Oil & Gold

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All Music Guide - Bill Cassel
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bill Cassel
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: 6/15/1990
  • Label: Fontana Island
  • UPC: 042284288224
  • Catalog Number: 842882
  • Sales rank: 229,914

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
Al 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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