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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Liberty Belle and the Black Diamond Express was the beginning of the Go-Betweens' crossover into more elegant and refined pop territory. An excerpt from Kristi Coulter's review states: "Robert Forster's endearingly fey persona, equal parts Bryan Ferry and gangly bookstore clerk, reaches full flower on the Go-Betweens' fourth album, which tempers the angularity and occasional claustrophobia of the band's previous work with a new airiness and nervous romanticism. The lighter sound can be partly attributed to the growing influence of co-leader Grant McLennan, whose wistful "Cattle and Cane" and "Bachelor Kisses" lent grace to the Go-Betweens' sometimes stilted early records... ...
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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Liberty Belle and the Black Diamond Express was the beginning of the Go-Betweens' crossover into more elegant and refined pop territory. An excerpt from Kristi Coulter's review states: "Robert Forster's endearingly fey persona, equal parts Bryan Ferry and gangly bookstore clerk, reaches full flower on the Go-Betweens' fourth album, which tempers the angularity and occasional claustrophobia of the band's previous work with a new airiness and nervous romanticism. The lighter sound can be partly attributed to the growing influence of co-leader Grant McLennan, whose wistful "Cattle and Cane" and "Bachelor Kisses" lent grace to the Go-Betweens' sometimes stilted early records... Liberty Belle is by no means free of the old Go-Betweens' edge the brooding "Twin Layers of Lightning" is proof of that, but it is the pervading warmth and rueful humor of this release that make it so accessible and such a delight." Obviously, Bernard MacMahon and his Lo-Max Records label and Jet Set in the United States took that to heart when plotting out the reissue of the Go-Betweens' last three original albums, this one, Tallulah, and 16 Lovers Lane. Like the others, Liberty Belle is offered in a deluxe slipcase edition which contains two artfully remastered CDs by Bill Inglot and Dave Schultz, a booklet with a load of photos, complete lyrics and sessions notes and a personal and humorous liner essay by Andrew Mueller. The album as originally released is presented on disc one. Added to its tag end are videos for "Spring Rain," and "Head Full of Steam," the two big singles from the set. American audiences will be suitably pleased with these since they aren't available anywhere else. Disc two hosts 11 bonus cuts. The first surprise is a spanking new version of "Don't Let Him Come Back." It was recorded and mixed in July of 1985, three months before the rest of the album was recorded. This one stands in sharp contrast to early versions of "The Wrong Road" and "Bow Down," also recorded at the same session, in that this one boasts a slightly different arrangement than the officially issued version. The bonus CD also sports the single version of "Head Full of Steam," and a radio session of "Apology Accepted." The rest of the tracks are, fantastically, unreleased and rare cuts that either didn't make the finished album or were recorded for other purposes or never used. These include a live cover of "I'm Gonna Knock on Your Door," which was recorded at the Boston Arms, and Liberty Belle cast-offs like the beautiful "The Life at Hand," as well as "Little Joe," and "Reunion Dinner." In all, this is a brilliant package, presenting a final, definitive picture of the Go-Betweens at an important creative juncture that ultimately shifted their aesthetic approach to both recording and writing.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/9/2004
  • Label: Jet Set Records
  • UPC: 604978007025
  • Catalog Number: 780070

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Spring Rain (3:10)
  2. 2 The Ghost and the Black Hat (2:36)
  3. 3 The Wrong Road (4:57)
  4. 4 To Reach Me (3:37)
  5. 5 Twin Layers of Lightening (4:25)
  6. 6 In the Core of the Flame (2:57)
  7. 7 Head Full of Steam (3:36)
  8. 8 Bow Down (3:47)
  9. 9 Palm Sunday (On Board the S.S. Within) (3:19)
  10. 10 Apology Accepted (6:55)
  11. 11 Spring Rain
  12. 12 Head Full of Steam
Disc 2
  1. 1 The Life at Hand (3:34)
  2. 2 Don't Let Him Come Back (2:39)
  3. 3 Apology Accepted (3:48)
  4. 4 I Work in a Health Spa (3:42)
  5. 5 Bow Down (4:09)
  6. 6 Casanova's Last Words (2:39)
  7. 7 Head Full of Steam (3:38)
  8. 8 Little Joe (3:28)
  9. 9 The Wrong Road (3:18)
  10. 10 Reunion Dinner (4:49)
  11. 11 I'm Gonna Knock on Your Door (1:53)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Go-Betweens Primary Artist
Robert Forster Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Tracey Thorn Background Vocals
Susan Dench Viola
Sally Herbert Violin
Grant McLennan Guitar, Vocals, Loops
Lindy Morrison Drums
Audrey Riley Cello
Dean B. Speedwell Organ, Piano, Accordion, Bassoon, Keyboards, Vibes
Robert Vickers Bass
Richard Preston Loops
Chris Tomlin Violin
Dean Brodrick Keyboards
Technical Credits
Robert Forster Composer
The Go-Betweens Producer
Bob Johnson Source Material
Barry Andrews Producer, Engineer
Bill Inglot Mastering
Grant McLennan Composer, Loop
Audrey Riley String Arrangements
Aaron Schroeder Composer
Eddie Hodges Engineer
Steve Webbon Source Material
Richard Preston Producer, Engineer, Loop
Dave Schultz Mastering
Sid Wayne Composer
Andy Mueller Liner Notes
Bernard MacMahon Liner Notes, Artwork, Source Material
Ben Clancy Source Material
Martin Mills Source Material
Jonathan Turner Liner Notes, Source Material, Lyric Transcription
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