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My Bloody Valentine – Loads of Bootlegs, Rarities and other stuff

Do we like My Bloody Valentine?

No, we don’t like My Bloody Valentine! We fucking love them!

My Bloody Valentine were/are a truly innovative and influential band.

Their sound was ripped off left, right and centre, especially in the rather awful shoegazing period!

The Irish Times recently published an All-Time Top 40 Irish Albums list and Loveless by My Bloody Valentine is at No.1!

MBV have been around a long time now. Colm Cusack (before he was known by his Gaelic name Colm O’Ciosoig) and Kevin Shields had met in the late 1970s as teenagers in Dublin and joined a local punk rock band named The Complex.

Towards the end of 1983, Shields and O’Ciosoig formed their own band with singer Dave Conway. Conway, who went by the stage name Dave Stelfox, suggested names such as Burning Peacocks before they settled on My Bloody Valentine.

The band’s initial line up was completed by Conway’s girlfriend Tina, who played keyboards. Like Madonna, Tina never had a surname!

You can read all about MBV here; wiki/My_Bloody_Valentine

We’ve posted a few MBV collections before – including the full My Bloody Valentine studio Discography!

And now, we offer a shitload of more wonderful MBV stuff!

Yes indeed friends, here we have some some collections of rarities, a slew of live and other bootlegs … and a tribute album!

A wet dream for the real MBV fan!

My Bloody Valentine – Rarities and Bootlegs

Dingwalls Live (1988)

01 – Intro (‘if you want to see a real band’)
02 – Emptiness Inside
03 – Sueisfine
04 – Kiss The Eclipse
05 – ‘excuse the out of tuneness’
06 – Paint A Rainbow
07 – ‘talk to me’
08 – (Please) Lose Youreslf In Me
09 – Slow
10 – ‘smash the place up’
11 – Lovelee Sweet Darlene
12 – Cigarette In Your Bed
13 – You Made Me Realise
14 – Clair

http://www.megaupload.com/es/?d=G850KLD3

Live – Ulturzentrum, Oldenburg (1988)

https://www.yousendit.com/download/TTdIa3NRQ3RRWUkwTVE9PQ

Live – Hanau, West Germany.(1988)

https://www.yousendit.com/download/TTdFZUNpeFU4NVZjR0E9PQ

Live Boston axis (1989)

01 – emptiness inside
02 – you never should
03 – cigarette in your bed
04 – sueisfine
05 – cupid come
06 – lose my breath
07 – nothing much to lose
08 – thorn
09 – soft as snow (but warm inside)
10 – feed me with your kiss
11 – (when you wake) you’re still in a dream
12 – slow
13 – you made me realize
14 – lovelee sweet darlene

http://www.megaupload.com/es/?d=U6DTHSOP

Live- Barbue, Copenhagen (1989)

https://www.yousendit.com/download/TTdGanZqY1M0b0EwTVE9PQ


Loom (Live)

01 – When You Sleep
02 – I Only Said
03 – Only Shallow
04 – Slow
05 – Nothing Much To Lose
06 – Noise
07 – Blow A Wish
08 – You never should
09 – Feed Me With Your Kiss

http://rapidshare.com/files/83025416/my_bloody_valentine_-_loom__live_.rar


Live- Brixton Academy (1992)

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=r3b8hm30

Live Los Angeles (1992)

01 – Intro
02 – When you sleep
03 – Only shallow
04 – I only said
05 – Slow
06 – Nothing much to loose
07 – You never should
08 – Blown a wish
09 – Honey power
10 – Soon
11 – To Here knows when
12 – Feed me with your kiss
13 – You made me realise

http://www.zshare.net/download/1193530453055586/

Live at Slims San Francisco

01 – When you sleep
02 – Only Shallow
03 – I only said
04 – Slow
05 – Nothing much to lose
06 – You never should
07 – Blown a wish
08 – Honey power
09 – Soon
10 – To here knows when
11 – Feed me with your kiss
12 – You made me realise

http://rapidshare.com/files/111344169/My_Bloody_Valentine_-_Live_at_Slim_s_San_Francisco.rar.html

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Things left behind

01 – No place to go
02 – Moonlight
03 – Love machine
04 – Sandman never sleeps
05 – Lovele sweet darlene
06 – By danger in your eyes
07 – On another rainy saturday
08 – We’re so beautiful
09 – Sunny Sundae Smile
10 – Paint a rainbow
11 – Kiss the eclipse
12 – Silvie’s head
13 – Strawberry Wine
14 – Never say goodbye
15 – Can i touch you

http://rapidshare.com/files/87032060/my_bloody_valentine_-_things_left_behind.rar.html

