Signals, Calls and Marches [Standard Edition]

Signals, Calls and Marches [Standard Edition]

by Mission of Burma
     
 

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One could argue that Mission of Burma's first 12" release, Signals, Calls and Marches was the point where "indie rock" as a separate and distinct musical subgenre well and truly began. Mission of Burma's music had the brawn and the volume of hardcore punk, but with a lyrical intelligence and obvious musical sophistication that set them apart from the Southern

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One could argue that Mission of Burma's first 12" release, Signals, Calls and Marches was the point where "indie rock" as a separate and distinct musical subgenre well and truly began. Mission of Burma's music had the brawn and the volume of hardcore punk, but with a lyrical intelligence and obvious musical sophistication that set them apart from the Southern California faster-and-louder brigade. Between Martin Swope's tape loops and Roger Miller's often tricky guitar lines, Mission of Burma may have seemed "arty" on the surface, but the bruising impact of "Outlaw" and "This Is Not a Photograph" made clear this band was not part of the skinny-tie "New Wave" scene. And Mission of Burma were one of the first bands that gained a large enough following to attract the attention of major labels, but opted to remain on a small label of their own volition -- a move that would raise the "integrity" stakes for many acts in the years to come. Signals, Calls and Marches features Mission of Burma's best-known song, the still-powerful "That's When I Reach for My Revolver," but it hasn't stood the test of time quite as well as the full-length album that would follow, Vs.; there are brief moments where the band still seems to be working out their obvious British influences, and "Outlaw" sounds stiffer than it needs to be. But Clint Conley and Roger Miller were already songwriters to be reckoned with, the band sounds passionate and powerful, and if Mission of Burma were not yet at the peak of their form, most bands blazing as many trails as this one did lost their footing a lot more often that Burma did on these six songs; Signals, Calls and Marches was as accomplished and impressive a debut as any American band would release in the 1980s. [Rykodisc's 1997 CD reissue of Signals, Calls and Marches added Mission of Burma's fine first single, "Academy Fight Song" b/w "Max Ernst," as a bonus. For Matador's 2008 "Definitive Edition" of the EP, the disc opens with the debut single and adds two otherwise unreleased session outtakes, "Devotion" and "Execution," before closing with the six songs from Signals. Along with the rare studio material, Matador's package features expanded liner notes and rare photos. The remastering on the CD is superb; this material has never sounded this good before. This is the CD-only version of the release, issued in 2009. Matador's 2008 reissue contained a DVD.]

Product Details

Release Date:
04/21/2009
Label:
Matador Records
UPC:
0744861086727
catalogNumber:
10867

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mission of Burma   Primary Artist
Roger Miller   Guitar,Vocals
Clint Conley   Bass,Guitar,Vocals,Interviewee
Lou Giordano   Guitar
Peter Prescott   Drums,Vocals,Interviewee
Martin Swope   Tape
Mark Kates   Interviewee

Technical Credits

Roger Miller   Composer
Clint Conley   Composer
Richard Harte   Audio Production
John Kiehl   Engineer
Roger Miller   Composer
Gerard Cosloy   Interviewer
Mark Ohe   Reissue Design
Margie Politzer   Original Sleeve Design
Holly Anderson   Cover Design
Steven Raffin   Original Sleeve Design

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