Staff Recommendations: My Bloody Valentine – Loveless

This week we have another recommendation from me, Glen, and I am a buyer here at eil.com. I recently picked up a copy of Loveless by My Bloody Valentine, and here’s why you need it in your collection.

“People throw around words like ‘Essential’, ‘Iconic’, and ‘Groundbreaking’ like there’s no tomorrow when talking about their favourite records. There are a lot of albums that deserve those terms of endearment, but when it comes to Loveless, I truly believe that the endless amount of praise thrown its way is absolutely justified.

“My Bloody Valentine will scoff at being labelled the inventors of shoegaze, and nearly any other band that has that genre tag attached to their work is likely to do the same. Whether they like it or not, though, MBV did invent something entirely new and almost unheard of with Loveless. The huge, cascading walls of reverb and distortion that were built around droning, hypnotic repetition and designed to be played at high volume took the indie scene to a new level. The melody that was buried with in the cacophony, be it from Kevin Shields lead lines or the hazy vocals of Belinda Butcher, made the record as intoxicating as it was punishing.

“Nearly 30 years later, Loveless is continues to influence bands. There was even a ‘shoegaze revival’ of sorts, and alternative rock bands such as Whirr and Nothing, Black Metal – or ‘blackgaze’ – bands Deafheaven and Alcest, and even hardcore bands Hundredth and Code Orange had My Bloody Valentine’s signature sound all over their work. Loveless is the pinnacle of the genre, though, and unless you were lucky enough to snag one of Shields’ true analog remasters of the album a few years ago, THIS is the pressing you need to have in your collection to get the full experience.”

My Bloody Valentine Loveless - 1st - EX vinyl LP album (LP record) UK MBVLPLO684407

MY BLOODY VALENTINE Loveless (Classic original 1991 UK 11-track vinyl LP with hand-scratched matrices that read: CRELP-060-A5 DMM ASL TOWNHOUSE 3 MAX / CRELP-060-B5 DMM ASL TOWNHOUSE 3 MAX. One of the greatest examples of early nineties British guitar rock, with warm fuzzy guitar cascades over menacing sexy vocals and is also famous for ‘bankrupting’ Creation Records when Shields’ perfectionism resulted in long delays in the studio. The results were worth it!! The first pressing isstill considered the best sounding version by hardcore fans. The glossy picture sleeve [EX/EX-] is complete with the illustrated inner and shows a scuffing from shelf wear around the edges, with all text legible including along the spine and only some faint gloss loss from in the top right hand corner from a sticker being remover. The vinyl is EX-, revealing only a few faint paper hairlines and the odd mild paper scuff. Increasingly in demand, essential and iconic CRELP060).

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