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Some albums exist outside of time or place, gently floating on their own style and sensibility. Of those, the La's lone album may be the most beguiling, a record that consciously calls upon the hooks and harmonies of 1964 without seeming fussily retro, a trick that anticipated the cheerful classicism of the Brit-pop '90s. But where their sons Oasis and Blur were all too eager to carry the torch of the past, Lee Mavers and the La's exist outside of time, suggesting the '60s in their simple, tuneful, acoustic-driven arrangements but seeming modern in their open, spacy approach, sometimes as ethereal as anything coming out of the 4AD stable but brought down to earth by their lean, no-nonsense attack, almost as sinewy as any unaffected British Invasion band. But where so many guitar pop bands seem inhibited by tradition, the La's were liberated by it, using basic elements to construct their own identity, one that's propulsive and tuneful, or sweetly seductive, as it is on the band's best-known song, "There She Goes." That song is indicative of the La's material in its melodic pull; the rest of the album has a bit more muscle, whether the group is bashing out a modern-day Merseybeat on "Liberty Ship" and bouncing two-step "Doledrum," or alluding to Morrissey's elliptical phrasing on "Timeless Melody." This force gives the La's some distinction, separating them from nostalgic revivalists even as their dedication to unadorned acoustic arrangements separates them from their contemporaries, but it's this wildly willful sensibility -- so respectful of the past it can't imagine not following its own path -- that turns The La's into its own unique entity, indebted to the past and pointing toward the future, yet not belonging to either.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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1
Son Of A Gun
00:01:56

Steve Lillywhite, Producer - Lee Mavers, ComposerLyricist - Mark Wallis, Producer, Additional Producer - The La's, MainArtist

℗ 1990 Go! Discs Ltd.

2
I Can't Sleep
00:02:37

Steve Lillywhite, Producer - Lee Mavers, ComposerLyricist - Mark Wallis, Producer, Additional Producer - The La's, MainArtist

℗ 1990 Go! Discs Ltd.

3
Timeless Melody
00:03:01

Steve Lillywhite, Producer - Lee Mavers, ComposerLyricist - Mark Wallis, Producer, Additional Producer - The La's, MainArtist

℗ 1990 Go! Discs Ltd.

4
Liberty Ship
00:02:30

Steve Lillywhite, Producer - Lee Mavers, ComposerLyricist - Mark Wallis, Producer, Additional Producer - The La's, MainArtist

℗ 1990 Go! Discs Ltd.

5
There She Goes
00:02:42

Steve Lillywhite, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Andrews, Producer - Chris Sharrock, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Lee Mavers, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - John Power, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - The La's, MainArtist - John Byrne, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Camell, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1988 Go! Discs Ltd.

6
Doledrum
00:02:51

Steve Lillywhite, Producer - Lee Mavers, ComposerLyricist - Mark Wallis, Producer, Additional Producer - The La's, MainArtist

℗ 1990 Go! Discs Ltd.

7
Feelin'
00:01:44

Steve Lillywhite, Producer - Lee Mavers, ComposerLyricist - Mark Wallis, Producer, Additional Producer - The La's, MainArtist

℗ 1990 Go! Discs Ltd.

8
Way Out
00:02:32

Steve Lillywhite, Producer - Lee Mavers, ComposerLyricist - Mark Wallis, Producer, Additional Producer - The La's, MainArtist

℗ 1990 Go! Discs Ltd.

9
I.O.U.
00:02:08

Steve Lillywhite, Producer - Lee Mavers, ComposerLyricist - Mark Wallis, Producer, Additional Producer - The La's, MainArtist

℗ 1990 Go! Discs Ltd.

10
Freedom Song
00:02:23

Steve Lillywhite, Producer - Lee Mavers, ComposerLyricist - Mark Wallis, Producer, Additional Producer - The La's, MainArtist

℗ 1990 Go! Discs Ltd.

