Ecstasy and Wine

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Ecstasy and Wine
A sepia photograph of four people with warped, circular text reading "My Bloody Valentine Ecstasy and Wine".
Compilation album by My Bloody Valentine
Released February 1989 (1989-02)
Recorded 1987 (1987)
Genre Noise pop
Twee pop
Jangle pop
Length 29:09
Label Lazy
Producer My Bloody Valentine
My Bloody Valentine chronology
Isn't Anything
(1988)Isn't Anything1988
Ecstasy and Wine

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[edit]

An alternate mix of "Strawberry Wine" was used on the album due to an error by personnel at Lazy Records.[1] Released without the band's consent,[2] 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.[3] 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".[4] 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.[5]


Kevin Shields, irate about Lazy Records releasing the album without the band's consent,[1] 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.[2]

In February 2012 Graham Coxon, lead guitarist of Blur, included the album in NME's list of the "100 Great Albums You've Never Heard", placing it at number 12.[6]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Kevin Shields unless otherwise noted.

Side one
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
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
Side two
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
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.[7]

My Bloody Valentine
Guest musicians
  • Nick Brown – violin (8)
Technical personnel

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1989) Peak
UK Independent Albums Chart[3] 2


  1. ^ a b Brown, Nick (1991). "My Bloody Valentine". Spiral Scratch (February 1991). 
  2. ^ a b North, Aaron (19 January 2005). "Kevin Shields: The Buddyhead Interview" (PDF). Buddyhead (Interview). New York. Retrieved 16 August 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Lazell 1997, p. 155.
  4. ^ Stubbs, David (1989). "My Bloody Valentine, Ecstasy and Wine (Lazy Records)". Melody Maker. IPC Media (25 February 1989). 
  5. ^ Torreano, Bradley. "Ecstasy and Wine – My Bloody Valentine: Songs, Reviews, Credits and Awards". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 16 August 2013. 
  6. ^ Coxon, Graham. "100 Great Albums You've Never Heard". NME. IPC Media (11 February 2012): 21. 
  7. ^ 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. 

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