The Go-Betweens: Grant McLennan (vocals, guitar, bass); Robert Forster (vocals, guitar); John Wilsteed (guitar, bass); Amanda Brown (violin, oboe, background vocals); Robert Vickers (bass); Lindy Morrison (drums).
Additional personnel: Tracey Thorn (vocals); Chris Tomlin, Sally Hebert (violin); Sue Dench (viola); Audrey Riley (cello); Dean B. Speedwell (organ, keyboards); Bernard Clarke (organ); Jacques Loussier (Prophet synthesizer); Anna Di Silva (background vocals).
Producers: Mark Wallis, John Brand, Richard Preston, Robert Andrews, Colin Fairley.
Recorded between 1982 and 1988. Includes liner notes by Robert Forster.
Recording information: Berry Street Studio, London, England (1982-1988); Camden, Lo (1982-1988); ICC Studios, Eastbourne, Sussex, England (1982-1988); Miraval Studio, France (1982-1988); Studios 301, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia (1982-1988).
BELLAVISTA TERRACE (1999) compiles tracks from five of the six pre-2000 Go-Betweens albums (the odd one out is 1982's SEND ME A LULLABY) and, given the fact that very nearly everything that the band recorded is equally good, the only problem that anyone could have is the omission of tracks having a personal resonance with the listener. For example, while one might want a Go-Be's retrospective to include, say, "Love Is a Sign," one would be hard pressed to think of which of the collected tracks ought to be removed in its favor.
All of the tracks here are notable in one way or another, but among the best are "Cattle and Cane," exploring memory and aging; "Bye Bye Pride," which poses a hopeful future for its narrator; and "Dive for Your Memory," which looks at redemption in loss. Hidden at the end of some copies of the disc is an ode to actress Lee Remick--from the band's first single--showing their funny side. Completists will need to find the limited-edition version of the album, which includes a second CD of 13 acoustic and electric tracks recorded "live in the studio" for a California radio station in the late 1980s.
Alternative Press (8/99, p.75) - 3 (out of 5) - "...their sensitive story-telling and museum-ready daintiness still sound fresh and innocent..."
NME (Magazine) (6/5/99, p.37) - 8 out of 10 - "...a primer for anyone unaquainted with the sweetest-ever exponents of baroque'n'roll, it's a love unlimited treat. Those who regard Belle & Sebastian as the pinnacle of sensitivity in pop might learn a thing or two, as well."
A very much under-rated Aussie band. You may have heard some of their tracks - streets of your town - has been recently used in a newspaper campaign. Raw, observant lyrics, honest guitars balanced with gorgeous harmonies and violin. The Go-betweens manage to write a lot hard-hitting songs about life in small towns, politics, and the Australian way of life. Easy listening mixed with pop angst. Very good place to start is with a best of. My faves - Cattle and Cane, and Streets of your Town.
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