11
Failure
00:02:54

Steve Lillywhite, Producer - Lee Mavers, ComposerLyricist - Mark Wallis, Producer, Additional Producer - The La's, MainArtist

℗ 1990 Go! Discs Ltd.

12
Looking Glass
00:07:50

Steve Lillywhite, Producer - Lee Mavers, ComposerLyricist - Mark Wallis, Producer, Additional Producer - The La's, MainArtist

℗ 1990 Go! Discs Ltd.

13
Son Of A Gun (Gary Crowley, GLR Session Dec '88)
00:01:53

Steve Lillywhite, Producer - Lee Mavers, ComposerLyricist - Mark Wallis, Producer, Additional Producer - The La's, MainArtist

℗ 2008 BBC Music

14
Doledrum (Gary Crowley, GLR Session Dec '88)
00:02:58

Steve Lillywhite, Producer - Lee Mavers, ComposerLyricist - Mark Wallis, Producer, Additional Producer - The La's, MainArtist

℗ 2008 BBC Music

15
I Can't Sleep (Gary Crowley, GLR Session Dec '88)
00:02:32

Steve Lillywhite, Producer - Lee Mavers, ComposerLyricist - Mark Wallis, Producer, Additional Producer - The La's, MainArtist

℗ 2008 BBC Music

16
Way Out (Key 103, Jan '89)
00:02:40

Steve Lillywhite, Producer - Lee Mavers, ComposerLyricist - Mark Wallis, Producer, Additional Producer - The La's, MainArtist

℗ 2008 Go! Discs Ltd.

17
I Am The Key (Key 103, Jan '89)
00:03:03

Lee Mavers, ComposerLyricist - The La's, MainArtist

℗ 2008 Go! Discs Ltd.

18
That'll Be The Day (BBC2 'The Late Show' 2/2/89)
00:02:06

Buddy Holly, ComposerLyricist - Norman Petty, ComposerLyricist - Jerry Allison, ComposerLyricist - The La's, MainArtist

℗ 2008 BBC Music

DISC 2

1
I.O.U. (Mike Hedges Version)
00:02:04

Steve Lillywhite, Producer - Lee Mavers, ComposerLyricist - Mark Wallis, Producer, Additional Producer - The La's, MainArtist

℗ 2008 Go! Discs Ltd.

2
I Can't Sleep (Mike Hedges Version)
00:02:42

Steve Lillywhite, Producer - Lee Mavers, ComposerLyricist - Mark Wallis, Producer, Additional Producer - The La's, MainArtist

℗ 2008 Go! Discs Ltd.

3
Knock Me Down (Mike Hedges Version)
00:02:54

Lee Mavers, ComposerLyricist - The La's, MainArtist

℗ 2008 Go! Discs Ltd.

4
Way Out (Mike Hedges Version)
00:02:45

Steve Lillywhite, Producer - Lee Mavers, ComposerLyricist - Mark Wallis, Producer, Additional Producer - The La's, MainArtist

℗ 2008 Go! Discs Ltd.

5
Doledrum (Mike Hedges Version)
00:02:54

Steve Lillywhite, Producer - Lee Mavers, ComposerLyricist - Mark Wallis, Producer, Additional Producer - The La's, MainArtist

℗ 2008 Go! Discs Ltd.

6
There She Goes (Mike Hedges Version)
00:02:47

Steve Lillywhite, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Andrews, Producer - Lee Mavers, ComposerLyricist - The La's, MainArtist

℗ 2008 Go! Discs Ltd.

7
Feelin' (Mike Hedges Producer)
00:01:46

Steve Lillywhite, Producer - Lee Mavers, ComposerLyricist - Mark Wallis, Producer, Additional Producer - The La's, MainArtist

℗ 2008 Go! Discs Ltd.

8
Timeless Melody (Mike Hedges Version)
00:03:06

Steve Lillywhite, Producer - Lee Mavers, ComposerLyricist - Mark Wallis, Producer, Additional Producer - The La's, MainArtist

℗ 2008 Go! Discs Ltd.

