Playing with Fire (Spacemen 3 album)

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Playing With Fire
Studio album by Spacemen 3
Released February 1989
Genre Neo-Psychedelia
Length 46:45
Label Fire, Taang!, Bomp!, Space Age Recordings
Spacemen 3 chronology
Performance
(1988)
Playing With Fire
(1989)
Recurring
(1991)
Alternative cover
This album cover drops the white background of the original for a fiery reinterpretation
When Taang! Records reissued the album on CD in 1994, the white background of the original was changed for a fiery interpretation. Later CD reissues have restored the original artwork.
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Melody Maker (Very Favorable)[2]
Sputnikmusic 5/5 stars[3]

Playing With Fire is the penultimate studio album by Spacemen 3, released in February 1989. The original CD version included two live bonus tracks recorded in the Netherlands, and an ensuing release on Taang! Records included two more b-sides from the "Revolution" single. A reissued version from 2001 has an entire extra disc of demos and rarities. The album was featured in Robert Dimery's 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

Track listing[edit]

Original release (Fire FIRELP16)
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Honey"   Peter Kember 3:01
2. "Come Down Softly to My Soul"   Jason Pierce 3:46
3. "How Does It Feel?"   Kember 7:58
4. "I Believe It"   Kember 3:19
5. "Revolution"   Kember 5:57
6. "Let Me Down Gently"   Kember 4:29
7. "So Hot (Wash Away All of My Tears)"   Pierce 2:38
8. "Suicide"   Pierce, Kember 11:03
9. "Lord Can You Hear Me?"   Pierce 4:34
2001 reissue (Space Age Recordings)
Disc 1
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Honey"   Kember 3:01
2. "Come Down Softly to My Soul"   Pierce 3:46
3. "How Does It Feel?"   Kember 7:58
4. "I Believe It"   Kember 3:19
5. "Revolution"   Kember 5:57
6. "Let Me Down Gently"   Kember 4:29
7. "So Hot (Wash Away All of My Tears)"   Pierce 2:38
8. "Suicide"   Pierce, Kember 11:03
9. "Lord Can You Hear Me?"   Pierce 4:34
10. "Suicide (Live)"   Pierce, Kember 12:25
11. "Repeater (How Does It Feel?) (Live)"   Kember 5:31
12. "Ché"   Martin Rev, Alan Vega, Kember 4:31
13. "May the Circle Be Unbroken"   Traditional arr. Pierce 3:46
Disc 2
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Honey (Demo)"   Kember 3:24
2. "Let Me Down Gently (Drum Mix)"   Kember 4:51
3. "How Does It Feel? (Alternative Version)"   Kember 8:25
4. "Suicide (Alternate Mix)"   Pierce, Kember 11:51
5. "Lord Can You Hear Me? (Demo Vocal)"   Pierce 4:41
6. "I Believe It (Alternate Mix)"   Kember 3:20
7. "Ché (Maracas Mix)"   Rev, Vega, Kember 4:38
8. "Any Way That You Want Me (Demo)"   Chip Taylor 3:21
9. "Girl on Fire (Demo)"   Phil Parfitt 2:06

References[edit]

  1. ^ Raggett, Ned. "Review: Spacemen 3 – Playing with Fire". Allmusic. Retrieved 30 June 2009. 
  2. ^ Roberts, Chris. "Review: Spacemen 3 – Playing with Fire". Melody Maker. Retrieved 28 February 2010. 
  3. ^ Laslow, Benjamin. "Review: Spacemen 3 – Playing with Fire". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 14 March 2010. 

External links[edit]

Album online on Radio3Net a radio channel of Romanian Radio Broadcasting Company