Thunder and Consolation

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Thunder and Consolation
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Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 15, 1989
RecordedSawmills Studio, Cornwall, The Manor, Oxfordshire
Genre Post-punk
Label EMI
Producer Tom Dowd, New Model Army
New Model Army chronology
Radio Sessions '83-'84
(1988)
Thunder and Consolation
(1989)
Impurity
(1990)
Professional ratings
Review scores
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Robert Christgau B+ [2]

Thunder and Consolation was released in 1989 and is the fourth studio album by British rock band New Model Army. The album stands as a landmark in the New Model Army catalogue, being their most successful album to date and reaching No. 20 in the UK Albums Chart. It also saw the band gaining new musical grounds as they adopted a more folky sound with the assistance of violinist Ed Alleyne-Johnson. It was produced by Tom Dowd and the band.

New Model Army (band) English rock band

New Model Army are an English rock band formed in Bradford, West Yorkshire, in 1980 by lead singer, guitarist and main composer Justin Sullivan, bassist Stuart Morrow and drummer Phil Tompkins. Sullivan has been the only continuous member of the band, which has seen numerous line-up changes in its 39-year history. Their music draws on influences across the musical spectrum, from punk and folk to soul, metal and classical. Sullivan’s lyrics, which range from directly political through to spiritual and personal, have always been considered as a key part of the band’s appeal. By the time they began making their first records in 1983, Robert Heaton, a former drum technician for Hawkwind, had replaced Tompkins.

The Official Albums Chart is a list of albums ranked by physical and digital sales and audio streaming in the United Kingdom. It was published for the first time on 22 July 1956 and is compiled every week by the Official Charts Company (OCC) on Fridays. It is broadcast on BBC Radio 1 and published in Music Week magazine, and on the OCC website.

Folk music Music of the people

Folk music includes traditional folk music and the genre that evolved from it during the 20th-century folk revival. Some types of folk music may be called world music. Traditional folk music has been defined in several ways: as music transmitted orally, music with unknown composers, or music performed by custom over a long period of time. It has been contrasted with commercial and classical styles. The term originated in the 19th century, but folk music extends beyond that.

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This was also the last album on which Jason 'Moose' Harris played bass. He was subsequently replaced by Nelson on the band's next studio album, Impurity (1990).

Moose Harris is a British bass guitarist, who was known as Jason James Harris until June 2001, when he legally changed his name to reflect his former nickname and adopted professional alias of "Moose".

<i>Impurity</i> (New Model Army album) 1990 studio album by New Model Army

Impurity is the fifth studio album of British rock band New Model Army, released in September 1990.

The title of the album was taken from 17th century British Quaker, Edward Burrough, whose collected works, which were posthumously released in 1663, were entitled The Memorable Works of a Son of Thunder and Consolation.

Edward Burrough (1634–1663) was an early English Quaker leader and controversialist. He is regarded as one of the Valiant Sixty, early Quaker preachers and missionaries.

Singles

The singles which have been released from the album include "White Coats" (June 1987), "Stupid Questions" (January 1989), "Vagabonds" (March 1989) and "Green and Grey" (June 1989).

Versions

The album was originally released as a 10-track LP and cassette in 1989 containing the tracks "I Love The World", "Stupid Questions", "225", "Inheritance", "Green and Grey", "Ballad of Bodmin Pill", "Family", "Family Life", "Vagabonds" and "Archway Towers". The cassette had an extra track, "125 MPH".

The CD version of the album was released at the same time with the extra tracks "The Charge", "Chinese Whispers" and "White Coats", which were taken from the New Model Army EP (1987), and the track "Nothing Touches", which was the B-side of the single "Stupid Questions" (1989).

Extended play Musical recording longer than a single, but shorter than a full album

An extended play record, often referred to as an EP, is a musical recording that contains more tracks than a single, but is usually unqualified as an album or LP. Contemporary EPs generally contain a minimum of three tracks and maximum of six tracks, and are considered "less expensive and time-consuming" for an artist to produce than an album. An EP originally referred to specific types of vinyl records other than 78 rpm standard play (SP) and LP, but it is now applied to mid-length CDs and downloads as well.

A-side and B-side The two sides of 78, 45, and 33 1/3 rpm phonograph records and cassette tapes

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In 2005 the album was remastered and reissued with the original LP tracks on one disc and including an extra disc containing the original CD's extra tracks along with rarities, B-sides and live tracks.

Remaster refers to changing the quality of the sound or of the image, or both, of previously created recordings, either audiophonic, cinematic, or videographic.

In the music industry, a reissue is the release of an album or single which has been released at least once before, sometimes with alterations or additions.

Track listing

Timings taken from original CD release

Disc one

  1. "I Love the World" (Justin Sullivan, Robert Heaton) 5:08
  2. "Stupid Questions" (Sullivan) 3:26
  3. "225" (Sullivan, Heaton) 4:47
  4. "Inheritance" (Sullivan, Heaton) 3:23
  5. "Green and Grey" (Sullivan, Heaton) 5:47
  6. "Ballad of Bodmin Pill" (Sullivan, Heaton) 4:47
  7. "Family" (Sullivan, Heaton) 4:01
  8. "Family Life" (Sullivan) 3:00
  9. "Vagabonds" (Sullivan) 5:21
  10. "Archway Towers" (Sullivan, Heaton) 4:54

Disc two

  1. "White Coats" (Sullivan, Heaton, Jason Harris) 4:17
  2. "The Charge" (Sullivan, Heaton) 3:25
  3. "Chinese Whispers" (Sullivan, Heaton) 3:31
  4. "Nothing Touches" (Sullivan) 4:10
  5. "Mermaid Song" (traditional) 1:23
  6. "Adrenalin" (electric version) (Sullivan) 4:26
  7. "Deadeye" (Sullivan) 4:52
  8. "Higher Wall" (Sullivan, Harris) 4:23
  9. "125 MPH" (Sullivan, Heaton, Harris) 3:56
  10. "I Love the World" (live) (Sullivan, Heaton) 5:18
  11. "Green and Grey" (live) (Sullivan, Heaton) 5:34
  12. "Archway Towers" (live) (Sullivan, Heaton) 4:42
  13. "Vagabonds" (live) (Sullivan) 4:55
  14. "225" (live) (Sullivan, Heaton) 4:03

Personnel

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References

  1. Thunder and Consolation at AllMusic
  2. Christgau, Robert. "New Model Army". Robert Christgau.