My Bloody Valentine – Rarities & Edit Songs (Web compilation)

01 – Incidental One (Interlude) (ft. Mark Eitzel) (Edit)
02 – Incidental Peace (ft. Skylab) (Edit)
03 – Instrumental A (Edit)
04 – Moonlight (Edit)
05 – No Place To Go (Edit)
06 – On Another Rainy Saturday
07 – Paint A Rainbow
08 – Slow (Edit)
09 – Soon (Edit)
10 – Strawberry Wine (Edit)
11 – Sylvie’s Head (Edit)

http://sharebee.com/94511f44

My Bloody Valentine – More Rarities

01 – Slow
02 – Thorn
03 – Cigarette in your bed
04 – We have all the time in the world
05 – Sugar
06 – Emptiness inside
07 – I need no trust
08 – Glider
09 – Dont ak me why
10 – Off your face
12 – Never say goodbye
13 – Can i touch you
14 – She loves you no less
15 – The things i miss
16 – I dont need you
17 – (You’re) Safe In Your Sleep (From This Girl)
18 – Clair
19 – You’ve Got Nothing
20 – (Please) Lose Yourself In Me
21 – Instrumental A
22 – Instrumental B
23 – Map Ref. 41 N. 93 W. (Wire cover)

http://rapidshare.com/files/114494606/My_Bloody_Valentine_-_Rarities.rar.html

Bubblegum & Cigarettes

01 – no place to go
02 – moonlight
03 – love machine
04 – sandman never sleeps
05 – lovelee sweet darlene
06 – by the danger in your eyes
07 – another rainy saturday
08 – we’re so beautiful
09 – sunny sundae smile
10 – paint a rainbow
11 – kiss the eclipse
12 – sylvie’s head

http://sharebee.com/8ed9da0c

Suicide is Fine – Tribute to My Bloody Valentine (2002)

Spanish indiepop bands play MBV songs. Very good!

http://rapidshare.com/files/26237546/va_-__2002__suicide_is_fine_-_tribute_to_my_bloody_valentine.rar

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September 8, 2008 Posted by | Kevin Shields, MUSIC, Music_Alternative, My Bloody Valentine | 2 Comments

My Bloody Valentine – Discography

Do we like My Bloody Valentine?

No, we don’t like My Bloody Valentine! We fucking love them!

My Bloody Valentine were/are a truly innovative and influential band.

Their sound was ripped off left, right and centre, especially in the rather awful shoegazing period!

The Irish Times recently published an All-Time Top 40 Irish Albums list and Loveless by My Bloody Valentine is at No.1!

MBV have been around a long time now. Colm Cusack (before he was known by his Gaeilic name Colm O’Ciosoig) and Kevin Shields had met in the late 1970s as teenagers in Dublin and joined a local punk rock band named The Complex.

Towards the end of 1983, Shields and O’Ciosoig formed their own band with singer Dave Conway. Conway, who went by the stage name Dave Stelfox, suggested names such as Burning Peacocks before they settled on My Bloody Valentine.

The band’s initial line up was completed by Conway’s girlfriend Tina, who played keyboards. Like Madonna, Tina never had a surname!

You can read all about MBV here; wiki/My_Bloody_Valentine

A great track from MBV’s infamous and somewhat maligned last album Loveless (in their original incarnation, anyway!)

My Bloody Valentine – Only Shallow

We’ve posted a few MBV collections before …

And now, we offer a shitload of more wonderful MBV stuff!

Yes indeed friends, here we have the full My Bloody Valentine studio Discography of albums, EPs and compilations.

A wet dream for the real MBV fan!

BTW … Ever wondered about the configuration of pedal equipment used by Kevin Shields??! Well, wonder no more!! …..

My Bloody Valentine – Discography

MBV have released two studio albums, eight singles, ten extended plays, and one compilation album.

This list does not include material performed by members or former members of My Bloody Valentine that was recorded as Hope Sandoval & the Warm Inventions, Primal Scream or related sideprojects.

