Virgins and Philistines

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Virgins and Philistines
Studio album by The Colourfield
Released April 1985
Recorded Strawberry Studios, Stockport, 1984-1985
Genre New wave, rock, alternative rock
Length 43:58 (North America LP version)
Label Chrysalis
Producer Hugh Jones, Jeremy Green
The Colourfield chronology
Waiting
by Fun Boy Three
(1983)
Virgins and Philistines
(1985)
The Colour Field
(1986)
Singles from Virgins and Philistines
  1. "Take" b/w "Pushing Up The Daisies"
    Released: July 1984
  2. "Thinking of You" b/w "My Wild Flame"
    Released: January 1985
  3. "Castles in the Air" b/w "Your Love Was Smashing"
    Released: April 1985
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Virgins and Philistines is the debut album by British new wave band The Colourfield.

Overview[edit]

Virgins and Philistines failed to gain a large audience due to difficulty in marketing an album with such a diverse sound—it mixes 1960s and early 1970s pop music with more acoustic based melodies and string arrangements. The album is often regarded as the direct musical predecessor to the later work of The Lightning Seeds in the 1990s, whom Hall would later collaborate with in a songwriting role whilst providing occasional vocals.

Virgins & Philistines contained all original material except "The Hammond Song" (a cover of The Roches song), and "Can’t Get Enough of You Baby" (written by Linzer/Randell), which was the only track that received much airplay. The album was recorded at Strawberry Studios in Stockport (near Manchester) and was produced by Hugh Jones and Jeremy Green, and engineered by Chris Jones.

Additional personnel featured on the album included Pete de Freitas (Echo & the Bunnymen) on drums, Paul Burgess (ex-Camel, also drums), Preston Heyman (percussion), Ian Nelson (clarinet), Katrina Phillips (background vocals).

Release[edit]

Virgins and Philistines was released in April 1985 over a year after the group's first release. It charted at #12[2] on the UK Albums Chart and #28[3] on the New Zealand Album chart. It was preceded by three singles. The first, "Take", did not chart as highly as their début and only made #70[2] in the UK. The second single, "Thinking of You", was much better received and returned Hall to the top forty in the UK and Ireland, reaching #12[2] and #11[4] respectively. "Castles in the Air" was the final single and directly preceded the album, but it only managed #51.[2]

The album was released in the US with different track listing including the band's self-titled début single. It also added the B-sides "I Can't Get Enough of You Baby", "Pushing Up the Daisies" and "Your Love Was Smashing". "Armchair Theatre" and "Yours Sincerely" were not included, but were later released in the US on the EP; The Colour Field.

In 1999, the album was re-released in Japan with twenty tracks, including all of the songs on the UK and US versions of the album plus all of the singles, B-Sides and remixes that were released before and immediately after the original release of Virgins And Philistines.

In 2010, the album was reissued once again, this new version was released by Cherry Red and it included most of the bonus tracks of the 1999 version.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Thinking of You"   3:32
2. "Faint Hearts"   4:20
3. "Castles In The Air"   3:43
4. "Take"   4:09
5. "Cruel Circus"   4:02
Side two
No. Title Length
6. "Hammond Song" (Written by Margaret Roche) 4:29
7. "Virgins and Philistines"   3:56
8. "Yours Sincerely"   3:41
9. "Armchair Theatre"   5:02
10. "Sorry"   3:19
Japanese edition bonus tracks
No. Title Length
11. "The Colour Field"   2:55
12. "Windmills of Your Mind" (Written-By Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman and Michel Legrand) 3:00
13. "Pushing Up the Daisies"   4:06
14. "Thinking of You (Singalong Version)"   3:31
15. "My Wild Flame"   4:20
16. "Little Things" (Written by Bobby Goldsboro) 2:31
17. "Castles in the Air (Extended Version)"   5:06
18. "Your Love Was Smashing" (Written by Terry Hall, Toby Lyons and Karl Shale) 3:55
19. "I Can't Get Enough of You Baby" (Written By Denny Randell and Sandy Linzer) 2:21
20. "Things Could Be So Beautiful"   3:24

US version[edit]

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "I Can't Get Enough of You Baby" (Written By Denny Randell and Sandy Linzer) 2:21
2. "Pushing Up the Daisies"   4:06
3. "Faint Hearts"   4:20
4. "Castles In The Air"   3:43
5. "Take"   4:09
6. "Thinking of You"   3:32
Side two
No. Title Length
7. "The Colour Field"   2:55
8. "Cruel Circus"   4:02
9. "Hammond Song" (Written by Margaret Roche) 4:29
10. "Your Love Was Smashing" (Written by Terry Hall, Toby Lyons and Karl Shale) 3:55
11. "Virgins and Philistines"   3:56
12. "Sorry"   3:19

Personnel[edit]

  • Terry Hall - all instruments and voices
  • Toby Lyons - all instruments and voices
  • Karl Shale - all instruments and voices
Additional musicians

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sutton, Michael. Review: Virgins and Philistines. Allmusic. Retrieved on 2010-04-12.
  2. ^ a b c d "Chart Stats - The Colour Field". chartstats.com. Archived from the original on 2012-12-09. Retrieved 2009-03-10. 
  3. ^ "charts.org.nz - Discography The Colourfield". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2011-09-09. 
  4. ^ "The Irish Charts". IRMA 2006 - 2008. Retrieved 2009-05-30.