FeltForever Breathes The Lonely Word

Label:Creation Records – CRE LP 011
Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo
Genre:Rock, Pop
Style:Indie Pop, Jangle Pop


A1Rain Of Crystal Spires3:54
A2Down But Not Yet Out3:35
A3September Lady3:43
A4Grey Streets3:45
B1All The People I Like Are Those That Are Dead5:09
B2Gather Up Your Wings And Fly3:53
B3A Wave Crashed On Rocks2:51
B4Hours Of Darkness Have Changed My Mind4:44

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Includes a lyric insert printed to one side only.

Track A3 is not mentioned on back sleeve track listing.

[on back sleeve]
Distribution Cartel
A Creation Artefact

[on insert]
Guarantee of authenticity: any similarity to songs already written is purely coincidental.
Lawrence's songs coloured in by the band.

[on labels]
A Creation Artefact
℗ 1986 Creation Records
© 1986 Complete Music Ltd.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, stamped, etched, variant 1): CRELP 011 A-1U-1-1 0 Sound Clinic
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, stamped, etched, variant 1): CRELP 011 B-1U-1-1 0 JONZ
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, stamped, etched, variant 2): CRELP 011 A-1U-1-1-2 Sound Clinic
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, stamped, etched, variant 2): CRELP 011 B-1U-1-1-2 JONZ

Other Versions (5 of 17)

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Forever Breathes The Lonely Word (LP, Album)Rough TradeRTD-CRE 3-41Germany1986
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Forever Breathes The Lonely Word (LP, Album)MegadiscMD 7954Europe1986
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Forever Breathes The Lonely Word (LP, Album, Promo, White Label)Creation RecordsCRE LP 011UK1986
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Forever Breathes The Lonely Word (LP, Album, White Label)Rough TradeRTD-CRE 3-41Germany1986
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Forever Breathes The Lonely Word (LP, Album)Vap35510-20Japan1987



  • bridgesmadeofsand's avatar
    This is my favorite record of all that I own. I have an original vinyl copy that I've owned for about 20 years. When I first heard this record in the spring of 2000 I could not believe what I was hearing. It felt like something inside my head had totally rearranged. Lawrence sounds cooler than Bob Dylan does on Highway 61 Revisited. He sounds kind of like a Lou Reed from the suburbs. Much more shut-in and private, which I guess is part of the reason for the aura of mystery around this record. The guitars on "September Lady" sound like autumn leaves falling in a crystal sunlight. The production, the singing, the bass and guitars, all make this an immaculate pop artifact that sounds now as fresh as it sounded 20 years ago. It's every bit the pop masterpiece that Pet Sounds is. I think 50 years from now this record will be appreciated as one of the great records from the rock music era, alongside Closer, Forever Changes, and Slanted and Enchanted, these are its peers. For me what sets Forever Breathes apart from the other masterpieces is that it sounds like it came from nowhere and from no time in particular, not from a scene, not from the 80s, not from a specific city or nation, but from an internal anglophone dreamworld. Incredible.
    • tony879's avatar
      ‘September Lady’ on this. Just an exceptional autumnal jangle of sheer beauty. Overall it’s a brilliant record
      • CARF's avatar
        Probably my favorite Felt album. Reissues of the final 5 albums coming sept. 21st! Wallet already hurt!!
        • mundayschild's avatar
          Edited 8 years ago
          Sounds nothing like the ersatz Soul moves of Lloyd Cole.
          Felt have always sounded a little like Lou Reed and Mark E Smith fronting Television with a bit of this and that thrown in.
          Deebank left and the sound changed as Duffy joined, both are sides of the same coin.
          Personally I love the Cherry Red Felt but it's different for everyone.
          • Anthonyatlas's avatar
            I concur with LordRockingham here. This record is definitive later Felt. An ecstatic, unrivaled album with few stylistic precedents. I'll never forget listening to it on the headphones for the first time...blissful! Ushered in new brainwaves and a new favorite band.
            • Numanoid's avatar
              Edited 10 years ago
              I had to check twice that I wasn't listening to a Lloyd Cole & The Commotions record. Quite different from their debut "Crumbling The Antiseptic Beauty" that was more in the vein of The Durutti Column/China Crisis. Maybe not so strange that Felt never quite managed to break through, as they couldn't find a voice of their own.


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