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A Storm in Heaven seems like something you'd like.
Urban Hymns is dull bar a couple of tracks (bittersweet symphony, cathching the butterfly, the rolling people)
But yeah, A Storm in Heaven is their masterpiece. Fantastic from start to finish. And, they sound like a BAND. Something Ashcroft neglected to remember when Urban Hymns was recorded.
Urban Hymns was an amazing LP. Very much of it's time - fucking cool. I know the guy who took the LP cover shot, actually - very nice guy.
i was thinking about them.
Drugs Don't Work is still a good song.
A Northern Soul is a really good album.
They were dire shit.
Apart from the sample on Bittersweet Symphony.
that's why most student/pub bands still sound like The Verve...
that one of their fans is such a charming person.
on the radio back in '97, i did like that "sonnet" tune though
don't sound like The Verve. They sound like Richard Ashcroft. The Verve were an awesome band. They split up in 1995, having made two peerless albums, with the greatest guitarist of all time at the helm.
What happened in 1997 wasn't actually The Verve. It was Richard Ashcroft's version of Gorillaz. I have the official government documents to prove it. They were actually Tony Blair's first covert attempt to destroy alternative music and erode my will to live.
were fucking great between 1992 and when they broke up after Northern Soul
After that they were panties
I was in the crowd for this;
which, as you might notice from the crackly amp noises, was the track they did before the guitarists amp blew up
during the amp blowage moment Ashcroft berated his other two band member for just sitting there like goons and they started a 'jam' which may sound like the worst thing ever but it was perfect
by the time the guitar amp was fixed they were in full flight and McCabe (for it was he in guitar) came crashing into the improv with a guitar sound from outer space and it was totally a spontaneous moment of joy
the whole crowd was in rapture and then they finished their set with a 13minute version of Gravity Grave (the recording of which is on the American CD release that came out instead of A Storm In heaven)
In all honesty the word sublime could have been invented for that afternoon
but like I said... Bittersweet Symphony was the beginning of the end
Their first single All in the Mind remains one of my favourites to this day
and that, ladies and gentlemen, is one man's opinion of (the) Verve
Was that Glastonbury 95?
I was there too. One of the best live bands i've seen.
Verve albums in descending order (IMO):
A Northern Soul.
Storm In Heaven.
'Slide Away' remains one of the most amazing singles I've ever heard. I also fell in love with them to the extent I cried the first time I heard 'History' and that they were going to break up after that. I was a sad and simple child though.
Urban Hymns was good, but for me, it's all about before that.
and the first gig i ever went to was Richard Ashcroft. and he did lots of verve songs. YAY!
A Northern Soul - 10/10
Earlier Verve is better than late Verve.
really dont care what anyone says, it's a great album in my ears.
can't stand them
but 'turgid bluster' is a phrase I am now going to attempt to use on a weekly basis.
but overrated. Richard Ashcroft's solo stuff is beyond awful, however.
A Northern Soul
The Verve EP
Buy them! All! In that order, Klaire! You'll never, ever regret it.
Gravity Grave, pt 1:
and pt 2:
A Man Called Sun:
But up to that point it's all good.
Oh and there are a couple of good tracks on Urban Hymns, the ones they wrote before breaking up.
it were right good. My band at the time (around '91 or so maybe?) used to cover 'Slide Away' and we got v excited hearing it played by the actual real band.
As someone else said - early Verve is top stuff.
I saw them on that tour. Pulled the rug right out from under Corgan's whiny little feet (though the Pumpkins were still pretty good live then).
Or you mean back then? Urban Hymns has three tracks on it (I think) that the band wrote before they broke up at the end of Northern Soul, innit? Rolling People is one of them (hence why it's good) and they stuck those on the new album after they reformed. The rest of Urban Hymns is just Ashcroft's solo stuff really and I don't think much of it.
they just reformed, just now.
Oh well, that will be shit. :D
I don't know if that would be a good thing.
it was made official this morning. Everyone's favourite DJ Jo Whiley announced it.
Otherwise it's all a bit Fleetwood Man, innit?
Touring in November...
ashcroft, mcCabe, jones and salisbury
oh nois! etc
McCabe IS going to be involved!
The only mention is:
-sides going up... I dunno, I'll get back to you. Apologies for the lack of activity over here. Life is marching forward and there's nothing I can do about it, lol. Too busy with the Verve ;-)
The last bit's been put up since yesterday (I was trying to summon up the guts to mail him last night but bottled it).
This is the shiznit, all the original members?! Now thats how a band is supposed to reform.
absolutely loved it.
the rest of it is turd especially urban hymns. bleurgh.
when you said you were "just thinking about them"...
Are you psychic?
Or were you lying? ;-)