Formed from the ashes of Bauhaus
, Love And Rockets took their inspiration not from former Goth front man Peter Murphy, but from the psychedelic visions of Pink Floyd
main man Syd Barrett. Arriving, as they did, in the mid-1980s, Love And Rockets were able to employ contemporary technology and studio wizardry to update the original concept, and this debut album found them at their creative zenith, conjuring strange sounds--just listen to the scratchy, rasping solo that shatters the flow of the opening track "If There's A Heaven Above"--with an unmistakably English vibe. The time probably wasn't right for their particular brand of spaced-out rock but, in retrospect, Seventh Dream Of Teenage Heaven
comes across not as a simple act of homage, but as a genuinely new hybrid, informed by an awareness of soul, pop, prog-rock (and yes, Goth), pre-dating the genre-mixing that became so common in the decade that followed. Making this re-issue even more appealing is the inclusion of four UK single mixes, and a brace of transatlantic mixes that would otherwise take months to track down in the world's rare record emporiums. --Johnny Black
UK reissue of their classic 1985 debut album, lovingly remastered by the original producer John A. Rivers. Includes 20page book with expanded artwork and new notes by David J and six bonus tracks, 'Ball Of Confusion 12'' (UK Mix), 'Inside The Outside' (B-side BOC), 'If There's A Heaven Above' (UK12'), 'God And Mr. Smith' (B-side Heaven), 'Haunted When The Minutes Drag' (USA Mix) and 'If There's A Heaven Above' (Canada Mix). Standard jewelcase. 2000 release.