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Good Morning Beautiful 7:31
Armageddon Days Are Here (Again) 5:40
The Violence Of Truth 5:41
Kingdom Of Rain 5:54
The Beat(en) Generation 3:07
August & September 5:46
Gravitate To Me 8:11
Beyond Love 4:19

Versions (50)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
463319 2 The The Mind Bomb(CD, Album) Epic, Some Bizzare 463319 2 Europe 1989 Sell This Version
463319 4 The The Mind Bomb (Cass, Album) Epic 463319 4 Greece 1989 Sell This Version
EPA2022.4, EPA 2022.4 The The Mind Bomb (Cass, Dol) Epic Records Hong Kong, Epic Records Hong Kong EPA2022.4, EPA 2022.4 Hong Kong 1989 Sell This Version
463319 2 The The Mind Bomb(CD, Album) Epic, Some Bizzare 463319 2 Australia 1989 Sell This Version
EK-45241 The The Mind Bomb(CD, Album) Epic EK-45241 Canada 1989 Sell This Version
EK 45241 The The Mind Bomb(CD, Album) Epic EK 45241 US 1989 Sell This Version
25・8P-5286 The The Mind Bomb(CD, Album) Epic 25・8P-5286 Japan 1989 Sell This Version
EK 45241 The The Mind Bomb(CD, Album, Pit) Epic EK 45241 US 1989 Sell This Version
none The The Mind Bomb(Cass, Advance) CBS Studios, London none UK 1989 Sell This Version
4633194, B-180 The The Mind Bomb(Cass, Album) Epic, Uzelli 4633194, B-180 Turkey 1989 Sell This Version
EPC 463319 4, 463319 4 The The Mind Bomb(Cass, Album) Epic, Epic EPC 463319 4, 463319 4 Spain 1989 Sell This Version
EPC 463319 1, 463319 1 The The Mind Bomb(Cass, Album) Suzy, Epic EPC 463319 1, 463319 1 Yugoslavia 1989 Sell This Version
4633194, E-0660689 The The Mind Bomb(Cass, Album) Epic, King's Ind. 4633194, E-0660689 Indonesia 1989 Sell This Version
463319 4 The The Mind Bomb(Cass, Album) Epic, Some Bizzare 463319 4 1989 Sell This Version
77.178, 4-463319 The The Mind Bomb(Cass, Album) Epic, Epic 77.178, 4-463319 Brazil 1989 Sell This Version
FET 45241 The The Mind Bomb(Cass, Album) Epic FET 45241 Canada 1989 Sell This Version
463319 4 The The Mind Bomb(Cass, Album, Chr) Epic, Some Bizzare 463319 4 Europe 1989 Sell This Version
463319 4 The The Mind Bomb(Cass, Album, Dol) Epic, Some Bizzare 463319 4 UK 1989 Sell This Version
FET 45241, ET45241 The The Mind Bomb(Cass, Album, Dol) Epic, Epic FET 45241, ET45241 US 1989 Sell This Version
EN-2987 The The Mind Bomb(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Thomsun Original EN-2987 United Arab Emirates 1989 Sell This Version
463319 1 The The Mind Bomb(LP, Advance, Album, W/Lbl) Epic 463319 1 UK 1989 Sell This Version
FE 45241, E 45241 The The Mind Bomb(LP, Album) Epic, Epic FE 45241, E 45241 US 1989 Sell This Version
KSF 3272 The The Mind Bomb(LP, Album) Epic KSF 3272 South Africa 1989 Sell This Version
177.178/1-463319, 177.178, 1-463319 The The Mind Bomb(LP, Album) Epic, Epic, Epic 177.178/1-463319, 177.178, 1-463319 Brazil 1989 Sell This Version
EPC 463319 1, 463319 1 The The Mind Bomb(LP, Album) Suzy, Epic EPC 463319 1, 463319 1 Yugoslavia 1989 Sell This Version
EPC 463319 1, 463319 1 The The Mind Bomb(LP, Album) Epic, Epic EPC 463319 1, 463319 1 Spain 1989 Sell This Version
463319 1 The The Mind Bomb(LP, Album) Epic, Some Bizzare 463319 1 Israel 1989 Sell This Version
463319 1 The The Mind Bomb(LP, Album) Epic, Some Bizzare 463319 1 UK 1989 Sell This Version
463319 1 The The Mind Bomb(LP, Album) Epic, Some Bizzare 463319 1 Australia 1989 Sell This Version
463319 1, 01-463319-10 The The Mind Bomb(LP, Album) Epic, Some Bizzare 463319 1, 01-463319-10 Greece 1989 Sell This Version
463319 1 The The Mind Bomb(LP, Album) Epic, Some Bizzare 463319 1 Europe 1989 Sell This Version
FE 45241, E 45241 The The Mind Bomb(LP, Album) Epic, Epic FE 45241, E 45241 US 1989 Sell This Version
463319 1 The The Mind Bomb(LP, Album, Ltd) Epic 463319 1 Europe 1989 Sell This Version
463319 1 The The Mind Bomb(LP, Album, Ltd) Epic 463319 1 UK 1989 Sell This Version
4633191 The The Mind Bomb(LP, Album, W/Lbl) Epic 4633191 UK 1989 Sell This Version
5-1743 The The Mind bomb(Cass, Unofficial) Not On Label (The The) 5-1743 Thailand 1989 Sell This Version
EICP 7061 The The Mind Bomb(CD, Album, Promo, RE) Epic EICP 7061 Japan 2002 Sell This Version
5044672000 The The Mind Bomb(CD, Album, RE) Epic 5044672000 UK 2002 Sell This Version
5044672000 The The Mind Bomb(CD, Album, RE, RM) Epic 5044672000 Australia 2002 Sell This Version
EICP 7061 The The Mind Bomb(CD, Album, RE, RM) Epic EICP 7061 Japan 2002 Sell This Version
504467 2 The The Mind Bomb(CD, Album, RE, RM, O-c) Epic, Lazarus 504467 2 Europe 2002 Sell This Version
EK 86616 The The Mind Bomb(CD, Album, RM) Epic, Legacy EK 86616 Canada 2002 Sell This Version
EK 86616 The The Mind Bomb(CD, Album, RM) Epic, Legacy EK 86616 US 2002 Sell This Version
EK 86616 The The Mind Bomb(CD, Album, RE, RM) Epic, Legacy EK 86616 US 2008 Sell This Version
463319 2 The The Mind Bomb(CD, Album, RE) Epic, Some Bizzare 463319 2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
463319 2 The The Mind Bomb(CD, Album, RE) Epic, Some Bizzare 463319 2 Australia Unknown Sell This Version
463319 2, EPC 463319 2 The The Mind Bomb(CD, Album, RE, RP) Epic, Some Bizzare, Epic, Some Bizzare 463319 2, EPC 463319 2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
K 156 The The Mind Bomb(Cass, Album, Unofficial) TOP music (2) K 156 Poland Unknown Sell This Version
Bb-7035 The The Mind Bomb(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Bajo Bongo Bb-7035 Poland Unknown Sell This Version
MG 2791-1672 The The Mind Bomb(Cass, Album, Unofficial) MG Records (2) MG 2791-1672 Poland Unknown Sell This Version

