Echo and the Bunnymen Heaven Up Here on Numbered Edition Silver Label LP
Ranked #471 on Rolling Stoneâ€™s List of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time
How strong and looming of an influence is Echo and the Bunnymen? Strong enough to be the one band name-dropped in a great piece of dialogue from the music-loving film High Fidelity, whereupon Jack Blackâ€™s quipping record store clerk character cites the band as legitimate tastemakers for much of the cutting-edge music that happened in the late 80s and beyond.
And on no record is the English quintetâ€™s greatness more apparent than on 1981â€™s sophomore Heaven Up Here
, the groupâ€™s first effort to chart in the U.S. and a Top 10 smash in its native U.K. The recordâ€™s merits are legionâ€”and timeless: vocalist Ian McCullochâ€™s cavernous croon; dream-weaving guitar lines pushed through ominous, melodic soundscapes; neopsychedelic dirges and self-aware lyrics; glamorous drama and tortuous tension. These characteristics and more turn the music restrained euphoria and what the band called â€œblack magic.â€
Rife with thick atmospherics and brooding dreamscapes, the harrowing songs clatter amidst arrangements infused with requisite air, space, and chamber echoes. Silhouetted guitar leads help convey moody dampness, despair, dread, and disgust, the themes directly connected to narratives that tackle distrust, dishonesty, betrayal, and arrested dreams. Cloudy and jagged for certain, but the majesty of Heaven Up Here
relates to how, in spite of the haunted arrangements and claustrophobic feel, ribbons of light and hope illuminate its shadowy corners and nocturnal glow.
Sharing much in common with Joy Divisionâ€™s period output and a precursor to later work by The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Cure, Love and Rockets, Ride, and countless other U.K. artists, Heaven Up Here
soars on Will Seargantâ€™s angular six-string blues, McCullochâ€™s vampiric grayness, and etched, stair-stepping bass movements.
Mastered on our world-renowned mastering system and pressed at RTI (Americaâ€™s best record plant), Silver Label numbered edition LP presents Echo and the Bunnymenâ€™s breakthrough in an involving fidelity that blows away whatâ€™s on the original pressings and annihilates Rhinoâ€™s CD remaster. Listeners will revel in the opened-up reverb, sound effects, complex tonalities, swimmy textures, and crafty overdubs that are so essential to the music. This is an 80s landmark, and if you like early U2, you need this album.
Echo and the Bunnymen Heaven Up Here Track Listing:
1. "Show of Strength" â€“ 4:50
2. "With a Hip" â€“ 3:16
3. "Over the Wall" â€“ 5:59
4. "It Was a Pleasure" â€“ 3:12
5. "A Promise" â€“ 4:08
6. "Heaven Up Here" â€“ 3:45
7. "The Disease" â€“ 2:28
8. "All My Colours" â€“ 4:06
9. "No Dark Things" â€“ 4:27
10. "Turquoise Days" â€“ 3:51
11. "All I Want" â€“ 4:09