High Land, Hard Rain

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High Land, Hard Rain
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Studio album by Aztec Camera
Released April 1983
Genre Jangle pop, alternative rock, new wave
Length 45:25
Label Sire
Producer John Brand, Bernie Clarke
Aztec Camera chronology
High Land, Hard Rain
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 5/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Record Guide A−[2]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music 4/5 stars[3]
Pitchfork Media 8.3/10[4]
PopMatters 9/10[5]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[6]
Uncut 9/10[7]

High Land, Hard Rain is the debut album by jangle pop band Aztec Camera, released in 1983. Three tracks from the album originally appeared on the Oblivious EP which reached number 18 on the UK Singles Chart in November 1983.[8] The album itself reached number 22 on the UK Albums Chart.[8] The majority of the album was recorded at the ICC Studios in Eastbourne.[citation needed] "Down the Dip" was inspired by a local East Kilbride pub located close to Duncanrig Secondary School, Roddy Frame's high school. Originally called "The Diplomat" ("The Dip" for short), it is now called Gardenhall Inn.[9]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Roddy Frame.

  1. "Oblivious" 3:05
  2. "The Boy Wonders" 3:10
  3. "Walk Out to Winter" 3:20
  4. "The Bugle Sounds Again" 2:50
  5. "We Could Send Letters" 5:40
  6. "Pillar to Post" 3:55
  7. "Release" 3:38
  8. "Lost Outside the Tunnel" 3:35
  9. "Back on Board" 4:50
  10. "Down the Dip" 2:10

reissue CD Bonus Tracks (1991)
  1. "Haywire" (from Rough Trade release 12"single RT122T "Oblivious")
  2. "Orchid Girl" (from Rough Trade release 12"single RT122T "Oblivious")
  3. "Queen's Tattoos" (from Rough Trade release 7"single RT112T "Pillar to Post")

EDSEL reissue CD Bonus Tracks (2012)
  1. "Queen's Tattoos"
  2. "Haywire"
  3. "Orchid Girl"
  4. "Set the Killing Free"
  5. "Oblivious [12" mix]"
  6. "Walk Out To Winter [12" extended version]"
  7. "Oblivious [12" extended remix]"

AED reissue Bonus 7" (2013)
  1. "Boy Wonders (Capitol Radio Session)"
  2. "Release (Capitol Radio Session)"
  3. "We Could Send Letters (C81 Version)" (from Cassette Tape "NME/ROUGH TRADE C81")
  4. "The Bugle Sounds Again (Bedroom Demo)"

Domino reissue 30th Anniversary Edition Bonus Tracks (2014)

  1. "Pillar to Post (original single version)"
  2. "Queen's Tattoos"
  3. "Orchid Girl"
  4. "Haywire"
  5. "Walk Out to Winter (7") (Tony Mansfield version)"
  6. "Set the Killing Free"
  7. "Back on Board (live on CFNY)"
  8. "We Could Send Letters (live on CFNY)"
  9. "Walk Out To Winter (Kid Jensen Session)"
  10. "Down the Dip (Kid Jensen Session)"
  11. "Back on Board (Kid Jensen Session)"
  12. "Release (Kid Jensen Session)"
  13. "Walk Out to Winter (John Brand unreleased single mix)"
  14. "Walk Out to Winter (12") (Tony Mansfield version)"
  15. "Oblivious (Colin Fairley remix)"
  16. "Oblivious (Langer/Winstanley remix)"


  • Roddy Frame – vocals, guitar, harmonica
  • Bernie Clark – piano, organ
  • Campbell Owens – bass
  • Dave Ruffy – drums, percussion


  1. ^ Raggett, Ned. "High Land, Hard Rain – Aztec Camera". AllMusic. Retrieved 22 May 2015. 
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Aztec Camera: High Land, Hard Rain". RobertChristgau.com. Retrieved 22 May 2015. 
  3. ^ Larkin, Colin (2007). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-857-12595-8. 
  4. ^ Heller, Jason (4 February 2014). "Aztec Camera: High Land, Hard Rain". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 4 February 2014. 
  5. ^ Folland, Richard (21 February 2014). "Aztec Camera: High Land Hard Rain (Deluxe Edition)". PopMatters. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
  6. ^ Fricke, David (15 September 1983). "Aztec Camera: High Land, Hard Rain". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 9 May 2006. Retrieved 22 May 2016. 
  7. ^ McKay, Alastair (2 January 2013). "Aztec Camera – reissues". Uncut. Retrieved 4 February 2014. 
  8. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 35. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  9. ^ "ecosse19" (Richard). "AZTEC CAMERA-DOWN THE DIP" (Web site). 

External links[edit]

Domino's page on 30th Anniversary Edition of High Land, Hard Rain