24 Eureka by the Bible 1988
It could easily have been the first lp Walking the Ghost Back Home but I'm going for Eureka (although the much delayed eventual 3rd lp Dodo is a bit of a lost gem.)
Eureka loses some of the quirkiness in the arrangements that the 1st lp has but overall I think it is a better set of songs
Beset by record company interference and rejection , produce by Steve Earle who couldn't quite understand why the band didn't embrace the full rock n roll excess experience , Eureka is full of smart pop tunes that were always doomed to miss the top 40.
Opening single is a bit hit by numbers ..except it wasn't . Melodic verse and big chorus, although you can almost hear the video director thinking "what the hell do we do with this lot"
Honey Be Good followed the path of Graceland form the 1st lp , lot of radio play a couple of re releases and an almost but not quite hit
A lot of the songs followed a similar template, mid tempo , minor key, crisp guitar lines , a smart way with words.... ( and when the template is so good that isn't a criticism.) Skeleton Crew, Wishing game have echoes of Honey be Good.
This also means that when they take a slightly different route different route , the track really stands out .
Cigarette Girls - The Bible
Blue Shoes Stepping - The Bible
Listening to it now it feels like a pair of old slippers , everything just fits together the way I want it to
A bit of then and now,the opening track Skywriting from the anniversary concert. Less hair , bigger waists but the song stays as good as ever
Finally witness 4 people not exactly at home with the interview process!!
You can be Eureka here with a load of excellent extra tracks (b sides , covers and tracks rejected by the record company for Eureka) that had appeared on their random acts of kindness compilation