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Pale Saints|The Comforts of Madness (30th Anniversary Reissue)

The Comforts of Madness (30th Anniversary Reissue)

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The shoegaze revival is upon us, so a revisit of the classics can only do a world of good. The first Pale Saints album, which came out in February 1990, is precisely a milestone record in the dream pop and shoegaze movement. For its 30th anniversary, it is being rereleased in a remastered deluxe version, in 24-Bit Hi-Res quality, adorned with never-before-heard demos. At the time, the 4AD label was living a sort of golden age with the establishment of the Cocteau Twins, Dead Can Dance, Throwing Muses, This Mortal Coil and of course Pixies. The record label headed by Ivo Watts-Russell kept their roster fresh by signing bands such as Belly, Lush and Pale Saints. The Leeds-based group, formed in the late-1980s, based the originality of their sound in the duality of singer Ian Masters’ delicate voice and the wall of sound created by the guitars carrying fairly pop melodies. Evanescent fury, raging daydreaming… in a way, this is the dichotomy of shoegaze. Gil Norton, who made a name for himself by producing Ocean Rain by Echo & the Bunnymen and Doolittle by Pixies, is in the mixing booth for five of the tracks, with John Fryer from This Mortal Coil covering the other half of the album. Once the album starts, the sound of this first Pale Saints opus is unmistakably Cocteau Twins or Jesus & Mary Chain. Some may even draw comparisons with My Bloody Valentine, despite their iconic Loveless coming out only a year and a half after Comforts of Madness in November 1991. More of a cult figure than he is given credit for, Ian Masters is more than just a run of the mill shoegaze singer: he knows how to orchestrate different rhythms and especially how to compose often-perfect pop songs, stringing them together so that the project as a whole feels like one single composition. This feeling is amplified by the absence of any gaps between the eleven tracks. Thirty years later, this masterpiece has not only not aged a bit, but stands out amongst its contemporaries. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz

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1
Way the World Is (Remastered)
00:02:39

Tim Davis, Engineer - John Fryer, Engineer - Chris Cooper, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Al clay, Engineer - Gil Norton, Producer - Ian Masters, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Pale Saints, MainArtist - Graeme Naysmith, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

2020 4AD Ltd 2019 4AD Ltd

2
You Tear the World in Two (Remastered)
00:03:01

Tim Davis, Engineer - John Fryer, Engineer - Chris Cooper, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Al clay, Engineer - Gil Norton, Producer - Ian Masters, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Pale Saints, MainArtist - Graeme Naysmith, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

2020 4AD Ltd 2019 4AD Ltd

3
Sea of Sound (Remastered)
00:05:52

Tim Davis, Engineer - John Fryer, Engineer - Chris Cooper, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Al clay, Engineer - Gil Norton, Producer - Ian Masters, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Pale Saints, MainArtist - Graeme Naysmith, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

2020 4AD Ltd 2019 4AD Ltd

4
True Coming Dream (Remastered)
00:02:29

Tim Davis, Engineer - John Fryer, Engineer - Chris Cooper, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Al clay, Engineer - Gil Norton, Producer - Ian Masters, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Pale Saints, MainArtist - Graeme Naysmith, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

2020 4AD Ltd 2019 4AD Ltd

5
Little Hammer (Remastered)
00:02:18

Tim Davis, Engineer - John Fryer, Engineer - Chris Cooper, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Al clay, Engineer - Gil Norton, Producer - Ian Masters, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Pale Saints, MainArtist - Graeme Naysmith, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

2020 4AD Ltd 2019 4AD Ltd

6
Insubstantial (Remastered)
00:04:19

Tim Davis, Engineer - John Fryer, Engineer - Chris Cooper, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Al clay, Engineer - Gil Norton, Producer - Ian Masters, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Pale Saints, MainArtist - Graeme Naysmith, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

2020 4AD Ltd 2019 4AD Ltd

7
A Deep Sleep for Steven (Remastered)
00:03:43

Tim Davis, Engineer - John Fryer, Engineer - Chris Cooper, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Al clay, Engineer - Gil Norton, Producer - Ian Masters, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Pale Saints, MainArtist - Graeme Naysmith, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

