Gold Mother

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Gold Mother
Studio album by James
Released June 1990
May 1991 (re-release)
Recorded Out of the Blue, Manchester and The Windings, Wrexham (1989)
Genre Alternative rock, Madchester
Label Fontana
Producer Nick Garside and Booth/Gott/Glennie
James chronology
Strip-mine
(1988)
Gold Mother
(1990)
Seven
(1992)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars link
BBC Music (favourable)[1]
Martin C. Strong (8/10)[2]
NME (8/10)[3]
Q 3/5 stars[4]

Gold Mother is the third studio album from English band James, originally released June 1990. The album was recorded for Rough Trade Records, but James asked to be released from their contract with them and moved to Fontana. After the success of a Flood Mix of "Come Home" and the non-album singles "Lose Control" and "Sit Down", the album was re-released almost a year later to include these tracks, replacing other tracks on the album. In 2001 it was re-released again, this time with all of the original tracks in addition to "Lose Control" and "Sit Down".

Receiving critical acclaim upon release,[5] Gold Mother was placed by the NME at #5 in their list of Albums of the Year 1990.[6]

Track listing[edit]

Original release[edit]

  1. "Come Home" (Booth/Glennie/Gott)
  2. "Government Walls" (Booth/Glennie/Gott)
  3. "God Only Knows" (Booth/Glennie/Gott)
  4. "You Can't Tell How Much Suffering (On a Face That's Always Smiling)" (Booth/Glennie/Gott)
  5. "Crescendo" (Booth/Glennie/Gott)
  6. "How Was It for You?" (Booth/Glennie/Gott)
  7. "Hang On" (Booth/Glennie/Gott)
  8. "Walking the Ghost" (Booth/Glennie/Gott)
  9. "Gold Mother" (Booth/Glennie/Gott)
  10. "Top of the World" (Booth/Glennie/Gott/Whelan)

1991 Re-release[edit]

AKA- "James"

  1. "Come Home (Flood Mix)" (Booth/Glennie/Gott)
  2. "Lose Control" (Booth/Glennie/Gott)
  3. "Government Walls" (Booth/Glennie/Gott)
  4. "God Only Knows" (Booth/Glennie/Gott)
  5. "You Can't Tell How Much Suffering (On a Face That's Always Smiling)" (Booth/Glennie/Gott)
  6. "How Was It for You?" (Booth/Glennie/Gott)
  7. "Sit Down" (Booth/Glennie/Gott/Whelan)
  8. "Walking the Ghost" (Booth/Glennie/Gott)
  9. "Gold Mother" (Booth/Glennie/Gott)
  10. "Top of the World" (Booth/Glennie/Gott/Whelan)

remastered 2001 reissue adds:

  1. Crescendo
  2. Hang On
  3. Come Home (Skunk Weed Mix)
  4. Lose Control (Live at GLR)
  5. Sit Down (Live at G-Mex)

Singles Come Home (1989) How was it for you? (1990) Come Home (flood mix) (1990) Lose control (1990) Sit Down (1991)

Release details[edit]

Original release[edit]

  • UK 12" Vinyl – Fontana (846 189-1)
  • UK Cassette – Fontana (846 189-4)
  • UK CD – Fontana (846 189-2)

1991 re-release[edit]

  • UK 12" Vinyl – Fontana (848 595-1)
  • UK Cassette – Fontana (848 595-4)
  • UK CD – Fontana (848 595-2)

Personnel[edit]

James[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

  • John Slater – percussion
  • Martine McDonagh and Inspiral Carpets – backing vocals
  • Vinny Corrigan – saxophone

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ Roberts, Chris (4 August 2010). "James - Gold Mother - Review". BBC Music. BBC. Retrieved 19 January 2013. 
  2. ^ The Essential Rock Discography - Volume 1: 550. 2006. 
  3. ^ Williams, Simon (June 1990). "Gold Mother: Reviews". NME. IPC Media. Retrieved 19 January 2013. 
  4. ^ Aston, Marin (June 1990). "Gold Mother: Reviews". Q. Bauer Media Group. Retrieved 19 January 2013. 
  5. ^ Cavanagh (1998), p.4
  6. ^ "Albums and Tracks of the Year: 1990". NME. IPC Media. Retrieved 19 January 2013. 

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