Eternally Yours (album)

Eternally Yours is the second album released by the Australian music group The Saints in 1978. For their follow up album (with Kuepper and Bailey in the producers chair) the band chose a bigger, more R&B-driven sound, including the addition of a horn section.

Eternally Yours
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Studio album by
ReleasedMay 1978
RecordedLate 1977
StudioRoundhouse Studios, London; mixed at Wessex Studio
GenrePunk rock
Length36:02
LabelHarvest (UK & Australia)
Sire (original US release)
Captain Oi! (1999 UK CD reissue)
EMI Music Australia (Australian 2004 Reissue)
4 Men With Beards (2011 US LP reissue)
ProducerChris Bailey & Ed Kuepper
The Saints chronology
One Two Three Four
(1977)
Eternally Yours
(1978)
Prehistoric Sounds
(1979)

DetailsEdit

The original title for the album was to be International Robots and recording initially commenced at Wessex Studios. The tapes from these sessions (which have since been released on the 2007 reissue CD) reveal the songs in a more stripped down form like their previous recordings. The sessions also include "Champagne Misery", which was not released until 2000's Wild About You compilation.

Chris Bailey later said, "For me, it's our first proper release because (I'm) Stranded was just a load of demos. Although we still had the same energy as the first album, the added horn section seemed to confuse people and the record sort of disappeared."[1] In another interview, Bailey stated, "When people talk to me about the early Saints in hallowed terms, I find it a little bit amusing, because when I think about something like "Lost & Found" or "Misunderstood", I kind of think that's crap."[2]

ReceptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [3]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music     [4]
Q     [5]
Uncut     [6]
The Village VoiceC+[7]

John Robb described the album as, "One of the classic hidden gems of the punk canon. The band married Ed Kuepper's wall of sound guitars and Chris Bailey's fantastic sneering vocals with the fattest, baddest horn section and made it work." He claims the album was a "new template" for future punk releases.[1] The album is listed as one of the 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[8]

Reviewed at the time of release, Roadrunner said, "Their English experience has done them the world of good: they are musically tighter without losing any of the fast and furious punch that is the trademark, but it's their lyrics that have really developed."[9]

Track listingEdit

All tracks composed by Ed Kuepper and Chris Bailey; except where indicated

  1. "Know Your Product" - 3:15
  2. "Lost and Found" - 3:50
  3. "Memories Are Made of This" - 2:20 (Ed Kuepper)
  4. "Private Affair" - 2:05
  5. "A Minor Aversion" - 3:07
  6. "No, Your Product" - 4:07
  7. "This Perfect Day" - 2:30
  8. "Run Down" - 2:32
  9. "Orstralia" - 2:24 (Ed Kuepper)
  10. "New Centre of the Universe" - 2:21
  11. "Untitled" - 2:47
  12. "(I'm) Misunderstood" - 2:46
  13. "International Robots" - 1:58

All Tracks:copyright Saints Music\Mushroom Music

2007 ReissueEdit

In 2007 Eternally Yours was reissued with the complete 'International Robots' sessions as bonus tracks:

14. "Orstralia" (The International Robot Sessions)
15. "Lost and Found" (The International Robot Sessions)
16. "The Ballad" (an early version of "Memories Are Made of This" - The International Robot Sessions)
17. "This Perfect Day" (The International Robot Sessions)
18. "Run Down" (The International Robot Sessions)
19. "A Minor Aversion" (The International Robot Sessions)
20. "Champagne Misery" (The International Robot Sessions)
21. "Private Affair" (The International Robot Sessions)
22. "No, Your Product" (The International Robot Sessions)
23. "New Centre of the Universe" (The International Robot Sessions)
24. "River Deep Mountain High" (The International Robot Sessions)
25. "Untitled" (The International Robot Sessions)
26. "(I'm) Misunderstood" (The International Robot Sessions)
27. "Do the Robot" (The International Robot Sessions)

PersonnelEdit

The Saints

with:

  • Graham Preskett - brass arrangements
  • Iain Ward - harmonica
  • The International Robot Choir - backing vocals
Technical
  • Bill Price, Mark Dearnley - engineers
  • Peter Vernon - front cover photography

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b John Robb (2012). Punk Rock: An Oral History. PM Press. p. 414. ISBN 9781604860054.
  2. ^ Clinton Walker (1984). The Next Thing. Kenthurst, New South Wales: Kangaroo Press. p. 23. ISBN 0-949924-81-4.
  3. ^ Deming, Mark. "Eternally Yours – The Saints". AllMusic. Retrieved 23 April 2011.
  4. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-85712-595-8.
  5. ^ "The Saints: Eternally Yours". Q (171): 151. December 2000.
  6. ^ "The Saints: Eternally Yours". Uncut (39): 99. August 2000.
  7. ^ Christgau, Robert (25 September 1978). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. New York. Retrieved 29 April 2013.
  8. ^ Robert Dimery; Michael Lydon (23 March 2010). 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: Revised and Updated Edition. Universe. ISBN 978-0-7893-2074-2.
  9. ^ Donald Robertson (June 1978). "Platter Batter". Roadrunner. p. 15.