The La's is the only studio album by English rock band the La's, released on 1 October 1990 by Go! Discs. It included "There She Goes", the group's biggest hit, and "Timeless Melody". A deluxe edition of The La's was released on 7 April 2008. In 2013, NME ranked The La's at number 153 on its list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

The La's
Studio album by
Released1 October 1990
RecordedJuly–September 1988, December 1989 – February 1990
StudioWoodcray Studios, Wokingham and Eden Studios, London
ProducerSteve Lillywhite, Bob Andrews
The La's chronology
The La's
Lost La's 1984–1986: Breakloose
Singles from The La's
  1. "Way Out"
    Released: 2 November 1987
  2. "There She Goes"
    Released: 31 October 1988
  3. "Timeless Melody"
    Released: 3 September 1990
  4. "There She Goes"
    Released: 22 October 1990 (re-issue)
  5. "Feelin'"
    Released: 4 February 1991

Release and reception edit

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic     [2]
Chicago Tribune    [3]
Entertainment WeeklyA+[4]
The Observer     [6]
Q     [7]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide     [8]
Uncut     [10]
The Village VoiceA−[11]

The La's was released in 1990 on Go! Discs in the United Kingdom and in 1991 on London Records in the United States. The album was praised by critics and embraced by fans. It was the result of nearly three years in the studio with a string of acclaimed producers. Each attempted to capture the sound sought by Lee Mavers, the lead singer and principal songwriter of the band. However, due to Mavers' exacting expectations, the sound eluded each of the producers, and the album eventually released was immediately disowned by the band.[12]

Legacy edit

In 2013, NME ranked The La's at number 153 on its list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.[13] In 2016, Rolling Stone placed the record at number 13 on its list of the "40 Greatest One-Album Wonders".[14] The La's was also included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[15] Noel Gallagher of Oasis named it as one of his 13 favourite albums.[16]

Track listing edit

All tracks are written by Lee Mavers (except where stated)

1."Son of a Gun"1:55
2."I Can't Sleep"2:37
3."Timeless Melody"3:01
4."Liberty Ship"2:31
5."There She Goes"2:42
8."Way Out"2:32
10."Freedom Song"2:23
12."Looking Glass"7:51
Total length:35:14
Bonus tracks
Japan bonus tracks (1998)
13."Knock Me Down"3:17
15."Come in Come Out"2:14
16."Who Knows"3:31
17."Man I'm Only Human"4:34
18."All by Myself"5:56
19."Clean Prophet"1:49
20."There She Goes" (original single version)2:35
UK remastered edition bonus tracks (2001)
13."All by Myself"5:53
14."Clean Prophet"1:47
15."Knock Me Down"3:15
16."Over" (live in a stable in Liverpool, Lee Mavers/John Power)5:02
17."I.O.U." (alternative version)2:08
The La's – Deluxe Edition (2008)

Disc 1 tracks 1–12 per original release

Disc 1: Bonus material
13."Son of a Gun" (Gary Crowley, GLR Session Dec '88)1:55
14."Doledrum" (Gary Crowley, GLR Session Dec '88)3:00
15."I Can't Sleep" (Gary Crowley, GLR Session Dec '88)2:34
16."Way Out" (Key 103, Jan '89)2:42
17."I Am the Key" (Key 103, Jan '89)3:05
18."That'll Be the Day" (BBC2 The Late Show Feb '89, Buddy Holly/Jerry Allison/Norman Petty)2:07
Disc 2: Mike Hedges album
1."I.O.U." (Mike Hedges version)2:05
2."I Can't Sleep" (Mike Hedges version)2:43
3."Knock Me Down" (Mike Hedges version)2:56
4."Way Out" (Mike Hedges version)2:47
5."Doledrum" (Mike Hedges version)2:57
6."There She Goes" (Mike Hedges version)2:49
7."Feelin'" (Mike Hedges version)1:48
8."Timeless Melody" (Mike Hedges version)3:07
9."Son of a Gun" (Mike Hedges version)2:05
10."Clean Prophet" (Mike Hedges version)2:09
11."Come in Come Out" (Mike Hedges version)2:16
12."Failure" (Mike Hedges version)3:08
13."Looking Glass" (Mike Hedges version)7:28
Disc 2: Bonus material
14."Doledrum" (John Porter mix)2:53
15."Way Out" (Andy MacDonald mix)2:39
16."There She Goes" (John Leckie mix)2:44
17."Man I'm Only Human" (John Leckie mix)5:00
18."Feelin'" (Bob Andrews mix)1:53
19."Clean Prophet" (Bob Andrews mix)2:02
20."I Can't Sleep" (Jeremy Allom mix)2:41

Personnel edit

Chart performance edit

Charts (1990–1991) Peak chart position
UK Albums Chart[18] 30
US Billboard 200[19] 196

References edit

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  3. ^ Kot, Greg (14 February 1991). "The La's: The La's (Go! Discs/London)". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 25 May 2015.
  4. ^ Arnold, Gina (5 April 1991). "The La's". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 25 May 2015.
  5. ^ Maconie, Stuart (6 October 1990). "The La's – The La's". NME. p. 54. Archived from the original on 17 August 2000. Retrieved 18 June 2023.
  6. ^ Boden, Sarah (16 March 2008). "The La's, The La's – Deluxe Edition". The Observer. Retrieved 30 April 2021.
  7. ^ "The La's: The La's". Q. No. 174. March 2001. pp. 126–127.
  8. ^ Moon, Tom (2004). "The La's". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. p. 476. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  9. ^ Harrison, Andrew (November 1990). "The Scally Army". Select. No. 5. p. 98.
  10. ^ "The La's: The La's". Uncut. No. 132. May 2008. p. 96.
  11. ^ Christgau, Robert (30 July 1991). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved 25 May 2015.
  12. ^ Simpson, Dave (2 May 2008). "The madness of perfection". The Guardian. Retrieved 7 April 2010.
  13. ^ "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 200–101". NME. 25 October 2013. Retrieved 30 April 2021.
  14. ^ Weingarten, Christopher R.; Spanos, Brittany; Exposito, Suzy; Reeves, Mosi; Grow, Kory; Harris, Keith; Fischer, Reed; Gehr, Richard; Johnston, Maura; Levy, Joe; Greene, Andy (4 April 2021). "40 Greatest One-Album Wonders". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 30 April 2021.
  15. ^ Dimery, Robert, ed. (2010). 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die (revised and updated ed.). Universe Publishing. ISBN 978-0-7893-2074-2.
  16. ^ Doran, John (17 October 2011). "Noel Gallagher Selects His Thirteen Favourite Albums". The Quietus. p. 5. Retrieved 24 October 2018.
  17. ^ a b c d e The La's: Deluxe Edition (booklet). The La's. UK: Polydor Records. 2008. 5306021.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  18. ^ LA'S | Artist | Official Charts
  19. ^ The La's Music News & Info | Billboard

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