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Neil & Liam Finn



Father and son Neil and Liam Finn’s debut was born of eccentric circumstances: Liam’s wedding, during which he was rendered unconscious following riotous festivities which saw him dropped on the ground by guests. The occasion, however, had already provoked Finn Sr. to compose opener Prelude – Island Of Peace, a phantasmagorical, shapeshifting tune announcing: “Let love begin!”. This sets the tone for a pretty collection that drifts from Meet Me In The Air – Air reinterpreting The Beach Boys’ ’Til I Die, from 1971’s Surf’s Up – to Back To Life, which echoes Beck and Prince at his more peculiarly funky. Where’s My Room also combines Beck at his most languid with, inevitably, Crowded House’s sweet sensitivity, while adding an unexpected bouzouki solo, and Anger Plays A Part could be a drowsy Tom Petty performing an acoustic I Won’t Back Down. Wilco fans, too, will swoon at the hearttugging Hiding Place and lovely piano ballad, Listen.

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In issue 18 of Long Live Vinyl we celebrate the 30th anniversary of Pixies’ classic debut album Surfer Rosa. We’ve left no stone unturned in getting the inside track on the making of the record at Boston’s Q Division Studios as Black Francis, Joey Santiago, Vaughan Oliver and Simon Larbalestier tell Long Live Vinyl about the legacy of an album that inspired David Bowie, Kurt Cobain, Smashing Pumpkins and Radiohead. Plus, we bring you an in-depth review of 4AD’s new Come On Pilgrim… It’s Surfer Rosa Deluxe Edition. Elsewhere in this packed issue of Long Live Vinyl, we speak to teenage duo Let’s Eat Grandma about their superb sophomore album, I’m All Ears, head out on the road with Chicago guitar virtuoso Ryley Walker and tell the story of Small Faces’ legendary Ogdens’ Nut Gone Flake LP. Post-punk fans will want to check out our Essential top 40 – a definitive collector’s guide to the genre, and our Classic Album series focuses on Pulp’s 1995 career-high Different Class. We also hear from legendary photographer Mick Rock about shooting David Bowie, Iggy Pop and Lou Reed, and The Trip visits a cratedigger’s paradise – Amsterdam. If all that’s not enough, you’ll find the widest range of album, turntable and hi-fi accessory reviews anywhere on the newsstand. Enjoy the issue!