Various ‎– Lonely Is An Eyesore

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CAD 703 Various Lonely Is An Eyesore(LP, Comp) 4AD CAD 703 UK 1987 Sell This Version
CAD 703 CD Various Lonely Is An Eyesore(CD, Comp) 4AD CAD 703 CD UK 1987 Sell This Version
33CY-1736 Various Lonely Is An Eyesore(CD, Comp) 4AD 33CY-1736 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
CADX 703 Various Lonely Is An Eyesore(CD, Comp + LP, Comp + Cass, Comp + VHS, Comp + Box) 4AD CADX 703 UK 1987 Sell This Version
832 619-4 Various Lonely Is An Eyesore(Cass, Album, Comp) Vertigo 832 619-4 Canada 1987 Sell This Version
CAD C 703 Various Lonely Is An Eyesore(Cass, Comp) 4AD CAD C 703 UK 1987 Sell This Version
TC-VG 50342 Various Lonely Is An Eyesore(Cass, Comp) 4AD TC-VG 50342 Greece 1987 Sell This Version
CAD C 703 Various Lonely Is An Eyesore(Cass, Comp, Cle) 4AD CAD C 703 UK 1987 Sell This Version
CAD D 703, CAD 703 Various Lonely Is An Eyesore(LP, Album, Comp, Ltd, Promo, TP) 4AD, 4AD CAD D 703, CAD 703 UK 1987 Sell This Version
832 619-1 Various Lonely Is An Eyesore(LP, Comp) Vertigo, 4AD 832 619-1 Canada 1987 Sell This Version
70535 Various Lonely Is An Eyesore(LP, Comp) 4AD 70535 France 1987 Sell This Version
DG-214 Various Lonely Is An Eyesore(LP, Comp) DG Discos DG-214 Argentina 1987 Sell This Version
SX-T 145 Various Lonely Is An Eyesore(LP, Comp) Tonpress SX-T 145 Poland 1987 Sell This Version
CAD D 703, 832 619-1 Various Lonely Is An Eyesore(LP, Comp) 4AD, 4AD CAD D 703, 832 619-1 Canada 1987 Sell This Version
CAD 703 Various Lonely Is An Eyesore(LP, Comp) 4AD, Stiletto CAD 703 Brazil 1987 Sell This Version
YX7432 Various Lonely Is An Eyesore(LP, Comp) 4AD YX7432 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
CAD D 703 Various Lonely Is An Eyesore(LP, Comp, Ltd) 4AD CAD D 703 UK 1987 Sell This Version
YX7432 Various Lonely Is An Eyesore(LP, Comp, Promo) 4AD YX7432 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
CAD 703 Various Lonely Is An Eyesore(LP, Comp, TP) 4AD CAD 703 UK 1987 Sell This Version
VAD 703 Various Lonely Is An Eyesore(VHS, Comp, NTSC) 4AD VAD 703 US 1987 Sell This Version
VAD 703 Various Lonely Is An Eyesore(VHS, Comp, PAL) 4AD VAD 703 UK 1987 Sell This Version
VG 50342, CAD 703 Various Lonely Is An Eyesore(LP, Comp) Virgin, 4AD VG 50342, CAD 703 Greece 1988 Sell This Version
GA-231 Various Lonely Is An Eyesore(LP, Comp) Grabaciones Accidentales GA-231 Spain 1988 Sell This Version
CY-4505 Various Lonely Is An Eyesore(CD, Comp) 4AD CY-4505 Japan 1990 Sell This Version
GAD 703 CD Various Lonely Is An Eyesore(CD, Comp, RP) 4AD GAD 703 CD UK 1998 Sell This Version
none Various Lonely Is An Eyesore(CD, Comp, RP) 4AD none US 1998 Sell This Version
WPCB-20012 Various Lonely Is An Eyesore(CD, Comp, RE) 4AD WPCB-20012 Japan 2008 Sell This Version
CAD 703 CD, SON 74 Various Lonely Is An Eyesore(CD, Comp, RE) 4AD, Sonic Records (2) CAD 703 CD, SON 74 Poland Unknown Sell This Version
SONC 74 Various Lonely Is An Eyesore(Cass, Comp) Sonic Records (2), 4AD SONC 74 Poland Unknown Sell This Version

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maxal

maxal

April 21, 2018
referencing Lonely Is An Eyesore, CD, Comp + LP, Comp + Cass, Comp + VHS, Comp + Box, CADX 703
. . . actually, it looks as though it may be oak . . .
maxal

maxal

April 21, 2018
referencing Lonely Is An Eyesore, CD, Comp + LP, Comp + Cass, Comp + VHS, Comp + Box, CADX 703
It's time to reassess this monolithic clunk of a collector's piece. How does it bear to time? I am an avid fan of 4AD. Cocteau Twins, DCD, Colourbox, X-mal Deutschland, Frazier Chorus, Richenel (yes, love the single), Lydia Lunch and Howard's Some Velvet Morning (stunning). I pretty much love most of the 80's 90's 4AD output. Then also odd ones from the latter period: Vinnie Miller is exceptional. So, I write the below with experience of 4AD collecting and listening.

