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Collected Recordings 1983-89
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Album: Collected Recordings 1983-89
# Song Title   Time
  Disc 1
1)    Perfect Skin More Info...
2)    Speedboat More Info...
3)    Rattlesnakes More Info...
4)    Down on Mission Street More Info...
5)    Forest Fire More Info...
6)    Charlotte Street More Info...
7)    2CV More Info...
8)    Four Flights Up More Info...
9)    Patience More Info...
10)    Are You Ready to Be Heartbroken? More Info...
  Disc 2
1)    Rich More Info...
2)    Why I Love Country Music More Info...
3)    Pretty Gone More Info...
4)    Grace More Info...
5)    Cut Me Down More Info...
6)    Brand New Friend More Info...
7)    Lost Weekend More Info...
8)    James More Info...
9)    Minor Character More Info...
10)    Perfect Blue More Info...
  Disc 3
1)    My Bag More Info...
2)    From the Hip More Info...
3)    29 More Info...
4)    Mainstream More Info...
5)    Jennifer She Said More Info...
6)    Mr. Malcontent More Info...
7)    Sean Penn Blues More Info...
8)    Big Snake More Info...
9)    Hey Rusty More Info...
10)    These Days More Info...
  Disc 4
1)    The Sea and the Sand More Info...
2)    You Will Never Be No Good More Info...
3)    Andy's Babies More Info...
4)    Glory More Info...
5)    Sweetness More Info...
6)    Perfect Blue (Hardiman Mix) More Info...
7)    Jesus Said More Info...
8)    Brand New Friend More Info...
9)    From Grace More Info...
10)    Her Last Fling More Info...
11)    Big World More Info...
12)    Nevers End More Info...
13)    Mystery Train (Recorded Live at the World, New York, 1986) More Info...
14)    I Don't Believe You or (Recorded Live at the World, New York, 1986) More Info...
15)    Love Your Wife More Info...
16)    Lonely Mile More Info...
17)    Please More Info...
18)    My Bag (Dancing Mix) More Info...
  Disc 5
1)    Down at the Mission More Info...
2)    Are You Ready to Be Heartbroken? More Info...
3)    Patience More Info...
4)    Eat My Words More Info...
5)    Forest Fire More Info...
6)    Perfect Skin More Info...
7)    Poons More Info...
8)    Old Hats More Info...
9)    You Win More Info...
10)    Old Wants Never Gets More Info...
11)    Another Dry Day More Info...
12)    29 More Info...
13)    Jennifer She Said More Info...
14)    Hey Rusty More Info...
15)    Everyone's Complaining More Info...
16)    Mr Malcontent More Info...
17)    Jennifer She Said (Polished Rough Mix) More Info...
18)    Hey Rusty More Info...
  Disc 6
1)    Perfect Skin (Promotional Video) More Info...
2)    Forest Fire (Promotional Video) More Info...
3)    Rattlesnakes (Promotional Video) More Info...
4)    Brand New Friend (Promotional Video) More Info...
5)    Lost Weekend (Promotional Video) More Info...
6)    Cut Me Down (Promotional Video) More Info...
7)    My Bag (Promotional Video) More Info...
8)    Jennifer She Said (Promotional Video) More Info...
9)    From the Hip (Promotional Video) More Info...
10)    Mainstream (Promotional Video) More Info...
11)    Perfect Skin (Top of the Pops, June 1984) (Television Performance) More Info...
12)    Rattlesnakes (The Old Grey Whistle Test, November 1984) (Television Performance) More Info...
13)    Speedboat (The Old Grey Whistle Test, November 1984) (Television Performance) More Info...
14)    Brand New Friend (Wogan, September 1985) (Television Performance) More Info...
15)    Brand New Friend (Top of the Pops, September 1985) (Television Performance) More Info...
16)    Lost Weekend (Top of the Pops, November 1985) (Television Performance) More Info...
17)    Mister Malcontent (Recorded Live in Concert at Ibrox Park, Glasgow, June 1986) (Television Performance) More Info...
18)    My Bag (Wogan, September 1987) (Television Performance) More Info...
 

Album: Collected Recordings 1983-89
# Song Title   Time
  Disc 1
1)    Perfect Skin More Info...
2)    Speedboat More Info...
3)    Rattlesnakes More Info...
4)    Down on Mission Street More Info...
5)    Forest Fire More Info...
6)    Charlotte Street More Info...
7)    2CV More Info...
8)    Four Flights Up More Info...
9)    Patience More Info...
10)    Are You Ready to Be Heartbroken? More Info...
  Disc 2
1)    Rich More Info...
2)    Why I Love Country Music More Info...
3)    Pretty Gone More Info...
4)    Grace More Info...
5)    Cut Me Down More Info...
6)    Brand New Friend More Info...
7)    Lost Weekend More Info...
8)    James More Info...
9)    Minor Character More Info...
10)    Perfect Blue More Info...
  Disc 3
1)    My Bag More Info...
2)    From the Hip More Info...
3)    29 More Info...
4)    Mainstream More Info...
5)    Jennifer She Said More Info...
6)    Mr. Malcontent More Info...
7)    Sean Penn Blues More Info...
8)    Big Snake More Info...
9)    Hey Rusty More Info...
