tempobet yeni adresi
like this cd review

15/03/2015 : THE SOUND - 1984 - 1987: 5CD Box-set:

THE SOUND

1984 - 1987: 5CD Box-set:

MusicCD
Post Punk

[90/100]   

Edsel Records
15/03/2015, Paul PLEDGER

After last year's superb multi-disc set of The Sound's earlier works, it seems a tall order to surpass it with a second volume. But Edsel have indeed scaled even greater heights on what is effectively volume 2, the final years. It is telling that Adrian Borland's charges have been assembled into a tidy clam-shell - had they been as universally worshipped as much as The Cure, The Psychedelic Furs or New Order, each album would have been lavishly presented as double-CD deluxe-editions, triple-album box-sets or, at the very least, Record Store Day collectables.

As it is, not through any fault of the band or as a criticism of this must-have release, The Sound's reach dictates that mid-price aggregation makes better financial sense - fans win out in the end. Much of this box has seen the light of day on CD before but copies of the original albums and the '90s reissues on Renascent have been fetching silly money, way beyond any curious onlooker's spending budget. Until now.

Here you get the Shock Of Daylight EP (thoughtful bass-heavy electro-pop gloom), Heads and Hearts (likeable new-wave/indie-funk hybrid with 23 Envelope sleeve), In The Hothouse (pin-sharp live double), Thunder Up (the final album issued on then-Euro dark-wave specialists Play It Again Sam) and the infamous Propaganda demo that got them an early deal on Korova back in the '70s - full circle.

Extras include some lost demo recordings of varying sound-quality - not that this matters when you have songs such as Counting The Days and Love Is Not A Ghost included in the mix - plus various b-sides and single edits. Which brings us to the unreleased Shimmer, glued to the end of the Heads and Hearts disc. While the preceding album has its own cache of classics - Total Recall is worth the entry alone - Shimmer is as consummate a Sound track as you can possibly get. How this stayed in the vaults for so long is anyone's guess and is the equal of, say, A Sense Of Purpose, Temperature Drop, Hand Of Love, Party Of My Mind.. well, you get the idea.

Worth a mention is In The Hothouse, included here. I would rank this as one of the genre's most rewarding live albums and demonstrates how tight Borland's charges were. As emotionally-charged as Manchester's The Chameleons (and we all know how good they were, right?), The Sound mined a similar seam - emotional, tortured, rousing and transcendental power-rock from the darker side, shrouded in mystery and peppered with demons. Heartland - I'll leave that with you.

Of the two full-length studio-albums, Thunder Up is something of a dark horse. Issued in 1987 to a largely nonchalant press and dwindling fan-base, the band's final album commands respect with repeated listening of the delicate Hand Of Love, the resplendent Iron Years and powerful Acceleration Group or Prove Me Wrong. As for Heads and Hearts? Great songs but, as surviving members of the band observe, they've never been at peace with how it sounds some thirty years later.

Much like the contents, the compilers of 1984-1987 have ensured their legacy remains a true labour of love with the perfect companion to 2014's inaugural collection. We now keenly await a solo resume of Adrian Borland's canon - no pressure then.

This review also appeared on Flipside Reviews

Paul PLEDGER
15/03/2015


Music reviews

05
09
FOXY
X-Ray Spex Tribute
04
09
GRENDEL
Ascending The Abyss
03
09
SUICIDE COMMANDO
Hellraiser
03
09
W - FEST, AUG 18TH 2019
24
08
MEAGER BENEFITS
Crawling
23
08
PREEMPTIVE STRIKE 0.1
Harbringer

NEWSLETTER

Subscribe to our weekly newsletter.

NEWS

06
09
KLONE RELEASE NEW SINGLE “HIDDEN PASSENGER” FROM FORTHCOMING ALBUM LE GRAND VOYAGE
05
09
Industrial Rock Band CHMCL STR8JCKT Signs To Cleopatra Records - Wrtchd Thngs Album Details Revealed
05
09
38 years ago, Soft Cell's version of ‘Tainted Love’ reached the number one position in the British hit parade!
29
08
42 years ago Iggy Pop released Lust for Life (29th August 1977)
22
08
The Cassandra Complex & Die Krupps to headline BIMFEST 2019!
14
08
Electro-Industrial Band NEON INSECT Announces The Release Of New Moscow Underground

Concert reviews

21
08
LES NEGRESSES VERTES
Live @ Moods Festival, Brugge - Belgium - 2.08.2019
07
08
DIARY OF DREAMS, STAR INDUSTRY, YOUR LIFE ON HOLD, A SLICE OF LIFE, LA SCALTRA
Summer event - za 3 augustus, Schoten
06
08
DE DELVERS, STAATSEINDE
Genste Feesten, Kinky Star , 28 juli 2019
14
07
MIDNIGHT OIL
MIDNIGHT OIL Live @ Rock Zottegem - Belgium - 05.07.2019
15
01
PALAIS IDEAL & DAGEIST
B52 - Eernegem - 16/12/2018
14
01
STAR INDUSTRY, DAGEIST, KEZDOWN
EGW- ROCK, Jeugdhuis Asgaard

GET A COPY OF OUR MAGAZINE
SEND TO YOUR HOME

INTERVIEWS

11
09
NOTNOTICE
I Like When There Are Noise Collages In The Music
08
09
ALEXA HUNTER(DISTURBED FURNITURE)
'Love or hate us, we are gonna kick out the jams while we still can!'
06
09
DAVID WM.SIMS(UNFACT,THE JESUS LIZARD,SCRATCH ACID)
'We had a great personal chemistry within the band!'
15
08
SPANKTHENUN
An Interview With Electro-Industrial Artist SPANKTHENUN
13
08
AHMED SALEH ABOUT EXPERIMENTAL/INDUSTRIAL MUSIC IN AFRICA
People Here Can Get Arrested Because Of Something They Posted On Social Media!

PHOTOS

07
09
THE SPIRITUAL BAT
Le Garage Luik
25
08
BORGHESIA
Poppodium Nieuwe Nor Heerlen
14
08
SECRET GARDEN
Donkey Rock Festival Selange
13
08
TRISOMIE 21
Donkey Rock Festival Selange
12
08
GRAND BLANC
Donkey Rock Festival Selange
12
08
WE ARE WAVES
Donkey Rock Festival Selange
10
08
MOTOR!K
De Smoutpot Zwijndrecht

ADVERTISE
IN PEEK-A-BOO

Articles

26
04
JOBRIATH
Talent To Burn - The Legend Of Jobriath
29
03
VARIOUS ARTISTS
A BRIEF HISTORY OF: THE SPECIALS, SKA AND TWO TONE
27
03
VARIOUS ARTISTS
A BRIEF HISTORY OF: KRAUTROCK AND THE GERMAN MUSICAL REVOLUTION

VIDEO CLIPS

15
09
TAINA
Seelenfresser [Zardonic Remix]
14
09
TALK TALK
It´s My Life
13
09
DRAB MAJESTY
Too Soon To Tell
12
09
NINE INCH NAILS
Burning Bright (Field On Fire)
11
09
PJ HARVEY
The Orange Monkey
10
09
AUSTRA
Utopia
09
09
ROSA CRVX
Omnes