telescopes Untitled Second (CD, £12.50)label: bomp
Released in the US for the first time, augmented with 4 bonus tracks: Flying (Stephen Lawrie's tornado mix), High On Fire (EP version), Sunspray (previously unreleased) and The Sleepwalk (Richard Formby's sitar version). The Telescopes were among the most innovative and challenging yet successful artists in Creation Records' "middle period", a leading part of the wave of sonic experimenters who included Spacemen 3, My Bloody Valentine, Spectrum and Spiritualized. Towards the end of their time with Creation, they made their most fully realized album yet, "#", which, for reasons too obscure to go into here, was barely released, and barely promoted. A bit of a tragedy really, it's hard to believe listening to this album that it is not an acknowledged classic yet. The songs are built on acoustic guitars, then the tricked-out electric guitars are laid on top and garnished with bongos, organs, pianos and all sorts of classic instruments. Stephen Lawrie's vocals are restrained and semi-emotional and female backing vocals add a touch of sweetness that might otherwise be missing from the record, as the overall atmosphere is very moody and introspective. - AMG. Track listing : 1. Splashdown 2. High On Fire 3. You Set My Soul 4. Spaceships 5. The Presence Of Your Grace 6. And 7. Flying 8. YeAh 9. Ocean Drive 10. Please Tell Mother 11. To The Shore 12. Tornado 13. High On Fire (EP Version) bonus 14. Sunspray bonus 15. The Sleepwalk (Sitar Version) bonus.
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