Waiting for a Miracle

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For the Leonard Cohen song "Waiting for the Miracle", see The Future (Leonard Cohen album).
Waiting for a Miracle
Studio album by The Comsat Angels
Released September 5, 1980
Recorded January 1980
Genre Post-punk
Length 37:31 (LP)
Label Polydor, RPM Records, Renascent Records
Producer Peter Wilson and The Comsat Angels
The Comsat Angels chronology
Waiting for a Miracle
(1980)
Sleep No More
(1981)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]
Stylus A[2]

Waiting for a Miracle is the debut album by The Comsat Angels, released in September 1980 on Polydor Records. The album was reissued on CD twice, in 1995 by RPM records and in 2006 by Renascent Records, with different track listings (see below). Two singles were taken from Waiting for a Miracle: "Total War" and "Independence Day" (the latter released on July 4).[3]

The entire album was recorded in 10 days. Frontman Steve Fellows explained how they were able to accomplish this: "We were totally organised. Arrangements, tempos and all the lyrics were sorted out before we went in."[3] But he wasn't quite happy with everything, and in a 2002 interview, said, "The thing that bugs me most about the [early] records is my singing, particularly on the first album. I wish I'd sung more before we made that."[4] Although Waiting for a Miracle had mediocre sales, it was well received by critics.[5]

Track listing (1980)[edit]

  1. "Missing in Action"
  2. "Baby"
  3. "Independence Day"
  4. "Waiting for a Miracle"
  5. "Total War"
  6. "On the Beach"
  7. "Monkey Pilot"
  8. "Real Story"
  9. "Map of the World"
  10. "Postcard"

Track listing (1995)[edit]

  1. "Missing in Action"
  2. "Baby"
  3. "Independence Day"
  4. "Waiting for a Miracle"
  5. "Total War"
  6. "On the Beach"
  7. "Monkey Pilot"
  8. "Real Story"
  9. "Map of the World"
  10. "Postcard"
  11. "Home Is the Range"
  12. "We Were"
  13. "Ju Ju Money"

Track listing (2006)[edit]

  1. "Missing in Action" – 4:01
  2. "Baby" – 2:58
  3. "Independence Day" – 3:46
  4. "Waiting for a Miracle" – 2:57
  5. "Total War" – 3:47
  6. "On the Beach" – 3:41
  7. "Monkey Pilot" – 4:24
  8. "Real Story" – 3:44
  9. "Map of the World" – 3:50
  10. "Postcard" – 4:08
  11. "Home Is the Range" (EP Track) – 3:34
  12. "We Were" (B-side) – 4:12
  13. "Ju Ju Money" (out-take) – 4:15
  14. "Work" (out-take) – 4:07
  15. "Independence Day" (demo) – 3:04
  16. "Real Story" (demo) – 3:42
  17. "Target Talk" (demo) – 3;40
  18. "Living In" (demo) – 3:57

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/r33750
  2. ^ Stylus review
  3. ^ a b Sleeve notes from Renascent re-issue of Waiting for a Miracle
  4. ^ Step Off, interviews, Stephen Fellows Q & A Session May 2002
  5. ^ Trouser Press article: "Firm beats play against melancholy melodies and hushed vocals to create the impression of eavesdropping on someone's inner turmoil...." They went on to say that the album was "hailed in one UK paper as the greatest debut LP of all time, it remains a stunning masterwork...."