10)    These Days More Info...
  Disc 4
1)    The Sea and the Sand More Info...
2)    You Will Never Be No Good More Info...
3)    Andy's Babies More Info...
4)    Glory More Info...
5)    Sweetness More Info...
6)    Perfect Blue (Hardiman Mix) More Info...
7)    Jesus Said More Info...
8)    Brand New Friend More Info...
9)    From Grace More Info...
10)    Her Last Fling More Info...
11)    Big World More Info...
12)    Nevers End More Info...
13)    Mystery Train (Recorded Live at the World, New York, 1986) More Info...
14)    I Don't Believe You or (Recorded Live at the World, New York, 1986) More Info...
15)    Love Your Wife More Info...
16)    Lonely Mile More Info...
17)    Please More Info...
18)    My Bag (Dancing Mix) More Info...
  Disc 5
1)    Down at the Mission More Info...
2)    Are You Ready to Be Heartbroken? More Info...
3)    Patience More Info...
4)    Eat My Words More Info...
5)    Forest Fire More Info...
6)    Perfect Skin More Info...
7)    Poons More Info...
8)    Old Hats More Info...
9)    You Win More Info...
10)    Old Wants Never Gets More Info...
11)    Another Dry Day More Info...
12)    29 More Info...
13)    Jennifer She Said More Info...
14)    Hey Rusty More Info...
15)    Everyone's Complaining More Info...
16)    Mr Malcontent More Info...
17)    Jennifer She Said (Polished Rough Mix) More Info...
18)    Hey Rusty More Info...
  Disc 6
1)    Perfect Skin (Promotional Video) More Info...
2)    Forest Fire (Promotional Video) More Info...
3)    Rattlesnakes (Promotional Video) More Info...
4)    Brand New Friend (Promotional Video) More Info...
5)    Lost Weekend (Promotional Video) More Info...
6)    Cut Me Down (Promotional Video) More Info...
7)    My Bag (Promotional Video) More Info...
8)    Jennifer She Said (Promotional Video) More Info...
9)    From the Hip (Promotional Video) More Info...
10)    Mainstream (Promotional Video) More Info...
11)    Perfect Skin (Top of the Pops, June 1984) (Television Performance) More Info...
12)    Rattlesnakes (The Old Grey Whistle Test, November 1984) (Television Performance) More Info...
13)    Speedboat (The Old Grey Whistle Test, November 1984) (Television Performance) More Info...
14)    Brand New Friend (Wogan, September 1985) (Television Performance) More Info...
15)    Brand New Friend (Top of the Pops, September 1985) (Television Performance) More Info...
16)    Lost Weekend (Top of the Pops, November 1985) (Television Performance) More Info...
17)    Mister Malcontent (Recorded Live in Concert at Ibrox Park, Glasgow, June 1986) (Television Performance) More Info...
18)    My Bag (Wogan, September 1987) (Television Performance) More Info...
 
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Performer Notes
  • Liner Note Author: Peter Paphides.
  • Recording information: Good Earth; Park Lane Studios, Glasgow.
  • Photographers: Peter Anderson ; Hilary Paton; Chas Clark; Martine Gailard.
  • Since his career began in the mid-'80s, Lloyd Cole has been working steadily to carve out a career as one of the most consistent and satisfying singer/songwriters of his era, with the occasional side trip into electronic music for extra flavoring. Despite all the good work he's done, many if not most of his fans hold a special place in their hearts for his early records with the Commotions. From 1983 to 1987, and over the course of a handful of singles and three albums, they crafted some legendary and long-lasting sophisticated guitar pop that stands shoulder to shoulder with the best of the era. Released in 1984, Rattlesnakes, especially, is one of the rare occasions when songwriting, performance, and production all come together to create a perfect moment in time. With this exhaustive box set, fans of Cole and this era of pop will be able to hear everything the Commotions laid down to tape in crisply remastered and lovingly curated fashion. Each album gets its own disc, with Rattlesnakes still the clear favorite, though both 1985's Easy Pieces and 1987's Mainstream certainly have their charms. "Jennifer She Said" from the latter record is one of Cole's career highlights for sure. Along with the studio albums, a disc of B-sides shows that Cole's castoffs were just as good as the songs that made the cut. "You Will Never Be No Good" would have been a fine addition to Rattlesnakes, for example, and taken together the songs provide a nice alternate history of the Commotions. Giving fans who already thought they had everything another reason to buy the set, a full disc of demos and unreleased songs is included, too. It's certainly not as polished as the group's finished products and it's fascinating to get a glimpse behind the scenes as the band got the songs together. The slightly scruffy take on their signature song "Perfect Skin" and an early version of "Are You Ready to be Heartbroken?" are practically worth the cost of the collection by themselves. In addition, there are six previously unheard songs that never made it past the demo stage, like "Poons" and the very Echo & the Bunnymen-sounding "Eat My Words," and their inclusion makes the collection even more interesting. The disc of videos and TV appearances is nice, but inessential. What's most important is that all the Commotions' music is gathered together in one place, showcasing Cole's already brilliant songwriting talents, the band's sympathetic accompaniment, and some of the most accomplished and emotionally satisfying music of the '80s. ~ Tim Sendra
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