2020 4AD Ltd 2019 4AD Ltd

8
Language of Flowers (Remastered)
00:02:53

Tim Davis, Engineer - John Fryer, Engineer - Chris Cooper, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Al clay, Engineer - Gil Norton, Producer - Ian Masters, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Pale Saints, MainArtist - Graeme Naysmith, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

2020 4AD Ltd 2019 4AD Ltd

9
Fell from the Sun (Remastered)
00:04:46

Tim Davis, Engineer - John Fryer, Engineer - Chris Cooper, AssociatedPerformer - Al clay, Engineer - Gil Norton, Producer - Kendra Smith, ComposerLyricist - Ian Masters, AssociatedPerformer - Pale Saints, MainArtist - Graeme Naysmith, AssociatedPerformer

2020 4AD Ltd 2019 4AD Ltd

10
Sight of You (Remastered)
00:05:36

Tim Davis, Engineer - John Fryer, Engineer - Chris Cooper, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Al clay, Engineer - Gil Norton, Producer - Ian Masters, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Pale Saints, MainArtist - Graeme Naysmith, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

2020 4AD Ltd 2019 4AD Ltd

11
Time Thief (Remastered)
00:03:25

Tim Davis, Engineer - John Fryer, Engineer - Chris Cooper, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Al clay, Engineer - Gil Norton, Producer - Ian Masters, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Pale Saints, MainArtist - Graeme Naysmith, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

2020 4AD Ltd 2019 4AD Ltd

DISC 2

1
Sight of You (Original Woodhouse Studio Version - Remastered)
00:05:58

Tim Davis, Engineer - Chris Cooper, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Al clay, Engineer - Gil Norton, Producer - Ian Masters, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Pale Saints, MainArtist - Graeme Naysmith, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

2020 4AD Ltd 2019 4AD Ltd

2
Way the World Is (Woodhouse Studio LP Demo - Remastered)
00:02:01

Tim Davis, Engineer - Chris Cooper, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Al clay, Engineer - Gil Norton, Producer - Ian Masters, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Pale Saints, MainArtist - Graeme Naysmith, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

2020 4AD Ltd 2019 4AD Ltd

3
Language of Flowers (Woodhouse Studio LP Demo - Remastered)
00:02:47

Tim Davis, Engineer - Chris Cooper, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Al clay, Engineer - Gil Norton, Producer - Ian Masters, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Pale Saints, MainArtist - Graeme Naysmith, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

2020 4AD Ltd 2019 4AD Ltd

4
You Tear the World in Two (Woodhouse Studio LP Demo - Remastered)
00:02:33

Tim Davis, Engineer - Chris Cooper, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Al clay, Engineer - Gil Norton, Producer - Ian Masters, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Pale Saints, MainArtist - Graeme Naysmith, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

2020 4AD Ltd 2019 4AD Ltd

5
Fell from the Sun (Woodhouse Studio LP Demo - Remastered)
00:04:05

Tim Davis, Engineer - Chris Cooper, AssociatedPerformer - Al clay, Engineer - Gil Norton, Producer - Kendra Smith, ComposerLyricist - Ian Masters, AssociatedPerformer - Pale Saints, MainArtist - Graeme Naysmith, AssociatedPerformer

2020 4AD Ltd 2019 4AD Ltd

6
A Deep Sleep for Steven (Woodhouse Studio LP Demo - Remastered)
00:03:04

Tim Davis, Engineer - Chris Cooper, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Al clay, Engineer - Gil Norton, Producer - Ian Masters, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Pale Saints, MainArtist - Graeme Naysmith, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

2020 4AD Ltd 2019 4AD Ltd

7
Time Thief (Woodhouse Studio LP Demo - Remastered)
00:03:04

Tim Davis, Engineer - Chris Cooper, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Al clay, Engineer - Gil Norton, Producer - Ian Masters, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Pale Saints, MainArtist - Graeme Naysmith, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

