Sunday, April 15, 2007

The Wedding Present - George Best

Although the Wedding Present would go on to make more nuanced and refined albums later in its career, this 1987 debut full-length captures the band at its sweetly rambunctious best. Mixing a thunderous tidal wave of fuzzed-out guitars with classic pop melodies played at a furious clip, ‘George Best’ is the sound of a precocious bunch of young hipsters trying to recreate Phil Spector’s Wall of Sound with a limited musical arsenal–consisting of drums, bass, and guitars–and very little cash. Frontman David Gedge, who also writes the songs and plays guitar, sings about a variety of topics (most commonly love and its pitfalls) in what is one of the most unique and distinct voices in rock & roll: part aching wail, part brilliant lilt–a description not inappropriate to the Wedos themselves. Tracks like “Shatner,” “All This And More,” and “Everyone Thinks He Looks Daft” are gleefully rough around the edges, but posses an urgency and romanticism that is impossible to resist. While the band would refine and perfect the sound found here, ‘George Best’ remains a quintessential document of a truly brilliant band.

1. Everyone Thinks He Looks Daft
2. What Did Your Last Servant Die Of?
3. Don’t Be So Hard
4. Million Miles, A
5. All This And More
6. Getting Nowhere Fast
7. My Favourite Dress
8. Shatner
9. Something And Nothing
10. It’s What You Want That Matters
11. Give My Love To Kevin
12. Anyone Can Make A Mistake
13. You Can’t Moan Can You?
14. All About Eve
15. Nobody’s Twisting Your Arm
16. Nothing Comes Easy
17. Don’t Laugh
18. I’m Not Always So Stupid
19. Why Are You Being So Reasonable Now?
20. Not From Where I’m Standing
21. Give My Love To Kevin - (acoustic)
22. Getting Better
23. Pourquoi Es Tu Devenue Si Raisonnable?

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Anonymous said...

Wedding Present efsanedir, helal olsun arkadaşlar.
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Putanginas said...

A million thanks for this gem. All the tracks have no errors. LONG LIVE TIMEOUTT, YOU RULE!!!!!!!!!!!!

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