Monday, March 07, 2005

A Gentle Sound

At one point Factory Records came up with the great idea of releasing the cassette versions of their albums in larger card boxes with typically lush inserts. This may have been just so they could fit the title of the debut Happy Mondays album on the sleeve, but amongst the New Order albums they also brought out the mini album by The Railway Children in this format which I bought at the time because they included their debut single "A Gentle Sound" on the tape which they left off the vinyl version. After "Reunion Wilderness" the band moved onto Virgin records who tried to push the band by focussing on the pin-up qualities of vocalist Gary Newby and resorted to releasing up to five different versions of each single and still seeing it falter at 59 in the charts. After two albums, "Recurrence" in 88 and "Native Place" in 90 the band split until Newby kept the name and released "Dream Arccade" in 99. A great introduction to the band would be one of the best ofs currently out there and Newby has recently released anm album of acoustic versions of their most popular songs.

The Railway Children website can be found here

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The overused term 'Perfect pop' was invented for The Railway Children. 'Brighter' makes me happy and sad at the same time. It makes me feel like making grand romantic gestures. The final guitar breaks make me cry. Love it!