Oil & Gold

Oil & Gold

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by Shriekback
     
 

Oil and Gold is surprising for several reasons. For one, the departure of singer/guitarist Carl Marsh midway through produced no noticeable dip in the record's quality. For another, live drums appear for the first time on a Shriekback album, thanks to Martyn Barker, aSee more details below

Overview

Oil and Gold is surprising for several reasons. For one, the departure of singer/guitarist Carl Marsh midway through produced no noticeable dip in the record's quality. For another, live drums appear for the first time on a Shriekback album, thanks to Martyn Barker, a longtime associate who was added to the band at the tail end of the Jam Science sessions. Most surprising, though, is how much this album rocks out, particularly on the songs featuring ex-Damned guitarist Lu Edmonds. It even yielded an out of left field hit single in "Nemesis," which not only uses the word "parthenogenesis," but rhymes it successfully, and does so in the chorus. In truth, Oil and Gold is six-tenths of a great album. It leads off with the rip-roaring one-two-three punch of "Malaria," "Everything That Rises Must Converge," and "Fish Below the Ice," all featuring Marsh on vocals. These are followed by "This Big Hush" and "Faded Flowers," two tremendously beautiful slow numbers sung by Barry Andrews, who took over for Marsh as lead vocalist. The B side (vinylly speaking) begins nicely with "Nemesis" and quickly falls apart, with the nadir being the clunkers "Health and Knowledge and Wealth and Power" (sung by Marsh) and "Hammerheads" (sung by Andrews). Still, Oil and Gold's highlights make it a rewarding listen.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/15/1990
Label:
Fontana Island
UPC:
0042284288224
catalogNumber:
842882

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Shriekback   Primary Artist
Mark Edwards   Choir, Chorus
Dave Allen   Bass
Andrews   Synthesizer,Piano,Strings,Bass Drums,Harmonium,Hammond Organ,Vocals,Voices,Choir, Chorus,Bells,Snare Drums,fairlight,Soloist,Cabasa,Roland Synthesizer,Vocal Harmony,Glass
Barry Andrews   Bass
Barker   Bass,Bongos,Conga,Cymbals,Drums,Choir, Chorus,Kalimba,Dancer,Snare Drums,Hand Clapping,fairlight,Finger Snapping,Whip,Linn Drum,Roland Synthesizer,Echo
Martyn Barker   Bongos,Drums
Dennis Bentley   Choir, Chorus
Emma Burnham   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Lu Edmonds   Guitar
Marsh   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Benno Mendelson   Violin
Phillipe Nguyen   Choir, Chorus
Clare Torry   Background Vocals
Hans Zimmer   Rhythm,Shaker,fairlight
Mindy Cartwright   Slap Bass
Paul B Hirsch   Shakuhachi
LU   Guitar
Allen   Bass

Technical Credits

Dave Allen   Composer
Andrews   Arranger,Lyricist,Producer,Contributor,MIDI,Explosions,Representation
Barry Andrews   Composer,Producer
Barker   Explosions
Martyn Barker   Composer
Ian Caple   Engineer
Marsh   Composer,Lyricist
McDowell   Artwork
Simon Skolfield   Engineer
Hans Zimmer   Programming,Engineer
Austin Ince   Engineer
Gavin Makillop   Engineer
John Warwicker   Art Direction
Da Gama   Artwork
LU   Feedback

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