The Modern Lovers ‎– The Modern Lovers

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The Modern Lovers only ever recorded demos and live shows, but the demos were released as albums several years later.

One set of demos, produced by John Cale, were released as the band's "first album" (this one), in 1976. The artwork says the recordings are from 1971, but they were actually recorded in 1972.

Another set of demos, produced by Kim Fowley, were released as the band's "second album", The Original Modern Lovers, in 1981. The artwork says the recordings were made in 1972, but liner notes on later editions say they're from 1973.

Versions (47)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
HH-1910 The Modern Lovers The Modern Lovers(LP, Album) Home Of The Hits HH-1910 US 1976 Sell This Version
9380-0050 The Modern Lovers The Modern Lovers (LP, Album) Home Of The Hits, Beserkley 9380-0050 Canada 1976 Sell This Version
8380-0050 H The Modern Lovers The Modern Lovers(8-Trk, Album) Beserkley 8380-0050 H US 1976 Sell This Version
RNC 70091 The Modern Lovers The Modern Lovers(Cass, Album) Rhino Records (2) RNC 70091 US 1976 Sell This Version
BSERC 1 The Modern Lovers The Modern Lovers(Cass, Album) Beserkley BSERC 1 UK 1976 Sell This Version
4.23330 CP The Modern Lovers The Modern Lovers(Cass, Album) Beserkley 4.23330 CP Germany 1976 Sell This Version
530050, 53-0050 The Modern Lovers The Modern Lovers(LP, Album) Beserkley, Beserkley 530050, 53-0050 Netherlands 1976 Sell This Version
6.23330 AO, 6.23 330, BZ-0050 The Modern Lovers The Modern Lovers(LP, Album) Beserkley, Beserkley, Beserkley 6.23330 AO, 6.23 330, BZ-0050 Germany 1976 Sell This Version
BZ 0050 The Modern Lovers The Modern Lovers(LP, Album) Beserkley BZ 0050 US 1976 Sell This Version
BSERK 1 The Modern Lovers The Modern Lovers(LP, Album) Beserkley BSERK 1 UK 1976 Sell This Version
BZ-0050 The Modern Lovers The Modern Lovers(LP, Album) Home Of The Hits BZ-0050 Canada 1976 Sell This Version
PB-2009 The Modern Lovers The Modern Lovers(LP, Album) Beserkley PB-2009 Japan 1976 Sell This Version
BZZ 401 004 (BSERK 1) The Modern Lovers The Modern Lovers(LP, Album) Beserkley BZZ 401 004 (BSERK 1) France 1976 Sell This Version
BZ-0050 The Modern Lovers The Modern Lovers(LP, Album) Home Of The Hits BZ-0050 US 1976 Sell This Version
L36650 The Modern Lovers The Modern Lovers(LP, Album) Beserkley L36650 New Zealand 1976 Sell This Version
L 36650 The Modern Lovers The Modern Lovers(LP, Album) Beserkley L 36650 Australia 1976 Sell This Version
9380-0050 The Modern Lovers The Modern Lovers(LP, Album) Home Of The Hits 9380-0050 US 1976 Sell This Version
BZZ 48004 The Modern Lovers The Modern Lovers(LP, Album) Beserkley BZZ 48004 Italy 1978 Sell This Version
JBZ 0050 The Modern Lovers The Modern Lovers(LP, Album, RE) Beserkley JBZ 0050 US 1978 Sell This Version
SUX-182-SE The Modern Lovers The Modern Lovers(LP, Album, Promo, RE) Beserkley SUX-182-SE Japan 1980 Sell This Version
RNLP 70091 The Modern Lovers The Modern Lovers(Cass, Album, RE) Rhino Records (2) RNLP 70091 US 1986 Sell This Version
BZ 0050 The Modern Lovers The Modern Lovers(LP, Album, RE) Beserkley BZ 0050 UK 1986 Sell This Version
RNLP 70091 The Modern Lovers The Modern Lovers(LP, Album, RE, RM) Rhino Records (2), Beserkley RNLP 70091 US 1986 Sell This Version
RNLP 70091 The Modern Lovers The Modern Lovers(LP, Album, RE, W/Lbl) Rhino Records (2) RNLP 70091 US 1986 Sell This Version
BELP 4.00501 J, BELP 4.00501 The Modern Lovers The Modern Lovers(LP, Album, RE, Whi) Line Music GmbH, Beserkley BELP 4.00501 J, BELP 4.00501 Germany 1987 Sell This Version
BECD 9.00501 O, BECD 9.00501 The Modern Lovers The Modern Lovers(CD, Album, RE) Line (7), Beserkley, Line (7), Beserkley BECD 9.00501 O, BECD 9.00501 Germany 1988 Sell This Version
R2 70091 The Modern Lovers The Modern Lovers(CD, Album, RE, RM) Rhino Records (2), Beserkley R2 70091 US 1989 Sell This Version
R2 70091 The Modern Lovers The Modern Lovers(CD, Album, RE, RM) Beserkley, Rhino Records (2) R2 70091 US 1989 Sell This Version
CREV 007CD The Modern Lovers The Modern Lovers(CD, Album, RE) Rev-Ola CREV 007CD UK 1992 Sell This Version
GET 066 The Modern Lovers The Modern Lovers(LP, Album, RE, Gat) Get Back GET 066 Italy 2000 Sell This Version
GET 90066 The Modern Lovers The Modern Lovers(LP, Album, RE, Red) Get Back GET 90066 Italy 2000 Sell This Version
GET 066 The Modern Lovers The Modern Lovers(LP, Album, RE, Yel) Get Back GET 066 Italy 2000 Sell This Version
CMQCD 782 The Modern Lovers The Modern Lovers(CD, Album, RE, RM) Castle Music CMQCD 782 UK 2003 Sell This Version
CMQCD 782 The Modern Lovers The Modern Lovers(CD, Album, RE, RM) Castle Music CMQCD 782 UK 2003 Sell This Version
CMQCD 782 The Modern Lovers The Modern Lovers(CD, Album, RE, RM) Castle Music CMQCD 782 UK 2003 Sell This Version
POCE-1037 The Modern Lovers The Modern Lovers(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Pap) Strange Days Records POCE-1037 Japan 2006 Sell This Version
SMBCD385 The Modern Lovers The Modern Lovers(CD, Album, RE, RM, Dig) Sanctuary Midline SMBCD385 Europe 2006 Sell This Version
02182-36294-2 The Modern Lovers The Modern Lovers(CD, Album, RE, RM) Sanctuary Records 02182-36294-2 US 2007 Sell This Version
4M523 The Modern Lovers The Modern Lovers(LP, Album, RE) 4 Men With Beards 4M523 US 2009 Sell This Version
BMG15055V The Modern Lovers The Modern Lovers(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, S/Edition, Blu) Sanctuary Records, BMG BMG15055V US 2015 Sell This Version
BMG15055V The Modern Lovers The Modern Lovers(LP, Album, RE) BMG BMG15055V US 2015 Sell This Version
MOVLP1681 The Modern Lovers The Modern Lovers (LP, Album, RE, 180) BMG, Music On Vinyl MOVLP1681 Europe 2016 Sell This Version
MOVLP1681 The Modern Lovers The Modern Lovers(LP, Album, Ltd, Num, RE, Whi) BMG, Music On Vinyl MOVLP1681 Europe 2016 Sell This Version
R2 70091 The Modern Lovers The Modern Lovers(CD, Album, RE, RM) Beserkley, Rhino Records (2) R2 70091 US Unknown Sell This Version
CMQCD 782 The Modern Lovers The Modern Lovers(CD, Album, RE, RM, RP) Castle Music CMQCD 782 UK & Europe Unknown Sell This Version
BZ 0050 The Modern Lovers The Modern Lovers(LP, Album, RE) Beserkley BZ 0050 UK Unknown Sell This Version
BZ-0050 The Modern Lovers The Modern Lovers(LP, Album, RE, Unofficial) Home Of The Hits (3) BZ-0050 Europe Unknown Sell This Version

