Ecstasy and Wine
|Ecstasy and Wine|
|Compilation album by My Bloody Valentine|
|Producer||My Bloody Valentine|
|My Bloody Valentine chronology|
Ecstasy and Wine is a compilation album by the alternative rock band My Bloody Valentine, released in February 1989 on Lazy Records. It features the band's second mini album, Ecstasy, and the single "Strawberry Wine", both of which were previously released on Lazy Records in November 1987.
Release and reception
An alternate mix of "Strawberry Wine" was used on the album due to an error by personnel at Lazy Records. Released without the band's consent, at the time of Ecstasy and Wine's release My Bloody Valentine were signed to Creation Records on which the band had released their debut studio album, Isn't Anything (1988).
Upon its release, Ecstasy and Wine peaked at number 2 on the United Kingdom Independent Albums Chart. David Stubbs, offering a mixed review in Melody Maker, referred to the album as "a more quiet and mannered affair than Isn't Anything" and described its material as "a muffled, pastoral drone … overshadowed by a distant whirlwind of feedback". Writing for AllMusic in a positive retrospective review, Bradley Torreano described the compilation as "the sound of a band discovering its unique voice" with vocalists and guitarists Kevin Shields and Bilinda Butcher "exploring the guitar landscapes that would later become their trademark"; Torreano rated the album four out of five stars.
Kevin Shields, irate about Lazy Records releasing the album without the band's consent, retrieved 10,000 LP copies from the label's manager soon after its release. Shields sold the records to various distributors in the early 1990s, after My Bloody Valentine were dropped from Creation Records, and used the funds to finance later recording sessions.
All tracks written by Kevin Shields unless otherwise noted.
|1.||"Strawberry Wine" (alternate mix, originally from "Strawberry Wine")||2:33|
|2.||"Never Say Goodbye" (from "Strawberry Wine")||Shields, Googe||Shields, Ó Cíosóig||2:32|
|3.||"Can I Touch You" (from "Strawberry Wine")||3:15|
|4.||"She Loves You No Less" (from Ecstasy)||2:34|
|5.||"The Things I Miss" (from Ecstasy)||Shields, Ó Ciósóig||Shields, Ó Cíosóig||2:56|
|6.||"I Don't Need You" (from Ecstasy)||3:08|
|7.||"(You're) Safe in Your Sleep (From This Girl)" (from Ecstasy)||2:31|
|8.||"Clair" (from Ecstasy)||Shields, Ó Cíosóig||Shields||2:33|
|9.||"You've Got Nothing" (from Ecstasy)||3:41|
|10.||"(Please) Lose Yourself in Me" (from Ecstasy)||Shields, Ó Cíosóig||Shields||3:26|
All personnel credits adapted from Ecstasy and Wine's liner notes.
- My Bloody Valentine
- Kevin Shields – vocals, guitar
- Bilinda Butcher – vocals, guitar
- Debbie Googe – bass
- Colm Ó Cíosóig – drums
- Guest musicians
- Nick Brown – violin (8)
- Technical personnel
|UK Independent Albums Chart||2|
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- Lazell 1997, p. 155.
- Stubbs, David (1989). "My Bloody Valentine, Ecstasy and Wine (Lazy Records)". Melody Maker. IPC Media (25 February 1989).
- Torreano, Bradley. "Ecstasy and Wine – My Bloody Valentine: Songs, Reviews, Credits and Awards". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 16 August 2013.
- Coxon, Graham. "100 Great Albums You've Never Heard". NME. IPC Media (11 February 2012): 21.
- Ecstasy and Wine (LP). My Bloody Valentine. Lazy Records. 1989. LAZY 12.
- Lazell, Barry (1997). Indie Hits: 1980–1989: The Complete Guide to UK Independent Charts (Singles & Albums). London: Cherry Red. ISBN 978-0-951720-69-1.