My Bloody Valentine Vinyl, CD & tapes from this artist at Norman Records
Now regarded as one of the premier noise rock/shoegaze bands My Bloody Valentine's career was initially a good example of the 'if at first you don't succeed' adage. Listen now to their debut This Is Your Bloody Valentine and you'll hear a band in thr...read more »
Now regarded as one of the premier noise rock/shoegaze bands My Bloody Valentine's career was initially a good example of the 'if at first you don't succeed' adage. Listen now to their debut This Is Your Bloody Valentine and you'll hear a band in thrall to the Birthday Party and the Cramps, sonically miles away from the sound that they'd become known for. Following a move from Dublin to London in 1986 the band slowly started to find their sound with a string of superb noisy indie pop singles. At this stage the band still had David Conway on vocals and these records, though exceptional, were still much more straightforward affairs that the skewed dream pop which came later. In 1987 Conway departed and the band recruited Bilinda Butcher and it was her dreamy vocals alongside those of reluctant frontman Kevin Shields that gave the band their distinct sound. Still, it took another year and a couple of moderately successful EPs with 'Strawberry Wine' and 'Ecstacy' until the band signed to Creation and released the stunning single 'You Made Me Realise' which was the first point that anyone sat up and noticed how good the band had become.
The band recorded two albums for Creation 'Isn't Anything' and 'Loveless'. Both are now classics. The latter is infamous for its lengthy gestation period and recording process which took months as the band recorded in nineteen studios and went through countless engineers. Still, the record was a huge success and perhaps it was the fact that they'd reached their peak that the band slowly faded from view. Though they signed to Island in 1992 no new music was forthcoming until 2013's long, long awaited comeback titled simply 'm.b.v'. Though the band had been playing live sporadically most fans had long since given up hope. The album (excellent in parts) seemed to energise Shields and it is rumoured further new recordings will surface in 2018. Meanwhile he continues to tinker with remasters of 'Loveless' - a sometimes frustrating state of affairs as all those glorious early singles remain out of print and hugely sought after.
Now music industry legends, My Bloody Valentine basically invented shoegaze and spawned a host of imitators, none of which come close to their sonics thrills.
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It was the “where were you moment” for the ‘Loveless’ generation when My Bloody Valentine finally, halfway through Match Of The Day, decided enough is enough, it’s coming out. At no point in the last 20 years did such a thing seem remotely possible. A quote from a fri...view item
The Undertones’ 1979 single’s master tapes put in the hands of Kevin Shields (My Bloody Valentine, Primal Scream). He boosts the crap out of it basically, makes it a fresh and crisp, brings it all to the front so it ALL punches you in the face. Also has the other two...view item
Three previously unreleased MBV songs you say? Oh, go on then.
Let's get those 'new' tracks out of the way first. None of them sound like they could be on Loveless, which is a good thing in my book, so if you prefer that earlier MBV sound then you should give these a listen. 'Angel' is the best by far with a gorgeous, breathy Bilin...view item
Remastered version of My Bloody Valentine's groundbreaking, genre-defining, genre-defying 1988 album. As every MBV fan agrees, this is by far their best album - literally no-one on the planet of sane mind believes 'Loveless' is better.
My Bloody Valentine
Fully remastered version of My Bloody Valentine's 1991 classic, Loveless. Done by the man himself it is, as ever with MBV, difficult to work out where the myth ends and the truth begins. Kevin Shields claimed that listening to these new versions would "definitely" produce a different emotional effect from the originals. Listen through headp...view item
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