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Crocodiles Original recording remastered
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Digitally Remastered and Expanded Version of the Bunnymen's Brilliant Debut Album Presented Four Individual Players Sure of their Own Gifts and their Ability to Bring it all Together to Make Things More Than the Sum of their Parts. Not a Bad Song in the Bunch, Each Stands Alone as a Masterpiece and the Sum of all is Outstanding. Ian Mcculloch's Spine Tingling Wail Amazed Audiences at It's Sheer Brilliance and this was his Finest Hour. His Delivery Soars, Even While He Conjures Up the Nervy, Edgy Picture of Addiction that is "Villiers Terrace," - "People Rolling Round on the Carpet/Mixing Up the Medicine." Brisk, Wasting Not a Note and Burning with Barely Controlled Energy, Crocodiles Remains a Perennial Classic. Includes 10 Bonus Tracks; Non Album Tracks, Out-takes and the Four Tracks from the Live "Shine So Hard EP. The Package also Includes Liner Notes and Photos in the Booklet, Housed in an "o" Type Slipcase.
Along with the Teardrop Explodes's Kilimanjaro and the Psychedelic Furs' self-titled LP, Echo and the Bunnymen's Crocodiles was one of several debut releases in 1980 that ushered in the U.K.'s neopsychedelic movement. Darker and less reliant on typical pop conventions than the work of most of their peers, Crocodiles presented Liverpool's Bunnymen as a truly original and inspired fusion of punk's nihilism and the psychedelic era's open-ended experimentation. Will Sergeant's innovative guitar sound, slipping seamlessly between sharp, brittle attacks and warm, lush embraces, made a perfect foil for frontman Ian McCulloch's somber vocals and self-conscious, introspective lyrics. With his rich, gloomy voice and cryptic tales of despair and disillusionment, McCulloch recalled influences as disparate as the Doors' Jim Morrison and Joy Division's Ian Curtis on haunting songs such as "Stars Are Stars," "Villiers Terrace," and the apocalyptic "Happy Death Men." However, it's when McCulloch lightens up and the band loosens up that they realize their full potential. "Do It Clean" is a potent three-chord rocker propelled by Pete DeFreitas's dead-on drumming and a frenzied organ courtesy of producer (and Teardrop Explodes keyboardist) David Balfe. "Rescue," the LP's single, is a soulful pure-pop gem that would have been a huge radio hit in an alternate, ultimately more just universe. --Paul Ducey --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
Their debut album"Crocodiles"and 84's"Ocean Rain"both rank high among the 80's best recordings.
"Crocodiles"is a powerhouse of emotionally heartfelt songwriting,musicianship and sheer talent by each element of the band.From Pete De Freitas' claustrophobic drums,Les Pattinson's ambient setting bass,Will Sargeant's"second,only to Marr"guitar playing and of course Ian McCulloch's passionate vocals(part Jim Morrisson,part Ian Curtis)the band's classic lineup was as cohesive as it was brilliant."Rescue"was the big single,of course,(such a hooky riff!)but the compelling"Villiers Terrace",the rocker"Stars are Stars",the fantastic"Pictures on the Wall"or the Julian Cope co-written"Read it in Books"could all have staked claim of chart success.
I agree with your criticism over the poor liner notes, especially the lack of lyrics. However, the track sequencing was done like this on purpose, since it is in the original UK release order, not that of the US release.
Crocodiles is possibly the best entry point into Echo & the Bunnymen's world. Although not as sweepingly magnificent as Heaven Up Here, as accomplished as Porcupines or as beautiful as Ocean Rain, and possibly wearing its influences on its sleeve a bit more than those others, this album makes up for all that by featuring one of the best collections of tunes ever committed to tape. Rescue, Pride, Pictures On My Wall, Villiers Terrace and Stars are Stars are the highlights, but everything here achieves a brilliantly unique and accessible mixture of moods.
Oh yeah, and the album cover's really cool.
2. The "extra tracks" are considerably lamer than currently available boot versions of songs from the same era. In particular, when are we going to get the full 1st EP with original cover art?
3. The liner notes are pretty hilariously ill-informed and detract from the music within, which still moves mountains, but is choking to death on a corporate slab.
Open letter to those responsible for the Echo reissues: check out the stellar job done on the 1st 3 Police albums for how it's done. Artwork, tracking, absence of schlock-ola. I like that.