Burning Blue Soul

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Burning Blue Soul
Studio album by The The
Released September 7, 1981
Recorded 1981
Genre Post-punk
Length 44:16
Label Warner Bros.,
Producer Matt Johnson,
Ivo Watts-Russell,
Pete Maben,
BC Gilbert & G Lewis
The The chronology
Burning Blue Soul
Soul Mining
Alternative cover
Original "psychedelic eye" cover
1983 reissue cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Burning Blue Soul (1981) is an album released under the artist name of Matt Johnson. This album was re-released in 1993 under Matt Johnson's band's name, The The. Johnson requested that 4AD do this so that all his albums would be racked together in record stores. The original 1981 Matt Johnson credited release is highly sought after by collectors. The album is an accomplished debut, with a unique mix of guitar riffs, tape loops, experimental electronics and heavily effected vocals, which sometimes obscure the political lyrics of certain songs. Despite rumours to the contrary, all releases of Burning Blue Soul contain the same mixes.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks by Matt Johnson

  1. "Red Cinders in the Sand" – 5:42
  2. "Song Without an Ending" – 4:35
  3. "Time (Again) for the Golden Sunset" – 3:51
  4. "Icing Up" – 7:36
  5. "(Like a) Sun Rising Through My Garden" – 5:01
  6. "Out of Control" – 2:01
  7. "Bugle Boy" – 2:27
  8. "Delirious" – 3:33
  9. "The River Flows East in Spring" – 3:33
  10. "Another Boy Drowning" – 5:53


  • B.C. Gilbert – Producer
  • G. Lewis – Producer
  • Ivo Watts-Russell – Producer
  • Pete Maben – Producer
  • Matt Johnson – Vocals, Producer, Instrumentation
  • Andy Johnson – Artwork, Illustrations
  • Darren Laws – Original 1981 (psychedelic eye) cover photography;
  • AJ Barrett – Photography, Portrait Photography later version of cover
  • Ian Pye – Liner Notes
  • Howie Weinberg – Digital Remastering


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