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Callin' All

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Designed as a clearinghouse of all unreleased La’s recordings, it goes without saying that the four-disc box Callin' All is something for the dedicated, holding little allure for anybody who doesn’t consider the La’s lone 1990 album as something mythical. In fact, it’s possible, even likely, that the 92 tracks contained on Callin' All may not even be that enticing even to those who couldn’t resist such previous excavations of the vaults, such as the BBC sessions and the deluxe reissue that contained the original Mike Hedges version of the album, because none of this is much more than enjoyable ephemera, alternate versions of the same 12 songs you know by heart, alternate versions that aren’t all that different. It takes some close listening to discover the odd buried surprise -- most notably the weird, unfinished skronk-blues of “Ride Yer Camel” -- among all the alternate versions, but to the devoted, there is certainly joy in repetition here; there is no more La’s forthcoming, so digging deep is the only pleasure to be had, and while that will undoubtedly baffle those who wonder how one classicist guitar pop album could spawn such an exhaustive retrospective, those who know why will surely enjoy Callin' All.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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1
Way Out
00:02:41

GAVIN MACKILLOP, Producer - Lee Mavers, Producer, ComposerLyricist - The La's, MainArtist

℗ 1987 Go! Discs Ltd.

2
Knock Me Down
00:03:13

GAVIN MACKILLOP, Producer - Lee Mavers, Producer, ComposerLyricist - The La's, MainArtist

℗ 1987 Go! Discs Ltd.

3
Endless
00:03:06

GAVIN MACKILLOP, Producer - Lee Mavers, Producer, ComposerLyricist - The La's, MainArtist

℗ 1987 Go! Discs Ltd.

4
Liberty Ship (4 Track Demo)
00:01:54

Lee Mavers, ComposerLyricist - The La's, MainArtist

℗ 1987 Go! Discs Ltd.

5
Freedom Song (4 Track Demo)
00:02:26

Lee Mavers, ComposerLyricist - The La's, MainArtist

℗ 1987 Go! Discs Ltd.

6
There She Goes (Original Single Version)
00:02:28

Bob Andrews, Producer - Lee Mavers, Guitar, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - John Power, Bass Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - The La's, MainArtist - John Byrne, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Neil Mavers, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1988 Go! Discs Ltd.

7
Who Knows?
00:03:28

Bob Andrews, Producer - Lee Mavers, ComposerLyricist - The La's, MainArtist

℗ 1988 Go! Discs Ltd.

8
Come In Come Out
00:02:11

Lee Mavers, ComposerLyricist - The La's, MainArtist

℗ 1988 Go! Discs Ltd.

9
Man I'm Only Human
00:04:32

Bob Andrews, Producer - Lee Mavers, ComposerLyricist - The La's, MainArtist

℗ 1988 Go! Discs Ltd.

10
Way Out (Newer Version)
00:02:40

GAVIN MACKILLOP, Producer - Lee Mavers, Producer, ComposerLyricist - The La's, MainArtist - Andy MacDonald, Remixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1988 Polydor Ltd. (UK)

11
Timeless Melody (Unreleased Version)
00:03:11

Mike Hedges, Producer - Lee Mavers, ComposerLyricist - The La's, MainArtist

℗ 2010 Go! Discs Ltd.

12
Clean Prophet (Unreleased Version)
00:01:47

Mike Hedges, Producer - Lee Mavers, ComposerLyricist - The La's, MainArtist

℗ 2010 Go! Discs Ltd.

13
Ride Yer Camel (Unreleased Version)
00:08:16

Lee Mavers, ComposerLyricist - The La's, MainArtist

℗ 2010 Go! Discs Ltd.

14
Over
00:05:01

Lee Mavers, ComposerLyricist - The La's, MainArtist

℗ 1990 Go! Discs Ltd.

15
Clean Prophet
00:01:46

Lee Mavers, ComposerLyricist - Jeremy Allom, Producer - The La's, Producer, MainArtist

℗ 1990 Go! Discs Ltd.

16
All By Myself
00:05:52

Lee Mavers, ComposerLyricist - Jeremy Allom, Producer - The La's, Producer, MainArtist

℗ 1989 Go! Discs Ltd.

