martes, 23 de noviembre de 2010

Morphine - Yes (1995)

On their third release, 1995's Yes, Morphine shied away from the more accessible direction they laid down on 1994's superb Cure for Pain, going for a more challenging (but just as rewarding) direction. While the singles/videos "Honey White" and "Super Sex" did contain a pop edge (and were the album's best), other tracks, such as "The Jury" and "Sharks" pushed the envelope by containing lyrics that sound as if they're stream of consciousness. Like its predecessor, it's a highly consistent album -- even the lesser-known tracks are integral to the album's overall makeup. "Scratch," "All Your Way," "I Had My Chance," "Free Love," and "Gone for Good" all sound like the observations of a broken-down man, steeped in despair. But the mood lightens up on such selections as "Radar" and the title track, plus the aforementioned singles. With nearly all alt-rock bands sounding identical and bashing angrily away at their instruments in 1995, Morphine proved to be in a league all by themselves. Yes is perhaps just a shade less spectacular than Cure for Pain, but certainly not by much. Source: [AMG]

Morphine - Honey White

Track Listing
1. Honey White
2. Scratch
3. Radar
4. Whisper
5. Yes
6. All Your Way
7. Super Sex
8. I Had a Chance
9. The Jury
10. Sharks
11. Free Love
12. Gone for Good


martes, 2 de noviembre de 2010

U2 - WHO'S Gonna Ride Your WILD HORSES (1992)

"Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses" began as a demo that the band recorded at STS Studios in 1990. The band worked on it during the formal Achtung Baby sessions, including several failed attempts at Hansa Studios in Berlin. This produced several versions of the song and about a dozenmixes. However, the original demo remained their preferred version. Producer Jimmy Iovine, in particular, expressed his preference for the demo version when lead vocalist Bono played it for him. During the group's time recording in Dublin in 1991, producer Steve Lillywhite was brought on to provide a "fresh pair of ears" and mix the song. The album version most closely resembles the original demo.

Lillywhite recalls that, "They hated that song. I spent a month on it and I still don't think it was as realised as it could've been. The Americans had heard it and said, 'That's your radio song there', because they were having trouble with some of the more industrial elements [of the album]. It's almost like a covers band doing a U2 moment. Maybe we tried too hard." Bono said, "It's a song I feel we didn't quite nail on the record because there was another whole set of lyrics that were dumped and I wrote those quickly and off we went." The band later released an alternately arranged "Temple Bar Remix" as the single, the version of the song they most prefer. The band also has claimed they find the song difficult to perform in concert. Bassist Adam Clayton said, "It's a great torch song, with melody and emotion, but I don't think we ever captured it again and we have never really been able to play the song live."

Single release
When the covers to "Even Better Than the Real Thing", "The Fly", "Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses", and "Mysterious Ways" are arranged, a picture of the band members driving a Trabant is formed.
The single included Bono's solo version of Can't Help Falling in Love, which was recorded in STS studios in Dublin on 29 June 1992 for the movieHoneymoon in Vegas. Source: [Wikipedia]

U2 - Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses

Track Listing
1. WHO'S Gonna Ride Your WILD HORSES (Temple bar edit)
2. Paint it BLACK
3. SALOMÉ (Zooromancer remix)
4. CAN'T help falling in LOVE (Triple peaks Remix)


lunes, 1 de noviembre de 2010

The Chemical Brothers - Loops Of Fury (1996)

Loops of Fury is a non-album EP from The Chemical Brothers in 1996. It reached #13 on the UK charts. It stayed for one week.
The title track exemplifies the squelching synth lines and hard-hitting drums that became the Chemical Brothers' sound of the late 1990s and would be the blueprint of their tracks for years to come. It was used in the PlayStation game wipE’out 2097 and appeared on the accompanying wipE’out 2097 Soundtrack album. It was also included on the bonus disc of Singles 93-03, and as a B-side to the Japanese edition of “Setting Sun”.
"Get Up On It Like This" was included in a reworked form on the subsequent album Dig Your Own Hole. Source:

The Chemical Brothers - Chemical Beats

Track Listing
1. Loops of Fury
2. (The Best Part of) Breaking Up
3. Get Up on It Like This
4. Chemical Beats (Dave Clarke Remix)