Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Heaven & Hell (The Very Best of the Mekons) (2004)

Genres: Alt. Country, Post Punk, Alternative Rock
Origin: Leeds, West Yorkshire, England
Years Active: 1977 – present
Files: Disc 1: 135 Mb (320kbps) Disc 2: 130 Mb (320kbps)

Tracklist:
Disc 1:
1. Hard to Be Human
2. Ghosts of American Astronauts
3. Where Were You
4. Hello Cruel World
5. Millionaire
6. Chivalry
7. Memphis Egypt
8. Oblivion
9. Work All Week
10. Olde Trip to Jerusalem, The
11. Fletcher Christian, (Sometimes I Feel Like)
12. Hate Is the New Love
13. Neglect
14. Last Dance
15. My Song at Night
16. Empire of the Senseless

Disc 2:
1. Curse
2. Big Zombie
3. He Beat up His Boyfriend
4. One Horse Dub
5. Snow
6. Brutal
7. Building, The
8. Prince of Darkness
9. (A Dancing Master Such as) Mr. Confess
10. Poxy Lips
11. Out in the Night
12. Dancing in the Head
13. Johnny Miner
14. Insignificance
15. This Sporting Life
16. Never Been in a Riot
Total Playing Time: 114:46

The Mekons are a hard working band that has been around for 30+ years and has released 17 full lengths so their body of work is rather large and if you are new to them, it's probably easier to start with this double cd compilation. This collection spans their whole career in non-chronological order and includes tons of classics. I've been a longtime fan of the Mekons and I've heard all their albums and some are just incredible but even I find it easier to just throw this in even though it's obviously missing some of my favorites. They alternate between John Langford (mostly) and Sally Timms on vocals, and I gotta say I'm a huge Timms fan, when she comes in, believe me, the world shines a bit brighter. So, check out this great band for yourself because I'm not going to even try to describe their music.

Heaven & Hell Disc 1
Heaven & Hell Disc 2

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