Echo And The Bunnymen - Porcupine LP
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Released 31st March 2014.
Recorded at Trident Studios in London, Rockfield in South Wales and Amazon Studios in Liverpool, the album was produced by Ian Broudie who was credited as 'Kingbird' on the sleeves notes.
Initially rejected as 'too dark and uncommercial' by Warner Bros the band agreed to re-record the album using the original tapes as a blue print. Shankar - who played strings on successful single 'The Back Of Love' was brought back in by Drummond to add strings to the remainder of the album to give it a brighter production. It was during these sessions that the next single from the album 'The Cutter' was recorded and released in Jan 1983. It became the bands first Top 10 hit.
The result of those re-recordings is a much more refined sound which bridges the gap between Heaven Up Here and the next album Ocean Rain. The main difference being that early rawness, is now replaced by a more lavish and fuller sound provided by the addition of a greater range of strings and percussion. The band were finding their feet musically, a new structure and sophistication was developing, yet still with that air of mystery.
The album cover is one of the most powerful visuals the band have ever had for one of their albums. The towering icy landscape of the frozen Gullfoss waterfall near Reykjavik, Iceland provided photographer Brian Griffin with the stunning backdrop for the cover shot.
The album has appeared in many a critics lists of albums, and even featured in the 2006 book 1001 Albums To Hear Before You Die
..enough said really.