The Edge Of The World

Mekons

SKU: SIN003

Barcode: 0881626534410

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Remastered for the 21st Century. First time available on vinyl since its original release in 1986.

The Edge of the World as broken down by Jon Langford… The success of Fear and Whiskey in 1985 saw the Mekons with a stable line-up and enough money to record a new album for the first time in years. The songs on Edge of the World were written and demoed in Leeds by Tom, Jon and Kevin early in 1986 and recorded at Offbeat Studios in Kirkstall with Three Johns live Soundman Tony Bonner who had recorded parts of Fear and Whiskey the year before.

Around this time the live band was expanded further to include Rico Bell and Sally Timms who both perform lead vocal duties on Edge of the World. At one point during the recording sessions a version of the band travelled to the northeast of England to perform some live shows and procure valuable funds leaving Langford, Edmonds and Goulding in the studio cutting rhythm tracks. Martin Bomber Henderson of Keithley Gothic band the Skeletal Family drummed in the live band at this time but does not appear on the album.

The album was mixed in London and was the third release on Sin Recordings of Brixton through the York based distributor Red Rhino. The day Kevin was putting the artwork together for the record cover Jon and Tom were flying to the States for the second Three John’s US tour. The plan was to put the names Jon, Kev and Tom on the three crosses in the foreground of the desert scene but Kevin felt uneasy about doing that and left the names off. Tom and Jon survived the transatlantic flight due to this wise action.

“If the continuing existence of their music doesn’t place these anti-American country-rockers squarely among the undefeated for you, the continuing eloquence of their lyrics ought to–whether it’s Sally Timms trying to talk to the drunk she’s stuck with or Jon Langford downing cat food because he doesn’t feel human tonight, they haven’t given up on saying their piece” -Robert Christgau / Dean of American Rock Critics ca. 20th Century

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Track Listings

1. Hello Cruel World
2. Bastard
3. Oblivion
4. King Arthur
5. Ugly Band
6. Shanty
7. Garage D'or
8. Big Zombie
9. Sweet Dreams
10. Dream Dream Dream
11. Slightly South of the Border
12. Alone & Forsaken
13. The Letter

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