I have just written something on the Clan of Xymox promo single, Muscoviet Musquito, and it made me rethink this Lonely Is an Eyesore 'anthology' project. Of course, for decades I wanted the full box set. I pined over the pine box, the lavish artwork for every format . . . even the V&A have a copy!!! It seemed the pine box was a must-have 4AD item which would forever elude . . .

Time heals all wounds. Now I think, "So what?" I don't want it now. And I am not saying this all acid, bitter and sad on the outskirts of dejection. I haven't space for the clunky item, and the pine looks a bit raw, like crate material, not a wood to cherish - I'm not sure how it will age and it looks splinteringly dangerous. The item is too big for its contents.

And what of the contents? The sound?

Hot Doggie is a great opening track, full of excitement, creating genuine anticipation for the rest of the album. It's a glorious Colourbox track worthy of Colourbox's singular album. But then that's pretty much it. The rest of the album is a bit of a let down, there aren't any other key tracks. Lonely Is an Eyesore managed to live up to its name, including mediocre tracks from all the rest of the featured artists. I love 4AD, but Lonely Is an Eyesore is one of my least played albums. So, no, I don't want a huge pine crate with all its untouched formats reminding me of that.

If the first This Mortal Coil album had had a special presentation set (but again, probably not in the pine box - to be honest, I never liked that cheap cofin), it would have stood the test of time. 4AD is a powerhouse of innovative music, most of which is worth playing and which hopefully will continue to inspire.

The above might sound bitchy. I don't mean it to. I write it because the sentiment surprises me too - I never envisaged I would come to have this opinion and it's important to give things their rightful place. Apart from all the individual 4AD albums and singles, far too many to list here, Lilliput, the boxed Mortal Coil, Colourbox, Pixies and DCDs - these are far more worthy of representing 4AD's high achievement in both sound and packaging.
medfly70

medfly70

December 8, 2017
referencing Lonely Is An Eyesore, CD, Comp + LP, Comp + Cass, Comp + VHS, Comp + Box, CADX 703
I remember holding one in my hands when it came out. If I only knew then.
brian.shanks.54

brian.shanks.54

February 20, 2015
referencing Lonely Is An Eyesore, LP, Comp, CAD 703
Great compilation, well worth buying.
guetig-gerechtig

guetig-gerechtig

August 2, 2014
referencing Lonely Is An Eyesore, CD, Comp + LP, Comp + Cass, Comp + VHS, Comp + Box, CADX 703
Before, I always wanted to know what kind of a mythical wooden box. And now I can see what kind of an ugly thing. I would neither have taken this monster instead of DCD, lol.
sonarcotik

sonarcotik

March 22, 2014
referencing Lonely Is An Eyesore, LP, Comp, 70535
It exist a limited edition box in vinyl with a booklet included with liner notes informations, lyrics and the entire 4AD' catalogue ending in 1987.
ianmacd

ianmacd

January 3, 2014
referencing Lonely Is An Eyesore, CD, Comp + LP, Comp + Cass, Comp + VHS, Comp + Box, CADX 703
I wanted one of these at the time, but couldn't afford the ₤100 that was being asked.

Does anyone know why Dead Can Dance wouldn't accept their copies? I know they weren't happy with the video for 'The Protagonist', but that seems unlikely to be the reason.
redscaretrance

redscaretrance

August 19, 2012
referencing Lonely Is An Eyesore, CD, Comp, CAD 703 CD

"Muscoviet Mosquito" is on it.

"Acid, Bitter and Sad" is on it.

Fucking "Crushed" is on it for crying out loud.

Just buy it. It is, as another review has said, an excellent compilation of early 4AD at its apogee.
Merfie

Merfie

November 9, 2011
edited over 7 years ago
referencing Lonely Is An Eyesore, CD, Comp, CAD 703 CD

For me, this is one of the best compilations ever! I've heard it for the first time when I was still studying (about 20 years ago) and had lent it from the library. I was totally overwhelmed by the intense atmosphere of it. Especially the 2 songs from Dead Can Dance blew me away and I used to play them over and over, sitting in the dark to fully enjoy them. Also Clan Of Xymox' Muscoviet Mosquito made me instantly fall in love with this great band. (together with Dead Can Dance, still one of my alltime favourites)
Afterwards, I've been looking for it time and again in music stores (in vain) untill I could finally get hold of it online. Even now - 20 years later - when I listen to this CD, I get carried away on these "cold waves". When you're into dark, atmoshperic music, don't hesitate to buy this.