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ARTIST
TITLE
Songs
FORMAT
CD

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CATALOG #
RACD 103CD RACD 103CD
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RELEASE DATE
11/22/2005

This is definitely the most asked-for product by fans of Norwegian duo Fra Lippo Lippi, the original version of their best known and most popular album Songs, originally released on Easter Productions in 1985, now available for the very first time on CD. After having released their two first albums In Silence and Small Mercies on the Norwegian indie label Uniton in 1981 and 1983, Fra Lippo Lippi decided to finance and release their next album, Songs, themselves. If the development from the Joy Division-influenced In Silence to the piano-based Small Mercies was a big step, the same can be said about the further development leading up to Songs, the most obvious aspect being a stronger focus on more structured sounds. Although the acoustic piano was a key part of Small Mercies, it was even more evident on Songs, especially as the original recording of this album was completely without guitars. This gave the album a very personal and unique sound in the middle of a period that championed drum machines and the newly-developed digital synths and sequencers. Talk Talk was another band that would soon use the piano in much the same way. Songs was later picked up by Virgin UK and some additional recordings were done by Depeche Mode and Cure producer Dave Allen. Songs received great critical acclaim and today, twenty years later, it has frequented various "Best Norwegian Albums" polls, while the track "Shouldn't Have To Be Like That" was recently listed as one of the country's 100 best songs ever. A special and limited 20th anniversary edition, this release comes in a so-called replica mini-LP CD format with the original artwork intact. It has been beautifully manufactured in Japan and is housed in solid, sturdy cardboard. The recording itself has been remastered and the complete live album Crash Of Light is included as bonus tracks, also for the first time on CD.