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London O Hull 4 [Deluxe Edition]
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Album: London O Hull 4 [Deluxe Edition]
# Song Title   Time
1)    Happy Hour
2)    Get Up off Our Knees
3)    Flag Day
4)    Anxious
5)    Reverends Revenge
6)    Sitting on a Fence
7)    Sheep
8)    Over There
9)    Think for a Minute
10)    We're Not Deep
11)    Lean on Me
12)    Freedom
1)    Flag Day
2)    Stand at Ease
3)    You
4)    Coal Train to Hatfield Main
5)    I'll Be Your Shelter (Just Like a Shelter)
6)    People Get Ready
7)    Drop Down Dead
8)    Mighty Ship, The
9)    He Ain't Heavy
10)    Think for a Minute
11)    Who Needs the Limelight
12)    I Smell Winter
13)    Joy Joy Joy
14)    Rap Around the Clock
15)    Lean on Me - (previously unreleased, take Rehearsal)
16)    Anxious [BBC Session Janice Long] - (previously unreleased, live)
17)    We're Not Deep [BBC Session Janice Long] - (previously unreleased, live)
18)    Freedom [BBC Session Janice Long] - (previously unreleased, live)
19)    Think for a Minute [BBC Saturday Live] - (previously unreleased, live)
20)    Drop Down Dead [BBC Saturday Live] - (previously unreleased, live)
21)    Happy Hour [BBC Session John Peel] - (previously unreleased, live)
22)    Get Up off Our Knees [BBC Session John Peel] - (previously unreleased, live)
 

Album: London O Hull 4 [Deluxe Edition]
# Song Title   Time
1)    Happy Hour
2)    Get Up off Our Knees
3)    Flag Day
4)    Anxious
5)    Reverends Revenge
6)    Sitting on a Fence
7)    Sheep
8)    Over There
9)    Think for a Minute
10)    We're Not Deep
11)    Lean on Me
12)    Freedom
1)    Flag Day
2)    Stand at Ease
3)    You
4)    Coal Train to Hatfield Main
5)    I'll Be Your Shelter (Just Like a Shelter)
6)    People Get Ready
7)    Drop Down Dead
8)    Mighty Ship, The
9)    He Ain't Heavy
10)    Think for a Minute
11)    Who Needs the Limelight
12)    I Smell Winter
13)    Joy Joy Joy
14)    Rap Around the Clock
15)    Lean on Me - (previously unreleased, take Rehearsal)
16)    Anxious [BBC Session Janice Long] - (previously unreleased, live)
17)    We're Not Deep [BBC Session Janice Long] - (previously unreleased, live)
18)    Freedom [BBC Session Janice Long] - (previously unreleased, live)
19)    Think for a Minute [BBC Saturday Live] - (previously unreleased, live)
20)    Drop Down Dead [BBC Saturday Live] - (previously unreleased, live)
21)    Happy Hour [BBC Session John Peel] - (previously unreleased, live)
22)    Get Up off Our Knees [BBC Session John Peel] - (previously unreleased, live)
 
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Performer Notes
  • Personnel: P.D. Heaton, Paul Heaton (vocals, harmonica); Hugh Whitaker (vocals, drums); Norman Cook (vocals); Stan Cullimore (guitar, harmonica).
  • Liner Note Authors: Phill Jupitus; John Williams ; John Williams .
  • Recording information: Maida Vale Studio 5.
  • Photographers: Gus Devlin; Gino Sprio; Nikki Rodgerson; Gus Devlin; Gino Spiro; Paul Cox; Derek Ridgers; Paul Cox.
  • With their music far too rooted in R&B, the Housemartins were never "officially" part of the C86 movement (named after a British music magazine's influential 1986 compilation album that featured the Wedding Present, Wolfhounds, Primal Scream, and others). But their jangling guitars, the social criticism of their lyrics, and their gleefully cynical outlook were fully in line with the C86-ers. The debut LONDON 0 HULL 4 (1986) is chock-full of catchy tunes, great lyrics, and Paul Heaton's exceptional vocals. This is one of the great records of the '80s.
  • Standouts include the chipper "Get up off Our Knees," carried on a bright acoustic-guitar line and choral-type backing vocals, "Think For a Minute," a wistful track featuring Heaton's falsetto vocals, the percussion-and-bass-driven "We're Not Deep" (complete with sing-along "ba ba baba ba"s), and "The Mighty Ship," a hyper harmonica instrumental. The album's trio of gospel standards is also of note. A staggeringly brilliant take on Luther Ingram's "I'll Be Your Shelter" features Heaton's voice, alternately growling and soaring, a barreling piano, and a full-on choral backing. Start to finish, this record is a masterpiece.
Professional Reviews
Magnet (p.110) - "[T]he Housemartins combined hyper-kinetic pop, blue-eyed soul and four-part gospel harmonies on their debut.'

Q (Magazine) (p.137) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[The album] remains a surprisingly deft combination of faux-gospel, skiffle, indie jangling and lyrics of depth and hushed anger that were already setting Paul Heaton apart from his peers."

Record Collector (magazine) (p.90) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Their 1986 debut bristled with melodic catchiness....The adolescent rush of these songs still retains many thrills..."
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