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The Church - The Blurred Crusade - 1982 (1996)
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The Church - The Blurred Crusade - 1982 (1996)
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Audio CD (1996) - Original Release Date: 1982 - Number of Discs: 1 - Label: Parlophone - Catalog Number: CDP 790625
Rock, Alternative Rock, Post-Punk, Neo-Psychedelia

Biography: Best known for the shimmering "Under the Milky Way," their lone Top 40 hit, the Australian band the Church combined the jangling guitar pop of '60s icons like the Byrds with the opaque wordplay of frontman Steve Kilbey to create a lush, melancholy brand of neo-psychedelia rich in texture and melody. Formed in Sydney in 1980 by vocalist/bassist Kilbey with guitarist Peter Koppes and drummer Nick Ward, the Church recruited second guitarist Marty Willson-Piper before debuting the following year with Of Skin and Heart, an evocative collection highlighted by the ringing "The Unguarded Moment," a major success down under.

After replacing Ward with drummer Richard Ploog, the group resurfaced in 1982 with The Blurred Crusade, a stunning effort featuring mature standouts like "Almost With You" and "When You Were Mine." 1983's Seance continued to refine the Church's atmospheric sound, and the subsequent success of the EPs Persia and Remote Luxury helped earn the band an American deal with Warner Bros., which issued the excellent Heyday in 1986. After moving to Arista, the Church teamed with famed session guitarists Danny Kortchmar and Waddy Wachtel to record 1988's Starfish, their most artistically and commercially successful effort to date. Highlighted by "Under the Milky Way," the album also featured the minor hits "Reptile" and "Spark," a marvelous pop blast penned by Willson-Piper.

The follow-up, 1990's Gold Afternoon Fix, failed to repeat the success of its predecessor as the single "Metropolis" garnered only minor airplay. Ploog left the Church prior to the release of 1992's Priest = Aura, which featured former Patti Smith Group drummer Jay Dee Daugherty; by 1994's Sometime Anywhere, only Kilbey and Willson-Piper remained, recording with the aid of a drum machine. When the album failed to crack the charts, Arista dropped the group from their contract, and with new drummer Tim Powles, the Church issued 1996's Magician Among the Spirits on the tiny White label; a subsequent tour marked Koppes' return to the fold. Hologram of Baal followed in 1998, and a year later the Church released the covers collection Box of Birds. After Everything Now This and the double album Parallel Universe both appeared in 2002. The group signed with Cooking Vinyl in 2003, releasing Forget Yourself, a magical collection of new songs that harkened back to their "Metropolis" days. In 2005 they released Momento Descuidado, an unplugged collection of old and new tracks for the Liberation Blue acoustic series. It was followed by Uninvited, Like the Clouds in 2006. ~ Jason Ankeny, All Music Guide


The Church has undergone several line-up changes over the years. The core members of Steve Kilbey, Marty Willson-Piper and Peter Koppes have basically gone unaltered, save for the brief departure of Koppes in the mid-1990s. The current members are:

* Steve Kilbey (b. 13 Sep 2021): bass and lead vocals
* Marty Willson-Piper (b. 7 May 2022): guitar
* Peter Koppes (b. 21 November 2021): guitar
* Tim Powles: drums

Previous members include:

* Nick Ward: drums (1980-1981)
* Richard Ploog: drums (1981-1990)
* Jay Dee Daugherty: drums (1990-1993)

Review: After such a fine debut as Of Skins and Heart, creating a follow-up might have been a burden for the Church -- and maybe it was, but the end result was well worth it. Perhaps even better than their first, Blurred Crusade captures what for many remains the classic early Church sound, blending both the various strains of '60s inspiration and postpunk drive detected from the start with an even more elegant melancholy. Musically, both Willson-Piper and Koppes are just fantastic, their combination of guitar playing running the range from sparkling post-Byrds chime to sharp power. If the group doesn't fully explode here as much as later albums would demonstrate, especially on Heyday, that perhaps can be laid at producer Bob Clearmountain's feet. Consider the slow but steady build up of "When You Were Mine," guitar lines and notes setting the scene before fully kicking into the main riff and the clever but not forced production on the vocals on some of the middle verses. Add on the fantastic solo about four minutes in, and this is great rock music, period, deeply impressive coming on a sophomore album. Highlights are plentiful throughout Blurred, but the best numbers are perhaps the opening "Almost With You," a note-perfect combination of hooks and downbeat but not morose atmosphere, and the lengthy, powerful "You Took." Willson-Piper's lead vocal number "Field of Mars" and the brief, concluding "Don't Look Back" are further songs of note. ~ Ned Raggett, All Music Guide

Track Listing:

01 - Almost With You - 4:13
02 - When You Were Mine - 5:47
03 - Field Of Mars - 4:55
04 - An Interlude - 4:29
05 - Secret Corners - 1:47
06 - Just For You - 5:18
07 - A Fire Burns - 4:46
08 - To Be In Your Eyes - 3:45
09 - You Took - 7:52
10 - Don't Look Back - 2:01

Total Time: 44:48

Steve Kilbey (Lead Vocals,Bass,All Keyboards,Slide Guitar)
Peter Koppes (Lead Guitar,Backing Vocals,Percussion,Tubular Bells,Piano on "You Took")
Marty Willson-Piper (Electric and Acoustic 12 and 6 String Guitars, Lead Vocal on "Field of Mars")
Richard Ploog (Drums, Percussion)

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