the 'poppy' melodies they would soon adapt. Still, a good record from a band that seems to be slipping through the cracks in recent music history.
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