Studio albums

1988 Isn’t Anything
* Released: November 1988
* Label: Creation Records
* Formats: CD, cassette, vinyl

1991 Loveless
* Released: November 4, 1991
* Label: Creation Records
* Formats: CD, cassette, vinyl

Compilations

1989 Ecstasy and Wine
* Label: Lazy records
* Released: November, 1989
* Format: CD, vinyl

EPs

1985 This Is Your Bloody Valentine
1985 Geek!
1986 The New Record by My Bloody Valentine
1986 Sunny Sundae Smile
1987 Strawberry Wine
1987 Ecstasy
1988 You Made Me Realise
1988 Feed Me with Your Kiss
1990 Glider
1990 Glider Remixes
1991 Tremolo


My Bloody Valentine – This Is Your Bloody Valentine (1985)

We’ve got a mini-LP we made in Berlin in ’84, pre-Mary Chain, … with all our traits there – feedback thrash.

Already posted here: This Is Your Bloody Valentine

My Bloody Valentine – Geek! (1985)

Geek! was the second EP by My Bloody Valentine, and their first to feature bass player Debbie Googe. It was released in December 1985.

The record has become nearly impossible to find, with used copies procuring price tags up to nearly USD $200.00!

1. “No Place to Go” – 3:20
2. “Moonlight” – 3:20

http://rapidshare.com/files/81084881/My.Bloody.Valentine.-.Geek.EP._256kbps_.by_pArAsign.zip

OR

http://rapidshare.com/files/95051328/_1985__Geek____EP_.rar

The New Record by My Bloody Valentine cover

The New Record by My Bloody Valentine (1986)

The New Record by My Bloody Valentine is the third EP by My Bloody Valentine, released in September 1986. The EP marked a shift away from the band’s early post-punk sound, reflecting more the burgeoning C86-brand of indie pop.


1. “Lovelee Sweet Darlene” – 2:13
2. “By the Danger in Your Eyes” – 2:51
3. “On Another Rainy Saturday” – 2:41
4. “We’re So Beautiful” – 2:31

http://rapidshare.com/files/95051503/_1986__The_New_Record_by_My_Bloody_Valentine__EP_.rar



My Bloody Valentine – Sunny Sundae Smile (1986)

Sunny Sundae Smile was the fourth EP by My Bloody Valentine. Released in February 1987, it was their first for Lazy Records, and the last to feature original vocalist Dave Conway.

1. “Sunny Sundae Smile” – 2:30
2. “Paint a Rainbow” – 2:19

http://www.zshare.net/download/1127198038a90d85/

or
http://rapidshare.com/files/95051967/_1987__Sunny_Sundae_Smile__EP_.rar

Strawberry Wine cover
My Bloody Valentine – Strawberry Wine EP (1987)

Strawberry Wine is a 1987 EP by My Bloody Valentine, their first release to feature singer/guitarist Bilinda Butcher who shared vocal duties with Kevin Shields following the departure of Dave Conway.

Only 2,500 copies were released.

The contents of the EP were later combined with the group’s next release, Ecstasy, and reissued as the mini-album Ecstasy and Wine, although a different version of the title track “Strawberry Wine” was used.

01 – Strawberry Wine
02 – Never Say Goodbye
03 – Can I Touch You

http://www.mediafire.com/?t3xnd0e9mol

or
http://rapidshare.com/files/95051874/_1987__Strawyberry_Wine___EP_.rar



My Bloody Valentine – Ecstasy EP (1987)

Ecstasy is a mini-LP by My Bloody Valentine, released in an edition of 3,000 copies in November 1987. It was their last material recorded for Lazy Records, and followed the “bubblegum pop with buzzsaw guitars” formula of their earlier releases for the label, shifting away from their earlier sound.

Ecstasy entered the UK indie album chart in December 1987, spending four weeks on the chart and peaking at number 12.

The contents of the LP were later combined with the group’s previous release, Strawberry Wine, and reissued as the album Ecstasy and Wine.

Side one

1. “She Loves You No Less” – 2:34
2. “The Things I Miss” – 2:56 *
3. “I Don’t Need You” – 3:08
4. “(You’re) Safe in Your Sleep (From This Girl)” – 2:31

Side two

1. “Clair” – 2:33 *
2. “You’ve Got Nothing” – 3:41
3. “(Please) Lose Yourself in Me” – 3:26 *

All songs written by Kevin Shields except * by Shields/Colm Ó Cíosóig.

http://www.zshare.net/download/112788620655d2c2/
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http://rapidshare.com/files/95051666/_1987__Ecstasy___EP_.rar

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My Bloody Valentine – You Made Me Realise EP (1988)
MP3 and WAV!

A seminal and hugely influential (i.e. ripped off left, right and centre!!) EP/ 12 inch!

Hard to believe this came out 20 years ago! Fuck, that makes me feel old!

