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Shriekback - Priests And Kanibals: The Best Of ... (1994)

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Shriekback - Priests And Kanibals: The Best Of ... (1994)

Shriekback - Priests And Kanibals: The Best Of … (1994)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 495 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 195 Mb | Scans included
New Wave, Post-Punk, Dance-Rock | Label: Arista/BMG | # 74321226362 | 01:18:41

Shriekback is not an easy band to classify. They borrowed heavily from funk but had a very different agenda; their music was more suited for contemplation than for parties. They combined synthesizers and drum machines with throbbing bass lines and unorthodox vocals to evoke a primordial world where the line between human and animal was blurred. The title of their fourth album, Big Night Music, might be the most succinct summation of their work: Shriekback's music was always an appropriate soundtrack for life in the dark, but with the emphasis on the possibilities rather than the dangers. Though often haunting, it was not gothic and harbored strains of pop and dance that rose to the surface from time to time. Still, however accessible they became, Shriekback cultivated an air of mystery that made them hard to pin down. Further complicating any evaluation of their career is the fact that they never made a single, brilliant album that concentrated all their strengths in one place; their best material is spread out across a decade during which they underwent a great deal of evolution.

Shriekback - Oil And Gold (1985)

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Shriekback - Oil And Gold (1985)

Shriekback - Oil And Gold (1985)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 245 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 111 Mb | Scans included
Label: Island Records | # 422-842 882-2 | Time: 00:44:15
New Wave, Dance-Rock, Post-Punk, Alternative Pop/Rock

Oil and Gold is surprising for several reasons. For one, the departure of singer/guitarist Carl Marsh midway through produced no noticeable dip in the record's quality. For another, live drums appear for the first time on a Shriekback album, thanks to Martyn Barker, a longtime associate who was added to the band at the tail end of the Jam Science sessions. Most surprising, though, is how much this album rocks out, particularly on the songs featuring ex-Damned guitarist Lu Edmonds. It even yielded an out of left field hit single in "Nemesis," which not only uses the word "parthenogenesis," but rhymes it successfully, and does so in the chorus. In truth, Oil and Gold is six-tenths of a great album. It leads off with the rip-roaring one-two-three punch of "Malaria," "Everything That Rises Must Converge," and "Fish Below the Ice," all featuring Marsh on vocals. These are followed by "This Big Hush" and "Faded Flowers," two tremendously beautiful slow numbers sung by Barry Andrews, who took over for Marsh as lead vocalist.

Shriekback - Go Bang! (1988)

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Shriekback - Go Bang! (1988)

Shriekback - Go Bang! (1988)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 217 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 75 Mb | Scans ~ 58 Mb
New Wave, Dance Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock | Label: Island | # CID-1190 | Time: 00:32:45

Go Bang!, the fifth full-length Shriekback album produced a significant number of Billboard modern rock hits Get Down Tonight, Intoxication and Shark Walk. Released in 1988 after the departure of founding member and bassist, Dave Allen, the album revolves around Barry Andrews. The band was under considerable pressure from Island Records to produce a hit from this album and British hitmaker Richard James Burgess was brought in to produce and mix the album. The album is significantly more commercial than the previous or subsequent albums and this caused some tension in the studio. However, it produced the necessary hits, including lead single "Intoxication", which peaked at #6 on the newly introduced Modern Rock Tracks chart.

Shriekback - Natural History: The Very Best Of Shriekback (1994) 2CDs

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Shriekback - Natural History: The Very Best Of Shriekback (1994) 2CDs

Shriekback - Natural History: The Very Best Of Shriekback (1994) 2CDs
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 605 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 218 Mb | Scans ~ 47 Mb
Label: Essential/Castle Communications | # ESD CD 217 | Time: 01:35:20
New Wave, Post-Punk, Alternative Dance-Rock, Funk

Issued on Essential in 1994, Shriekback's double-disc Natural History set merely couples The Best of Shriekback: The Infinite (Kaz, 1987) with The Best of Shriekback, Vol. 2: Evolution (Kaz, 1988) under a new name. For the curious, this might be preferable to The Y Records Years (also a two-disc set, released six years later in 2000), since the terrain documented here is more expansive, covering the band from its inception through 1985's Oil and Gold. One major attraction is the number of selections on the second disc culled from the long out of print Jam Science. One major problem will be finding Natural History, as it has gone out of circulation since its release.