The Church - Starfish

180 Gram Black Vinyl LP Record Reissue

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Starfish is the fifth studio album by Australian rock band The Church, originally released in April 1988 via Mushroom Records in Australia and Arista Records Internationally.

The Church were founded in 1980 in Sydney, Australia and were initially associated with new wave, neo-psychedelia, and indie rock. Their music later came to feature slower tempos and surreal soundscapes reminiscent of dream pop, post-rock and elements of progressive rock.

The founding members were Steve Kilbey (from Canberra) on lead vocals and bass guitar, Peter Koppes and Marty Willson-Piper on guitars, and Nick Ward on drums. Ward played only on their debut album, and the band's drummer for the rest of the 1980s was Richard Ploog.

Starfish was recorded in Los Angeles with producers Waddy Wachtel and Greg Ladanyi, both longtime veterans of the L.A. studio scene.

The recording is more sparse and open than its predecessor, Heyday (1985), which featured orchestral arrangements with brass and strings. Many of its songs have seen heavy rotation in live set lists, and the album remains a favourite among many fans.

The song "Under The Milky Way" was co-written by Kilbey with his then-girlfriend Karin Jansson of Pink Champagne.

When released in 1988, it rightfully became the breakthrough of The Church in the United States. The album peaked at #41 on the US Billboard 200 albums chart, no small feat for a non-US act. "Under The Milky Way" was released as a single and nearly topped the Mainstream Rock charts, peaking at second place, and reached #26 on the Billboard Hot 100. "Reptile" was released as a second single.

The album peaked at #11 on the Australian albums charts.

This album is a 2018 reissue on 180 gram black vinyl with a printed inner sleeve, pressed in Australia via Universal Music.

(0602577059773)

Tracklisting:

 

No.

Track

Time

A1

Destination

5:51

A2

Under The Milky Way

4:57

A3

Blood Money

4:23

A4

Lost

4:47

A5

North, South, East And West

4:59

B1

Spark

3:45

B2

Antenna

3:51

B3

Reptile

4:56

B4

A New Season

2:58

B5

Hotel Womb

5:40

SKU 0602577059773
Record Label Independent
Label / Model # Independent
Catalogue Number 7705977
Country AU - Australia
Release Date (Year) 16 November 2018
Original Release Date (Year) 16 February 1988
Barcode # 0602577059773
Shipping Weight 0.3000kg
Shipping Width 0.010m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000986000m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, 180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl, Reissue
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock & Popular
Format VINYL LP

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