Spring Hill Fair

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Spring Hill Fair
Studio album by The Go-Betweens
Released 1984
Recorded Le Val, France
Genre Rock, alternative rock, indie rock
Length 40:29
Label Sire Records then Circus
Producer John Brand
The Go-Betweens chronology
Before Hollywood
(1983)
Spring Hill Fair
(1984)
Liberty Belle and the Black Diamond Express
(1986)
Singles from Spring Hill Fair
  1. "Man O' Sand to Girl O' Sea"
    Released: October 1983
  2. "Bachelor Kisses"
    Released: August 1984
  3. "Part Company"
    Released: November 1984
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Spring Hill Fair was released in September 1984 in the UK on Sire Records. It was The Go-Betweens' third album. The LP was recorded at Studio Miraval in Le Val, France. Prior to the recording of the album, bass player Robert Vickers had joined the group, enabling Grant McLennan to move to lead guitar. The original release consisted of ten songs. In 2002, Circus released an expanded CD which included a second disc of ten bonus tracks and a music video for the song, "Bachelor Kisses".[2] The album was named Spring Hill Fair after an annual fair in Spring Hill, Queensland, suburb of Brisbane Grammar School, Forster's high school.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Bachelor Kisses" – 3:33
  2. "Five Words" – 4:05
  3. "The Old Way Out" – 3:41
  4. "You've Never Lived" – 3:55
  5. "Part Company" – 4:53
  6. "Slow Slow Music" – 3:05
  7. "Draining the Pool for You" – 4:16
  8. "River of Money" – 5:10
  9. "Unkind and Unwise" – 3:05
  10. "Man O' Sand to Girl O' Sea" – 4:41

All songs written by Grant McLennan and Robert Forster. Tracks 1, 6, 8, and 9 lyrics by McLennan; Tracks 3, 4, 5, 7, and 10 lyrics by Forster; Track 2 lyrics by McLennan/Forster.

Bonus Tracks on 2002 CD Reissue Disc 2:

  1. "Emperor's Courtessan" – 2:23
  2. "Rare Breed" – 2:53
  3. "Newton Told Me" – 2:33
  4. "Just Right for Him" – 3:29
  5. "Attraction" – 2:25
  6. "The Power That I Now Have" – 2:45
  7. "Second-Hand Furniture" – 4:13
  8. "Marco Polo Jr." – 4:12
  9. "Sweet Tasting Hours" – 3:40
  10. "Unkind & Unwise (Instrumental)" – 3:04
  11. "Bachelor Kisses" (Video)

All songs written by McLennan and Forster. Tracks 1, 3, 5, 7 lyrics by McLennan; Tracks 2, 4, 6, 8, and 9 lyrics by Forster.

Personnel[edit]

The Go-Betweens consisted of:

with:

  • Graeme Pleeth – keyboards, brass and string arrangements
  • Denis Gautier – trumpet
  • Marc Fontana – saxophone
  • Ana da Silva – backing vocals on "Bachelor Kisses"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Mueller, Andrew, from the liner notes for the 2002 Circus Compact Disc reissue of Spring Hill Fair. All track listing/production history/song writing credit information in this article is taken from these liner notes.