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Japanese La's + 8 CD

Postby Andy » Wed May 21, 2003 1:50 pm

Yet another Japanese CD booklet rendered fairly intelligible by the team at Translations'R'Us. <br>
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"It was the most impressive thing in the year that I had an interview with Ian 'Kingbird' Broudy who had come to Japan for the promotion of the Lightning Seeds in '90. Ian Broudy was a member of Big In Japan, Original Mirrors, and produced Echo & the Bunnymen, Pale Fountains and Icicle Works. He was also connected with Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Dead or Alive and Lotus Eaters etc. who were born in Liverpool and played actively in British rock music scene in '80. He had a lot of interesting things to say about the music scene in Liverpool in '80. The most interesting thing was how he analyzed why now it was Manchester music booming, a rival city to Liverpool. Of course he had no conscious rivalry, and positively produced Manchester bands in the north, and agreed that it was now less active in Liverpool than in '80. He pointed that police controlled drugs etc. very strictly (I heard it was under pressure of political) so good clubs like Eric's did not grow up. On the other hand, the club Hacienda grew up in the centre of Manchester music. He told me that he has a plan to start a new studio and a label in '91 for making good surroundings and becoming active for young people. In our conversation it naturally became a topic who will take up the music scene in Liverpool. At once he pointed out the La's. After I heard the unforgettable song There She Goes I have been concerned about them and wondering when they will release a new song or an album. It was a digression, but I asked him about their recent state. He told me that they will release an album soon produced by Steve Lillywhite. I was looking forward to it which has an unexpected producer. Then they released the third single Timeless Melody after a two year interval and continuously released the debut album The La's. I want you to listen to the album very carefully. The La's started to play in Liverpool in '86. The members were Lee Mavers (vocals, guitar) who is the center of the group, John Power (vocals, bass) and two friends. At first they started making a demo tape including seven songs which became a topic among the music world, then they fortunately got a contract with Go! Discs. Go! Discs is a small major label with offices at Hammersmith in London, who produced Billy Bragg and House Martins. Recently they have the Beautiful South who were derived from House Martins, Trash Can Sinatras and Beats International, so I easily imagine they looked after The La's at once.<br>
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"The La's released the debut single Way Out from Go! Discs in '87 and also started doing live performances actively at a local live house club. At the time, the members were Lee, John and Barry Sutton (guitar), then after a while Chris Sharrock (drums) joined in. Chris was an original member of the Icicle Works who originally played in Liverpool.<br>
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"After The La's had been playing for some years, they had a powerful line up, then in Autumn in '88 they released There She Goes produced by Bob Andrews which settled their reputation after all. They became a topic in British music scene as a remarkable new band along with Stone Roses who released Elephant Stone at the same time.<br>
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"In early '89 The La's started recording an album with producer Mike Hedges, who produced the Cure, Everything But The Girl and Beautiful South at his studio in Devon. It seemed that everything went well but the single Timeless Melody which was to be released in April was suddenly cancelled. There was no explanation from the members of the band or Go! Discs, the album yielded no definite result. I guess there was a trouble between Mike and The La's. It is very strange that a new band has not released a new single for nearly two years, however they have not broken up and the band survived for all that.<br>
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"At last the debut album The La's was released after a complicated experience. So far I try to talk calmly, but I cannot help being excited in front of the album. I understand that The La's was rated as the new Smiths or new Beatles on British music magazines. In last two years the British rock scene produced very delightful bands like Inspiral Carpets, Charlatans, Ride, Lush and Birdland. I think The La's carrying the album in their hands can build their own position and become a select band without being out of date. For example, their songs and sounds have swinging London taste, imagining easily The Who and Kinks when you listen to I Can't Sleep and Liberty Ship and what a beautiful melody There She Goes remixed for the album is. It is just a timeless rock melody and it is also gives thought of fresh impression and homesickness for the '60. As Mavers said "I wanted to make a true song, so it comes into our mind whether happy or sad". I also feel they have rare sense and brilliant talent as a melody maker when I listen the other songs. I also admire the producer, Steve Lillywhite, who is rock maestro and produced U2, Peter Gabriel, XTC and Simple Minds. He produced the beautiful chorus which is The La's characteristic and deep sound, showing old and new taste while making good use of acoustic sounds. Thanks to him, because it is not only difficult but also different from the other acoustic bands.<br>
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"However, the members were angrier than dissatisfied in their interview in Melody Maker because they wanted to make the album by themselves but the label forced them to use the producer, as a result the album was led by the label. The members abandoned recording before it was finished and did not attend the mixing, and the album was finally released. John also said that they used an imperfect song which was recorded as a guide vocal after recording the backing track. It seems he had drunk quite a lot before the interview but he even said 'It has been the worst three years at Go! Discs in our life'. The La's wanted to build a home studio to make the album using eight tracks in Liverpool, but the recording company was worried about the quality of the sound, then they stopped supporting. The La's said 'We could make a good album in the bedroom using four tracks, we just wanted to make a spiritual album'. Apart from their dissatisfaction, I feel there is enough spirit from the album.<br>
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"The most impressive thing in the album is that they have built up their own '90 style music influenced by merging beat from Beatles, early Stones and The Who in '60, punk in '70 and neo acoustic movement in '80. In other words, their music has the best essence from the British rock scene. I heard that The La's play more aggressively in live performances than in the album. I am looking forward to watching them in a live performance."<br>
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La's album + 8......

