Crystal Days: 1979-1999

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They never had a major U.S. radio hit, but Liverpool's Echo & the Bunnymen made an indelible mark on the alternative music scene in the '80s, '90s, and beyond. Back then, there were few cooler bands. As Pavement's Spiral Stairs acknowledges in his essay in this remarkable box set, "They made me want to make music myself" not to mention ape their gravity-defying hairdos. The Bunnymen were very much of their time and place, coming up alongside the likes of the Fall, the Teardrop Explodes, and the Chameleons U.K., but they also forged a distinct sound, built on angular guitars, heady beats, and sweeping vocals, that evolved throughout the years, becoming less ...
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Barnes & Noble - Lydia Vanderloo
They never had a major U.S. radio hit, but Liverpool's Echo & the Bunnymen made an indelible mark on the alternative music scene in the '80s, '90s, and beyond. Back then, there were few cooler bands. As Pavement's Spiral Stairs acknowledges in his essay in this remarkable box set, "They made me want to make music myself" not to mention ape their gravity-defying hairdos. The Bunnymen were very much of their time and place, coming up alongside the likes of the Fall, the Teardrop Explodes, and the Chameleons U.K., but they also forged a distinct sound, built on angular guitars, heady beats, and sweeping vocals, that evolved throughout the years, becoming less angst-riddled and more lush. Over the course of this lovingly packaged box's four CDs, you'll hear elements of the dark-hued psychedelia of the Teardrop Explodes, the punk fury of early Siouxsie & the Banshees, and the grit and gloom of Joy Division and the Cure. But it's the alluring collision of Ian McCulloch's deep, yearning vocals, Will Sergeant's dazzling guitar showers, Les Pattinson's throbbing bass lines, and Pete DeFrietas's incomparable hammering drums that makes the greatest impression. Crystal Days: 1979-1999 offers enough to please both diehards and casual Echo fans. The first three discs sample their recorded works from the very beginning -- a 1979 recording of "Monkeys," featuring Julian Cope on keyboards -- through the band's 1999 album What Are You Going to Do with Your Life? Here you'll fine the band's key singles -- "Rescue," "Do It Clean," "A Promise," "The Cutter," "Never Stop Discotheque" originally issued only as a single, "The Killing Moon All Night Version," "Silver" in the lovely 12" "Tidal Wave" mix, "Bring On the Dancing Horses," "Lips Like Sugar" -- along with standout B-sides, alternative versions, outtakes, and BBC recordings. Disc 4 is where fans will have a field day, reveling in previously unreleased tracks a cover of Wilson Pickett's "In the Midnight Hour", alternate takes a live version of "Zimbo," featuring the Royal Burundi Drummers, and a big batch of the live cover versions the band was known for -- including the Doors' "Soul Kitchen," Television's "Friction," the Stones' "Paint It Black" -- songs which, in retrospect form a blueprint for the Bunnymen's expansive sound. The smartly designed package features a ton of photos, original album and single cover images, a lengthy essay by longtime Echo publicist Mick Houghton, personal commentary from McCulloch and Sergeant, and a detailed track listing, making this a must-have for any alternative music collection.
All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
The answer is a resounding yes -- Echo & the Bunnymen's Crystal Days: 1979-1999, a four-disc set boasting a great built-in book with a biography and track-by-track commentary, is worth every penny. Through 71 tracks, it does an excellent job by catering to the longtime fan and merely curious, running through all the hits and selecting standout album tracks, rarities, and unreleased curiosities, all worthwhile. The very fact that compilation producer Andy Zax was driven to put this project into motion after realizing he just had to find a way to get stellar B-sides like the Velvets-meets-Byrds heaven of "Angels and Devils" and the Peel Session version of the experimental "No Hands" into circulation tells you right off that you're in good hands. If this great-sounding box proves anything, it's that the Bunnymen don't deserve to be merely regarded as an excellent '80s band; sure, they've had some bumps along the road, but despite having thrived in a decade known for plasticity and fad crazes, this collection establishes that their legacy exists apart from the negative connotations the "'80s band" tag carries. And by carefully selecting songs from their '90s incarnation, they throw a pie in the face of those who believe all reunions are artistic no-nos. The first three discs run chronologically through the band's first 20 years, occasionally throwing surprises into the mix with alternative versions and outtakes. The only gripe one might have is the favoring of the "All Night Version" of "The Killing Moon" over the original, which would be nitpicky. The final disc is chiefly occupied by live covers, including a great set-closing combo of the Velvets' "Heroin" and their own "Do It Clean." This is no mere nostalgia kick -- it's just solid, ageless rock & roll with attitude and brains.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/17/2001
