The Sin of Pride

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The Sin of Pride
Studio album by The Undertones
Released March 1983
Genre Rock
Label Ardeck-EMI (UK)
Harvest (US)
Rykodisc (US CD reissue)
Producer Mike Hedges, The Undertones
The Undertones chronology
Positive Touch
(1981)
The Sin of Pride
(1983)
Get What You Need
(2003)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

The Sin of Pride is the fourth and final album to be released by the original line-up of The Undertones. The album, which was produced by Mike Hedges, was recorded between the autumn of 1982 and the spring of 1983. Unlike the three previous albums released by The Undertones, which primarily consisted of guitar-oriented music, The Sin of Pride drew much inspiration from both Soul music and Motown and has been described by Allmusic as "one of the great unsung albums of the early '80s."[2]

Released in March 1983, The Sin of Pride reached number 43 in the UK charts. Four months after the release of this album, The Undertones disbanded.

Three singles were taken from The Sin of Pride: Got To Have You Back; Chain of Love; and The Love Parade. (Two single versions of The Love Parade were released; one version commercially available upon the LP and an extended 12-inch single version.) However, none of the singles released reached the UK top 40.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Written by Length
1. "Got To Have You Back"   Ivory Joe Hunter, Leon Ware, Stephen Bowden* 2:51
2. "Valentine's Treatment"   Damian O'Neill, Michael Bradley 2:47
3. "Luxury"   J. J. O'Neill 2:28
4. "Love Before Romance"   Damian O'Neill 4:53
5. "Untouchable"   Damian O'Neill 3:19
6. "Bye Bye Baby Blue"   J. J. O'Neill, Michael Bradley 3:16
Side two
No. Title Written by Length
1. "Conscious"   Damian O'Neill 3:14
2. "Chain of Love"   J. J. O'Neill 2:59
3. "Soul Seven"   J. J. O'Neill 2:33
4. "The Love Parade"   Damian O'Neill, Michael Bradley 3:26
5. "Save Me"   William Robinson, Warren "Pete" Moore, R Rogers* 2:31
6. "The Sin of Pride"   Damian O'Neill, Michael Bradley 4:36
Bonus tracks (issued on CD releases of The Sin of Pride only)
No. Title Written by Length
1. "The Love Parade (12" version)"   Damian O'Neill, Michael Bradley* 5:07
2. "Like That"   J. J. O'Neill, Michael Bradley 3:04
3. "You're Welcome (live version)"   J. J. O'Neill 3:48
4. "Crisis Of Mine (live version)"   J. J. O'Neill 3:30
5. "Family Entertainment (live version)"   Damian O'Neill 2:52
6. "Turning Blue"   J. J. O'Neill 2:35
7. "Bye Bye Baby Blue"   J. J. O'Neill, Michael Bradley 3:17
8. "Window Shopping For New Clothes"   J. J. O'Neill 2:14
9. "Bittersweet"   J. J. O'Neill 5:07
10. "I Can Only Dream"   J. J. O'Neill 7:49
11. "You Stand So Close (But You're Never There)"   J. J. O'Neill, Damian O'Neill 3:08
  • 'Got To Have You Back' was a cover of the 1967 Isley Brothers single.
  • 'Save Me' was a cover of a song by The Miracles (later Smokey Robinson and The Miracles).
  • The 12" version of The Love Parade was an extended version of the 7" single version.

Personnel[edit]

The Undertones
Additional musicians
Production
  • Mike Hedges – engineering, mixing
  • Leo Peppas – engineering
  • Nigel Green – engineering
  • Andy Pierce – remastering (2009 Compact Disc re-release)

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