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All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
With Robert Vickers and his more straightforward style of bass introduced to the band, McLennan switched fully over to guitar and the quartet entered the studio with producer John Brand for Spring Hill Fair. A slightly more conventional but no less entrancing collection of songs in comparison to Before Hollywood, Spring Hill Fair contains its fair share of Go-Betweens classics, with the rough, barbed emotional edge of many lyrics getting almost gentle arrangements. There are more appearances from guest musicians than ever before, with contributions running from string arrangements to trumpet and saxophone. It's all still the Go-Betweens' own style of chiming guitar rock, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
With Robert Vickers and his more straightforward style of bass introduced to the band, McLennan switched fully over to guitar and the quartet entered the studio with producer John Brand for Spring Hill Fair. A slightly more conventional but no less entrancing collection of songs in comparison to Before Hollywood, Spring Hill Fair contains its fair share of Go-Betweens classics, with the rough, barbed emotional edge of many lyrics getting almost gentle arrangements. There are more appearances from guest musicians than ever before, with contributions running from string arrangements to trumpet and saxophone. It's all still the Go-Betweens' own style of chiming guitar rock, able to switch between restraint and a hard-swinging definite credit again to Morrison -- check out her glammy stomp on "The Old Way Out" but not hard-riffing punch. Leadoff track "Bachelor Kisses," with its subtly intense midsong break, McLennan's suddenly nervous singing matched by a quiet intensity in the music, is easily matched at the end with Forster's "Man O'Sand to Girl O'Sea," its pounding chorus one of the band's best captured moments of desperation. If McLennan had ultimate pride of place on Before Hollywood with "Cattle and Cane," Forster comes to the fore here with the just tense enough "Draining the Pool for You." It's a blackly humorous portrait of a maintenance worker and the faded superstar who hired him that also succeeds as a perfect kiss-off, with a memorable chorus to boot. Other Forster-sung standouts include "Part Company," an almost Smiths-like all-around performance on the verses spiked with an at once inspirational and regret-laden chorus. Throughout the album one can not only hear the expanded lineup testing things out, but individual players adding their own particular flair -- the brush-and-shuffle percussion from Morrison on "Five Words," McLennan's great lead guitar solo on "You've Never Lived," Vickers' ability with crisp funk on "Slow Slow Music." [The 2002 reissue adds new liner notes from Andrew Mueller, the video for "Bachelor Kisses," and a bonus disc with ten rare and unreleased tracks: "Emperor's Courtesan," "Rare Breed," "Newton Told Me," "Just Right for Him," "Attraction," "Power That I Now Have," "Second-Hand Furniture," "Marco Polo Jr.," "Sweet Tasting Hours," and "Unkind and Unwise."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/10/2002
  • Label: Japanese Import
  • EAN: 4560122160069
  • Catalog Number: 7/8

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bachelor Kisses (3:33)
  2. 2 Five Words (4:05)
  3. 3 The Old Way Out (3:41)
  4. 4 You've Never Lived (3:55)
  5. 5 Part Company (4:53)
  6. 6 Slow, Slow Music (3:05)
  7. 7 Draining the Pool for You (4:16)
  8. 8 River of Money (5:10)
  9. 9 Unkind and Unwise (3:05)
  10. 10 Man O' Sand to Girl O' Sea (4:41)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Emperor's Courtesan (2:22)
  2. 2 Rare Breed (2:53)
  3. 3 Newton Told Me (2:33)
  4. 4 Just Right for Him (3:29)
  5. 5 Attraction (2:26)
  6. 6 The Power That I Now Have (2:45)
  7. 7 Second Hand Furniture (4:14)
  8. 8 Marco Polo Jr. (4:12)
  9. 9 Sweet Tasting Hours (3:40)
  10. 10 Unkind and Unwise (5:34)
  11. 11 Bachelor Kisses (37:57)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Go-Betweens Primary Artist
Robert Forster Guitar, Vocals
Jacques Loussier Prophet Synthesizer
Bernie Clarke Keyboards
Grant McLennan Guitar, Vocals
Lindy Morrison Drums, Vocals
Robert Vickers Bass
Graeme Pleeth Keyboards
Robert Andrews Keyboards
Anna Silva Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Robert Forster Composer
The Go-Betweens Producer, Cover Design
John Brand Producer, Engineer
Colin Fairley Producer, Engineer
John Fryer Engineer
Dale Buffin Griffin Producer
Grant McLennan Composer
Jim Russell Remixing
Stuart Bruce Engineer
John Dent Noise Reduction
Steve Webbon Source Material
Mike Engles Engineer
Richard Preston Engineer
Sheila Rock Cover Photo
Jacques Hermet Engineer
Graeme Pleeth String Arrangements, Brass Arrangment
Robert Andrews Producer
Colin Bloxsom Remixing
Val Cover Design
Bernard MacMahon Liner Notes
Jason Mitchell Noise Reduction
Bob Johnson Source Material
Roz Brown Source Material
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