You Made Me Realise is the lead track of an otherwise untitled EP by My Bloody Valentine, released in August 1988.

It was MBV’s first record for Creation Records, and their first to consistently demonstrate the beginnings of their signature sound. Though a fairly short track in its recorded version, during live performances the band would repeat a single chord from the song for as long as they felt bearable, the song descending into cacophony for upwards of twenty minutes. The band referred to this as the “holocaust section”.

For their 2008 reunion shows, You Made Me Realise has brought each show to an ear-splitting conclusion.

In March 2005, Q magazine placed “You Made Me Realise” at number 35 in its list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks.

In May 2007, NME magazine placed “You Made Me Realise” at number 50 in its list of the 50 Greatest Indie Anthems Ever!

Creation 12-inch

1. “You Made Me Realise” – 3:46
2. “Slow” – 3:11
3. “Thorn” – 3:36
4. “Cigarette In Your Bed” – 3:29
5. “Drive It All Over Me” – 3:04

My Bloody Valentine – You Made Me Realise – Creation 12-inch (Vinyl -> WAV)

MP3

http://www.mediafire.com/?0pxm2jkjsl4

or
http://rapidshare.com/files/95052531/_1988__You_Made_Me_Realise___EP_.rar


My Bloody Valentine – Feed Me With Your Kiss EP (1988)

Feed Me with Your Kiss is the lead track of an otherwise untitled EP by My Bloody Valentine, released in November 1988. The lead track was also included on their debut album, Isn’t Anything, released during the same month.

1. “Feed Me with Your Kiss” – 3:56
2. “I Believe” – 3:01

http://www.mediafire.com/?xhxyxuezjgb

or
http://rapidshare.com/files/95052951/_1990__Feed_Me_With_Your_Kiss__EP_.rar


My Bloody Valentine – Isn’t Anything LP (1988)

The magnificent debut album!

We’ve already posted this here .. Isn’t Anything

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My Bloody Valentine -The Peel Sessions (1988)

Surprising how close these tracks are to their “proper” versions and not just rushed live versions! Who said Shields needs 1 year to record 1 track?! Here they rush through four tracks in one day??

01 – I Can See It (But I Can’t Feel It)
02 – Lose My Breath
03 – (When You Wake) You’re Still In A Dream
04 – Feed Me With Your Kiss

http://rapidshare.com/files/57393516/My_Bloody_Valentine_-_The_Peel_Sessions__1988-10-05_.rar

or
http://rapidshare.com/files/95052099/_1988___Peel_Sessions.rar

or
http://www.mediafire.com/?4vykxvx2fxe

Ecstasy and Wine cover
My Bloody Valentine – Ecstasy and Wine (1989)

Ecstasy and Wine is a compilation album by My Bloody Valentine, released by Lazy Records in February 1989, at which time the group were signed to Creation.

The album combines the EPs Strawberry Wine and Ecstasy, although a different version of the track “Strawberry Wine” was used.

Side one
1. “Strawberry Wine” – 2:33
2. “Never Say Goodbye” – 2:32
3. “Can I Touch You” – 3:15
4. “She Loves You No Less” – 2:34
5. “The Things I Miss” – 2:56

Side two
1. “I Don’t Need You” – 3:08
2. “(You’re) Safe in Your Sleep (From This Girl)” – 2:31
3. “Clair” – 2:33
4. “You’ve Got Nothing” – 3:41
5. “(Please) Lose Yourself in Me” – 3:26

http://rapidshare.com/files/95052816/_1989__Ecstasy_and_Wine_-__Compilation_of_Strawberry_Wine_and_Ecstasy_EPs_.rar

Glider cover
My Bloody Valentine – Glider (1990)

Glider was originally released in April 1990 by Creation Records. The EP was also the group’s first release on the Sire Records label in the USA. The lead track, “Soon”, was later included on the Loveless album.

1. “Soon”
2. “Glider”

or
http://rapidshare.com/files/95053175/_1990__Glider___EP_.rar

My Bloody Valentine – Glider (Remixes) – 1990

There were two remixed versions. This is the Second 12-inch – Cat. no.: CRE073T (also reported as CRE073TX)

1. “Soon” (The Andrew Weatherall Mix) – 7:33
2. “Glider” (Kevin Shields Remix)

http://sharebee.com/c8b0cbb9

or
http://rapidshare.com/files/95055424/_1990__Glider___EP_.rar

Loveless cover
My Bloody Valentine -Loveless (1991)

The long awaited second LP eventually arrived in 91, after years during which Shields perfection obsession apparently grew to demented Howard Hughes levels!

