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Wild Birds 1985-1995

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Album Review

Compiled by Murphy himself, Wild Birds is a well-timed collection spanning the five albums he recorded for Beggars Banquet between 1985 and 1995. Quite naturally, it begins with his biggest hit, "Cuts You Up," and includes alternative standards like "All Night Long," "Indigo Eyes," and "Deep Ocean, Vast Sea." Murphy weights the compilation toward his most recent work — four songs are taken from 1995's Cascade, as many as from his best album, 1990's Deep — and unfortunately shunts his underrated debut, Should the World Fail to Fall Apart. Despite this small caveat, Wild Birds is an excellent compilation; though Murphy usually focused on making conceptual statements with his albums, the individual singles released from them were remarkably infectious, especially given the sublime nature of his musical style.

Customer Reviews

Wonderful... don't be put off by 'Goth' moniker

I am a 56-year-old psychiatrist and, odd as it may seem given his Goth roots, I think Peter Murphy is a brilliant musician who writes complex, hauntingly beautiful songs that he sings to perfection. I have followed Murphy since Bauhaus and would put him in a select group with Roxy Music and David Bowie as musicians who defy categorization. Huuvula is an amazing song that I heard him perform live in NYC this year, harmonizing the vocals with a terrific soprano. I really don't think you'll be disappointed with this album, even if you're completely unfamiliar with PM's music. Listen to the sample and Huuvula and, if intrigued, go further (Caution: You May Become Quite a Fan).

Great Musician

Excellent album with some classic goth before it was called "goth". By the way, "Cuts You Up" is about love.....

Brilliant Album

Murphy has an awesome voice. His music takes you on a wonderful journey. The first time I heard him was from the movie "The Hunger" circa 1982, which used the song "Bela Lugosi's Dead" circa 1979. That song is from the band Bauhaus to which Murphy was (and still is) lead singer. From that momment on I have been a fan. Murphy's music is kind of like a really good meal for the soul, you feel happy when you are listening and quite satisfied when your done; although his lyrics are incomprehensible in his songs..they make a lot of sense on a more spiritual plain ; ) If you have only been exposed to his music by the one song "Cuts You Up" (it is about love), you should definately get this album and sit back and enjoy. There will be no regrets!


Born: July 11, 1957 in Northampton, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Despite having a successful solo career as a cult artist, vocalist Peter Murphy remains best known as the lead singer for Bauhaus, the pioneering...
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