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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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Editorial Reviews

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. [A two-disc version of Love and Rockets, released in 2002, added "Motorcycle" remixes, several B-sides, and the contents of a radio show to the original program.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/10/2002
  • Label: Beggars Uk - Ada
  • UPC: 607618203528
  • Catalog Number: 82035
  • Sales rank: 6,147

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 **** (Jungle Law) (4:32)
  2. 2 No Big Deal (4:56)
  3. 3 The Purest Blue (3:43)
  4. 4 Motorcycle (3:31)
  5. 5 I Feel Speed (3:24)
  6. 6 Bound for Hell (6:01)
  7. 7 The Teardrop Collector (4:09)
  8. 8 So Alive (4:16)
  9. 9 Rock and Roll Babylon (3:22)
  10. 10 No Words No More (3:50)
  11. 11 Bike (3:54)
  12. 12 Bikedance (7:07)
  13. 13 No Big Deal (7:11)
  14. 14 Dreamtime (8:41)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Wake Up (3:58)
  2. 2 Cuckoo Land (2:48)
  3. 3 The Early Worm (2:13)
  4. 4 1000 Watts of Your Love (2:48)
  5. 5 Bad Monkey (4:20)
  6. 6 Introduction (0:58)
  7. 7 1000 Watts of Your Love (3:08)
  8. 8 No Words No More (4:11)
  9. 9 Interview (34:19)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Love and Rockets Primary Artist
Daniel Ash Bass, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Saxophone, Vocals, Fuzz Bass, Guitar Feedback
David J Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, Harmonica, Tuba, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals, Toy Instruments
Lorna Wright Background Vocals
John Fryer Synthesizer Strings
Kevin Haskins Percussion, Piano, Drums, Keyboards, Marimbas, Sampling, Vibes, Guitar Feedback
Ruby James Background Vocals
Josie Abbott Cello
Penny Thompson Viola
Bill Thorp Violin
Sylvia Mason James Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Love and Rockets Producer, Cover Design
David J Feedback
Bob Carlson Engineer
John Fryer Producer, Engineer
Bill Thorp String Arrangements
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    Excellent though not their best (and slight disagreement with review)

    I think the reviewer has turned things around a bit as the Jesus and Mary Chain (first album: 1985) were surely influenced by Daniel Ash's guitar work with Bauhaus (1978-83) and Tones On Tail (1982-84) rather than the reverse - otherwise a very accurate review. To my ears while it didn't quite match the overall quality of its predecessors (none of which were as sumptuous or unique as Tones On Tail), this album's highlights were quite high indeed. Based upon its success though, apparently the buying public felt otherwise.

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