Countless studios and countless engineers were tried and dropped and a record company was almost made bankrupt!!

Loveless was recorded over a two-year period between 1989 and 1991 in nineteen recording studios. Kevin Shields dominated the recording process as he sought to achieve a particular sound for the record, making use of various techniques such as guitars strummed with a tremolo bar, sampled drum loops, and obscured vocals. A large number of engineers were hired and fired during the process, although the band finally gave credit on the album sleeve to anyone who was present during the recordings, “even if all they did was make tea”, according to Shields!

The recording of Loveless is rumored to have cost £250,000, a figure that came close to bankrupting the band’s record label Creation Records. My Bloody Valentine’s relationship with Creation Records deteriorated during the album’s recording, and the band was removed from the label due to the difficulty and expense of working with Shields. While the album was not a great commercial success, Loveless was well received by critics.

Read in more detail about the torurous story around this LP here; wiki/Loveless_(album)

Somewhat maligned at the time, but a stone cold classic! Now it is widely regarded as a landmark of the alternative rock genre. The album has been cited by several artists as an influence, and by critics as one of the best albums of the 1990s.

The Irish Times recently published an All-Time Top 40 Irish Albums list and Loveless is at No.1!


1. “Only Shallow” (Bilinda Butcher, Shields) – 4:17
2. “Loomer” (Butcher, Shields) – 2:38
3. “Touched” (Colm Ó Cíosóig) – 0:56
4. “To Here Knows When” (Butcher, Shields) – 5:31
5. “When You Sleep” – 4:11
6. “I Only Said” – 5:34
7. “Come in Alone” – 3:58
8. “Sometimes” – 5:19
9. “Blown a Wish” (Butcher, Shields) – 3:36
10. “What You Want” – 5:33
11. “Soon” – 6:58

http://rapidshare.com/files/95055569/_1991__Loveless.rar

My Bloody Valentine – Tremolo EP (1991)

Tremolo is an EP by My Bloody Valentine, released in February 1991 by Creation Records. The title is a reference to the band’s heavy usage of guitar tremolo and vibrato to create blurred, dreamlike tones. (Kevin Shields’ method of strumming chords while simultaneously bending his guitar’s tremolo/ whammy bar was referred to as “glide guitar.”)

The lead track, “To Here Knows When”, has a longer and more ethereal coda—essentially constituting a separate song—than the version later included on the album Loveless. “Swallow” also has an instrumental coda; “Honey Power” has one with wordless “ooh and ahh” vocalizing by Bilinda Butcher. All three segues/codas feature backwards guitar loops and heavy reverb. In Nov. 1991, Shields commented:

“Tremolo had seven tracks on it, but you’re not allowed to do that, so we called it four tracks and didn’t name three of them. People just thought they were weird bits!”

The cover art was also used as one of the band’s most popular t-shirt designs.

Videos were filmed for the songs “Swallow” and “To Here Knows When” under the direction of Angus Cameron.

1. “To Here Knows When” (plus instrumental coda) – 5:46
2. “Swallow” (plus instrumental coda) – 4:52

http://www.mediafire.com/?jo1omif1m4u


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http://rapidshare.com/files/95055640/_1991__Tremolo__EP_.rar

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September 8, 2008 Posted by | Kevin Shields, MUSIC, Music_Alternative, My Bloody Valentine | 2 Comments

Patti Smith and Kevin Shields – The Coral Sea (07/2008)

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Patti Smith and Kevin Shields – The Coral Sea
July 2008
On two magical nights – June 22, 2005 and September 12, 2006 – punk godmother Patti Smith and My Bloody Valentine head honcho Kevin Shields took the stage together at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall.

Their collaboration was called the Coral Sea, and took both its name and inspiration from Smith’s 1996 book The Coral Sea.

The book and the performance served as tributes to the legendary late artist Robert Mapplethorpe, who was Smith’s close friend and the man who took the iconic photograph that appears on the cover of Smith’s seminal 1975 debut album Horses.

Fortunately for those of us who couldn’t make those shows, Smith and Shields have put together a double-disc set chronicling the two performances. The Coral Sea will be released on July 11 on PASK, a new imprint run by Smith and Shields.

The live album has no tracklist; it consists of Smith’s spoken word performance accompanied by Shields on “guitars and effects,” according to a press release.

Although Cat Power appeared at the 2005 performance, she is not featured on the album.

