Tuesday, January 02, 2007

The Mighty Lemon Drops - Like An Angel 12"




One of my personal favorite bands in the 80's/90's, but one which wasn't in most people playlists. Like many of their counterparts (Echo & The Bunnymen, Wild Swans ect) they released solid psychedelic infused rock, and gained some notoriety in small circles in the UK. Although I believe these folks were brilliant, they never really caught on despite a barrage of early singles that were quite catchy. The earlier stages of The Mighty Lemon Drops saw them as a raw sounding, almost garage type of band, while later on they turned to a more traditional pop sounds found in the UK at the time. The band release 6 full lengths, but the latter ones were lacking the punch that so endeared me to them in the first place, and is quite possibly why they deteriorated. The most common (and most liked) release is probably World Without End, as this boasted several singles ('Inside Out', 'Fall Down (Like The Rain)') that got some airplay in North America on college radio. If you want to hear what all my fuss is about, grab yourself the 2-in-1 disc with the Happy Head & Out Of Hand albums combined into one disc. These releases show the real raw sound this band had earlier in their career, before overproduction took over. This 12" shows different variations of the songs later released on LP, and I love the raw almost Jesus & Mary Chain noise they have kept in these versions. Give them a listen, and tell me what you think!




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Track 1, Like An Angel

Track 2, Something Happens

Track 3, Sympathise With Us



UK Dreamworld Records 1985, DREAMWORLD 005


Personal rating 4/5





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6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi, just found your Blog and enjoyed trawling the archives. Desperate for 'White Man's Hut', but it doesn't seem to be working. Any chance of a re-post?

Cheers

Dreamwave said...

Hey

You should find it reuploaded for you. enjoy.

Cheers

Anonymous said...

Thanks, made my day.

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jess manuel said...

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2.boo radleys-alone again or
3.slowdive-spanish air

Dreamwave said...

I'll see what I have here for Boo Radleys. Slowdive will be no problem, keep checking back.