9
Son Of A Gun (Mike Hedges Version)
00:02:04

Steve Lillywhite, Producer - Lee Mavers, ComposerLyricist - Mark Wallis, Producer, Additional Producer - The La's, MainArtist

℗ 2008 Go! Discs Ltd.

10
Clean Prophet (Mike Hedges Version)
00:02:07

Lee Mavers, ComposerLyricist - The La's, MainArtist

℗ 2008 Go! Discs Ltd.

11
Come In Come Out (Mike Hedges Version)
00:02:15

Lee Mavers, ComposerLyricist - The La's, MainArtist

℗ 2008 Go Beat Ltd.

12
Failure (Mike Hedges Version)
00:03:07

Steve Lillywhite, Producer - Lee Mavers, ComposerLyricist - Mark Wallis, Producer, Additional Producer - The La's, MainArtist

℗ 2008 Go! Discs Ltd.

13
Looking Glass (Mike Hedges Version)
00:07:22

Steve Lillywhite, Producer - Lee Mavers, ComposerLyricist - Mark Wallis, Producer, Additional Producer - The La's, MainArtist

℗ 2008 Go! Discs Ltd.

14
Doledrum (John Porter Mix Version)
00:02:51

Steve Lillywhite, Producer - Lee Mavers, ComposerLyricist - Mark Wallis, Producer, Additional Producer - The La's, MainArtist

℗ 2008 Go! Discs Ltd.

15
Way Out (Andy MacDonald Version)
00:02:37

Lee Mavers, ComposerLyricist - The La's, MainArtist

℗ 2008 Go! Discs Ltd.

16
There She Goes (John Leckie Version)
00:02:43

Lee Mavers, ComposerLyricist - The La's, MainArtist

℗ 2008 Go! Discs Ltd.

17
Man I'm Only Human (John Leckie Version)
00:04:58

Lee Mavers, ComposerLyricist - The La's, MainArtist

℗ 2008 Go Beat Ltd.

18
Feelin' (Bob Andrews Version)
00:01:52

Lee Mavers, ComposerLyricist - The La's, MainArtist

℗ 2008 Go! Discs Ltd.

19
Clean Prophet (Bob Andrews Version)
00:02:00

Lee Mavers, ComposerLyricist - The La's, MainArtist

℗ 2008 Go! Discs Ltd.

20
I Can't Sleep (Jeremy Allom Version)
00:02:40

Lee Mavers, ComposerLyricist - The La's, MainArtist

℗ 2008 Go! Discs Ltd.

Album Description

Some albums exist outside of time or place, gently floating on their own style and sensibility. Of those, the La's lone album may be the most beguiling, a record that consciously calls upon the hooks and harmonies of 1964 without seeming fussily retro, a trick that anticipated the cheerful classicism of the Brit-pop '90s. But where their sons Oasis and Blur were all too eager to carry the torch of the past, Lee Mavers and the La's exist outside of time, suggesting the '60s in their simple, tuneful, acoustic-driven arrangements but seeming modern in their open, spacy approach, sometimes as ethereal as anything coming out of the 4AD stable but brought down to earth by their lean, no-nonsense attack, almost as sinewy as any unaffected British Invasion band. But where so many guitar pop bands seem inhibited by tradition, the La's were liberated by it, using basic elements to construct their own identity, one that's propulsive and tuneful, or sweetly seductive, as it is on the band's best-known song, "There She Goes." That song is indicative of the La's material in its melodic pull; the rest of the album has a bit more muscle, whether the group is bashing out a modern-day Merseybeat on "Liberty Ship" and bouncing two-step "Doledrum," or alluding to Morrissey's elliptical phrasing on "Timeless Melody." This force gives the La's some distinction, separating them from nostalgic revivalists even as their dedication to unadorned acoustic arrangements separates them from their contemporaries, but it's this wildly willful sensibility -- so respectful of the past it can't imagine not following its own path -- that turns The La's into its own unique entity, indebted to the past and pointing toward the future, yet not belonging to either.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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