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  • CD (16 février 1988)
  • Nombre de disques: 1
  • Format : Import
  • Label: Mis
  • ASIN : B008DVJORS
  • Autres éditions : CD  |  Cassette  |  Album vinyle  |  Téléchargement MP3
  • Moyenne des commentaires client : 4.3 étoiles sur 5 3 commentaires client
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Format: CD
L'album qui révèle le groupe au grand public, certainement le meilleur avec une introduction fantastique DESTINATION, Un morceau intense, puissant et à la fois très mélodique superbement interprété par steve kilbey suivi de l'énorme tube UNDER THE MILKY WAY qui propulse le groupe au sommet. Le reste de l'album reste très bon avec également le titre très original REPTILE. Un album que je conseille fortement à tous, il est indispensable dans votre discothèque.
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Je pense qu'il s'agit du meilleur album des "Church". Il y a pas mal de bons morceaux et le cd est assez homogène; il ne s'agit pas d'un disque construit autour d'un hit "under the milky way" mais d'une bonne surprise dans son ensemble. Le tout est assez proche d'un autre groupe méconnu que sont les Nits.
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tres bon groupe australien et un cd captivant de a à z une tres bonne destination pour s'évader un peu
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 College radio stalwarts' "one-hit wonder" mainstream success 1 janvier 2005
Par Johnny Sideburns - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: CD
The Church had been mainstays of college radio (i.e., "alternative rock", without the marketing/P.R.) for years leading up to this thoroughly accessible (but no less brilliant) neuvo-psychedelic classic that scores from opening track to closing echo in a whirwind of dreamy, breathy vocals and effects-laden guitars chiming away like some ethereal clock ticking away to enlightenment.

ANYONE over the age of 35 should be familiar with the band's signature track "Under The Milky Way", one of the tracks from 1988 which pretty much set the table for the rise of college radio as mainstream "alternative rock" in the early '90's ("Head Like A Hole" from Nine Inch Nails and "Mountain Song" by Jane's Addiction being two others); it is a simple song given a lush arrangement and production values that fly under the radar...until you try to play the song yourself and realize that your effort, note-perfect thought it may be, sounds nothing like the Church's album version. Any band would be thankful to be associated by default with such a beautiful song.

And though it may be the most recognizable track and the one most likely to be remembered by casual fans, the strength of this album is that there are no throwaway tracks to be found (with the possible exception of "Spark", perhaps not incoincidentally one of the tracks bassist/main lyricist/vocalist Steve Kilbey does NOT sing lead vocal). "Destination", The opening track sets the mood perfectly, a single guitar followed by bass and drums, each seeming to attempt more restrain than the other follow, leading to a crescendo that takes you instead back to the beginning as Kilbey begins the first verse. "Under The Milky Way" is a perfect successor track. "Blood Money" is a bit of a let-down in the three spot; it seems to be two (at least) partial songs combined to form one with decidely mixed results.

"Lost", however, is an absolute joy to listen to. It's a total stoner vibe (I still remember the Rolling Stone write-up where Kilbey said "It might help to take a lot of acid to better understand my lyrics") that you just can't help laying back and closing your eyes to as you drift off to...somewhere. "North, South, East and West" brings you back, splash-of-cool-water-in-the-face style with a fantastic guitar riff that announces the most up-tempo and aggressive song on the album. Fantastic guitar work by both Marty Willson-Piper and Peter Koppes.

Track 6, the afore-mentioned "Spark" would lead off Side 2 of this album on LP or cassette, weakly in my opinion. Its attitude is out-of-place on this album, and I almost never listen to it. "Antenna" is a different story, though. A finer waltz beat in pop music hasn't been heard since the days of the Doors. "Reptile", the second single/video, is another up-tempo song with an almost schizophrenic distinction between verse and chorus. Steve Kilbey's bass slithers between the guitars of Koppes and Willson-Piper as the defining instrument of the song.

Peter Koppes turns the lead vocal on the longing "New Season", jingle-jangly Byrds-like guitars a-plenty and "Hotel Womb" closes the album on an upbeat note, praising the endless succession of sanctuaries found on the road, the hotel rooms where it IS possible for travelling musicians to avoid more trouble than they can get into.

