The Magnetic Fields ‎– 69 Love Songs

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[PIAS] Recordings ‎– PIASB 069 CD, [PIAS] Recordings ‎– PIAS 069 CD, Circus Records ‎– 941.0069.25
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3 × CD, Album
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69 Love Songs Vol. 1
1-1 Absolutely Cuckoo 1:35
1-2 I Don't Believe In The Sun 4:16
1-3 All My Little Words
Vocals [Vocal] – LD Beghtol
2:46
1-4 A Chicken With Its Head Cut Off 2:42
1-5 Reno Dakota
Vocals [Vocal] – Claudia Gonson
1:05
1-6 I Don't Want To Get Over You 2:23
1-7 Come Back From San Francisco
Vocals [Vocal] – Shirley Simms
2:48
1-8 The Luckiest Guy On The Lower East Side
Violin – Ida PearleVocals [Vocal] – Dudley Klute*
3:43
1-9 Let's Pretend We're Bunny Rabbits 2:25
1-10 The Cactus Where Your Heart Should Be 1:11
1-11 I Think I Need A New Heart 2:33
1-12 The Book Of Love 2:42
1-13 Fido, Your Leash Is Too Long 2:34
1-14 How Fucking Romantic
Vocals [Vocal] – Dudley Klute*
0:59
1-15 The One You Really Love 2:53
1-16 Punk Love 0:58
1-17 Parades Go By 2:57
1-18 Boa Constrictor
Vocals [Vocal] – Shirley Simms
0:59
1-19 A Pretty Girl Is Like... 1:51
1-20 My Sentimental Melody
Vocals [Vocal] – LD Beghtol
3:08
1-21 Nothing Matters When We're Dancing 2:27
1-22 Sweet-Lovin' Man
Vocals [Vocal] – Claudia Gonson
4:59
1-23 The Things We Did And Didn't Do 2:11
69 Love Songs Vol. 2
2-1 Roses
Vocals [Vocal] – LD Beghtol
0:28
2-2 Love Is Like Jazz 2:57
2-3 When My Boy Walks Down The Street 2:38
2-4 Time Enough For Rocking When We're Old
Bass – John Woo
2:04
2-5 Very Funny
Arranged By – Claudia GonsonVocals [Vocal] – Dudley Klute*
1:27
2-6 Grand Canyon 2:28
2-7 No One Will Ever Love You
Vocals [Vocal] – Shirley Simms
3:14
2-8 If You Don't Cry
Vocals [Vocal] – Claudia Gonson
3:07
2-9 You're My Only Home 2:18
2-10 (Crazy For You But) Not That Crazy 2:19
2-11 My Only Friend 2:01
2-12 Promises Of Eternity
Arranged By, Instruments – Chris Ewen*
3:46
2-13 World Love
Arranged By – Claudia Gonson
3:07
2-14 Washington, D.C.
Vocals [Vocal] – Claudia Gonson
1:53
2-15 Long-Forgotten Fairytale
Vocals [Vocal] – Dudley Klute*
3:37
2-16 Kiss Me Like You Mean It
Vocals [Vocal] – Shirley Simms
2:01
2-17 Papa Was A Rodeo
Vocals [Vocal] – Shirley Simms, Stephin Merritt
5:02
2-18 Epitaph For My Heart 2:50
2-19 Asleep And Dreaming
Arranged By, Keyboards – Daniel Handler
1:53
2-20 The Sun Goes Down And The World Goes Dancing 2:46
2-21 The Way You Say Good-Night
Vocals [Vocal] – LD Beghtol
2:45
2-22 Abigail, Belle Of Kilronan 2:01
2-23 I Shatter 3:09
69 Love Songs Vol. 3
3-1 Underwear 2:50
3-2 It's A Crime
Arranged By, Instruments [All] – Chris Ewen*Vocals [Vocal] – Dudley Klute*
3:55
3-3 Busby Berkeley Dreams
Arranged By – Claudia Gonson
3:37
3-4 I'm Sorry I Love You
Vocals [Vocal] – Shirley Simms
3:06
3-5 Acoustic Guitar
Vocals [Vocal] – Claudia Gonson
2:38
3-6 The Death Of Ferdinand De Saussure 3:11
3-7 Love In The Shadows 2:54
3-8 Bitter Tears
Vocals [Vocal] – LD Beghtol
2:51
3-9 Wi' Nae Wee Bairn Ye'll Me Beget 1:56
3-10 Yeah! Oh, Yeah!
Guitar – Claudia GonsonVocals [Vocal] – Claudia Gonson, Stephin Merritt
2:20
3-11 Experimental Music Love 0:30
3-12 Meaningless 2:08
3-13 Love Is Like A Bottle Of Gin 1:46
3-14 Queen Of The Savages 2:13
3-15 Blue You
Theremin – Chris Ewen*Vocals [Vocal] – Dudley Klute*Whistling – Claudia Gonson
3:03
3-16 I Can't Touch You Anymore 3:06
3-17 Two Kinds Of People 1:10
3-18 How To Say Goodbye 2:48
3-19 The Night You Can't Remember 2:18
3-20 For We Are The King Of The Boudoir
Vocals [Vocal] – LD Beghtol
1:15
3-21 Strange Eyes
Vocals [Vocal] – Shirley Simms
2:02
3-22 Xylophone Track
Harmonium – LD Beghtol
2:47
3-23 Zebra
Vocals [Vocal] – Claudia Gonson
2:16

