Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Album of the Week: Concrete Blonde - Bloodletting (20th Anniversary Edition)

Concrete Blonde's Bloodletting was one of the first CDs I bought, and one of the first records I bought that was just creepy enough to make my mom nervous, but accessible enough that none its songs didn't sound too out-of-place next to George Michael's "Freedom '90" on a mixtape. The single "Joey" was all over the radio that summer, but "Tomorrow Wendy" was the better song. Twenty years have passed since I was a goth-poseur teen. How the hell did that happen?

Bloodletting is finally getting the reissue treatment. This 20th anniversary edition comes with six rarities as bonus tracks and a twelve-page booklet with lyrics, a new essay, and rare photos. Let your teenage freak flag fly.

1. Bloodletting (The Vampire Song)
2. The Sky Is A Poisonous Garden
3. Caroline
4. Darkening Of The Light
5. I Don t Need A Hero
6. Days And Days
7. The Beast
8. Lullabye
9. Joey Listen
10. Tomorrow, Wendy
11. I Want You (B-side of Joey)
12. Little Wing (B-side of Caroline CD single)
13. Bloodletting (The Vampire Song) (French Extended Version)
14. Roses Grow (Live) (B-side of Caroline CD single)
15. The Sky Is A Poisonous Garden (Live) (B-side of Caroline CD single)
16. Tomorrow, Wendy (Live) (B-side of Caroline CD single)

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