Songs to Learn and Sing

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All Music Guide - MacKenzie Wilson
Liverpool's favorite lads Echo & the Bunnymen battled the cathartic reign of the Smiths and the enigmatic synth pop of Depeche Mode and New Order throughout the '80s movement of redesigned post-punk, and they became a staple image as well. Songs to Learn & Sing marked the Bunnymen's cemented place in new wave and relished the crooning ambience of frontman Ian McCulloch. This collection recalls the rise and steadfast career of the band, highlighting the Bunnymen's work between 1980 and 1985 and collecting the most prominent tracks that made the band the waxed poetics the British press hailed them to be specifically on older cuts like "Do It Clean" and "Rescue". ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - MacKenzie Wilson
Liverpool's favorite lads Echo & the Bunnymen battled the cathartic reign of the Smiths and the enigmatic synth pop of Depeche Mode and New Order throughout the '80s movement of redesigned post-punk, and they became a staple image as well. Songs to Learn & Sing marked the Bunnymen's cemented place in new wave and relished the crooning ambience of frontman Ian McCulloch. This collection recalls the rise and steadfast career of the band, highlighting the Bunnymen's work between 1980 and 1985 and collecting the most prominent tracks that made the band the waxed poetics the British press hailed them to be specifically on older cuts like "Do It Clean" and "Rescue". Frequent use of the band's classic drum machine or "echo" was also a major feature in Bunnymen tracks, especially on the vibrant dance cuts "Never Stop" and "Back of Love." With various production work from the Lightning Seeds' Ian Broudie and Chameleons and Zoo labelmates David Balfe and Bill Drummond the KLF, Echo & the Bunnymen achieved great cult status throughout the '80s stream of U.K. pop music. Songs to Learn & Sing is a solid and comprehensive collection of the band's material, also introducing the previously unissued album track "Bring on the Dancing Horses," which was featured on the soundtrack to the Molly Ringwald film Pretty in Pink 1986.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/30/2008
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227989170
  • Catalog Number: 515895
  • Sales rank: 65,306

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Rescue (4:27)
  2. 2 The Puppet (3:05)
  3. 3 Do It Clean (2:45)
  4. 4 A Promise (4:03)
  5. 5 The Back of Love (3:12)
  6. 6 The Cutter (3:54)
  7. 7 Never Stop (4:44)
  8. 8 The Killing Moon (5:48)
  9. 9 Silver (3:19)
  10. 10 Seven Seas (3:20)
  11. 11 Bring on the Dancing Horses (3:59)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Echo & the Bunnymen Primary Artist
Ian McCulloch Vocals
Les Pattinson Bass
Will Sergeant Guitar
Pete de Freitas Drums
Technical Credits
Echo & the Bunnymen Producer
David Balfe Producer
Ian Broudie Producer
Hugh Jones Producer
Jan Kincaid Composer
Laurie Latham Producer
David Lord Engineer
Ian McCulloch Composer
Les Pattinson Composer
Sergeant Composer
Pete de Freitas Composer
Bill Drummond Producer
All Concerned Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not Sweet Enough!

    The inclusion of such great songs--and hard to find songs--such as "Bring on the Dancing Horses, is a bright spot to this collection. But can a true "Best of" collection really not contain "Lips Like Sugar" or "The Game"?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great primer, but the albums are must-haves

    As "greatest hits" packages go, this one is most logical. It chronologically presents all of the Bunnymen's A-sides from 1980-1985, spanning their first four albums. The quality of the selections is undeniable, but the set loses one star for the blatant ploy to lure long-time fans in with the non-LP single, "Bring on the Dancing Horses". Nevertheless, casual fans will likely find little to complain about, as this distills the band's output accessibly enough.

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