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Oil & Gold (1985)

Artist: Shriekback
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Format: CD
Sku: 60098714
UPC: 042284288224
UPC 14: 00042284288224
Release Date: 7/11/1990
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Malaria ~ Shriekback
2. Everything That Rises Must Converge ~ Shriekback
3. Fish Below The Ice ~ Shriekback
4. This Big Hush ~ Shriekback
5. Faded Flowers ~ Shriekback
6. Nemesis ~ Shriekback
7. Only Thing That Shines ~ Shriekback
8. Health And Knowledge And Wealth And Power ~ Shriekback
9. Hammerheads ~ Shriekback
10. Coelocanth ~ Shriekback

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Shriekback: Barry Andrews (keyboards, programming, percussion); Paul Hirsch (percussion).
Muze PNote Additional personnel: Lu (guitar).
Muze PNote Engineers include: Hans Zimmer, Austin Ince, Simaen Skolfield.
Muze PNote Composers: Marsh; Dave Allen ; Martyn Barker; Barry Andrews.
Muze PNote Lyricists: Marsh; Andrews.
Muze PNote 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).
Muze PNote Audio Mixers: Gavin MacKillop; Gavin Makillop.
Muze PNote Photographers: Peter David; Nick Knight.
Muze PNote Unknown Contributor Role: Andrews.
Muze PNote Arranger: Andrews.
Muze PNote 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").
Muze PNote 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.

Producer: Andrews; Barry Andrews

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 03/03/2003
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1985
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : AA4228428822
Music Label Name Label : Island (Label)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : ADD
Music UPC UPC : 00042284288224

Professional Reviews

CMJ (1/5/04, p.16)
- Ranked #18 in CMJ's "Top 20 Most-Played Albums of 1985"

Record Collector (magazine)
- 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."

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