Echo & The Bunnymen ‎– Songs To Learn & Sing

Sire ‎– 1-25360, Korova ‎– 1-25360
Vinyl, LP, Album, Compilation

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A1 Rescue 4:27
A2 The Puppet
Producer – Bill Drummond, David Balfe, The Chameleons (2)
A3 Do It Clean
Producer – Bill Drummond, David Balfe, The Chameleons (2)
A4 A Promise
Producer – Hugh JonesProducer [In Association With] – The Bunnymen*
A5 The Back Of Love 3:12
A6 The Cutter 3:54
B1 Never Stop
Producer – Hugh JonesProducer [In Association With] – The Bunnymen*
B2 The Killing Moon
Producer – The Bunnymen*Recorded By – David Lord
B3 Silver
Producer – All Concerned
B4 Seven Seas
Producer – All Concerned
B5 Bring On The Dancing Horses
Producer – Laurie Latham



Contains printed inner sleeve with song lyrics.

This album features previously released material except B5, a new song, and A2, never before released in America.

Marketed by Warner Bros. Records Inc., a Warner Communications Company. © 1985 WEA Records Ltd. ℗ 1980, 1981 Korova Records Limited. ℗ 1983, 1984, 1985 WEA Records Ltd. Made in U.S.A. Printed in U.S.A.

A Korova recording.
Tracks A1, A2, A5, A6, B2 recorded in England.
Tracks A3, A4 recorded in Wales.
Track B1 recorded in England and Wales.
Track B3 recorded in England and Paris.
Track B4 recorded in England and France.
Track B5 recorded in Belgium. Produced for L.O.L. Ltd.
Tracks A1 to A3 © 1980, A4 © 1981, A5 © 1982, A6 to B2 © 1983, B3 & B4 © 1984, B5 © 1985. All tracks published by Zoo Music/Warner Bros. Music Ltd. All rights for the Western Hemisphere except Brazil administered by WB Corp. ASCAP.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 0 7599-25360-1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side 1 runouts): 1 25360 A SR2 SRC 1-1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side 2 runouts): 1 25360 B SR1 SRC 1-1

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
KODE 13, 240 767-1 Echo & The Bunnymen Songs To Learn & Sing(LP, Comp) Korova, Korova KODE 13, 240 767-1 UK 1985 Sell This Version
KODE 13 Echo & The Bunnymen Songs To Learn & Sing(LP, Comp) Korova KODE 13 Ireland 1985 Sell This Version
240 767-1 Echo & The Bunnymen Songs To Learn & Sing(LP, Comp) WEA 240 767-1 New Zealand 1985 Sell This Version
240767-2 Echo & The Bunnymen Songs To Learn & Sing(CD, Comp) Korova 240767-2 Germany 1985 Sell This Version
R2 515895 Echo & The Bunnymen Songs To Learn & Sing(CD, Comp, RE) Rhino Records (2) R2 515895 US 2008 Sell This Version


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February 5, 2014
edited over 4 years ago

Like the Cure’s “Standing On A Beach,” “Songs To Learn and Sing” is the essence of Echo and The Bunnymen.” There are many out there who will say that Echo and The Bunnymen are more then a singles band ... I would point out that as of this release in 1985, the group had but four albums, three EPs, no less then fourteen singles, and some of those singles where double sided hits ... which pretty much makes them a singles band.

From there, I would then go on to ask, “What is so wrong with being a singles band?” Each song found here is relentless in its nature, reflecting not only the values and art of Echo and The Bunnymen, but the songs from all of their albums that stand the test of time ... linger in your mind, and cause your hand to reach for an album by this band. So why not reach for an album that will bring a smile to your face with every “single” tune? Exactly ... “Songs To Learn And Sing” is more then a compilation, at this time in the band’s career, this album is the alpha and omega of Echo material.

This release holds its own, it is very dark, esoteric, filled with swirling guitars, a driving rhythm, and stories that exist somewhere in the wee hours of the morning ... everything a Goth / neo psychedelic album of the day should have been. Because of the strength of each of these numbers, “Songs To Learn And Sing” will hold up much better then the source material ... though again, I would have to question whether their albums were built around singles, or singles rose from the albums. Either way, all of the music you are going to find here is wonderful, pure bliss ... from an underestimated band, one who never seemed to achieve the success they so rightly deserved, forever standing in the shadow of The Cure.

Go on, I’m holding this and any other release by Echo and The Bunnymen, which are you going to choose?

Review by Jenell Kesler