25597-1 Echo & The Bunnymen
Produced by Laurie Latham
(track 11 by Gil Norton and Echo & The Bunnymen)
Released on July 7, 1987
UK CHART POSITION #4 . . . US CHART POSITION #51
Find it at GEMM
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A fter the grand gesture of Ocean Rain, it was unclear weather the band had anything left to say. Outside of a new single for the best-of Songs, “Bring On The Dancing Horses,” the band remained quiet for three years. But the Bunnies came out of their hole with this eponymous album, the last to feature the original quartet. Instead of changing “Horses” in midstream, producer Laurie Latham was retained, again giving the band a clean, crisp sound that was punchy where previous efforts were murky and moody. Echo & The Bunnymen (The Album) charted as well as anything they’d done to date, refuting the conventional wisdom that says absence from the studio costs a band their audience. “The Game,” “Lips Like Sugar,” “New Direction,” “Bedbugs And Ballyhoo” proved as good as anything the waning generation of new wave artists were able to conjure. In fact, Echo had outlived most of their peers, largely by sticking to their original musical principles. Their 1987 album returns to their core sound -- a kind of punky Doors with a harmless psychedelic undercurrent -- and away from the lush excess of Ocean Rain. Even after dozens of listens later, a lot of Echo & The Bunnymen sounds the same, even while it sounds good. Only “All My Life” is a surprise, a warm entry that was produced by Gil Norton and the band (it’s also my favorite track on the album). I’m not sure that Echo & The Bunnymen adds one iota to the band’s legend, other than to show that the band could return after a prolonged absence and reproduce the old magic without a hitch. Some critics have raised the album’s banner and proclaimed it one of the band’s best, but for me it’s merely a good album, not a great one like Ocean Rain. Considering the band’s next release, Reverberation, Echo & The Bunnymen shows the class and craftsmanship that Ian McCulloch had provided all along. If you agree, you might want to forego the Ian-less Reverberation and go straight to Candeland.

25597-1 back cover 25597-1 lyric sleeve
25597-1 back cover 25597-1 lyric sleeve

TRACK LISTING

  1. THE GAME    (lyrics: Ian McCulloch; music: Will Sergeant/Ian McCulloch/Les Pattinson)    3:48
  2. OVER YOU    (lyrics: Ian McCulloch; music: Will Sergeant/Ian McCulloch/Les Pattinson)    4:01
  3. BEDBUGS AND BALLYHOO    (lyrics: Ian McCulloch; music: Will Sergeant/Ian McCulloch/Les Pattinson/Pete De Freitas)    3:28
  4. ALL IN YOUR MIND    (lyrics: Ian McCulloch; music: Will Sergeant/Ian McCulloch/Les Pattinson/Pete De Freitas)    4:33
  5. BOMBERS BAY    (lyrics: Ian McCulloch; music: Will Sergeant/Ian McCulloch/Les Pattinson)    4:20
  6. LIPS LIKE SUGAR    (lyrics: Ian McCulloch; music: Will Sergeant/Ian McCulloch/Les Pattinson)    4:52
  7. LOST AND FOUND    (lyrics: Ian McCulloch; music: Will Sergeant/Ian McCulloch/Les Pattinson)    3:37
  8. NEW DIRECTION    (lyrics: Ian McCulloch; music: Will Sergeant/Ian McCulloch/Les Pattinson)    4:45
  9. BLUE BLUE OCEAN    (lyrics: Ian McCulloch; music: Will Sergeant/Ian McCulloch/Les Pattinson)    5:09
  10. SATELLITE    (lyrics: Ian McCulloch; music: Will Sergeant/Ian McCulloch/Les Pattinson/Pete De Freitas)    3:04
  11. ALL MY LIFE    (lyrics: Ian McCulloch; music: Will Sergeant/Ian McCulloch/Les Pattinson)    4:08

    CD reissue bonus tracks
  12. JIMMY BROWN
  13. HOLE IN THE HOLY
  14. SOUL KITCHEN
  15. THE GAME (ACOUSTIC DEMO)
  16. BEDBUGS AND BALLYHOO (ORIGINAL VERSION)
  17. OVER YOUR SHOULDER
  18. BRING ON THE DANCING HORSES (EXTENDED VERSION)

CREDITS

PETE DE FREITAS -- drums
IAN McCULLOCH -- vocals & guitar
LES PATTINSON -- bass
WILL SERGEANT -- guitar
Jake Brockman -- keyboards
Ray Manzarek -- keyboards
Henry Priestman -- keyboards
Stuart Barry -- engineer
Paul Gomersall -- engineer
Gil Norton -- engineer (11)
Bruce Lampcov -- mixing
Anton Corbijn -- photography

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK July 1987 WEA LP/CS WX 108/C lyric sleeve
US July 7, 1987 Sire LP/CD/CS 25597 lyric sleeve
BRA 1987 Ariola LP 38089  
CAN/GER 1987 WEA LP/CD/CS 242137-1/2/4 lyric sleeve
YUG 1987 Jugoton LP LSWEA 78045 inner sleeve
ARG 1991 WEA LP 80665 picture sleeve
UK November 3, 2003 WEA CDX 61164 digital remaster w. bonus tracks
US January 27, 2004 Rhino CDX 61164 digital remaster w. bonus tracks

 

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