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vinyljunkie1966

vinyljunkie1966

January 4, 2020
edited 9 months ago
referencing Mind Bomb, LP, Album, FE 45241, E 45241

The The - “Mind Bomb” (Epic 1989)

Anyone that loves Matt Johnson and his visionary musical project AND who is also an avowed audiophile knows that this album is an absolute top notch aural wet dream to hear on a great system! Personally, I think it stands as one of the best recorded albums out there. Matt’s eloquently sharp vocabulary and the imagery he portrays with his music and lyrics is captivating and often a deep ride into his heart, soul and mind exposing one epiphany after another with his mini-movie like compositions. For this third album he actually put together an absolutely stellar band that stuck with him for a couple tours and another LP which included the great Johnny Marr who’s input here is immeasurably exquisite! His harmonica playing is just as prominent as his guitar licks throughout the whole album. As a huge fan of the Smiths that had broken up 2 years earlier this was an unbelievably fantastic dream come true. The theme of this album is undeniably about religion and it’s control it has on the (then) 5.1 billion of us around the world. 31 years and 2.5 billion more humans later these songs still resonate with meaning more than ever with tracks like the opener “Good Morning, Beautiful” that also has one of the most gorgeous sound-stages in recorded music. The mimicking “Ballroom Blitz” intro with “Are you ready Jesus? Buddha? Mohammed? Well alright fellas, let’s go!” for “Armageddon Days Are Here (Again)” is so cynically clever! The album does veer off the subject slightly with a wonderfully dark duet about distressed love with Sinead O’Connor’s passionate vocals on “Kingdom Of Rain”. This album also features one of the best songs written for a then youthful Generation X with the ironic toe tapper “The Beat(en) Generation” which also features one of Johnny Marr’s most memorable harmonica licks too! This original US pressing is one of my favourite and best sounding albums in my collection and I highly recommend seeking it out even if you can only find the CD. Mind blown!
whitespyder

