Oil & Gold CD (1990)

Artist: Shriekback

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Product Overview


Label Uni/mercury
SKU 60098714
UPC 042284288224
UPC 14 00042284288224
Format CD
Release Date 7/11/1990
Author Shriekback
Technical Info
Producer Andrews; Barry Andrews
CatalogID AA4228428822
Lable Name Island (Label)
Released 03/03/2003
Original Release 1985
Number of Discs 1
Length 43m : 48s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00042284288224
Album Notes and Credits
Shriekback: Barry Andrews (keyboards, programming, percussion); Paul Hirsch (percussion).
Additional personnel: Lu (guitar).
Engineers include: Hans Zimmer, Austin Ince, Simaen Skolfield.
Composers: Marsh; Dave Allen ; Martyn Barker; Barry Andrews.
Lyricists: Marsh; Andrews.
Personnel: Marsh (vocals, guitar); Andrews (vocals, strings, piano, harmonium, synthesizer, midi, bass drum, snare drum, glass, bells); Emma Burnham (vocals); LU , Lu Edmonds (guitar); Benno Mendelson (violin); Paul B Hirsch (shakuhachi); Barker (drums, snare drum, congas, bongos, cymbals, kalimba, dancer); Martyn Barker (drums, bongos); Hans Zimmer (shaker, programming); Clare Torry (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Gavin MacKillop; Gavin Makillop.
Photographers: Peter David; Nick Knight.
Unknown Contributor Role: Andrews.
Arranger: Andrews.
Shriekback managed to (somewhat) break out of the confines of the "underground" through the pitchblack plasma brews and cantilevered rhythms of OIL AND GOLD. Opening their sound beyond the sinister brittle funk and experimental electronic exercises of CARE and JAM SCIENCE, OIL AND GOLD vacillates between being a lumbering, multi-headed beast (the angular funk-rock of "Malaria," the circuit-driven stampede of "Nemesis") and a glimpse into the tiny creatures inhabiting the underbrush in the stereo field ("Faded Flowers," the ghostly "This Big Hush," the deep-space cadences of "Only Thing that Shines").
The backbone of Shriekback has always been Barry Andrews; the broad range of synthetics and various sundry devices he uses to flesh out the band's naked animal consistently fascinates. (Instrumentation labeled "jp8 hoover of Christ" and "deadly ratmorse" only serve to heighten the imagistic nature of the sounds they actually create.) This is not to minimize the equal contributions of guitarist Dave Allen, bassist Carl Marsh and rhythm maven Martyn Barker, who collectively bring Shriekback's galvanizing rock-forms to life.
Professional Reviews
CMJ (1/5/04, p.16) - Ranked #18 in CMJ's "Top 20 Most-Played Albums of 1985"
Record Collector (magazine) (p.98) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "OIL & GOLD is the pivotal, mid-career opus that draws together all of this maverick band's strengths with a mesmerising punch."
Disc 1
1 Malaria
2 Everything That Rises Must Converge
3 Fish Below The Ice
4 This Big Hush
5 Faded Flowers
6 Nemesis
7 Only Thing That Shines
8 Health And Knowledge And Wealth And Power
9 Hammerheads
10 Coelocanth
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