THE HOUSE OF LOVE

“House Of Love CD Deluxe Edition”

Classic 1988 Debut Album 30th anniversary 5 x CD Deluxe Edition

The House Of Love – I suppose it was meant to be in the end. I’m talking about my discovery of The House Of Love, whose music is an utter revelation to me some thirty three years after the event.

I have always known about the band but at the time they were releasing records and becoming the darlings of the British music press, I was just so utterly preoccupied and obsessed with obscure ’60s garage punk from America and mind-bending psychedelia and freakbeat from Britain.

So, The House Of Love came and went in my world without even a glance, I never bothered reading any reviews or articles about them in the numerous magazines I’d buy back in the day. I’d flick through their records and CDs in shops and Record Fairs while thinking that the cover looked a bit naff, two faces engulfing the whole of the cover, no words, no smiles, no interest!

Fast forward to a couple of weeks ago and I see their debut album in my local ‘British Heart Foundation’ for £10. It was an original pressing in very decent shape. Go on then, I’ll take a chance on it. At least my money will be going to charity if nothing else.

Back home, I cue the turntable needle onto the first track “Christine” and play the album. Wow, this is beautiful music with each number being at least as good as the opener. “Hope” followed, then “Road”, next up “Sulphur” . . . . at this point my whole mind is fully engaged and I’m totally mesmerised by the sounds and shapes now buried deep in my head . . . . . Side One of the record comes to it’s conclusion with “Man To Child” and I’m now completely hooked by The House Of Love and their fan for life.

I now wanted to know everything about this band. I’ve spent hours watching videos and documentaries on YouTube, I’ve raided eBay and bought some vintage NME’s just because they contain their interviews.

The spokesman of the group is Guy Chadwick, he speaks candidly, he’s fully focussed and in charge. His vision is clear and he’s determined, very determined. Back to the music and a huge plus point; he sings with the same dark tones and delivery of Lou Reed, Steve Kilbey and Ian McCulloch. There appears to be quite a lot of the Velvet Underground, The Church and Echo & the Bunnymen burned deep into the grooves of the debut LP.

This new package is said to offer the band’s complete Creation recordings from 1987-1988, together with a raft of rarities and previously unissued bonus material – 84 tracks in total.

The CD album is re-mastered from the original quarter-inch tapes. The second and third CDs combine the non-album tracks with numerous demos and early mixes, CD 4 includes various BBC radio sessions for John Peel and the final disc delivers mostly unissued live tracks from various shows. This has been for sale since September 2018 and is still easy to obtain at a reasonable price. Go buy it everyone! It’s beautiful sonic treasure for your mind and soul.

DISC ONE
THE ALBUM
1. CHRISTINE
2. HOPE
3. ROAD
4. SULPHUR
5. MAN TO CHILD
6. SALOME
7. LOVE IN A CAR
8. HAPPY
9. FISHERMAN’S TALE
10. TOUCH ME

BONUS TRACKS
11. SHINE ON (Demo – LP Bonus 7”)
12. CHRISTINE (Demo – LP Bonus 7”)

Charity Shop LP find for a tenner

DISC TWO
SINGLES DEMOS & RARITIES
1. SHINE ON
2. LOVE
3. FLOW
4. REAL ANIMAL
5. PLASTIC
6. NOTHING TO ME
7. THE HILL
8. LONELINESS IS A GUN
9. THE HEDONIST
10. WELT
11. DESTROY THE HEART
12. BLIND
13. MR. JO
14. SHINE ON (Guy Chadwick Demo)
15. REAL ANIMAL (Demo)
16. TOUCH ME (Demo)
17. HAPPY (Demo)
18. ROAD (Early Mix)
19. SALOME (Early Mix)
20. FISHERMAN’S TALE (Early Mix)
21. DESTROY THE HEART (Demo)
22. SHINE ON (Fuck Version) (Flexidisc)

DISC THREE:
DEMOS AND EARLY MIXES
1. ROAD (Longer Early Mix) *
2. SULPHUR (Early Mix) *
3. HAPPY (Early Mix) *
4. FISHERMAN’S TALE (Early Mix) *
5. TOUCH ME (Early Mix) *
6. SALOME (Early Mix) *
7. SHINE ON (Band Demo)
8. REAL ANIMAL (16 Track Demo)
9. CHRISTINE (16 Track Demo)
10. HOLD ON ME (16 Track Demo)
11. HOPE (Early Mix)
12. MAN TO CHILD (Early Mix)
13. LOVE IN A CAR (Early Mix)
14. MODERN WORLD (Welt) (Demo)
15. LITTLE GIRL (Mr Jo) (Early Mix)
16. SULPHUR (Early Mix)
17. HAPPY (Early Mix)
18. TOUCH ME (Early Mix)
19. SHINE ON (Early Mix) *
20. REAL ANIMAL (Early Mix) *
21. DESTROY THE HEART (Early Version – No Guitar) *
* previously unissued

DISC FOUR
JOHN PEEL SESSIONS
1. DESTROY THE HEART
2. NOTHING TO ME
3. PLASTIC
4. BLIND
5. THE HEDONIST
6. DON’T TURN BLUE
7. SAFE
8. LOVE IN A CAR
9. IN A ROOM
10. THE BEATLES AND THESTONES
11. CHRISTINE
12. LONELINESS IS A GUN

DISC FIVE
IN CONCERT
VREDENBURG, UTRECHT, HOLLAND
1. CHRISTINE *
2. MAN TO CHILD *
3. ROAD *
4. SHINE ON *

GRONINGEN, HOLLAND
5. PLASTIC *
6. SULPHUR *
7. TOUCH ME *
8. NOTHING TO ME *
9. I DON’T KNOW WHY I LOVE YOU BUT I DO

TOP RANK, BRIGHTON
10. NEVER *
11. SE DEST *
12. THE HEDONIST *
13. SOFT AS FIRE *

LA CIGALE, PARIS, FRANCE
14. FISHERMAN’S TALE *
15. HAPPY *
16. LOVE IN A CAR
17. DESTROY THE HEART
18. I WANNA BE YOUR DOG

* previously unissued

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