Love And Rockets – Seventh Dream Of Teenage Heaven (2017) [High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-Ray Disc]

Artist: Love And Rockets
Title: Seventh Dream Of Teenage Heaven
Genre: Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Goth Rock, Post Punk, New Wave
Label: © Beggars Banquet Music
Release Date: 2017
Quality: Blu-ray Audio
Duration: 00:55:44
Video: MPEG-4 AVC 3995 kbps / 1080p / 23,976 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio: English LPCM 2.0 / 96 kHz / 4608 kbps / 24-bit
Audio: English DTS-HD MA 5.1 / 96 kHz / 8432 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Audio: English LPCM 5.1 / 96 kHz / 13824 kbps / 24-bit
Size: 13 GB

Seventh Dream Of Teenage Heaven was Love And Rockets darkly psychedelic debut album, and it was released by Beggars Banquet in 1985 and marked the beginning of a career that would span an impressive 14 years and 7 albums. This special release features a high definition 96 kHz / 24 bit surround mix created by Neil Wilkes from the analogue multi-tracks and also includes three additional bonus tracks from the original session including the single “Ball Of Confusion” and a cover of Pink Floyd’s “Lucifer Sam”.

The original stereo masters, as used on the CD and vinyl, were digitally mixed on to F1 masters in 1985 at 44.1 kHz / 16 bit, so no high resolution analogue copies were created. For the Blu-ray release, Neil Wilkes has created a new HD stereo mix. The release has been approved by original producer John A. Rivers.

Love And Rockets formed in 1985, almost 2 years after the demise of cult goth pioneers Bauhaus. The band re-united Daniel Ash (vocals and guitar), David J (vocals and bass) and Kevin Haskins (drums). Back in the mid-Eighties, when the US alternative scene was just that, Love And Rockets were one of the leading lights.
Love and Rockets provided a clean slate and an opportunity to plumb the depths of imagination and influences. Their first single, a radical reworking of The Temptations classic “Ball Of Confusion”, was a huge hit in underground dance clubs on both sides of the Atlantic. The release of their acclaimed debut album followed. Seventh Dream of Teenage Heaven was an unashamedly psychedelic adventure, far removed from the dark soundscapes of Bauhaus. Yet they had to fight hard to avoid being branded ‘goth’, citing Syd Barrett, Marc Bolan and the Beatles as primary influences.

This release is on a Pure Audio Blu-ray disc, meaning it can be played on a Blu-ray player like a CD, without the need for a navigational screen (though this is included). The audio streams are allocated to the color buttons on the remote control.

Ned Ragget wrote about it’s recent 30th anniversary for The Quietus. “it’s its own thing, ruined elegance, sculpted beauty, sometimes sharp without being angry, often inspiring without being sappy, able to capture even slow dull moments in an attractive fashion. Every time I hear it, I’m glad it exists.”

Though the years have deadened its impact somewhat, there is still a visceral thrill to be drawn from replaying the first Love and Rockets album, a sense of the first step taken towards a brave new world, and a miasmic whirl of psychedelic intent that masks intents even darker than the preceding Bauhaus ever envisioned. Recorded and released in 1985, riding to club acclaim on the back of the “Ball of Confusion” remake, and aligning its makers with a destiny and fame that no one could ever have predicted, Seventh Dream of Teenage Heaven ranks among the most deceptive debut albums of the 1980s. The keys to the album remain the same, of course — the churning guitar soup of “The Dog-End of a Day Gone By,” the sibilant glam sexuality of the title track, the chilling nursery rhyme pendulum of “The Game.” But the opiate atmosphere that chokes the wide open spaces leavened within every song only thickens by the time you hit the closing acoustics of “Saudade,” and Seventh Dream of Teenage Heaven emerges as profound an experience as any of the lauded trips of the original psychedelic era. It rounds out the experience with dramatic flair, pinpointing the sheer creativity that was sparking around Love and Rockets at the dawn of their decade-long career — and reminding you that that decade was over all too quickly. –AllMusic Review by Dave Thompson

2016 5.1 & Stereo Mix
1 If There’s A Heaven Above 4:53
2 A Private Future 5:09
3 The Dog End Of A Day Gone By 7:35
4 The Game 5:10
5 Seventh Dream Of Teenage Heaven 6:35
6 Haunted When The Minutes Drag 8:11
7 Saudade 5:07
Bonus Tracks:
8 Ball Of Confusion 3:34
9 Lucifer Sam 3:20
10 Inside The Outside 5:33

Daniel Ash – vocals, guitar, keyboards, production, sleeve design
David J – vocals, bass guitar, keyboards, electric guitar on “Saudade”, production, sleeve design
Kevin Haskins – drums and keyboards, production, sleeve design
John A. Rivers – keyboards, string arrangement on “Saudade”

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