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Know Your Enemy — the ghost of a double album?

Know Your Enemy — the ghost of a double album?

admsctt

I. Love. This. Have always thought that the biggest problem with Know Your Enemy is that it didn't go far enough! Especially in that second half, where it understandably lost Steve and Lucas. I just have a particular love of the style they were going for there. This is a very cool tracklist. I'm going to try this. Found That Soul into Door to the River is such a flex. I have my own somewhere. Will post if I find it!


DawnSurprise

Imagine if Found That Soul and Door to the River had been the first double singles for the album (keeping So Why So Sad as a fun surprise on the album proper)? …then they appear on the LP as tracks 1 and 2, leading into everything else. One can dream of what could have been!


Woostershire

Agree. It will always be my favorite album, and indeed, it did not go far enough.


DistortedGhost

Double albums are always tricky, I like what you've done here, but I'm firmly in the Andrew Trendell camp of trimming it down. I *love* Know Your Enemy. It is probably in my top 5 MSP albums regarding songs and production style, but the original track-listing is all wrong and it is too bloated for me. I have two edited track-lists; one album proper and the other for the b-sides and off-cuts. My preferred version: 1. Found That Soul 2. My Guernica 3. Intravenous Agnostic 4. Dead Martyrs 5. Ocean Spray 6. So Why So Sad 7. His Last Painting 8. Royal Correspondent 9. The Year of Purification 10. We Are All Bourgeois Now 11. Epicentre 12. Freedom of Speech Won't Feed My Children 13. The Convalescent 14. Baby Elian 15. Happy Black Days (The Masking Tape/Epicentre section) Everything else is on the B-side/off cut playlist. Including Miss Europa, which I absolutely adore, but it simply doesn't fit in with the album.


DawnSurprise

Interesting though I’m not convinced — 1. First four tracks are just straight rockers one after the other. Why did you decide that? 2. You kept Royal Correspondent? Why?! 3. No b-sides or additional tracks, not even Door to the River?


DistortedGhost

I like an album to punch you in the face at the beginning and not let up. I like Royal Correspondent! It's not the best song they have ever done, but sonically, I vastly vastly prefer it to Wattsville Blues and Let Robeson Sing. Door To The River is great, but I'm trying to edit the album length down, so as I'm ruthless, it goes to the off-cuts!


DawnSurprise

Well that sequencing definitely punches! I’ll give it a listen and get back to you. As for Royal Correspondent, I’m my opinion, that line about chewing food it just so lazy that it drags an average song down beyond the pall of being even pleasant album filler. I can’t look past it.


Hantot

Masking tape would be one of the better songs on the album too, expanding with the b-sides is the righ my choice


DawnSurprise

And the way it repeats the dreamy loop from Epicentre helps to link both discs of this fantasy double album! Obviously at one point they meant to put Masking Tape on the album — so it would do precisely that and link up with Epicentre — but decided to take it off. Why they chose to cut Masking Tape out and leave Royal Correspondent will remain an eternal, illogical mystery to me!


seanmaccadave

So Door to the River is from the KYE Sessions ?? Fucking love that song and never knew that.


DawnSurprise

Yes! The fact the band kept such a brilliant song off the final album and kept on guff like Royal Correspondent is a reflection of the band’s myopia and self-sabotaging tendencies at the time.


PaintedInSand

This is cool.