Before Hollywood [Expanded]

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All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
The Go-Betweens were already a good band well before they made Before Hollywood, but this second album is what proved for many listeners that they were great. For good reason -- both Forster's and McLennan's singing sounds much more honestly theirs, finding their own voices, while collectively the trio create a series of intricate, surprising melodies and songs which balance past and present beautifully. Strange as it may sound, the band's peers at this point could and did range from the Cure for both melancholic intensity and guitar -- check some of the electric work on "Ask" to more obvious cohorts as Orange Juice, but the Go-Betweens already had its own identity firmly ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
The Go-Betweens were already a good band well before they made Before Hollywood, but this second album is what proved for many listeners that they were great. For good reason -- both Forster's and McLennan's singing sounds much more honestly theirs, finding their own voices, while collectively the trio create a series of intricate, surprising melodies and songs which balance past and present beautifully. Strange as it may sound, the band's peers at this point could and did range from the Cure for both melancholic intensity and guitar -- check some of the electric work on "Ask" to more obvious cohorts as Orange Juice, but the Go-Betweens already had its own identity firmly established. For many, the album's reputation rests on the presence of one song alone, and understandably so: "Cattle and Cane." Arguably the band's absolute highlight of its earliest years and one of the early-'80s utter classics, the combination of McLennan's nostalgia-laden but not soppy lyric, his flat-out lovely singing and overdubbed backing vocals, and the catchy, beautifully elegant acoustic/electric arrangement is simply to die for. There are plenty of other songs that demonstrate the threesome's collective strength. "Two Steps Step Out" is a prime example, with sudden tempo shifts, from a more straightforward beat on the chorus to the sudden breakdown on the brisk chorus, and McLennan's lovelorn lyric and quietly impassioned singing make it an instant winner. Another McLennan winner is "Dusty in Here," soft piano from Bernie Clarke adding just enough to the spare but warm arrangement. Forster gets his own share of memorable moments, not least of which is the title track, not to mention the edgy, desperate "By Chance" and slightly calmer "On My Block." Morrison's abilities as a drummer are similarly improved, the at-times strident work of Send Me a Lullaby here replaced with a good balance between impact and steady swing. [The expanded edition added eight previously unreleased songs -- "Hammer the Hammer," "Heaven Says," "Just a King in Mirrors," "Peaceful Wreck," "Man o'Sand to Girl o'Sea," and "This Girl, Black Girl" -- plus the video for "Cattle and Cane."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/22/2006
  • Label: Lo-Max Import
  • UPC: 804011001021
  • Catalog Number: 1100102

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 A Bad Debt Follows You (2:24)
  2. 2 Two Steps, Step Out (3:28)
  3. 3 Before Hollywood (3:44)
  4. 4 Dusty in Here (4:09)
  5. 5 Ask (5:14)
  6. 6 Cattle and Cane (4:20)
  7. 7 By Chance (2:20)
  8. 8 As Long as That (5:25)
  9. 9 On My Block (3:49)
  10. 10 That Way (4:07)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Hammer the Hammer (2:49)
  2. 2 Heaven Says (4:06)
  3. 3 Just a King in Mirrors (2:57)
  4. 4 A Peaceful Wreck (2:31)
  5. 5 Man O'Sand to Girl O'Sea (3:24)
  6. 6 Near the Chimney (3:39)
  7. 7 This Girl, Black Girl (3:32)
  8. 8 Cattle and Cane (1:49)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Go-Betweens Primary Artist
Robert Forster Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Grant McLennan Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Lindy Morrison Drums, Background Vocals
Robert Vickers Bass
Technical Credits
John Brand Producer, Engineer
Tony Cohen Producer, Engineer
Ian Cooper Mastering
John Dent Noise Reduction
Steve Webbon Source Material
Bernard MacMahon Liner Notes
Jason Mitchell Noise Reduction
Bob Johnson Source Material, Management
Andrew Male Liner Notes
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