2020 4AD Ltd 2019 4AD Ltd

8
Sea of Sound (Woodhouse Studio LP Demo - Remastered)
00:05:25

Tim Davis, Engineer - Chris Cooper, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Al clay, Engineer - Gil Norton, Producer - Ian Masters, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Pale Saints, MainArtist - Graeme Naysmith, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

2020 4AD Ltd 2019 4AD Ltd

9
Insubstantial (Woodhouse Studio LP Demo - Remastered)
00:03:21

Tim Davis, Engineer - Chris Cooper, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Al clay, Engineer - Gil Norton, Producer - Ian Masters, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Pale Saints, MainArtist - Graeme Naysmith, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

2020 4AD Ltd 2019 4AD Ltd

10
Little Hammer (Woodhouse Studio LP Demo - Remastered)
00:02:03

Tim Davis, Engineer - Chris Cooper, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Al clay, Engineer - Gil Norton, Producer - Ian Masters, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Pale Saints, MainArtist - Graeme Naysmith, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

2020 4AD Ltd 2019 4AD Ltd

11
True Coming Dream (Woodhouse Studio LP Demo - Remastered)
00:02:34

Tim Davis, Engineer - Chris Cooper, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Al clay, Engineer - Gil Norton, Producer - Ian Masters, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Pale Saints, MainArtist - Graeme Naysmith, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

2020 4AD Ltd 2019 4AD Ltd

12
She Rides the Waves (John Peel Sessions)
00:01:52

Chris Cooper, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ian Masters, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Pale Saints, MainArtist - Graeme Naysmith, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ashley Horner, AssociatedPerformer

2020 4AD Ltd 2019 4AD Ltd

13
You Tear the World in Two (John Peel Sessions)
00:02:36

Chris Cooper, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ian Masters, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Pale Saints, MainArtist - Graeme Naysmith, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ashley Horner, AssociatedPerformer

2020 4AD Ltd 2019 4AD Ltd

14
Way the World Is (John Peel Sessions)
00:02:08

Chris Cooper, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ian Masters, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Pale Saints, MainArtist - Graeme Naysmith, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ashley Horner, AssociatedPerformer

2020 4AD Ltd 2019 4AD Ltd

15
Time Thief (John Peel Sessions)
00:03:03

Chris Cooper, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ian Masters, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Pale Saints, MainArtist - Graeme Naysmith, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ashley Horner, AssociatedPerformer

2020 4AD Ltd 2019 4AD Ltd

Album Description

The shoegaze revival is upon us, so a revisit of the classics can only do a world of good. The first Pale Saints album, which came out in February 1990, is precisely a milestone record in the dream pop and shoegaze movement. For its 30th anniversary, it is being rereleased in a remastered deluxe version, in 24-Bit Hi-Res quality, adorned with never-before-heard demos. At the time, the 4AD label was living a sort of golden age with the establishment of the Cocteau Twins, Dead Can Dance, Throwing Muses, This Mortal Coil and of course Pixies. The record label headed by Ivo Watts-Russell kept their roster fresh by signing bands such as Belly, Lush and Pale Saints. The Leeds-based group, formed in the late-1980s, based the originality of their sound in the duality of singer Ian Masters’ delicate voice and the wall of sound created by the guitars carrying fairly pop melodies. Evanescent fury, raging daydreaming… in a way, this is the dichotomy of shoegaze. Gil Norton, who made a name for himself by producing Ocean Rain by Echo & the Bunnymen and Doolittle by Pixies, is in the mixing booth for five of the tracks, with John Fryer from This Mortal Coil covering the other half of the album. Once the album starts, the sound of this first Pale Saints opus is unmistakably Cocteau Twins or Jesus & Mary Chain. Some may even draw comparisons with My Bloody Valentine, despite their iconic Loveless coming out only a year and a half after Comforts of Madness in November 1991. More of a cult figure than he is given credit for, Ian Masters is more than just a run of the mill shoegaze singer: he knows how to orchestrate different rhythms and especially how to compose often-perfect pop songs, stringing them together so that the project as a whole feels like one single composition. This feeling is amplified by the absence of any gaps between the eleven tracks. Thirty years later, this masterpiece has not only not aged a bit, but stands out amongst its contemporaries. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz

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