The TheMind Bomb

Label:Epic – FE 45241, Epic – E 45241
Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo
Style:Alternative Rock


A1Good Morning Beautiful..
Harmonica [Electric]Mark Feltham
KeyboardsWarne Livesey
PercussionPandit Dinesh
Piano, TapeMatt Johnson
Tenor SaxophoneChris White, Phil Todd
VoiceEsme Livesey
A2Armageddon Days Are Here (Again)
Acoustic BassJames Eller
Arranged By, Written-By, BanjoWarne Livesey
Choir [Leader]John McArthey*
Fiddle, Conductor [Strings]Gavin Wright*
A3The Violence Of Truth
EngineerDave Powell
Harmonica [Electric]Mark Feltham
Organ [Hammond]Wix
A4Kingdom Of Rain
Acoustic Guitar, KeyboardsMatt Johnson, Warne Livesey
BongosPedro Haldemann
CongasDanny Cummings
VocalsSinéad O'Connor
B1The Beat(en) Generation
Acoustic GuitarMatt Johnson, Warne Livesey
HarmonicaMark Feltham
Harmonica [Additional]Johnny Marr
B2August & September
Arranged By, ConductorAndrew Poppy
Bass ClarinetDal Pritchard*
ClarinetSarah Homer
Conductor [Strings]Elizabeth Perry (2)
Double Bass [Upright Bass]Danny Thompson
OboeHilary Storer
B3Gravitate To Me
EngineerBruce Lampcov
Keyboards, MelodicaMatt Johnson
Percussion [Water]Pedro Haldemann
TromboneAshley Slater
B4Beyond Love
FlugelhornJohn Eacott
Organ [Hammond]Wix

Companies, etc.



Inner sleeve with lyrics, credits and photo.
Direct Metal Mastering

Some copies have a gold "FOR PROMOTION ONLY ownership Reserved by CBS Sale Is Unlawful" stamp on the back, as well as a sticker stating "EXPLICIT LYRICS PARENTAL ADVISORY 08836-81"

Some copies were sold in Canada with a sticker on the back shrink wrap that reads "Imported and distributed by CBS Music Products Inc." ... "NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION OR SALE OUTSIDE CANADA"

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 0 7464 - 45241 - 1
  • Barcode (Scanned): 074644524116
  • Matrix / Runout: AL 45241
  • Matrix / Runout: BL 45241
  • Rights Society: ASCAP
  • Rights Society: BMI
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1 side A runout, etched): AL-45241-1A G1 MASTERDISK DMM B1
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1 side B runout, etched): BL-45241-1A DMM C2
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2 side A runout, etched): AL-45241-1A G1 MASTERDISK DMM A3
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2 side B runout, etched): BL-45241-1A G1 A5 ↓
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 3 side A runout, etched): AL-45241-1A G1 MASTERDISK DMM A7
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 3 side B runout, etched): BL-45241-1A G1 A1
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 4 side A runout, etched): AL-45241-1A G1 MASTERDISK DMM A5
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 4 side B runout, etched): BL-45241-1A G1 B1 DMM ↓
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 5 side A runout, etched): AL-45241-1A G1 MASTERDISK DMM A8
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 5 side B runout, etched): BL-45241-1A G2 A2
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 6 side A runout, etched): AL-45241-1A G2 MASTERDISK DMM B4
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 6 side B runout, etched): BL-45241-1A G2 A2

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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Mind Bomb (CD, Album, Stereo)Epic, Some Bizzare463319 2Europe1989
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Mind Bomb (CD, Album)EpicEK 45241US1989
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Mind Bomb (LP, Album, Limited Edition, Stereo)Epic, Some Bizzare463319 1UK & Europe1989
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Mind Bomb (LP, Album, Stereo)Epic, Some Bizzare463319 1Europe1989
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Mind Bomb (Cassette, Album, Chrome)Epic, Some Bizzare463319 4Europe1989


  • vinyljunkie1966's avatar
    Edited 2 years ago
    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!
    • colin86325's avatar
      I have a promotional US copy with "DMM" in the deadwax. Were all copies DMM?
      • Mighty-Hood's avatar
        Unequivocally a fine album in my opinion - and as for Johnny Marr, have another listen to 'Beyond Love'...
        • rafboy's avatar
          Edited 12 years ago
          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.



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