It could be said that the Church never released an album as cohesive as "Starfish" again, though the musicianship from this album remains a constant. This is the most accessible effort the Church would ever produce, and anyone who appreciates good songwriting, artful arrangement, and general psychedelia will find a regular rotation slot for this CD. It is absolutely one of the finest albums of the 1980's and produced so sufficiently free of the gimmicks of that era that it still sounds relevant today. Not an easy trick for most of that decade's better releases.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 DREAM DEEP, DREAM OF NOW, NOW AND FOREVER GOOD 26 mai 2004
Par Crabby Apple Mick Lee - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: CD
For The Church the stars and planets must have been especially aligned for this album to be made. Never before or since have The Church enjoyed some widespread appeal. Starfish was the first record The Church had recorded outside of their native Australia. This was the first time they had recorded in a studio different from the one they had made their first five albums. Reading band accounts of making of Starfish makes one wonder why they didn't call the record "L.A. Sucks".
The Church hated Los Angeles and barely endured their two-month stay. During that time the city experienced two major earthquakes and numerous tremors. The band members suffered serious bouts of homesickness and dislocation in a lonely town at once both ugly and magnetic. They had lost their recording contract with EMI and had just completed negotiating and signing with Arista. Waddy Wachtel and Greg Ladanyi were assigned to produce the band-two individual mostly known for their association with the Southern California sound of the Eagles, Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt and Stevie Nicks. An antithesis to what the Church stood for and a recipe for friction for all sides. Wachtel had the band rehearse these ten songs over and over-picking them apart and building them back together again ad finitum. Ladanvi on the other hand was apt to be off at the golf course after barely getting the songs on tape in one take.
The first thing that hits you about this record is how much of a "guitar album" it is. Starfish is awash in several different guitar styles and carefully thought out patterns and lines. The result is a lean, cutting and harder edged sound that paradoxically produces a gentle feel. On "Hotel Womb", the song begins with a set of dark wandering notes which suddenly switch to a series of childlike chords and strumming as an organ plays a short set of descending notes. The drums kick in as the vocalist begins to sing to a growling guitar march that evolves into a dueling solo match which ends like a clap in a thunderstorm. The song rides out on a fast and grand soaring wailfest fading into eternity. This all combines to the effect of strength, beauty, and sublimity in a short five minutes forty seconds. All this for one song. Such detailed musicianship is evident throughout the whole record.
Lyrically The Church are as obscure as ever. It is difficult to say exactly what most of the songs are about. But the listener is caught by seemingly random conjured images that come at you in an incomprehensible emotional crossfire. "Under The Milky Way" may seem like a romantic, dreamy song; but Steve Kilbey says its really about a hash bar in Amsterdam. Some listeners, however, thought it was a conversation between an ancient Egyptian priest and a supplicant as they stood on the roof of a temple in the dead of night. Others thought with the mention of "Memphis" the song was actually a monologue spoken by Elvis as he drove the streets by night.
All this combines into a heady brew of psychedelic mysticism and drama. The songs form a journey of danger and disturbing revelations with glimpses of other worlds. Hints of buried bodies in strange cities, revenge, blackmail and homesickness abound. Wedding rings for strange women, dancing with the primitives in dark watery forests and seeing building "swaying like trees" express a love for life that is heartfelt but is in no way sentimental. Just when you think you understand comes an image or a lyrics which sets you back and makes you wonder if you understand at all.
This is a wonderful CD. The Church would go on to recede into obscurity while making more superb records; but they never found an equal to Starfish. While made in the 1980's it is not an "eighties" record with an "eighties" sound. I can scarcely think of another record like it at all. It is among the best of the best. Sometimes the best gifts come from far away. Sometimes the sweetest sounds are those you can barely hear.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Classic Church album gets second disc in re-release making this a worthwhile addition 31 mai 2007
Par Wayne Klein - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: CD
"Starfish" one of The Church's best and biggest selling albums receives the deluxe treatment on this reissue import. The sound is louder and here than the previous edition. I haven't compared this head to head on my computer to see if the dynamic range is crushed to create this effect but it sure sounds good to my average ears. The big reason to get this, though, is the second disc of EP/single b-sides that didn't make the album. Many of these tracks appeared on "A Quick Smoke at Spots" but not all of them. Also, ther remastered sound on the second disc of those tracks is much better--crisper sounding--than "Spot's" which sounded rather flat and dull by comparison. YOu get the good with the bad though as the sound is loud with little dynamic range so just be aware of that. Certainly this is a five star album for the content and the bonus disc but the mastering is another matter...