Postby Stuart I » Wed May 21, 2003 5:11 pm

...nice one, is there any different pictures in that CD booklet?.......<br>
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Quote: He (Lillywhite) produced the beautiful chorus which is The La's characteristic and deep sound, showing old and new taste while making good use of acoustic sounds. Thanks to him, because it is not only difficult but also different from the other acoustic bands.<br>
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I think Lee said in that, or another interview....''there are surpose to be acoustic guitars on that album. But you wouldn't know, they sound like electric guitars not plugged in!''........<br>
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Different Pictures

Postby Andy » Wed May 21, 2003 6:27 pm

'Fraid not.<br>
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It's just the same as the original UK release but with extra Japanese text.<br>


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Re: Different Pictures

Postby Syl » Wed May 21, 2003 7:02 pm

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Re: Japanese La's + 8 CD

Postby Ming-8L » Tue Jun 20, 2017 2:52 am

I have a question about this Japanese La's + 8 CD (Universal) which is sold out, unavailable. Were all 8 of the additional songs approved for release by Lee? Were they released previously as b sides or on other albums? Thanks in advance.
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Re: Japanese La's + 8 CD

Postby Syl » Tue Jun 20, 2017 9:21 am

I think it predates the UK expanded, 'normal' album, as far as I can recall. +8 and Japanese Singles collection really made my day, it was a sign that things were picking up, at the time.

Just to add, the catalogue number for this has changed over the years.

Interestingly, so have the loudness/volume of the tracks. I have two, purchased a few years apart, the sound levels are different. EAC (http://www.exactaudiocopy.de/), also throws out 3 or 4 different checksum results for the same release, when copying for my own use.

My understanding is Mavers does have to, 'sign off' on compilations, as far as I am aware. I'm not sure.
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Re: Japanese La's + 8 CD

Postby hottscolland » Tue Jun 20, 2017 10:03 pm

Ming-8L wrote:I have a question about this Japanese La's + 8 CD (Universal) which is sold out, unavailable.



still possible to pick copies up

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Las-The-Las-8 ... 9ZvmAq9FbQ


was made up, back in the day, to finally have all the b'sides on cd (except over). had worn me singles out by then.
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Re: Japanese La's + 8 CD

Postby Ming-8L » Fri Apr 13, 2018 8:49 am

I just purchased this! I'm so happy. £10.53 plus a low shipping fee from Japan. Too bad it doesn't come in vinyl though. I don't think I'll even open it, not sure yet. New but old so would like to see that it's not warped, damaged. Shopped guitars lately, might take a class and rent one to try first. Never too old to start.

Shopped for knuckle guards if there is such as thing. Have someone in mind for those but don't think they exist. Can't play anything using them, more of a reminder to not use knuckles while playing drums. Or maybe can still hold sticks. Just daydreaming on that. :wink:
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