Love and Rockets

Love and Rockets

by Love and Rockets

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Overview

Love and Rockets

As the band's breakthrough record in the U.S., riding high on the left-field success of the slinky T. Rex homage "So Alive," this album still divides the band's fans to the present. Charges of sell-out are incredibly curious, because aside from "So Alive," absolutely nothing here sounds like it would have gotten anywhere on the airwaves. While Ash and David J were clearly dividing their songwriting efforts, resulting in a rather schizophrenic album, what they were writing and performing were some of the best songs of their collected careers. David J gets to indulge rock & roll and blues traditionalism on a number of his tracks, beginning with the opening "**** (Jungle Law)," a radical reworking of the old "Signifying Monkey" standard with compressed production and an almost industrial beat from Haskins. Another redone oldie is "Bound for Hell," a tale of the Devil driving a train to down below; David J runs his vocals through crackly distortion, playing harmonica while Ash plays a huge, thrashy guitar line. Perhaps his best number is his most atypical: "Rock and Roll Babylon," a barbed study of fame with Ash's sax and a string quartet fleshing out the sound beautifully. Ash's songs do some roots revisiting as well, in their own ways. "No Big Deal" and especially "Motorcycle" show that the man's been listening to some Jesus and Mary Chain, but his wonderful vocal purr marks them as his own songs. An unexpected addition to everything is "The Purest Blue," a radical reworking of Earth Sun Moon's "Waiting for the Flood" which leaves almost nothing of the original.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: Rca
UPC: 0078635971521
catalogNumber: 9715

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Love and Rockets   Primary Artist
Daniel Ash   Bass,Guitar,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Saxophone,Vocals,Fuzz Bass
David J   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Harmonica,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Lorna Wright   Background Vocals
John Fryer   Synthesizer,Synthesizer Strings
Kevin Haskins   Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Keyboards,Sampling,Vibes,Guitar Feedback
Ruby James   Background Vocals
Josie Abbott   Cello
Brian Brooks   Violin
Penny Thompson   Viola
Bill Thorp   Violin
Sylvia Mason James   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Love and Rockets   Producer
Daniel Ash   Composer
David J   Feedback
John Fryer   Producer,Engineer,Contributor
Kevin Haskins   Contributor
Bill Thorp   Arranger,String Arrangements
Steve Webbon   Artwork
Spyros Horemis   Artwork

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