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227426323
  • Catalog Number: 74263

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Monkeys (3:04)
  2. 2 The Pictures on My Wall (2:51)
  3. 3 Read It in Books (2:59)
  4. 4 Villiers Terrace - David Balfe (4:13)
  5. 5 Rescue (4:26)
  6. 6 Simple Stuff (2:35)
  7. 7 Stars Are Stars (2:47)
  8. 8 All That Jazz (2:47)
  9. 9 Crocodiles - David Balfe (2:40)
  10. 10 The Puppet (3:07)
  11. 11 Do It Clean - David Balfe (2:48)
  12. 12 Show of Strength (4:50)
  13. 13 Over the Wall (6:06)
  14. 14 A Promise (4:04)
  15. 15 Heaven Up Here (3:43)
  16. 16 All My Colours - Leslie Penny (4:02)
  17. 17 Broke My Neck (7:17)
  18. 18 No Hands (3:11)
  19. 19 Fuel (4:05)
  20. 20 The Subject (5:09)
Disc 2
  1. 1 The Back of Love (3:15)
  2. 2 The Cutter (3:52)
  3. 3 Way Out and Up We Go (4:03)
  4. 4 Clay (4:16)
  5. 5 Heads Will Roll (3:33)
  6. 6 Gods Will Be Gods (5:30)
  7. 7 Never Stop (4:46)
  8. 8 Watch Out Below (2:50)
  9. 9 The Killing Moon (9:13)
  10. 10 Silver (Tidal Wave) (5:12)
  11. 11 Angels and Devils (4:23)
  12. 12 Crystal Days (2:26)
  13. 13 Seven Seas (3:20)
  14. 14 My Kingdom (4:06)
  15. 15 Ocean Rain (5:18)
  16. 16 All You Need Is Love (6:42)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Bring on the Dancing Horses (4:05)
  2. 2 Over Your Shoulder (4:07)
  3. 3 Lover, I Love You (4:20)
  4. 4 Satisfaction (4:11)
  5. 5 New Direction (4:23)
  6. 6 Ship of Fools (4:04)
  7. 7 All My Life (4:10)
  8. 8 The Game (3:51)
  9. 9 Bedbugs and Ballyhoo (3:29)
  10. 10 Lips Like Sugar (4:37)
  11. 11 People Are Strange (4:32)
  12. 12 Rollercoaster (4:05)
  13. 13 Don't Let It Get You Down (3:52)
  14. 14 I Want to Be There (When You Come) (3:39)
  15. 15 Nothing Lasts Forever - Liam Gallagher (3:56)
  16. 16 Hurracaine (4:21)
  17. 17 Rust (5:24)
  18. 18 What Are You Going to Do With Your Life? (5:11)
Disc 4
  1. 1 The In the Midnight Hour (3:30)
  2. 2 Start Again (3:26)
  3. 3 The Original Cutter (A Drop in the Ocean) (4:00)
  4. 4 Heads Will Roll (4:25)
  5. 5 Bedbugs and Ballyhoo (3:38)
  6. 6 Zimbo - The Royal Burundi Drummers (4:57)
  7. 7 Angels and Devils (3:04)
  8. 8 She Cracked (2:54)
  9. 9 It's All Over Now, Baby Blue (3:33)
  10. 10 Soul Kitchen (3:50)
  11. 11 Action Woman (3:21)
  12. 12 Paint It Black (3:15)
  13. 13 Run Run Run (3:59)
  14. 14 Friction (4:44)
  15. 15 Crocodiles (6:06)
  16. 16 Heroin (5:43)
  17. 17 Do It Clean (8:18)
  18. 18 Cutter (4:06)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Echo & the Bunnymen Primary Artist
Julian Cope Keyboards
Ray Manzarek Keyboards
Shankar Strings
David Balfe Piano, Keyboards
Jake Brockman Keyboards
Michael K. Lee Drums
Ian McCulloch Guitar, Vocals
Harry Morgan Percussion
David Palmer Drums
Les Pattinson Bass
Leslie Penny Woodwind
Adam Peters Piano, Cello, Conductor, Keyboards
Guy Pratt Bass
Henry Priestman Keyboards
Will Sergeant Guitar, Harpsichord, Sitar
Edward Shearmur Piano
Jeremy Stacey Drums
Mark Taylor Keyboards
Tim Whittaker Percussion
Pete de Freitas Drums
Liam Gallagher Background Vocals
Stephen Morris Drums
Alan Perman Harpsichord
Mike Mooney Guitar
Paul "Tubbs" Williams Background Vocals
London Metropolitan Orchestra Strings, Brass, Woodwind
Technical Credits
Echo & the Bunnymen Engineer
David Balfe Engineer
Stuart Barry Engineer
John Brierly Engineer
Hugh Brown Art Direction
Peter Coleman Engineer
Colin Fairley Engineer
Bill Inglot Remastering, Audio Production
Nick Ingman String Arrangements
Hugh Jones Engineer
David Lord Engineer
Ian McCulloch Composer
Gil Norton Engineer
Les Pattinson Composer
Adam Peters String Arrangements, Orchestral Arrangements
Gary Peterson Discographical Annotation
Will Sergeant Composer
Steve Short Engineer
Cenzo Townshend Engineer
Pete de Freitas Composer, Engineer
Paul Gomersall Engineer
Nick Gomm Engineer
Henri Lonstan Engineer
Steve Riddle Engineer
David Frazer Engineer
Chris Nagle Engineer
Dave Woolley Engineer
Rachel Gutek Art Direction
Michael Bergek Engineer
Guy Massey Engineer
Shawn Amos Liner Note Coordination
Daniel Goldmark Editorial Research
David Bascombe Engineer
Martin Mitchell Engineer
Daniel Hersch Remastering
Robby Krieger Composer
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