The Small Price Of A Bicycle - Icicle Works (The)

The Small Price Of A Bicycle
Released on 21/03/11. The Icicle Works were founded in Liverpool in 1980 when bassist Chris Layhe (who had been in a couple of local rock bands including Elanor and Blind Owl) answered an advertisement for a musical collaborator placed by 20 year old Ian McNabb. The two got together and started writing. They quickly added drummer Chris Sharrock (who had previously drummed for the Cherry Boys), and began playing live shows. After the release of their self-titled debut album the Icicle Works struggled to match their initial commercial success. However, they continued to receive critical acclaim as a live band and secured a loyal fan base both in the UK and abroad.

There's actually nothing small about the Icicle Works' second album. Like early U2, Big Country, and Simple Minds, the Icicle Works paint with a large canvas; on The Small Price of a Bicycle, the Icicle Works don't stray from their formula of mammoth guitar riffs and epic choruses.

The galloping bass and sweeping vocals of Hollow Horse should've been as successful in the U.S. as the band's only American hit, Birds Fly (Whisper to a Scream). "We'll be as we are/When all the fools who doubt us fade away," McNabb bellows defiantly on Hollow Horse, lyrics that are as catchy as the "We are, we are/We are but your children" sing-along of Birds Fly. Filled with high drama and a ceaselessly driving beat, Hollow Horse nearly stomps the rest of the album into mashed potatoes. Perambulator exposes the Icicle Works' more aggressive side, one that McNabb would explore further on his Head Like a Rock LP, while Seven Horses is more of the same, McNabb's throaty voice riding on a wave of colossal guitars and thumping basslines.

This reissue in conjunction with Beggars Banquet contains two bonus discs of rare and unreleased material, together with informative notes by long time Icicle works champion Jerry Ewing who has talked to Ian McNabb about the making of the album.
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Code: CDTRED487
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Disc One - Hollow Horse / Perambulator / Seven Horses / Rapids / Windfall / Assumed Sundown / Saint's Sojourn / All The Daughters (Of Her Father's House) / Book Of Reason / Conscience Of Kings

Disc two -Hollow Horse (Long Version) (B-Side Hollow Horse) / Book Of Reason (Usa Long Version) / All The Daughters (Long Version) / b-Side All The Daughters - A Pocketful Of Nothing / Mr. Soul / When You Hear The Mission Bells (Unreleased) / B-Side Seven Horses / Seven Horses (American Version) / Slingshot / Beggars Legacy / Goin' Back / When It All Comes Down (Unabridged Version) / B-Side When It All Comes Down - (let's go) down to the river / cold turkey / lost icicles vol.1 - seven horses (early recording) / Perambulator (Early Recording) / Assumed Sundown (Early Recording) / Beggars Legacy (Early Recording)

Disc Three - When It All Comes Down (Abridged Version) / Saint Sojourn (Early Recording) / Peel Session 15/08/1984 / Hollow Horse / Deep In The Woods / Conscience Of Kings / When You Hear Themission Bells / Janice Long 24/4/85 - Perambulator / All The Daughters (Of Her Father's House) / Diamond In The Rough / Impossibly Three Lovers / Live - Street Life - Seven Horses (Live) / Perambulator (Live) / Rapids (Live) / Hollow Horse (Live) / You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet (Live)
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