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This 1987 anthology was Felt's first best-of, and it perfectly captures the spirit of the British cult heroes' first few years. The band's first four records are all represented on Gold Mine Trash, along with non-LP singles from the same period (1981–1985). Presumably to attract the interest of hardcore fans who already have all the albums, there are demo versions of two tracks ("Sunlight Bathed the Golden Glow" and "Dismantled King Is Off the Throne"). Between the relatively lo-fi sound of the demos and the earliest recordings—and their proximity to the postpunk era—much of this collection ends up spotlighting a speedier, more rough-edged side of Felt than some people may be used to. Felt frontman Lawrence (sorry, no surname) sounds downright breathless on tunes like "Trails of Color Dissolve" and "Sunlight Bathed the Golden Glow," with Gary Ainge's tumbling rhythms and guitar man Maurice Deebank's roiling riffs edging him along. That said, Felt is as Felt does, and even the perkiest cuts here still sport plenty of the gentle, folk-rock-inspired guitar jangle and dewy-eyed lyricism beloved by the band's fans.

Customer Reviews

Excelent album

This an album that one has to have. Sunlight, dismantle are one Felt's top picks. Primitive Painters has the presence of Elizabeth Frazer from Cocteau Twins. If you are able to find Sunlight bathed the golden glow single version, it is worth it to listen to the B side, the instrumental version. It is beautiful.

why not

crystal ball is a great classic song, but felt is one of those important bands that everything they've released is essential. but the real question is why are there like three other bands on here named felt? there is only one felt, so you other guys need to change your band name because you will never be as good so give it up.

I can't live without my FELT

That's what I heard shortly after making a cassette copy of this record for a coworker -- and she meant it.

One listen through piques the listener's interest and raises consciousness level. You have to ask yourself, "Why are these songs so infectious?"

There's a sense of urgency and longing intertwined in the poetic prose of Mr. Lawrence. And the music is brilliant yet simple enough to not be abstruse.

Dismantled king is off the throne; there's nothing left...


Formed: 1979 in Birmingham, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s

Felt was the project of Britain's enigmatic Lawrence Hayward, a singer/songwriter who transformed his long-standing obsession with the music of Tom Verlaine and Television into an impressive catalog of minimalist pop gems and, ultimately, cult stardom. The first Felt single, "Index," was produced by Hayward alone in his bedroom on a portable cassette player; released in 1979, its primitive, impressionistic sound stood in stark contrast to the sleek solemnity of the new wave (as did Hayward's much-discussed...
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