Echo and the Bunnymen Heaven Up Here on Numbered Limited Edition LP from Mobile Fidelity Silver Label
Ranked #471 on Rolling Stone’s List of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time
English Band’s 1981 Sophomore Record A Superbly Articulate Expression of Post-Punk Gloom, Despair, and Melancholy That’s Shot Through With Hope
Mastered on Mobile Fidelity’s World-Renowned Mastering System and Pressed at RTI (America's Best Record Plant): LP Illuminates Myriad Textures, Atmospherics
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 Black’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 quintet’s greatness more apparent than on 1981’s sophomore Heaven Up Here, the group’s first effort to chart in the U.S. and a Top 10 smash in its native U.K. The record’s merits are legion—and timeless: vocalist Ian McCulloch’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 “black magic.”
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 Division’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 Seargant’s angular six-string blues, McCulloch’s vampiric grayness, and etched, stair-stepping bass movements.
Mastered on Mobile Fidelity’s world-renowned mastering system and pressed at RTI (America’s best record plant), Silver Label numbered limited edition LP presents Echo and the Bunnymen’s breakthrough in an involving fidelity that blows away what’s on the original pressings and annihilates Rhino’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.
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Echo and the Bunnymen Heaven Up Here Track Listing:
1. "Show of Strength" – 4:50
2. "With a Hip" – 3:16
3. "Over the Wall" – 5:59
4. "It Was a Pleasure" – 3:12
5. "A Promise" – 4:08
6. "Heaven Up Here" – 3:45
7. "The Disease" – 2:28
8. "All My Colours" – 4:06
9. "No Dark Things" – 4:27
10. "Turquoise Days" – 3:51
11. "All I Want" – 4:09
About Silver Series: New from Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab, the MoFi Silver Label Vinyl Series will feature an eclectic mix of recordings. This series is mastered and cut on the famous Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab state-of-the-art Tim de Paravacini-designed mastering system. Vinyl will be pressed at RTI on audiophile-grade standard vinyl and will be numbered limited-editions. Future releases will continue to stretch stylistic boundaries, as the MoFi Silver Label continues to explore music from many different genres. Expand your musical horizons with the Silver Label!