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The Church - Heyday (1986)

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  1. CP/M User

    CP/M User Ace in the Hole

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    Artist: THE CHURCH
    Album: HEYDAY
    Genre: Post-punk, Neo-psychedelia

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    This album was originally released January 1986 and was available on Vinyl, Cassette & CD, with the CD & Cassette editions including extra songs to make use of the extra capacity of those Audio media (which is always a good thing to see). :D

    Band Personal from The Church included: Steve Kilbey, Peter Koppes, Marty Wilson-Piper & Richard Ploog, which I believe have been the same members since The Church Formed in the late 70s/early 80s. Heyday does make some extensive use of additional personal, as well as some Orchestration, along with Strings & Horns & even Violin which gives the album a big sound to it.

    The Tracks Consist of:

    1. Myrrh
    2. Tristesse
    3. Already Yesterday
    4. Columbus
    5. Happy Hunting Ground
    6. As You Will
    7. Tantalized
    8. Disenchanted
    9. Night Of Light
    10. Youth Worshipper
    11. Roman
    12. The View

    Though I've listened to it from my MP3 which has the tracks going Alphabetically like this:

    1. Already Yesterday
    2. As You Will
    3. Columbus
    4. Disenchanted
    5. Happy Hunting Ground
    6. Myrrh
    7. Night Of Light
    8. Roman
    9. Tantalized
    10. The View
    11. Tristesse
    12. Youth Worshipper

    The best way I think I can described this album like what Wikipedia describe it based on Rolling Stone said as it being an electrified version of Love's "Forever Changes" album. The songs themselves seem to present a softness setting as perhaps depicted as the album cover shows, however the electrics are definitely present however perhaps presented in a soft-setting, though it's unusual cause in some cases, for example a flashy electric guitar solo can be heard at the beginning of "Roman" for example which may seem loud, though the sound of it seems soft.

    I can appreciate this album and have played it till death due to the complex rhythms which are presented in the songs, before I got this album though I must admit none of the songs stood out, though since I got the album oddly enough, I heard bits of "Happy Hunting Ground" being played on the TV, the amazing thing about this song is it seems to open up doing one thing for about a minute and 45 seconds and for the rest of the song does this reoccurring tune which for some reason I don't get tired of and the song to me seems shorter than what it really is lasting a bit over 5 minutes. I guess it's the clever use of instrumentation which keeps me hooked, though usually in principal, one would get bored.

    Overall this album is exceptionally good, the extra tracks which are included with the CD ("As You Will" & "The VIew") are good, and the jangley sound the album offers would probably mean that if you like bands like R.E.M. and The Byrds or don't mind "Forever Changes" from Love, this album would probably have appeal. I'd give this album 4.5 out of 5, just because I'd probably have some biased towards it. :D
     
  2. Sweaty

    Sweaty ThE OtHeR rAmOnE

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    Good review, Lou will love this:)
     
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    That's right Sweaty ! This is a blinder of an album by one of my favourite bands of the 80s. I love the neo psychedelic style, 12 string guitar heaven and Steve Kilbeys vocals. Will give this album another spin to remind myself how good this album is.....:grinthumb

    Tristesse

     
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    LG Fade To Black

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    Nicely done CP/M, not familiar with this band at all but might have to check them out now.:grinthumb
     
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    Sunny Settled down at last and very happy.

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    I've always loved The Church!! :bow:

    My two very favourite songs are not from Heyday but from Of Skins And Hearts & The Blurred Crusade.

    The Unguarded Moment




    Almost With You

     
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    CP/M User Ace in the Hole

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    Unfortunately I don't know what to recommend. The first time I heard The Church was when "Under The Milky Way" was in the charts and being played on the radio, which is a late-80s song from The Church. :peek

    And then a few years ago a friend gave me a boot which had some Church songs on it and from there I started buying their albums. But all I have from the 80s is The Blurred Crusade & Heyday. I have some stuff they did after 2000, the most subtle of it is "El Momento Descuidado" which is a collection of songs they have done over the years all redone in Acoustic, as well as two EPs (Pangaea & Dead Man's Hand) along with "Untitled #23", so if you love Dark Creepy Church, then perhaps those EPs and Album would be to your liking. :D
     
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    CP/M User Ace in the Hole

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    :wa I feel like I've robbed you of that album to review. :pullhair:

    Could you please review The Byrds 5D album for me? :flirt
     

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