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Loveless (Audio Cassette)

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  • Audio Cassette (Nov. 5 1991)
  • Label: Sire
  • ASIN: B00000EYXW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 68 customer reviews
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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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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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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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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 and a series of EPs that were largely ignored by critics and fans. In 1988, they broke through with "Isn't Anything," a dreamy, intense record which practically spawned the entire, short-lived "shoegaze" genre. In 1992, however, they smashed their own mold with "Loveless," a timeless record which rendered it impossible for any group of any era to imitate or even expound upon what they had created. It may be the case that after this album's release, the genre's bands (or critics) soon abandoned any hope that another masterpiece of this ilk could ever exist, effectively facilitating the dismantling of shoegaze pop forever.
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.
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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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It may be a cliche, but there is a fine line between genius and madness, and those who can walk it are usually the ones who end up doing something truly worthwhile. Kevin Shields is a perfect example of this. Let me start by saying that this is my favorite album of all time. I would give it 20 stars if I could, and in fact to me it seems almost an exercise in banality to give it a review, so incredible and influential a recording it is. However, with that admission out of the way I will try to explain why I feel this is so.
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.
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