No word on whether or not the duo will take the stage together ever again, but both of them have plenty going on in their own rights. Shields has that MBV reunion and that ATP thing to attend to. Smith is the subject of the new documentary Dream of Life, has an art exhibition on view at Fondation Cartier in Paris, collaborated with Patrick Wolf, and wrote a song for the new Augusten Burroughs book.

http://popdose.com/listening-b…..ea/ wrote:

The artist Robert Mapplethorpe died from complications of AIDS in 1989. According to his great friend, Patti Smith, “His mortal suffering was so profound that I wept through much of his illness. After his death, I wanted to give him something other than tears, so I wrote The Coral Sea.” Her epic poem was published in book form in 1996.

Smith attempted public readings of the piece, but found that she was unable to sustain a reading of the entire thing. It wasn’t until she teamed up with Kevin Shields (My Bloody Valentine) for a pair of concerts at Queen Elizabeth Hall, London in 2005 and 2006 that the true nature of her amazing achievement revealed itself.

The Coral Sea, a two-disc set released on the artists’ own PASK label, is a record of those two monumental performances. The concerts featured Smith reading her work, accompanied by Shields on guitars and effects. It is unlike anything that I have ever heard.

Art, not nature moved him
Nature, he had boasted, was meant to be redesigned
Opened and folded like a fan

The poem tells the story of Mapplethorpe, referred to variously as the sleeper, the traveller, or simply, ‘M’, as he makes his heroic journey to the next world. In this case the voyage will take him to the Solomon Islands so that he might see the Southern Cross, which his beloved uncle had described to him, before he dies. He journeys aboard a ship through uncharted waters, experiencing the stages of death, from pain and defiance, to revelation and acceptance.

Smith could not have chosen a more compatible foil for this work than Kevin Shields. His work here is as majestic and awe-inspiring as the poem itself. Smith’s recitation is not a reading, but a performance, and a brilliant one at that. From mournful to full of fury in the blink of an eye, it is perfectly paced, and perfectly set within the frame that Shields has lovingly created for it. The two performances presented here are different enough to each command your attention. The second is somewhat shorter, and Shields work is somehow more of a single piece, as if carved out of a great block of granite.

There is no point in presenting you with a track to listen to. This is a work that insists on being listened to from start to finish in one sitting. If you don’t have the hour to simply listen, put if off for a time when you do. This album is not for dancing, or for driving, or for dusting. It is for listening with all of the attention that you can muster. It is hypnotic and harrowing, and you cannot help but fall under its spell.

There is no use trying to compare this to any music album of this, or any other year. I will say without reservation that from an artistic point of view, it is the most worthy accomplishment that I have experienced in a very long while.

Here be Pat & Kev:

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July 9, 2008 Posted by | Kevin Shields, Music_Alternative, Music_Experimental, My Bloody Valentine, Patti Smith, _MUSIC | Leave a comment

Patti Smith and Kevin Shields’ Coral Sea Coming to CD

MP3: Patti Smith: Gimme Shelter (Rolling Stones cover) [from the Twelve LP]

Patti Smith and Kevin Shields’ Coral Sea Coming to CD (from Pitchfork)

On two magical nights – June 22, 2005 and September 12, 2006 – punk godmother Patti Smith and My Bloody Valentine genius Kevin Shields took the stage together at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall. Their collaboration was called the Coral Sea, and took both its name and inspiration from Smith’s 1996 book The Coral Sea. The book and the performance served as tributes to the legendary late artist Robert Mapplethorpe, who was Smith’s close friend. (He took the iconic photograph that appears on the cover of Smith’s 1975 debut album Horses.)

Fortunately for those of us who couldn’t make those shows, Smith and Shields have put together a double-disc set chronicling the two performances. The Coral Sea will be released on July 11 on PASK, a new imprint run by Smith and Shields.

The live album has no tracklist; it consists of Smith’s spoken word performance accompanied by Shields on “guitars and effects,” according to a press release. Although Cat Power appeared at the 2005 performance, she is not featured on the album.

The stage at one of the Coral Sea performances, featuring an image of Mapplethorpe

No word on whether or not the duo will take the stage together ever again, but both of them have plenty going on in their own rights. Shields has that whole reunion thing and that ATP thing to attend to. Smith is the subject of the new documentary Dream of Life, has an art exhibition on view at Fondation Cartier in Paris, collaborated with Patrick Wolf, and wrote a song for the new Augusten Burroughs book.

April 28, 2008 Posted by | Kevin Shields, Music_Alternative, My Bloody Valentine, Patti Smith, Rolling Stones, _MUSIC, _VIDEO | 2 Comments