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Credits

  • AccordionDaniel Handler
  • Banjo, Lead Guitar, MandolinJohn Woo
  • Cello, FluteSam Davol
  • Concept By [Made], Vocals [Sung By]Stephin Merritt
  • Design [Logo]Michael English (2)
  • Effects, Vocoder, Ukulele, Classical Guitar, Twelve-String Guitar, Lap Steel Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Electric Bass, Mandolin, Autoharp, Zither, Performer [Ukelin, Tremeloa, Violin-Uke], Sitar, Violin, Saw [Musical Saw], Keyboards, Synthesizer, Programmed By, Piano, Harmonium, Electric Piano, Organ [Chord Organ], Drum Machine, Drum Programming [Hand Drawn Waveforms In Audiomedia], Recorder, Ocarina, Tin Whistle [Pennywhistle], Electronic Wind Instrument [Maestro Wind Synthesizer], Melodica, Jug, Xylophone, Kalimba, Cymbal, Rainstick, Chimes, Maracas, Congas, Bongos, Triangle, Bells, Tambourine, Washboard, Steel Drums, Shaker, Finger Cymbals, Pipe, Harp, Finger Snaps, Cabasa, Cowbell, GongStephin Merritt
  • Engineer [Additional Engineering]Charles Newman, Chris Ewen*, Claudia Gonson, Eric Masunaga, Jon Berman
  • ManagementClaudia Gonson
  • Mastered ByJeff Lipton
  • Photography By [Back Cover: Beghtol, 1994-9]Holly McDade
  • Photography By [Back Cover: Equation After Baudelaire]LD*
  • Photography By [Booklet Vol. 1: Stephin By]Claudia Gonson
  • Photography By [Booklet Vol. 2: Sam By]Gail O'Hara
  • Photography By [Booklet Vol. 3: Claudia By]Don Gonson
  • Photography By [Booklet: John By]Brenden Hussey
  • Piano, Drums, PercussionClaudia Gonson
  • Songwriter [All Songs]Stephin Merritt
  • Vocals [Sung With]Claudia Gonson, Dudley Klute*, LD Beghtol, Shirley Simms

Notes

69 Love Songs box set. It includes: special 69 Love Songs Book and 69 Love Songs Vol.1, Vol.2 and Vol.3 CDs.

PIAS 069 CD on back cover.
PIASB 069 CD on the CDs.

Recorded at Polar West, Mother West, Polar Mother and Sonics.

Logo for MeDesign.

All songs ©1999 Stephin Merritt, published by Gay and Loud (ASCAP).

℗ & © 2000 Circus Music Ltd. Released under exclusive licence by [PIAS] Recordings.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 5 413356 216929
  • Other (Distribution code): 480 PS
  • Rights Society: Sabam / Biem
  • Matrix / Runout (CD1): manufactured by optimal media production A039363-01
  • Mastering SID Code (CD1): ifpi L572
  • Mould SID Code (CD1): IFPI 9707
  • Matrix / Runout (CD2): manufactured by optimal media production A039363-02
  • Mastering SID Code (CD2): ifpi L572
  • Mould SID Code (CD2): IFPI 9708
  • Matrix / Runout (CD3): manufactured by optimal media production A039363-03
  • Mastering SID Code (CD3): ifpi L572
  • Mould SID Code (CD3): IFPI 9706

Other Versions (5 of 10) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
MRG 169 The Magnetic Fields 69 Love Songs(3xCD + Box, Album) Merge Records MRG 169 US 1999 Sell This Version
MRG169LP The Magnetic Fields 69 Love Songs(6x10", Album, Ltd, RM) Merge Records MRG169LP US 2010 Sell This Version
MRG169R The Magnetic Fields 69 Love Songs(2x10", Red + 2x10", Bla + 2x10", Cle + Album, Ltd,) Merge Records MRG169R US 2015 Sell This Version
WMINCD019, 7243 5 30835 2 6 The Magnetic Fields 69 Love Songs(3xCD, Album) W. Minc, Virgin WMINCD019, 7243 5 30835 2 6 Australia 2000 Sell This Version
REWIGCD 18 The Magnetic Fields 69 Love Songs(3xCD, Album, RE) Domino REWIGCD 18 Europe 2004 Sell This Version

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Skeleton-Man

Skeleton-Man

May 29, 2006
edited over 11 years ago

I've been beating around the bush to comment this album. The phrase masterpiece has become somewhat inflated in time, but still this best describes this album. 69 love songs represents an enormous achievement by Stephen Merritt and his Magnetic Fields and after his efforts here Steve could lie down and die happily, knowing he will forever have a place in the music hall of fame. It's that good, yes.

Think about it. 3 cds released in one go and all 69 songs deserve a spot. Ranging from Erasure like pop to Irish folk over Nick Cave inspiration to indie and back. And the accompanying lyrics?! On top of his musicial curiosity, talent, and nerve, Steve has a Shakesperian inspiration. Is it even fair some people are born this talented?

Anyone fond of R.E.M., Nick Cave, modern folk, pop in the best meaning of the word, indie labels etc; pick this up. It's an essential, I promise.

And some trivia. Obviously, the number 69 is the same upside down. I used to think that was the trick with the title until I told some americans about the title and they started to giggle. Oh ...

And another thing. On the back of the cd is a photo by Holly McDade. Try viewing this upside and down when the lights are low. Hidden images begin to appear ... The genious here just never ends :o)