17
I.O.U. (Alternate Version)
00:02:05

Mike Hedges, Producer - Lee Mavers, ComposerLyricist - The La's, MainArtist

℗ 1990 Go! Discs Ltd.

18
Feelin (Alternate Version)
00:02:03

JOHN LECKIE, Producer - Lee Mavers, ComposerLyricist - The La's, MainArtist

℗ 1991 Go! Discs Ltd.

19
Timeless Melody (Live at Chicago Metro)
00:02:49

Lee Mavers, ComposerLyricist - The La's, MainArtist

℗ 1991 Polydor Ltd. (UK)

20
I Can't Sleep (Live at Chicago Metro)
00:02:25

Lee Mavers, ComposerLyricist - The La's, MainArtist

℗ 1991 Polydor Ltd. (UK)

21
Callin' All (Live)
00:03:30

Lee Mavers, ComposerLyricist - The La's, MainArtist

℗ 1991 Polydor Ltd. (UK)

22
Timeless Melody (Album Promo)
00:03:05

Lee Mavers, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Jeremy Allom, Producer - The La's, MainArtist - Andy MacDonald, Producer

℗ 1990 Go! Discs Ltd.

DISC 2

1
Son Of A Gun (Take 2 - John Porter Produced 1987 Previously Unreleased)
00:01:57

JOHN PORTER, Producer - Lee Mavers, ComposerLyricist - The La's, MainArtist

℗ 2010 Polydor Ltd. (UK)

2
Failure (John Porter Produced 1987 Previously Unreleased)
00:02:45

JOHN PORTER, Producer - Lee Mavers, ComposerLyricist - The La's, MainArtist

℗ 2010 Polydor Ltd. (UK)

3
Timeless Melody (Rehearsal John Porter Version Previously Unreleased)
00:03:13

JOHN PORTER, Producer - Lee Mavers, ComposerLyricist - The La's, MainArtist

℗ 2010 Polydor Ltd. (UK)

4
Way Out (Rehearsal 1987 Previously Unreleased)
00:02:35

JOHN PORTER, Producer - Lee Mavers, ComposerLyricist - The La's, MainArtist

℗ 2010 Polydor Ltd. (UK)

5
Doledrum (Dave Allen Produced 1987 Previously Unreleased)
00:03:03

Lee Mavers, ComposerLyricist - Dave Allen, Producer - The La's, MainArtist

℗ 2010 Polydor Ltd. (UK)

6
Feelin' (John Leckie Version)
00:01:47

JOHN LECKIE, Producer - Lee Mavers, ComposerLyricist - The La's, MainArtist

℗ 1991 Polydor Ltd. (UK)

7
There She Goes (Acoustic Version)
00:02:31

JOHN LECKIE, Producer - Lee Mavers, ComposerLyricist - The La's, MainArtist

℗ 2010 Polydor Ltd. (UK)

8
Come In Come Out (John Leckie Produced 1988 Previously Unreleased)
00:02:14

JOHN LECKIE, Producer - Lee Mavers, ComposerLyricist - The La's, MainArtist

℗ 2010 Polydor Ltd. (UK)

9
Callin' All (Bob Andrews Produced 1988 Previously Unreleased)
00:03:41

Bob Andrews, Producer - Lee Mavers, ComposerLyricist - The La's, MainArtist

℗ 2010 Polydor Ltd. (UK)

10
I Can't Sleep (Bob Andrews Produced 1988 Previously Unreleased)
00:02:23

Bob Andrews, Producer - Lee Mavers, ComposerLyricist - The La's, MainArtist

℗ 2010 Polydor Ltd. (UK)

11
Son Of A Gun (Rehearsal 1988 Previously Unreleased)
00:01:59

Bob Andrews, Producer - Lee Mavers, ComposerLyricist - The La's, MainArtist

℗ 2010 Polydor Ltd. (UK)

12
Looking Glass (Rehearsal Bob Andrews Version Previously Unreleased)
00:06:48

Bob Andrews, Producer - Lee Mavers, ComposerLyricist - The La's, MainArtist

℗ 2010 Polydor Ltd. (UK)

13
Failure (Jeremy Allom Produced 1989 Previously Unreleased)
00:03:03

Lee Mavers, ComposerLyricist - Jeremy Allom, Producer - The La's, Producer, MainArtist

