Album Review: Bring It On (20th Anniversary Edition) by Gomez

Posted by Bianca on Sunday Apr 15, 2018 Under Album Review

Review by John McEvoy

It’s been a while but Gomez are back with their 20th anniversary edition of the ‘Bring It On’ album, and this isn’t just your usual remix rehash effort. Far from it, not only does it feature their original debut album but in addition the massive the 4 cd set also includes over 30 previously unreleased tracks, a recording of their set from Glastonbury 1998, rare demos and a BBC session. In short there are a massive 63 tracks which provide just over 4 and a half hours for your listening pleasure.

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Bring It On is of course the centre piece of this release, and 20 years later still sounds as good as ever and has aged well as far as this reviewer is concerned. Indeed such was the success of this album that it went platinum and also received the highly coveted Mercury Music Prize in 1998.

Gomez always seemed to be labelled as an Indie band when they first arrived however this release shows that they were much more than that. There’s Blues, folk, and of course Indie all of which is perfectly complimented by a high standard of musicianship and of course to top it all off is Ben Ottewell’s distinctive bluesy voice which on first hearing sounds to be owned by a man of much more senior years. Unusually Gomez feature 3 vocalists with Tom Gray and Ian Ball delivering vocals in a slightly more gentle laidback but equally engaging style.

This anniversary edition is also a timely reminder of just how eclectic their sound was, and indeed still is. An almost gentle lullaby sound washes over you with ‘Bubble Gum Years’, and this is immediately followed up with crashing slide guitars fuzzed up to within an inch of their life with ‘Rie’s Wagon’. Evidence that ‘opposites attract’ works an absolute treat with this album

Many people who will buy this anniversary edition will of course be already familiar with Bring It On so the remaining 3 CDs is where a treasure trove of mixes can be found. As with any set of this size there are more than one version of the same songs, but the demos in particular are interesting in hearing stripped back efforts of tunes that all Gomez heads will know well.

Delve further into this CD collection and you will hear their Maida Vale session which is then followed up with 10 tracks from the Glastonbury 1998 appearance.

At four and a half hours this is a fascinating journey through the early days of Gomez and one that I personally enjoyed. If you haven’t heard them before I would recommend taking some time to enjoy this release. It’s time well spent as far as I’m concerned.

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Bring It On (20th Anniversary Edition) – released 20th April

Track Listing:

CD1: Bring It On REMASTERED

1 Get Miles
2 Whippin’ Piccadilly
3 Make No Sound
4 78 Stone Wobble
5 Tijuana Lady
6 Here Comes the Breeze
7 Love Is Better Than a Warm Trombone
8 Get Myself Arrested
9 Free to Run
10 Bubble Gum Years
11 Rie’s Wagon
12 The Comeback

CD2: B-sides REMASTERED
+ 1997 Southport demos

1 Who’s Gonna Go the Bar
2 Steve McCroski
3 Wham Bam
4 Flavors
5 Old School Shirt
6 The Cowboy Song
7 Pussyfootin’
8 Pick Up The Pieces
9 Whippin’ Piccadilly (Turbo Version)
10 Flats 1 & 2
11 Collapse
12 Hit On The Head
13 Slot Machine
14 Sweetest Song
15 Buena Vista
16 78 Stone Wobble
17 Sun Rim Dips
18 Walking Wounded
19 Bluest Heaven
20 Getting Rained On

CD3: Demo tape to record labels
+ Sheffield demos + other demos

Record Company Demo Tape (August 1996 – August 1997)
1 78 Stone Wobble
2 Whippin’ Piccadilly
3 Get Miles
4 Tijuana Lady
5 Rie’s Wagon
6 Here Come The Breeze
7 Steve McCroski

Other 4-track Recordings (January – August 1997)
08. Emma Freud
09. Touchin’ Up
10. Bring It On

Sheffield Tapes (December 1996)
11 Free To Run
12 Unknown Legend
13 Get Miles
14 Mean Old World​

CD4: BBC radio sessions
+ Live at Glastonbury 1998

1 Brother Lead
2 78 Stone Shuffle
3 The Way You Do The Things You Do
4 Here Comes The Breeze
5 Stag O’Lee
6 Whippin’ Piccadilly
7 Get Miles
8 Get Myself Arrested
9 Love Is Better Than A Warm Trombone
10 R & B
11 Here Comes The Breeze
12 Tijuana Lady
13 Buena Vista
14 Make No Sound
15 78 Stone Wobble
16 Soul Kitchen
17 Whippin’ Piccadilly

To celebrate the release of the 4 CD collection Gomez will be out on the road from the 24th April in Brighton and then heading out all over the UK.

UK Tour Dates:

24/04/18 Brighton, UK – Brighton Dome – SOLD OUT
25/04/18 Nottingham, UK – Rock City – SOLD OUT
27/04/18 Dublin, Ireland – Olympia – SOLD OUT
28/04/18 Glasgow, UK – Barrowland – SOLD OUT
29/04/18 Leeds, UK – O2 Academy
01/05/18 Manchester, UK – Albert Hall – SOLD OUT
02/05/18 Bristol, UK – O2 Academy – SOLD OUT
03/05/18 London, UK – Royal Albert Hall – SOLD OUT
05/05/18 London, UK – O2 Forum Kentish Town
06/05/18 Cambridge, UK – Corn Exchange
07/05/18 Liverpool, UK – O2 Academy
08/05/18 Glasgow, UK – Barrowland

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