whitespyder

December 5, 2019
referencing Mind Bomb, LP, Album, 463319 1
I'm always wondering if these late 80's (when CDs & their digital mastering was starting to be the rule) LP releases are worth buying VS a cheap original CD. Any insight for those who have both?
vitbabenco

vitbabenco

March 29, 2016
referencing Mind Bomb, CD, Album, EK 45241

King in the Realm of Rain
Do you want to live a life of anguish and sorrow? Do you want to visit the kingdom of sadness and pain? If the answer is positive then Mind Bomb is created just for you. Musically the album is fantastic: Johnny Marr on lead guitar, drummer guru David Palmer at drums, saxophone and clarinet, trombone and oboe, Hammond organ and harmonica - and all this plenitude is just a background to Matt Johnson's tortured vocals of Christian martyr. Lyrically Mind Bomb is even better, like some prisoner of conscience Matt Johnson attacks us with eternal questions: "We are pushed onto our knees to worship or to damn? Those are the rules of religion" or calls us like a siren: "I am the lighthouse. I am the sea. I am the air that you breathe. Gravitate to me". And the hymn of lost love "Kingdom of Rain" sung in a duet with Sinead O'Connor is a special delight: "Our bed is empty. The fire is out. And all the love we've got to give has all spurted out. There's no more blood. And no more pain. In our kingdom of rain". So Mind Bomb remains one of the brightest stars in the skies of intellectual rock.
colin86325

colin86325

October 8, 2015
referencing Mind Bomb, LP, Album, FE 45241, E 45241
I have a promotional US copy with "DMM" in the deadwax. Were all copies DMM?
Mighty-Hood

Mighty-Hood

January 18, 2015
referencing Mind Bomb, LP, Album, FE 45241, E 45241
Unequivocally a fine album in my opinion - and as for Johnny Marr, have another listen to 'Beyond Love'...
davisuk

davisuk

October 19, 2014
referencing Mind Bomb, LP, Album, Ltd, 463319 1

Preachy and obvious. I wonder sometimes how The The got such a great reputation when their material is musically weak and lyrically adolescent. Johnny Marr plays on this apparently - although it could be anyone, none of Marr's trademark playing is evident. Well produced, but as the saying goes "you can't polish a turd".
d.teil

d.teil

October 20, 2013
referencing Mind Bomb, LP, Album, Ltd, 463319 1
also available as lim. edition with poster.
mikaul

mikaul

September 12, 2013
referencing Mind Bomb, LP, Album, 463319 1

Classic album, never sounded as good as it does here. Astonishingly dynamic, quiet-playing, top-quality pressing, highly recommended.
rafboy

rafboy

February 4, 2010
edited over 11 years ago
referencing Mind Bomb, LP, Album, FE 45241, E 45241
One of Matt Johnson's best releases. Given the caliber of his releases up to and including the excellent 'Dusk', that's truly saying something.
Both the sonic and impassioned resonance of this album grips you by the throat, by the spine, by the heart and lines you up for an aural punch you won't forget.
From the snarling visceral "Good Morning Beautiful" to the nihilistically prophetic toe-tapper (written 21 years ago, folks) of "Armageddon Days are Here (Again)" to the sweaty exhibition of a doomed relationship in "Kingdom Of Rain" to the resigned acceptance of mediocrity in "The Beat(en) Generation"- this caresses your head as it fondles your base emotions.
The stand out cut (in my opinion... obviously) is "August & September". In addition to cutting its own heart out, it cuts yours out as well (if you've ever lived in that same space) and chokes it back with a grimace and tears in its eyes.
The album trails at the end. "Gravitate To Me", a good song, is rendered mediocre next to the excellent "August & September". I could have done without (the blahness of) "Beyond Love", or would much rather have preferred that Mr. Johnson left it off and put the excellent "Jealous Of Youth" on in its stead.
But that is the strength of the top three quarters of this album- it's enough to mark this as a classic.