Send Me a Lullaby

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Send Me a Lullaby
Studio album by The Go-Betweens
Released November 1981 (AUS)
February 1982 (UK)
2002
Recorded July 1981
Melbourne, Australia
Genre Rock, alternative rock, indie rock
Length 35:37
Label Missing Link (AUS)
Rough Trade Records (UK)
Circus
Producer The Go-Betweens and Tony Cohen
The Go-Betweens chronology
Send Me a Lullaby
(1982)
Before Hollywood
(1983)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]

Send Me a Lullaby was The Go-Betweens' debut album. It was released in November 1981 in Australia on Missing Link as an eight-track mini-album. It was subsequently released in the UK on Rough Trade Records, an independent music record label (Missing Link's UK distributors) in February 1982, as a 12 track album.[2]

Details[edit]

The album was recorded at the Richmond Recorders studio in Melbourne in July 1981. The album was engineered and produced by Tony Cohen (The Birthday Party), together with The Go-Betweens.

In 2002, Circus Records released an expanded CD which included a second disc of twelve bonus tracks of songs recorded by The Go-Betweens around the same time as the album together with a music video for the song, "Your Turn, My Turn".

Reception[edit]

Reviewed in Australian Rolling Stone at the time of release, it was described as reflecting, "the progression from folky naivety of the early songs to a more involved, complex set of emotions, though understatement is still a key feature." The reviewer notes it is an album with, "no, or at least very few, overdubs," and says, "the band have produced a fresh, uncluttered sound that has a live presence to it." The review concludes by saying, "everything's come together just fine."[3]

Track listing[edit]

Send Me a Lullaby (original Australian issue)
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "One Thing Can Hold Us"   Grant McLennan 3:17
2. "People Know" (vocals by Lindy Morrison) Robert Forster 2:11
3. "Midnight to Neon"   Robert Forster, Grant McLennan 2:31
4. "Careless" (lead guitar – Grant McLennan) Robert Forster 2:34
5. "All About Strength" (lead guitar – Grant McLennan) Grant McLennan 2:12
6. "Ride"   Robert Forster 3:30
7. "Hold Your Horses"   Grant McLennan 2:14
8. "It Could Be Anyone" (lead guitar – Grant McLennan) Grant McLennan 4:30
Send Me a Lullaby (UK issue)
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Your Turn, My Turn"   Grant McLennan 3:03
2. "One Thing Can Hold Us"   Grant McLennan 3:17
3. "People Know" (vocals by Lindy Morrison) Robert Forster 2:11
4. "The Girls Have Moved"   Robert Forster 2:36
5. "Midnight to Neon"   Robert Forster 2:31
6. "Eight Pictures"   Robert Forster 4:52
7. "Careless" (lead guitar – Grant McLennan) Robert Forster 2:34
8. "All About Strength" (lead guitar – Grant McLennan) Grant McLennan 2:12
9. "Ride"   Robert Forster 3:30
10. "Hold Your Horses"   Grant McLennan 2:14
11. "Arrow in a Bow"   Robert Forster 2:00
12. "It Could Be Anyone" (lead guitar – Grant McLennan) Grant McLennan 4:30
Send Me a Lullaby (2002 re-issue) Bonus Disc
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Sunday Night"   Robert Forster 2:50
2. "One Word"   Grant McLennan 2:02
3. "I Need Two Heads"   Robert Forster 2:34
4. "The Clowns Are in Town"   Robert Forster 2:14
5. "Serenade Sound"   Grant McLennan 2:23
6. "Hope"   Robert Forster 2:04
7. "Stop Before You Say It"   Robert Forster 1:42
8. "World Weary"   Robert Forster 1:41
9. "Distant Hands"   Fobert Forster 2:01
10. "Undo What You Did"   Fobert Forster 4:05
11. "Cracked Wheat"   Robert Forster 3:54
12. "After the Fireworks"   Robert Forster, Grant McLennan, Nick Cave, Lindy Morrison 6:59
13. "Your Turn, My Turn" (Video)   4:29

Personnel[edit]

The Go-Betweens[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

  • Nick Cave – vocals ("After the Fireworks")
  • Steve Daly – drums ("I Need Two Heads", "Stop Before You Say It")
  • James Freud – saxophone
  • Mick Harvey – piano ("After the Fireworks")
  • Rowland S. Howard – guitar ("After the Fireworks")
  • Dan Wallace-Crabbe – piano ("World Weary")

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Go-Betweens' discography at http://www.go-betweens.org.uk/discography/1982sendmealullaby/1982sendmealullaby.htm
  3. ^ Toby Creswell. "Records". Australian Rolling Stone (North Sydney, NSW: Silvertongues Pty Ltd) (17 June 1982): pp.14–18.