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The Sound - The Dutch Radio Recordings review (CMU Beats 03-07-2006)

date: Jul 3, 2006


The Sound - The Dutch Radio Recordings 
(Renascent Records)

If there is one major good from the current crop of post-punk inspired bands, it's that bands who were overlooked during their existence have finally achieved some recognition. The appetite for angular guitar rock has resulted in the reappraisal of several late 70s/early 80s bands and the reissue of their back catalogues. Renascent is one label actively doing this; reissuing the work of bands such as The Comsat Angels and The Wild Swans, but most notably, The Sound. Despite inexplicably never achieving any kind of commercial success, their influence cannot be underestimated. For instance, it's likely that U2 and Echo and the Bunnymen had listened to The Sound, as many common characteristics are evident; straining and yearning vocals, introspective lyrics of finding oneself, and anthemic and urgent guitar work. 

The band's first two albums; 'Jeopardy' and 'From The Lion's Mouth' are amongst the best British albums of the 1980s, featuring stunning tracks such as 'I Can't Escape Myself', 'Silent Air', 'Sense of Purpose' and 'Winning'. These tracks and others comprise the set lists of these five concerts in the Netherlands which took place between 1981-1985. These recordings demonstrate the excellence of the band's songs, which are replicated perfectly, and also give an impression of what a fine live band The Sound must have been. Thanks to Renascent, hopefully more people will have the opportunity to discover this great band. Unfortunately, singer Adrian Borland passed away in 1999, but no doubt he would have taken pride in the band's chance at capturing a modern audience. 

review by KW - CMU Beats

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