Downside Up

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All Music Guide - Chris True
A long time ago, back in late '80s or so, CD box sets were unleashed upon the music-buying public. Box sets like the Led Zeppelin box or Aerosmith's Pandora's Box were mostly hits affairs, with a few rarities B-sides, live tracks, demos to entice both fan and newcomer. In later years, however, a new concept in anthologizing a band's career came to the multi-disc format: the B-side box set. This new and more complete way of packaging the lesser-known moments of a long-running band walks a fine line between a treasure trove of great material with better sound on a better format and just plain overkill, the kind of collection that no one but the most rabid fan would care about....
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Chris True
A long time ago, back in late '80s or so, CD box sets were unleashed upon the music-buying public. Box sets like the Led Zeppelin box or Aerosmith's Pandora's Box were mostly hits affairs, with a few rarities B-sides, live tracks, demos to entice both fan and newcomer. In later years, however, a new concept in anthologizing a band's career came to the multi-disc format: the B-side box set. This new and more complete way of packaging the lesser-known moments of a long-running band walks a fine line between a treasure trove of great material with better sound on a better format and just plain overkill, the kind of collection that no one but the most rabid fan would care about. In the case of Downside Up, Siouxsie and the Banshees' contribution to the box set world, it's a little bit of both. On the one hand, there are not many newcomers to the band who need to hear the chaotic sound sculpture of "There's A Planet in My Kitchen," much less four discs of totally unfamiliar music. On the other hand, it would be a shame to miss out on some incredibly great music, albeit rather experimental and, at times, difficult. The first disc, especially, is loaded with what could arguably be some of the Banshees' finest moments. The rocking cover of T. Rex's "20th Century Boy," the better and somewhat more fitting in German than the original English version "Mettageisen Metal Postcard," "Drop Dead/Celebration," "Eve White/Eve Black," and the synth-based "Snap Dash Snap" are more than enough reason to invest in Downside Up. From then on, it gets a bit spotty, but the quality is still evident. Any band that is able to stay together for 20 years is going to have some weak moments. Over time Siouxsie and the Banshees would put their more experimental side to rest on album and single releases, but it didn't disappear completely. While some of discs two and three are a bit more straightforward than the earlier stuff, the experiments and lesser-known tracks such as "She's Cuckoo," "Mechanical Eyes," and "El Dia de los Muertos" are better than some of what ended up on the full-lengths. Disc four, however, does not play into the chronology of the rest of the set. Rather, it is the first official CD appearance of The Thorn EP, which was originally released in 1984. Here the band re-recorded some of its best early songs in a more updated and orchestral light. "Overground" especially takes on a whole new life as a strings-driven piece. So what's the final verdict on Downside Up? Does anyone really need "There's A Planet in My Kitchen"? No, not really, but the amount of killer well outweighs the filler here. It may be a bit much to invest, but for a moderate to rabid fan, it's damn worth it. Simply put, it's a collection of great songs from a great band, and that's what really matters.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/14/2004
  • Label: Universal Uk
  • UPC: 602498218235
  • Catalog Number: 9821823

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Voices (On the Air) (5:33)
  2. 2 20th Century Boy (1:59)
  3. 3 Pulled to Bits (3:25)
  4. 4 Mittageisen (Metal Postcard) (4:10)
  5. 5 Drop Dead/Celebration (4:25)
  6. 6 Eve White/Eve Black (3:04)
  7. 7 Red Over White (4:36)
  8. 8 Follow the Sun (2:49)
  9. 9 Slap Dash Snap (3:42)
  10. 10 Supernatural Thing (4:26)
  11. 11 Congo Conga (4:15)
  12. 12 Coal Mind (3:32)
  13. 13 We Fall (3:39)
  14. 14 Cannibal Roses (4:30)
  15. 15 Obsession II (3:52)
  16. 16 A Sleeping Rain (4:19)
  17. 17 Il Est Ne, Le Divin Enfant (2:32)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Tattoo (3:30)
  2. 2 (There's A) Planet in My Kitchen (5:23)
  3. 3 Let Go (3:37)
  4. 4 The Humming Wires (4:23)
  5. 5 I Promise (4:38)
  6. 6 Throw Them to the Lions (4:51)
  7. 7 An Execution (3:50)
  8. 8 The Quarterdrawing of the Dog (4:55)
  9. 9 Lullaby (3:32)
  10. 10 Umbrella (4:14)
  11. 11 Shooting Sun (4:44)
  12. 12 Sleepwalking (On the High Wire) (5:10)
  13. 13 She Cracked (3:07)
  14. 14 She's Cuckoo (4:15)
  15. 15 Something Blue (3:56)
  16. 16 The Whole Price of Blood (3:54)
  17. 17 Mechanical Eyes (3:36)
Disc 3
  1. 1 False Face (2:51)
  2. 2 Catwalk (4:57)
  3. 3 Something Wicked (This Way Comes) (4:21)
  4. 4 Are You Still Dying, Darling? (4:44)
  5. 5 El Dia de Los Muertos (3:38)
  6. 6 Sunless (4:27)
  7. 7 Staring Back (3:16)
  8. 8 Return (5:03)
  9. 9 Spiral Twist (3:55)
  10. 10 Sea of Light (4:35)
  11. 11 I Could Be Again (4:31)
  12. 12 Hothead (3:31)
  13. 13 B Side Ourselves (3:48)
  14. 14 Swimming Horses (4:41)
  15. 15 All Tomorrow's Parties (6:12)
  16. 16 Hang Me High (6:05)
  17. 17 Black Sun (3:10)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Overground (3:53)
  2. 2 Voices (On the Air) (5:26)
  3. 3 Placebo Effect (4:37)
  4. 4 Red Over White (5:43)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Siouxsie and the Banshees Primary Artist
John Carruthers Guitar
Nigel Gray Loops
Jon Klein Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Martin McCarrick Piano, Cello, Keyboards
John McGeoch Guitar, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Guitar Effects
John McKay Guitar, Saxophone
Talvin Singh Tabla
Anne Stephenson Strings
John Valentine Carruthers Guitar
Budgie Organ, Percussion, Piano, Cymbals, Drums, Timbales, Kalimba, Noise, Hand Clapping, Waterphone, Foot Stomping, Synthesizer Percussion, Vocal Percussion, Jaw Harp, Roland TR-808
Kenny Morris Drums
Technical Credits
Gwen Guthrie Composer
Jonathan Richman Composer
Marc Bolan Composer
Bruce Albertine Producer
Nigel Gray Producer, Fader Engineer
Martin McCarrick String Arrangements
Rob O'Connor Cover Design
Steven Severin Composer
Siouxsie and the Banshees Composer
Mike Stavrou Producer
Anne Stephenson String Arrangements
Mike Hedges Producer
Siouxsie Sioux Composer
Mark Paytress Liner Notes
Nils Stevenson Producer
John Heartfield Montage
Traditional Composer
Zoe Roberts Tape Sources
Rocking Russian Cover Design
Patrick Grant And The Rising Composer
Budgie Composer, drum programming
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Ultimate Banshees Release!

    Many harcore Banshees fans have been waiting for more than a decade for a release of what Siouxsie Sioux, Budgie, & Steve Severin claim is thier best work; the non-album tracts and 'B' sides. Having downloaded off of pirate file share groups, I am Excited to finally have CD quality Banshees 'rarities' available. Even better is included the E.P. 'Thorn' which only limited copies reached the U.S. Also Lyrics and liner notes are included. If you are no more than a 'Kiss Them for Me', 'Peek-a-Boo' fan forget this release. This is for the truly 'rabid' fan.

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