Burning Blue Soul

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Burning Blue Soul
The The - Burning Blue Soul original cover.jpg
Original 1981 cover
Studio album by Matt Johnson
Released September 7, 1981
Recorded 1981
Genre Post-punk
Length 44:16
Label Warner Bros.,
4AD
Producer Matt Johnson,
Ivo Watts-Russell,
Pete Maben,
BC Gilbert & G Lewis
Matt Johnson chronology
Spirits
(1979)
Burning Blue Soul
(1981)
Soul Mining
(1983)
Alternative cover
1993 reissue cover
1993 reissue cover
1983 reissue cover
1983 reissue cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Burning Blue Soul is the debut album released by Matt Johnson in 1981. The album is commonly regarded as an accomplished debut, with a mix of guitar riffs, tape loops, experimental electronics and heavily filtered vocals.

The album was re-released in 1993 under Johnson's band's name, The The. Johnson requested that 4AD do this so that all his albums would be racked together in record stores.

Despite rumours to the contrary, all releases of Burning Blue Soul contain the same mix.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks by Matt Johnson

  1. "Red Cinders in the Sand" – 5:42
  2. "Song Without an Ending" – 4:35
  3. "Time (Again) for the Golden Sunset" – 3:51
  4. "Icing Up" – 7:36
  5. "(Like a) Sun Rising Through My Garden" – 5:01
  6. "Out of Control" – 2:01
  7. "Bugle Boy" – 2:27
  8. "Delirious" – 3:33
  9. "The River Flows East in Spring" – 3:33
  10. "Another Boy Drowning" – 5:53

Personnel[edit]

  • B.C. Gilbert – Producer
  • G. Lewis – Producer
  • Ivo Watts-Russell – Producer
  • Pete Maben – Producer
  • Matt Johnson – Vocals, Producer, Instrumentation
  • Andy Johnson – Artwork, Illustrations
  • Darren Laws – Original 1981 (psychedelic eye) cover photography;
  • AJ Barrett – Photography, Portrait Photography later version of cover
  • Ian Pye – Liner Notes
  • Howie Weinberg – Digital Remastering

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