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jon.torrez.3

jon.torrez.3

May 1, 2018
referencing The Modern Lovers , LP, Album, RE, 180, MOVLP1681

If anyone is wondering about this reissue then here you go. It's affordable brand new and most record stores can get it from their distro at ease. It sounds fantastic and much more dynamic than any digital version I've heard (as it should be). My only real gripe, and it could just be bad luck on my end, is that there appears to be some sort of gunk stuck on the last few grooves of side B. The source of this gunk is likely from whatever adhesive is used to keep the inner sleeve together. I've had this issue in the past with a few records. I don't always suggest you do this, but a little (and I mean a seriously SERIOUSLY small amount) of Goo Gone will usually clear that up. Anywho. I love you all. Cheers.
TomMegginson

TomMegginson

February 25, 2018
referencing The Modern Lovers, LP, Album, RE, RM, RNLP 70091

Bought this new in 1987. Still play it all the time!
widbnetwork

widbnetwork

November 4, 2017
referencing The Modern Lovers, LP, Album, RE, RM, RNLP 70091
I never knew at the time that this Rhino reissue included additional tracks, I just snatched it up because, at the time, (1988) Rolling Stone had included it (probably the original release) in its very first list of (what they considered) the 500 best rock LPs, and I felt lucky to have found a copy. If you can score one, consider yourself just as lucky. And enjoy the fuck out of it because it is awesome.
WRAITHLET

WRAITHLET

September 30, 2017
referencing The Modern Lovers, LP, Album, RE, BMG15055V
This is a really nice and clear sounding pressing of their classic album.
chrissy.winter

chrissy.winter

October 6, 2016
referencing The Modern Lovers, LP, Album, Ltd, Num, RE, Whi, MOVLP1681

Excellent pressing, quality sound - A mutha-fudging brilliant record. I do wish they provided a digital download option with it though..
ahcidpolice

ahcidpolice

January 18, 2016
referencing The Modern Lovers, LP, Album, BZ-0050
My copy has the same matrix numbers as yours listed (and is also made in Canada), but it shows 9380-0050 on the spine and on the back cover. Also, no mention of Quality Records, just GRT and Berserkley on the back. Do you think it's the same version, or a different press?
shakingstreet

shakingstreet

November 27, 2015
referencing The Modern Lovers, LP, Album, HH-1910
Totally a seminal rock record, even more impressive when you realise that the are essentially 1971 songs, produced in the studio with wizard genius John Cale in early 1972, going unreleased for 4 years! Way ahead of its time, if you place it in its true time context. An all-time favourite.
jmczaja

jmczaja

September 30, 2015
referencing The Modern Lovers, LP, Album, Ltd, RE, S/Edition, Blu, BMG15055V

At this point I don't think this record needs a music review. I just wanted to comment that this is a very nice sounding pressing of this record. Much better than my "Beserkley" pressing. It's a shame that it doesn't have the 3 extra tracks that the Rhino edition has but i suppose it keeps things authentic!
MarshallConn

MarshallConn

August 25, 2014
referencing The Modern Lovers, LP, Album, RE, RM, RNLP 70091

This is the best version of The Modern Lovers, bringing together all of the great tracks and leaving out a couple of the more... well, boring ones. This release also includes great bio information about the band on the sleeve, and what a cover! Seeing Talking Heads' Jerry Harrison with all that hair is pretty great.