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The Strange Idols Pattern and Other Short Stories/Ignite the Seven Cannons

  • 1. Roman Litter
    2. Sempiternal Darkness
    3. Spanish House
    4. Imprint
    5. Sunlight Bathed the Golden Glow
    6. Vasco da Gama
    7. Dismantled King Is off the Throne
    8. Crystal Ball
    9. Whirlpool Vision of Shame
    10. My Darkest Light Will Shine
    11. Day the Rain Came Down, The
    12. Scarlet Servants
    13. I Don't Know Which Way to Turn
    14. Primitive Painters
    15. Textile Ranch
    16. Black Ship in the Harbour
    17. Elegance
    18. Serpent Shade
    19. Caspian See
    20. Southern State Tapestry
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 65

  • Credits
    ProducerJohn Leckie; Robin Guthrie

    Personnel: Lawrence Hayward (vocals, guitar); Maurice Deebank (guitar); Martin Duffy (keyboards); Gary Ainge (drums).
    Recording information: 10/26/1984-09/20/1985.
    This collection contains the third and fourth Felt albums, THE STRANGE IDOLS PATTERN AND OTHER SHORT STORIES and IGNITE THE SEVEN CANNONS. Whereas their first two albums featured more meandering tracks, these albums feature songs that are more terse, though still with very elaborate arrangements. Standouts from STRANGE IDOLS include "Sunlight Bathed the Golden Glow," a cheerfully bitter character study featuring gorgeously jangling guitars, the oddly catchy "Dismantled King is Off the Throne," in which Lawrence's droll delivery is nicely offset by up tempo drumming, and "Whirlpool Vision of Shame," which features Maurice Deebank's complex guitar lines darting around the vocals. Produced by the Cocteau Twins' Robin Guthrie, IGNITE includes Felt's most well-known track, "Primitive Painters," a glittering masterpiece featuring astonishing backing vocals from the Cocteau Twins' Elizabeth Fraser along with some of Lawrence's more impassioned vocals, Gary Ainge's expressive drumming. Other standouts include the beautiful instrumental "Serpent Shade," highlighting Martin Duffy's keyboards, and "Southern State Tapestry," which returns the focus to the interplay between Deebank and Lawrence's guitars. Felt collectors should note that the reissued version of this collection, though it sequences the albums chronologically (unlike the original CD), it inexplicably omits the "Crucifix Heaven," a spectacular Spanish-guitar influenced instrumental.

  • Critic Reviews
    Q (11/03, p.131) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Lawrence and co-writer/lead guitarist Maurice Deebank sustained tingling melodies throughout and Cocteau Twins singer Liz Fraser elevates 'Primitive Painters' to one of the decade's standout singles..."
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