THE VERVE The Verve E.P. (1992 US 5-track CD EP - the first multi-track release from the Indie idols and includes Gravity Grave A Man Called Sun Shes A Superstar Endless Life & Feel. The EP is issued with a great fold-out mini poster picture sleeve featuring all 4 band members with tracklisting and credits on the reverse with logo print disc! YARDCD1)
どうせなら1stのタイトル曲「All In The Mind」、カップリングの「One Way To Go」、3rdの「A Man Called Sun」と「Gravity Grave」の共にライヴ・ヴァージョンも含め、2曲のEditを通常ヴァージョンに戻し、年代順に入れればよかったのに、何故こんな中途半端なことをしたのか。
And gracious, this EP was a revelation. Verve seems to be operating in shoegazer mode here, with most tracks building patiently to somewhat of a sustained explosiveness, Nick McCabe's guitar phrasing varying between gossamer, levitational, sweeping, and intimate, and creating a fluid, organic sense of dynamic tension within each track, while Richard Ashcroft's vocals are languid, gliding dreamily through each song. Simon Jones and Pete Salisbury began laying down their insistent, lockstep grooves here, and it's clear that the band was already tapping into their enormous sense of potential. "She's A Superstar and "Gravity Grave" are the relatively uptempo tracks; the flute trilling during the later bridge of the latter track providing a nearly- psychedelic wrinkle while the notes seem to ooze lysergically in the build-up to the crescendos in the former. My personal favorite here is "A Man Called Sun", sounding, if the comparison could be made, like some sort of shoegazing pastoral, or a '90's update of Steve Miller's "Wild Mountain Honey". Both "Endless Life" and the epic "Feel" hint at "Beautiful Mind" and "Already There" from the sophomore "..Storm...", the nascent blueprint for both tracks underscored by an infectious sense of youthful enthusiasm. A definite and positively unqualified recommendation, and I strongly urge you to snag a copy if you're any sort of a fan of the band at all.
Here's what you'll get in alll
Gravity Grave - It's an epic recodring, with the trance-like bassline that Simon Jones gets into its clearly a danceable song. Nick Mccabe brings in the brilliant use of his guitar to full effect, with delay and reverb in tow. The overall sound of the guitarwork is incredible, i can't imagine a better guiotar player ever in history then Nick Mccabe. Also, the lyrics are just heavenly, "to me you're like a setting sun, you rise then you're gone." Richard Ashcroft again dazzles me with his vocals which are insanely perfect.
A Man Called Sun - Another brilliant track, this song is a clear example of the brilliant work that Nick Mccabe can do with a minimalistic approach. Richard Ashcroft sings with a silenced voice, he does that a lot on earlier Verve recording such as this and A Storm In Heaven, it adds to the atmosphere.
She's a Superstar - This is pure cosmic bliss. In a perfect world people would have been listening to this slow, surreal ballad instead of the grunge rock music. This is a gorgeous song full of beauty in shiny guitars and again vocals that are just epic. This isn't just a record, its already a classic, beating out anything before it and anything afterward.
Endless Life - A beautiful atmospheric tone introduces the song and takes you into a meditative state. The song gradually builds up to a climax and Verve are taking us for one wild journey. Rochard Ashcroft is singing very muted almost, but it adds once again to the aurreal effect, like it's happening before you and you're a part of it all.
Feel - The closing song is over 10 minutes in length, and incredible song in it's own right. The beautiful shimmer of Nick Mccabes gutiar work still clearly evident. Also the brilliant use of the id section where a funnel of feedback is sed to introduce the end, it just shows how experiemtnal this band was in their make- up.
Clearly put, the greatest EP release ever and a classic none can top, this is except for Verve.