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Kilimanjaro (Deluxe Edition)

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A great neo-psychedelic, post-punk release that kicked off the ‘80s in high style — and gave the world their first look at singer Julian Cope — Kilimanjaro brought great fun to its serious mix of sharp, clever lyrics, ebullient keyboard lines and spirited, breezy drumming. The playing gives a true lightness of being to songs with deep Krautrock ties and/or hazy connections to the 13th Floor Elevators. Quite simply, the band turned everything it touched into something shiny and new. This Deluxe Edition is pure heaven. It includes all the greatness of the original album and throws in singles, John Peel Sessions and Mike Read Sessions, where the band can be heard in the live setting. Cope is already on fire. “Reward,” “Sleeping Gas” (here in its studio version and an extended live stretch-out), “Bouncing Babies” and “Treason” are pure pop for adventurous people. The keyboard line of “Books” is unforgettable. The atmosphere of “Poppies” is an obvious inspiration to U2. “The Great Dominions” echoes the fantastic early work of Pink Floyd. There is simply an embarrassment of riches here.

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Formed: 1978 in Liverpool, England

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '70s, '80s

One of the pivotal groups to emerge from the Liverpool neo-psychedelia community during the late '70s, the Teardrop Explodes was a showcase for Julian Cope, a notoriously eccentric figure whose unfashionable love of Krautrock and hallucinogenic drugs set him distinctly apart from the prevailing punk mentality of the era. Cope formed the band in 1978 after a tenure in the Crucial Three (also comprised of Echo and the Bunnymen's Ian McCulloch and Wah!'s Pete Wylie); taking their name from a panel in...
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