Love Bites [Bonus Disc]

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All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
More musically accomplished, more obsessively self-questioning, and with equally energetic yet sometimes gloomy performances, Love Bites finds the Buzzcocks coming into their own. With Devoto and his influence now fully worked out of the band's system, Shelley's is the clearly predominant voice, with the exception of Diggle's first lead vocal on an album track, the semi-acoustic, perversely sprightly "Love Is Lies." Though the song received even further acclaim on Singles Going Steady, "Ever Fallen in Love," for many the band's signature song, appears here. With its note-perfect blend of romance gone wrong, a weirdly catchy, treated lead guitar line, and Shelley's wounded ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
More musically accomplished, more obsessively self-questioning, and with equally energetic yet sometimes gloomy performances, Love Bites finds the Buzzcocks coming into their own. With Devoto and his influence now fully worked out of the band's system, Shelley's is the clearly predominant voice, with the exception of Diggle's first lead vocal on an album track, the semi-acoustic, perversely sprightly "Love Is Lies." Though the song received even further acclaim on Singles Going Steady, "Ever Fallen in Love," for many the band's signature song, appears here. With its note-perfect blend of romance gone wrong, a weirdly catchy, treated lead guitar line, and Shelley's wounded singing deserves its instant classic status, but it's only one of many highlights. The opening "Real World" is one of the band's strongest: a chunky, forceful, yet crisp band performance leads into a strong Shelley lyric about unrequited love and life. "Nostalgia'"s strikingly mature, inventive lyrics about where one's life can lead, and the sometimes charging, sometimes quietly tense, heartbroken "Nothing Left" are two other standouts. The group's well-seasoned abilities, the members' increasing reach, and Martin Rushent's excellent production make Love Bites shine. The Garvey/Maher rhythm section is especially fine; Maher's fills and similar small but significant touches take the music to an even higher level. His undisputed highlight is the terribly underrated concluding instrumental "Late for the Train." Originally done for a John Peel radio session and re-recorded with even more a dramatic sweep here, it gives the group's Motorik/Krautrock new power. Not far behind it is "E.S.P.," a strong rock burn that only fades out at the end very slowly and subtly. [The 2010 reissue comes with a second disc of singles, live recordings, and rarities.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/9/2010
  • Label: Mute U.S.
  • UPC: 724596943526
  • Catalog Number: 69435

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Real World (3:33)
  2. 2 Ever Fallen in Love? (2:42)
  3. 3 Operator's Manual (3:34)
  4. 4 Nostalgia (2:55)
  5. 5 Just Lust (3:02)
  6. 6 Sixteen Again (3:17)
  7. 7 Walking Distance (2:02)
  8. 8 Love Is Lies (3:13)
  9. 9 Nothing Left (4:28)
  10. 10 E.S.P. (4:46)
  11. 11 Late for the Train (5:37)
  12. 12 Love You More (1:49)
  13. 13 Noise Annoys (2:51)
  14. 14 Promises (2:36)
  15. 15 Lipstick (2:40)
  16. 16 Noise Annoys (2:54)
  17. 17 Walking Distance (2:07)
  18. 18 Late for the Train (5:13)
  19. 19 Promises (2:30)
  20. 20 Lipstick (2:41)
  21. 21 Sixteen Again (3:17)
  22. 22 E.S.P. (3:39)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Love Is Lies (3:26)
  2. 2 Just Lust (3:02)
  3. 3 Operator's Manual (3:59)
  4. 4 Ever Fallen in Love? (2:54)
  5. 5 Nothing Left (4:08)
  6. 6 Sixteen Again (3:25)
  7. 7 Raison d'Etre (3:11)
  8. 8 Real World (3:32)
  9. 9 Nostalgia (3:05)
  10. 10 E.S.P. (4:47)
  11. 11 Lipstick (2:45)
  12. 12 Children (Promises) (2:15)
  13. 13 Mother of Turds (3:20)
  14. 14 Breakdown (2:58)
  15. 15 What Do I Get? (3:12)
  16. 16 I Don't Mind (2:19)
  17. 17 Ever Fallen in Love? (2:48)
  18. 18 Noise Annoys (2:56)
  19. 19 Nothing Left (4:00)
  20. 20 Get on Your Own (2:31)
  21. 21 Love Your More (2:06)
  22. 22 Fiction Romance (4:40)
  23. 23 Autonomy (3:47)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Buzzcocks Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Buzzcocks Producer
Bob Sargeant Producer
Peter Mew Remastering
Martin Rushent Producer
Tony Wilson Producer
Jon Savage Sleeve Notes
Malcolm Garrett Artwork, Logo, Repackaging
Garvey Composer
Robin Utracik Illustrations
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