16 Lovers Lane

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16 Lovers Lane
Studio album by The Go-Betweens
Released August 1988
Recorded Sydney May 1988
Genre Rock, alternative rock, indie rock
Length 37:04
Label Beggars Banquet Records
LO-MAX Records (2004 re-issue)
Producer Mark Wallis and The Go-Betweens
The Go-Betweens chronology
Tallulah
(1987)
16 Lovers Lane
(1988)
The Friends of Rachel Worth
(2000)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[2]

16 Lovers Lane was the sixth album by Australian indie rock group The Go-Betweens, released in 1988 by Beggars Banquet Records. Prior to the recording of the album, longtime bassist Robert Vickers left the band when the other group members decided to return to Australia after having spent several years in London, England; he was replaced by John Willsteed. The album was recorded at Studios 301 in Sydney, between Christmas 1987 and Spring 1988.

16 Lovers Lane was the final release from the original version of the band. The Go-Betweens broke up in 1989 and would produce no other material until Grant McLennan and Robert Forster reformed the band, with a completely different line-up of personnel, in 2000.

The original release of the album contained ten songs, most of them written about Amanda Brown.[3] In 2004, LO-MAX Records issued a greatly expanded CD which included a second disc of ten bonus tracks and music videos for the songs "Streets of Your Town" (two versions) and "Was There Anything I Could Do?" which were filmed to promote 16 Lovers Lane at the time of its initial release. In October 2010, it was listed at No. 12 in the book, 100 Best Australian Albums.[4]

Track listing[edit]

Original release[edit]

  1. "Love Goes On!" – 3:19
  2. "Quiet Heart" – 5:20
  3. "Love Is a Sign" – 4:12
  4. "You Can't Say No Forever" – 3:57
  5. "The Devil's Eye" – 2:05
  6. "Streets of Your Town" – 3:36
  7. "Clouds" – 4:02
  8. "Was There Anything I Could Do?" – 3:06
  9. "I'm All Right" – 3:10
  10. "Dive for Your Memory" – 4:17
  1. "Streets of Your Town" (Australian Video on 2004 Expanded CD)
  2. "Streets of Your Town" (US/UK Video on 2004 Expanded CD)
  3. "Was There Anything I Could Do?" (Video on 2004 Expanded CD)

All songs written by Grant McLennan and Robert Forster.

Bonus Tracks on 2004 CD Reissue (Disc 2)[edit]

2004 CD Cover of 16 Lovers Lane
  1. "Love Goes On!" [Single Version]  – 3:18 (re-mixed by Tom Visconti at Good Earth Studios, London in May 1988)
  2. "Wait Until June" – 3:03 (recorded at Electric Avenue Studios Sydney in 1988)
  3. "Mexican Postcard" – 2:13 (recorded at Bloomsbury London in August 1988)
  4. "Rock and Roll Friend" – 3:34 (recorded at Bloomsbury London in August 1988)
  5. "Casanova's Last Words" – 2:38 (recorded at Electric Avenue Studios Sydney) in 1988)
  6. "You Won't Find It Again" – 3:21 (recorded at Trackdown Studios, (Sydney) on 14 January 1988)
  7. "Running the Risk of Losing You" (live) – 3:06 (recorded at Max's Petersham Inn, (Sydney) on 15 December 1989)
  8. "Apples in Bed" – 2:37 (recorded at Damian Gerrard Studios, Ultimo in April 1988)
  9. "Head Over Heels"  – 2:27 (recorded at Damian Gerrard Studios, Ultimo in April 1988)
  10. "You're a Big Girl Now"  – 3:41 (recorded at McCabe's Guitar Shop in Santa Monica, California on 11 November 1988)

All songs written by McLennan and Forster, except "You're A Big Girl Now", written by Bob Dylan.

Personnel[edit]

The Go-Betweens[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic Review
  2. ^ Rolling Stone Review
  3. ^ "The Go-Betweens (16 Lovers Lane)". Great Australian Albums. Season 2. Episode 1. 6 September 2008.
  4. ^ O'Donnell, John; Creswell, Toby; Mathieson, Craig (October 2010). 100 Best Australian Albums. Prahran, Vic: Hardie Grant Books. ISBN 978-1-74066-955-9.