℗ 2010 Polydor Ltd. (UK)

14
Callin' All (Acoustic Jeremy Allom Version Previously Unreleased)
00:03:54

Lee Mavers, ComposerLyricist - Jeremy Allom, Producer - The La's, Producer, MainArtist

℗ 2010 Polydor Ltd. (UK)

15
Son Of A Gun (Take 2 Jeremy Allom Produced 1989 Previously Unreleased)
00:01:57

Lee Mavers, ComposerLyricist - Jeremy Allom, Producer - The La's, Producer, MainArtist

℗ 2010 Polydor Ltd. (UK)

16
Freedom Song (Mike Hedges Produced May 1989 Previously Unreleased)
00:02:42

Mike Hedges, Producer - Lee Mavers, ComposerLyricist - The La's, MainArtist

℗ 2010 Polydor Ltd. (UK)

17
There She Goes (Acoustic Version Steve Lillywhite Produced Previously Unreleased)
00:02:27

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

℗ 2010 Polydor Ltd. (UK)

18
Knock Me Down (Steve Lillywhite Produced Previously Unreleased)
00:03:02

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

℗ 2010 Polydor Ltd. (UK)

19
Callin' All (Steve Lillywhite Produced Previously Unreleased)
00:03:29

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

℗ 2010 Polydor Ltd. (UK)

20
Come In Come Out (Rehearsal Steve Ripley Produced Previously Unreleased)
00:02:27

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

℗ 2010 Go! Discs Ltd.

21
I Can't Sleep (Out-take Instrumental Previously Unreleased)
00:02:36

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

℗ 2010 Polydor Ltd. (UK)

DISC 3

1
Son Of A Gun (Town Country Club 1989 Previously Unreleased)
00:01:59

Lee Mavers, ComposerLyricist - The La's, MainArtist

℗ 2010 Polydor Ltd. (UK)

2
Freedom Song (Town Country Club 1989 Previously Unreleased)
00:02:30

Lee Mavers, ComposerLyricist - The La's, MainArtist

℗ 2010 Polydor Ltd. (UK)

3
Clean Prophet (Town Country Club 1989 Previously Unreleased)
00:01:53

Lee Mavers, ComposerLyricist - The La's, MainArtist

℗ 2010 Polydor Ltd. (UK)

4
Way Out (Town Country Club 1989 Previously Unreleased)
00:02:25

Lee Mavers, ComposerLyricist - The La's, MainArtist

℗ 2009 Polydor Ltd. (UK)

5
There She Goes (Town Country Club 1989 Previously Unreleased)
00:02:43

Dave Powell, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Sharrock, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Lee Mavers, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - John Power, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - The La's, MainArtist - Adam Rockets, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2010 Polydor Ltd. (UK)

6
Doledrum (Town Country Club 1989 Previously Unreleased)
00:03:06

Lee Mavers, ComposerLyricist - The La's, MainArtist

℗ 2010 Polydor Ltd. (UK)

7
Come In Come Out (Town Country Club 1989 Previously Unreleased)
00:02:22

Lee Mavers, ComposerLyricist - The La's, MainArtist

℗ 2010 Polydor Ltd. (UK)

Album Description

Designed as a clearinghouse of all unreleased La’s recordings, it goes without saying that the four-disc box Callin' All is something for the dedicated, holding little allure for anybody who doesn’t consider the La’s lone 1990 album as something mythical. In fact, it’s possible, even likely, that the 92 tracks contained on Callin' All may not even be that enticing even to those who couldn’t resist such previous excavations of the vaults, such as the BBC sessions and the deluxe reissue that contained the original Mike Hedges version of the album, because none of this is much more than enjoyable ephemera, alternate versions of the same 12 songs you know by heart, alternate versions that aren’t all that different. It takes some close listening to discover the odd buried surprise -- most notably the weird, unfinished skronk-blues of “Ride Yer Camel” -- among all the alternate versions, but to the devoted, there is certainly joy in repetition here; there is no more La’s forthcoming, so digging deep is the only pleasure to be had, and while that will undoubtedly baffle those who wonder how one classicist guitar pop album could spawn such an exhaustive retrospective, those who know why will surely enjoy Callin' All.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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