Here is a nice re-issue of The Posies’ 1988 debut. It was originally released on cassette back in 1988, later to appear on vinyl and then CD. this vinyl re-issue contains 8 bonus tracks on a doanload card. There's also a booklet including press clippings and essays from the band. A nice package for what was a landmark album, the duo performed a very straight down the line brand of catchy power pop with nods towards The Hollies, Marshall Crenshaw and Elvis Costello. Yet they had really, really long hair. Later on they became integral members of the reformed Big Star but this is where it all started.
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7/10 Penrith Steve Customer review, 10th February 2015
I am a massive fan of The Posies. The first album I heard by them was "Frosting On The Beater" when it came out in 1993. By then, their debut "Failure" was unavailable, or at least pretty much impossible to find anywhere without the aid of the internet. I had, therefore, not heard it until this reissue was released. Whilst it lacks the bigger production and better songwriting that makes albums like the aforementioned "Frosting On The Beater" and "Amazing Disgrace" so good, you can hear the roots of what Ken Stringfellow and John Auer went on to achieve. There are still some great songs on here too - The Monkees-esque "I May Hate You Sometimes" is great, and to a lesser extent so are "Paint Me", "Ironing Tuesdays" and "Blind Eyes Open".
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