China Crisis ‎– Diary Of A Hollow Horse

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CD 5225, CD5225 China Crisis Diary Of A Hollow Horse(CD, Album) A&M Records, A&M Records CD 5225, CD5225 US 1989 Sell This Version
CDV 2567 China Crisis Diary Of A Hollow Horse(CD, Album) Virgin CDV 2567 UK 1989 Sell This Version
CDV2567 China Crisis Diary Of A Hollow Horse(CD, Album) Virgin Records Canada Inc. CDV2567 Canada 1989 Sell This Version
VJD-32216 China Crisis Diary Of A Hollow Horse(CD, Album) Virgin VJD-32216 Japan 1989 Sell This Version
CDV2567, CDV 2567, 259 482-222 China Crisis Diary Of A Hollow Horse(CD, Album) Virgin, Virgin, Virgin CDV2567, CDV 2567, 259 482-222 Europe 1989 Sell This Version
CDV 2567, 259 482-222 China Crisis Diary Of A Hollow Horse(CD, Album, Por) Virgin, Virgin CDV 2567, 259 482-222 UK 1989 Sell This Version
409 482 China Crisis Diary Of A Hollow Horse(Cass, Album) Virgin 409 482 Spain 1989 Sell This Version
TCV2567, 409 482-630 China Crisis Diary Of A Hollow Horse(Cass, Album) Virgin, Virgin TCV2567, 409 482-630 Germany 1989 Sell This Version
409 482 China Crisis Diary Of A Hollow Horse(Cass, Album) Virgin 409 482 Spain 1989 Sell This Version
TCV 2567, 409 482-630 China Crisis Diary Of A Hollow Horse(Cass, Album) Virgin, Virgin TCV 2567, 409 482-630 UK 1989 Sell This Version
TCV2567, EV064-9 China Crisis Diary Of A Hollow Horse(Cass, Album) Virgin, Virgin TCV2567, EV064-9 Indonesia 1989 Sell This Version
TCV2567 China Crisis Diary Of A Hollow Horse(Cass, Album) Virgin TCV2567 Italy 1989 Sell This Version
CS5225 China Crisis Diary Of A Hollow Horse(Cass, Album) A&M Records, Virgin CS5225 US 1989 Sell This Version
VL4 2567 China Crisis Diary Of A Hollow Horse(Cass, Album, Dol) Virgin VL4 2567 Canada 1989 Sell This Version
VNC 5144 China Crisis Diary Of A Hollow Horse(LP, Album) Virgin VNC 5144 South Africa 1989 Sell This Version
V 2567 China Crisis Diary Of A Hollow Horse(LP, Album) Virgin V 2567 Italy 1989 Sell This Version
SP 5225, SP-5225 China Crisis Diary Of A Hollow Horse(LP, Album) A&M Records, A&M Records SP 5225, SP-5225 US 1989 Sell This Version
V 2567 China Crisis Diary Of A Hollow Horse(LP, Album) Virgin V 2567 Australia 1989 Sell This Version
209 482, V2567 China Crisis Diary Of A Hollow Horse(LP, Album) Virgin, Virgin 209 482, V2567 Europe 1989 Sell This Version
V 2567, 209 482 China Crisis Diary Of A Hollow Horse(LP, Album) Virgin, Virgin V 2567, 209 482 Europe 1989 Sell This Version
VL 2567 China Crisis Diary Of A Hollow Horse(LP, Album) Virgin Records Ltd. VL 2567 Canada 1989 Sell This Version
209 482 China Crisis Diary Of A Hollow Horse(LP, Album) Virgin 209 482 Spain 1989 Sell This Version
V 2567, 209 482-630 China Crisis Diary Of A Hollow Horse(LP, Album, DMM) Virgin, Virgin V 2567, 209 482-630 UK 1989 Sell This Version
SFE 024D China Crisis Diary Of A Hollow Horse(CD, Album, RE, RM + CD, RM + Exp) Strike Force Entertainment SFE 024D UK 2013 Sell This Version

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orijahnalsound

May 11, 2007
edited over 11 years ago
referencing Diary Of A Hollow Horse, LP, Album, DMM, V 2567, 209 482-630
I once read an interview in 1995 or there abouts with Gary Daly when speaking on the band's forthcoming acoustic album, he said that he "looked forward to doing an acoustic show" as it would finally help the band shed the "synthy-pop" image that they were tagged with since the early 80's. It is my opinion however that this album, easily their best work, predates that notion by about 6 years as there is nary a synth note to be found on the entire l.p..

Produced by Steely Dan's Walter Becker who had also produced the band's seminal "Flaunt the Imperfection", it is a recording light years away both musically and lyrical from anything which had preceeded it. From opening track "St. Saviour Square", "In Northern Skies", "Singing the Praises of finer things" and the second single "Red Letter Day", this album finally shows that the band were more than writers of simple 3 minute pop songs but rather accomplished and mature song writers as well as polished musicians. Drummer Kevin Wilkinson was so good that even Rush' own Niel Pert offered up praise.

Sadly however, Virgin records couldnt market it well enough and the album failed to chart. What should have been a milestone for the group instead turned into an album barely heard by anyone. Shame really, as I rate it up there with the Stone Roses first album, New Order's "Technique" and Simple Minds "Street Fighting Years" as best albums of 1989.