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Wild Birds 1985-1995: The Best of the Beggars Banquet Years

  • 1. Cuts You Up
    2. Subway
    3. Scarlet Thing in You, The
    4. Indigo Eyes
    5. Keep Me from Harm
    6. Final Solution
    7. Deep Ocean Vast Sea
    8. Strange Kind of Love
    9. Hit Song
    10. Huuvola
    11. All Night Long
    12. Dragnet Drag
    13. I'll Fall With Your Knife
    14. Sweetest Drop, The
    15. Roll Call
    16. Jemal - (version two)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 82019

  • Credits

    Producers: Simon Rogers, Pascal Gabriel, Mike Thorne, Peter Murphy, Ivo.
    Includes liner notes by Greg Fassolino.
    Digitally remastered by John Dent.
    Audio Remasterer: John Dent.
    Liner Note Author: Greg Fasolino.
    Photographers: Antoine Giacomoni; Paul Cox; Jean Baptiste Mondino; Laura Levine; Anton Corbijn.
    Compiled by Murphy himself, Wild Birds is a well-timed collection spanning the five albums he recorded for Beggars Banquet between 1985 and 1995. Quite naturally, it begins with his biggest hit, "Cuts You Up," and includes alternative standards like "All Night Long," "Indigo Eyes," and "Deep Ocean, Vast Sea." Murphy weights the compilation toward his most recent work -- four songs are taken from 1995's Cascade, as many as from his best album, 1990's Deep -- and unfortunately shunts his underrated debut, Should the World Fail to Fall Apart. Despite this small caveat, Wild Birds is an excellent compilation; though Murphy usually focused on making conceptual statements with his albums, the individual singles released from them were remarkably infectious, especially given the sublime nature of his musical style. ~ John Bush

  • Critic Reviews
    Q (6/00, p.128) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...It's easy to see why Murphy exited the po-faced Bauhaus to enjoy cult Stateside success...[His] languid rasp is studied but indubitably easy on the ear and his material...can be engagingly diverting..."
    Mojo (Publisher) (5/00, p.109) - "...Ably attests [to] his solo career's lofty moments....[with] some classic songwriting not a world away from the doom-and-gloom epics of Leonard Cohen....this is an excellent intro to the solo Murphy..."
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