The album cover is a picture by renowned photographer Robert Farber which was chosen by design company Da Gama from a selection of stock photographs. The reception for the UK music magazines at the time of the album's release was generally very positive. Sounds stated, " Rattlesnakes is a wonderful LP, the most refreshing, uncontrived gorgeous lump of gold to be mined from Scotland in ages, pursuing the alternately vibrant and tender pop courses discovered by 'Perfect Skin' and the classic 'Forest Fire'.
And it still finds time for excursions into Dylanesque string-embellished balladry, age-old blues licks or eloquent country melody, all led on by the infinitely capable guitar of Neil Clarke sic. Every song is instantly memorable.
It's about past pop's legacy to the present, rather than love or hate or any of the emotions it feigns. It's about how modes of expression haven't moved on one iota from early Bob Dylan, how a generation bereft of its own voice falls back on playing with the language of its peers.
Compared to most else around, it's a gem but Rattlesnakes cried out to shed some of that perfect skin. Then, maybe, we'd believe as well as admire. In the US the reviews were also favourable. Spin claimed that "Lloyd Cole and the Commotions are the most interesting new band since Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers , and Rattlesnakes is a brilliant first album This is the first album I've heard of late that rejects the techno-pop banality we've been drowning in without being overly self-conscious in its minimalism or wearing a chip on its shoulder.
But if Rattlesnakes arrives critically short of the greatness claimed for it in the British rock press, its promise is not so easily dismissed A few more songs like ["Perfect Skin"] and the man really could start a commotion.
Reviewing the reissue, Mojo hailed Rattlesnakes as "a timeless pop album". All lyrics by Lloyd Cole , all music composed by Cole except where noted. The CD included four additional songs, all of which had been B-sides to the singles. The CD also included the extended version of "Forest Fire", which had appeared on the 12" version of the single. At it is almost 40 seconds longer than both the 7" single and original album versions. The Deluxe Edition released in reverted to the shorter version.
In the band reformed for a brief reunion tour of the UK and Ireland to commemorate the album's 20th anniversary. It comprised the ten original album tracks on the first disc, and the four tracks from the CD version and 14 additional tracks, including demos, concert and radio performances, on the second disc.
The extended version of "Forest Fire" was not included on this edition. The album was remastered by Gary Moore from the original master tapes where possible.
The CD booklet included comments from Cole and the rest of the band on the various tracks. Cut Me Down 6. Brand New Friend 7. Lost Weekend 8. James 9. Minor Character Perfect Blue. LP 3: Mainstream 1. My Bag 2. From The Hip 3.
Mainstream 5. Jennifer She Said 6. Malcontent 7. Sean Penn Blues 8. Big Snake 9. Hey Rusty These Days. The Sea and The Sand 2. Glory 5. Sweetness 6. Perfect Blue Hardiman mix 7. The album was never released. The Negatives played every couple of months in NYC and LC found that there was an element to playing live music that had hitherto eluded him — having fun.
LC decides that he wants his next album to be the collected recordings of the Negatives and a few of the tunes from the album which the band were playing in their set. The band embark upon their first and last US tour, and overseas playing student festivals in Portugal and major concerts in London, Paris and Rio de Janeiro.
He has inadvertently become a folk singer and decides to make his idea of a folk record in his rented studio space with a few guitars and some synthesizers. Signs with Sanctuary Records. Rehearsals are in Glasgow and the band play to packed houses at the famous Barrowlands, and then in Dublin, Manchester and London.
LC liaises with Tapete records in Hamburg towards the release of a rarities box set — many hours spent auditioning old DAT and cassette tapes and many forgotten recordings are unearthed. Coinciding with this release LC and Tapete join forces to produce the Folksinger Series — live acoustic recordings.
Volume 1 — Radio Bremen — highlights of a single concert. LC forms a semi-official fan community team — The Young Idealists. The YIs poster coffee shops and bars in advance of concerts and CD releases, they sell CDs at shows, they code websites ….
The Small Ensemble set to work on new material and old. LC and Matt learn the banjo , Mark learns the mandolin. The Commotions reunite in Glasgow to play two songs and receive the Tartan Clef lifetime achievement award. I thought that as well, I hate g vinyl and would love to see the back of it. ALL of my best sounding vinyl is on g or less. I am not sure why you bother Paul. It is what it is. I have bought quite a bit from Tapete and they are excellent. Superb covers, excellent pressings and obvious care and attention to detail.
If their catalogue is anything to go by it will be excellently made and well packed by Tapete and anything Pete Paphides writes is well worth a read as is his Mrs.
As long as it arrives on a Tuesday. Missus out of the house on a Tuesday, I assume? However, the bit about postage is very near and dear to my heart as a US based buyer who routinely places orders by way of Amazon UK [Amazon fulfilled orders]. In both cases, shipping exceeds the price of the item the CDs are unobtainable elsewhere.
The days of acquiring autographed UK exclusives, import only titles, etc. Something that I learned as a kid from Yes, Prime Minister. Holding on to that nice little bonus fiver. I am sure it is mostly down to reduced cargo routes pushing prices up. Whether they come down once things get back to normal remains to be seen.
After all Bezos must have another wife to pay off soon surely? Are we not allowed an opinion on price, Chris? Paul, by leaving a comment on SDE you are basically putting your opinion out there.
The whole point of the comments section is debate, not for people to leave comments that never get replied to or challenged etc. As The Editor said, you are allowed an opinion Paul T. Ditto , ditto Sign of the Times. Flaming Pie SDE vs.
And even then much cheaper options are easily available to most. Particularly when the companies involved do pay taxes. I thought I did it quite politely. When opinions incorrect or correct are quoted as fact and have to go unchallenged by decree then where are we? Effectively you are getting a BETTER deal than everyone else, because the product is being shipped half way around the world.
In short, it looks like a great quality product, priced appropriately given the label and the costs associated with producing this kind of set.
Too expensive? I have the CD set and the cost is a bit too high however it is an attractive set. Wonder whether the albums will be available separately. Total greed and unjustified, especially compared to other recent releases.
All good points Paul. No thanks. Will stick with the CDs. Your email address will not be published. Search Search.
It took me a week! Brand New Friend Wessex Studio recording. Martin says:. After all, there was no other alternative as the frontman was a complete newcomer to Perfect Skin - Lloyd Cole And The Commotions* - 1984 - 1989 (Vinyl music scene although at least one of the backing band, Lawrence Doneganhad experienced some success with The Bluebells. Jorje Chica says:. I was totally drunk on Dylan at the time I wrote that song and all the imagery is deliberately Dylanesque. I asked Mr. Lloyd Cole talking to the NME in This is a definite purchase for me.
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