Love and Rockets

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All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
As the band's breakthrough record in the U.S., riding high on the left-field success of the slinky T. Rex homage "So Alive," this album still divides the band's fans to the present. Charges of sell-out are incredibly curious, because aside from "So Alive," absolutely nothing here sounds like it would have gotten anywhere on the airwaves. While Ash and David J were clearly dividing their songwriting efforts, resulting in a rather schizophrenic album, what they were writing and performing were some of the best songs of their collected careers. David J gets to indulge rock & roll and blues traditionalism on a number of his tracks, beginning with the opening "**** Jungle ...
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All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
As the band's breakthrough record in the U.S., riding high on the left-field success of the slinky T. Rex homage "So Alive," this album still divides the band's fans to the present. Charges of sell-out are incredibly curious, because aside from "So Alive," absolutely nothing here sounds like it would have gotten anywhere on the airwaves. While Ash and David J were clearly dividing their songwriting efforts, resulting in a rather schizophrenic album, what they were writing and performing were some of the best songs of their collected careers. David J gets to indulge rock & roll and blues traditionalism on a number of his tracks, beginning with the opening "**** Jungle Law," a radical reworking of the old "Signifying Monkey" standard with compressed production and an almost industrial beat from Haskins. Another redone oldie is "Bound for Hell," a tale of the Devil driving a train to down below; David J runs his vocals through crackly distortion, playing harmonica while Ash plays a huge, thrashy guitar line. Perhaps his best number is his most atypical: "Rock and Roll Babylon," a barbed study of fame with Ash's sax and a string quartet fleshing out the sound beautifully. Ash's songs do some roots revisiting as well, in their own ways. "No Big Deal" and especially "Motorcycle" show that the man's been listening to some Jesus and Mary Chain, but his wonderful vocal purr marks them as his own songs. An unexpected addition to everything is "The Purest Blue," a radical reworking of Earth Sun Moon's "Waiting for the Flood" which leaves almost nothing of the original.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 078635971521
  • Catalog Number: 9715

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 **** (Jungle Law) (4:34)
  2. 2 No Big Deal (4:59)
  3. 3 The Purest Blue (3:44)
  4. 4 Motorcycle (3:30)
  5. 5 I Feel Speed (3:24)
  6. 6 Bound for Hell (6:00)
  7. 7 The Teardrop Collector (4:09)
  8. 8 So Alive (4:15)
  9. 9 Rock & Roll Babylon (3:21)
  10. 10 No Words No More (3:49)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Love and Rockets Primary Artist
Daniel Ash Bass, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Saxophone, Vocals, Fuzz Bass
David J Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, Harmonica, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals
Lorna Wright Background Vocals
John Fryer Synthesizer, Synthesizer Strings
Kevin Haskins Guitar, Percussion, Drums, Keyboards, Sampling, Vibes, Guitar Feedback
Ruby James Background Vocals
Josie Abbott Cello
Brian Brooks Violin
Penny Thompson Viola
Bill Thorp Violin
Sylvia Mason James Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Love and Rockets Producer
Daniel Ash Composer
David J Feedback
John Fryer Producer, Engineer, Contributor
Kevin Haskins Contributor
Bill Thorp Arranger, String Arrangements
Steve Webbon Artwork
Spyros Horemis Artwork
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