We also get the trio of acoustic tracks that the band released on their CD single "Under the Milky Way" (which was selling for a princely sum on Ebay). All three acoustic tracks are worthwhile for fans to have. These aren't stripped down versions but new recordings of the same songs that were done around the same time. While some of these tracks did appear on the band's acoustic album (and on Steve Kilbey's acoustic album as well), these are terrific takes for fans to have. There are also some unusual songs here that I haven't heard before and can assume that they were never released.

Track listing for second disc:
1. Texas Moon (from "Spot's")
2. Perfect Child (From Spots)
3. We Both know Why We're Here (from Spots)
4. Frozen and Distant (From Spots)
6. Nose Dive (from Spots)
7. Afterlife (from Spots)
8. Under the Milky Way (acoustic)(CD Single)
9, Antenna (Acoustic)(CD single)
10. Spark (Acoustic)(CD Single)
11. Warm Spell
12. Musk (EP b-side)

If you have "Spots" then you may not feel the need to get this or if you're an avid collector of the band you probably have most of these songs on other discs. For those of us who couldn't afford to buy everything at the time this is a nice summation of many of the b-sides/Spots songs that were released. The rest of the Spots songs are on the second disc of "Gold Afternoon Fix" (which also has some unique material as well).The booklet has additional photos from the recording sessions but I am disappointed that we don't get song lyrics.

"Starfish" became The Church's biggest selling album. Breaking through to the top 50 (it peaked at #41), Arista had hopes they would be the new U2 but The Church are a bit too idiosyncratic to fit into the narrow confines of a mainstream band. Nevertheless, "Starfish" is a terrific album with nice production by Waddy Wachtel and Greg Lanyani. The duo cleaned up the band's sound a bit producing a crisp, clean sounding recording that appealed to radio particularly with the first two singles "Under the Milky Way" and "Reptile" charting in the United States as singles (their biggest selling ones to date). The Church aren't just a one hit wonder however, they've consistently made compelling albums AFTER this album. When they reformed as a quartet with Tim Powles as their drummer and engineer), they produced a startling array of rich, terrific albums.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The Test of Time 25 mai 2000
Par Un client - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: CD
I have owned this album (first on cassette, then CD) since 1988. I was recently asked to choose my top 5 can't-live-without recordings and this one was a no-brainer. I've played this album thousands of times and have never tired of it. In addition, I have given this CD as a gift to at least a half-dozen friends and family members that got "hooked" on it when riding in my car. The Church are consumate musicians and Starfish is brilliant, far deeper than the two songs (Under the Milky Way and Reptile) that received radio play in the 80's. You will never regret purchasing this album, but will probably someday regret it if you don't.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 [this review is GREEN VINYL RE-RELEASE specific] Fantastic album, fantastic re-release quality 27 janvier 2016
Par Daniel A. Watkins - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Album vinyle
This review is specifically of the new translucent green vinyl reissue of the classic 1989 album "Starfish" by Aussie band THE CHURCH. This is the RUNT - HOME OF FOUR MEN WITH BEARDS / Plain Recordings 2015 re-release.

First, this is a fantastic, classic album - one of my all time favorite releases ever, by any band. Read what the other reviews say about the songs and then GET IT.

Now, on to the review of the re-release. My copy sounds great. I just did a side by side with an original 1988 US release vinyl, and the new one, and on two different stereo setups. I did it on my MCS 6700 turntable (has an amplifier and two different sets of good full size speakers, and then on my Technics SL-D3 turntable (with a new, old stock 80s vintage red Concorde Ortofon cartridge) and two different good sounding full size speakers (different sets than are upstairs with the MCS).

Both sound great, and nearly identical, side by side. The new vinyl is actually slightly lower volume than the original issue, and very quiet as far as any noise. I've also just ripped both original and new release to digital to take a look at the wav forms. Both are very similar, but the overall volume of the new is *slightly* lower, but not enough of a difference that you'd notice listening.

The compression looks similar on both, but is slightly different indicating (I guess) different mastering. The new one IS NOT squashed or brickwalled as I had been worried about, so I'm very relieved!

Here is a side-by-side rip of a part of "Destination", to let you hear the sound quality comparison, and visually the wave forms of the original vs the re-release: https://youtu.be/rX5rRgz0gR4
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