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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.
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 --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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"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.
My Bloody Valentine's signature sound was basically engendered by Kevin Shields, a mastermind who spent nearly two years and approximately 500,000 dollars in the studio fiddling with guitars and training his and singer Bilinda Butcher's voices to coincide softly alongside the shimmering sonic textures, pop melodies, and Sabbath-esque hooks Shields had bouncing around in his head. The result was simply mesmerizing, as the drowning, subtlely sexual soundscapes present on each track submerge the listener in a pillowcase full of fuzzy feathers and silken cloth. This does not mean the work lacks heavy metal riffs or thundering rhythms, as tracks like "Only Shallow," "Loomer," and "What You Want" will prove. It's just that they are subdued and pounded into submission by Shields' masterful hand until they are weak and begging for mercy.Read more ›
Many people already know the story behind this album - the years it took to make, the umpty-seven engineers used in its recording, the fact that Kevin Shields beyond-obsessive attention to detail and perfectionism nearly bankrupted Creation Records. This album could have been one of the greatest jokes in pop music history if it hadn't turned out the way it did. I remember picking it up as a college freshman in 1992, never having heard a note of it. I don't remember why I did, but I do distinctly remember taking it home and putting it on and being utterly awestruck as the guitars literally exploded out of the stereo at the beginning of "Only Shallow". I've listened to a lot of music before and since, and I still believe that the first 20 seconds of this album comprise the greatest opening of any recording in the history of pop music. Shields writes beautiful melodic song structures, but it's what he does with them that is so impressive, painting them with multi-layered guitar sounds and looping tremelo effects that create this ethereal, gauzy, rippling curtain of sound. In places it sounds as if the guitars are melting as they are being played.Read more ›
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Everything was as I expected, and the album is enjoyable to listen to in my opinion. Might get remastered edition, yeah.Published on June 15 2014 by Arvin H.
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 ! Read more
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 morePublished on Dec 6 2008 by Peter Uys
in 1991 came the already classic "Loveless". the rockers "My Bloody Valentine" made their rare debut with "This is Your Bloody Valentine" in 1984. Read morePublished on July 14 2004 by lost_weasel
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 morePublished on July 12 2004 by Sam Saunders
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
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 morePublished on July 7 2004 by pizowell
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
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