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The The: Soul Mining & Infected (CD) - £2.99 Each @ Play

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[mod] 5y, 8m agoFound 5 years, 8 months ago
Soul Mining

Three years after his debut album (BURNING BLUE SOUL released in 1981), Matt Johnson resurrected the name The The, under which he had recorded an early single called "Controversial Subject", and unleashed SOUL MINING on the world. This was a far more polished affair than its predecessor, and also a more powerful statement of purpose.
Johnson's mission is to explore the seedier underbelly of his own psyche, which is "crippled by guilt and blinded by sense" (according to the album's opening track). Elsewhere, he addresses everything that is wrong with society, from consumerism to easy morality, but never repetitively and always with a slinky hook (often provided by the bass guitar). Highlights include "Uncertain Smile", featuring a subtle string section and a prominent, barreling piano, the album's title track, with an eerie guitar line and pulsing xylophone, and all nine-and-a-half minutes of the disturbingly funky "Giant". The best track, however, is "This Is the Day", a deceptively cheerful sounding song, complete with accordion, that takes a lyric like "this is the day your life will surely change" and makes the listener aware that these changes are unlikely to be good ones.

1. I've Been Waiting For Tomorrow (All Of My Life)
2. This Is The Day
3. Sinking Feeling
4. Uncertain Smile
5. Twilight Hour
6. Soul Mining
7. Giant
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1986's INFECTED, the second official The The album, is the sound of main-man Matt Johnson really coming into his own. The record is a combination of the full-on flowering of Johnson's claustrophobic, paranoid loathing, a beat you can dance to, and lyrics that, while disturbing, are never delivered solely for sheer shock value. Collectors should note that a 1987 compilation of eight videos, one for each album track, contains slightly different versions of the songs.
While metal scrapes in the background and a guitar skitters, the narrator of "Out of the Blue (Into the Fire)" attempts to reinforce his own self-worth by engaging in sex with a prostitute. "Sweet Bird of Truth", set to a thudding beat and jittering saxophone, chronicles the last moments of a military transport plane before it crashes. "Slow Train to Dawn" examines a relationship between a man and woman (a duet with Neneh Cherry), who, though unable to communicate, talk endlessly, while a horn section blares the night away. Also of note are the punchy album opener, "Infected", and "Twilight of a Champion", both of which suggest a more commercially conscious version of Scraping Foetus Off the Wheel, while setting their own, subversive course.
1. Infected
2. Out Of The Blue (Into The Fire)
3. Heartland
4. Angels Of Deception
5. Sweet Bird Of Truth
6. Slow Train To Dawn
7. Twilight Of A Champion
8. Mercy Beat

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Edited By: andywedge on Apr 05, 2011 00:08
Great records.

Excellent albums especially Infected and the videos were cool too.
The video to "Slow Train to Dawn" with Neneh Cherry was a personal favourite when I was a lad. :)
Awesome deal OP, and voted hot from me.
Classic stuff, great find.
Johnny Marr.

Need I say more?
Johnny Marr only appeared on the “Mind Bomb" album I think
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Or Jools Holland tearing it up on Uncertain Smile. Great music.
Marr plays mouthy on the Dusk Album, i know that
i have the 'infected' VHS somewhere! Classic album
Got both of these (and the VHS) - but if you haven't then there's no excuse. Classic albums. :)
Two of the best albums of the 80's - absolutley classics. Own them already though.
two of the best albums in a long time. dusk is my favourite of the albums though. johnny marr played on mindbomb and dusk and toured the mindbomb album and guested once or twice during the dusk tour, such as the barrowlands. bargain price too. i already have the original cds and remasters, which these look like, as the original discs had bonus tracks (the original soul mining tape had a bunch of extra tracks), but matt wasn't happy that cbs/sony tacked a load of stuff on the end of his perfectly fine albums, so removed the bonus stuff from the remasters so the albums were the way he wanted for more stuff
Had the cassette version of Soul Mining as a lad and loved it. Only thing is this came with about 6 bonus tracks which were as good as the original album trax, anybody know where I can get a digital copy of this either on CD or download? The extra tracks were:
"Three Orange Kisses from Kazan"
"The Nature of Virtue"
"Mental Healing Process"
"Waitin' for the Upturn"
"Fruit of the Heart"
I've been listening to these guys for the last four months or so, after taking a chance on a battered and scratched Infected LP that I spotted in a charity shop.

So good on so many levels.
Had the cassette version of Soul Mining as a lad and loved it. Only thing is this came with about 6 bonus tracks which were as good as the original album trax, anybody know where I can get a digital copy of this either on CD or download? The extra tracks were:
"Three Orange Kisses from Kazan"
"The Nature of Virtue"
"Mental Healing Process"
"Waitin' for the Upturn"
"Fruit of the Heart"

there's no official place you can download the tracks.

btw some of those tracks were from the unreleased pornography of despair sessions. other tracks from that album were released as b sides. there are also one or two alternate versions of the tracks on other b sides, and the single/12" versions of tracks from around soul mining were completely different recordings (not remixes though). some of the 12"s were on the 2cd limited edition version of 45rpm, which was worth it just for that bonus disc

i just recorded all the b sides etc to cd myself when i got a cd recorder in the mid 90s. straight from turntable or tape to cd, no computers. some of the 12"s cost me a fair bit back then as i didn't get into them until infected. i have 2 copies of the banned 12" sleeve of the devil masturbating. quite rare too
Ahh, the sound of my youth! I remember buying the 12" singles from this album which were different to the versions on here...the original mixes of Uncertain Smile and This is the Day were astounding and I think appear on one version of the CD, if not this one.

Does anybody know why the number 7 was missed out of the countdown of I've Been Waiting For Tomorrow (All Of My Life) ? I've always wondered...
Already owned, hot price
Live at the Royal Albert Hall is stunning - I wish they'd release that as an official album.
Excellent albums.
I can always spot an andywedge deal!

Jeez I'm getting old.

Essential albums,it'd be rude not to buy at this price.
Fantastic Classic Album, Just Re-discovered it. Timeless!!
Voted Hot

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