Better than expected. Same master? Oakenfold and Osborne's slinky grooves blend well with Martin Hannett's aggressive production style; an array of conventional yet understated indie rock guitar riffs are punctuated by bongo fills, piano stabs, woodwind and female vocal harmonies, all converging seamlessly to establish a trippy atmosphere elevated by uncouth vagaries courtesy of Shaun Ryder's thuggish-sounding yet poetic spoken word vocals. The reissue is pretty good, but not close to the original 90' pressing - IMHO.
Quite an amazing release from quite an amazing band that I’ll never forget. defintely crankable. Sounds as fresh now as the day I bought it on cassette! Pills 'N' Thrills And Bellyaches
"Pills 'n' Thrills" is unquestionably one of the most indulgent, off-the-wall and exceptional studio efforts of Factory Records history, but the sex, drugs and Northern culture herein is celebrated rather than despaired of, registering the album's expansive, eclectic sound and narrative as figuratively emblematic of the very label it was created by, and as such, this album should be considered its crowning glory, a true masterpiece worthy of its critical reverence.
The track 'Holiday' is for all intents and purposes a cover of Change's - Lover's Holiday as the melody is lifted straight from the aforementioned track albeit in the Monday's style. At their peak, the Happy Mondays were hedonism in perpetual motion, a party with no beginning and no end, a party where Pills 'N' Thrills and Bellyaches was continually pumping. record itself was filthy and covered in fine scuffs, which don't affect play.
I’m surprised this record doesn’t get more praise.
It was obvious that this simply couldn't be sustained; one album later the group had acrimoniously imploded in a cloud of class As, Factory collapsing and their own extreme "Lazyitis." This reissue was done right, sounds excellent and hits hard. Data Correct
It was released in 1990 and was produced by Paul Oakenfold and Steve Osborne at Eden Studios in London. - … This pressing BLOWS AWAY the 180g. Anybody got a review of the pressing/sound quality on this? Pills 'n' Thrills and Bellyaches was the third album by British band Happy Mondays.
Happy Mondays's third album. Quality pressing, no flaws. R1 60986 sounds fantastic and looks great! It’s a classic and truly original, It was released in 1990 and was produced by Paul Oakenfold and Steve Osborne at Eden Studios in London. Pills'n'Thrills and Bellyaches all gets a bit much toward the end, but no matter, what a hoot it is on the way there. You will not be disappointed.
I can't imagine this record sounding any better.
This is NOT a dud reissue.
*Natokowsky note: Featuring the genius guitar work of Mark Day which is seldom mentioned who is up there with Johnny Marr and Graham Coxon in my book. Pills 'n' Thrills and Bellyaches was the third album by British band Happy Mondays. buy with confidence Any comparison to the yellow RSD version from a few years ago? cracking reissue. Beautiful clarity and omnipresent lyrics, quite the house experience. Laden with hooks, samples and breezy beats, pushing the envelope of pop by adopting the ethos of Chicago's house music movement, more or less creating the ecstasy age and sowing the seeds that would grow into the eventual Balearic club and rave culture of the 1990s, the album redefines psychedelic rock of the 1960s for a new era.
*Natokowsky note: Featuring the genius guitar work of Mark Day which is seldom mentioned who is up there with Johnny Marr and Graham Coxon in my book.
"Pills 'n' Thrills..." expertly encapsulates the hedonism, audacious and profuse energy and attitude of not only the entire Madchester scene, but the band itself.
Very pleased to post this as this is my fav album of all time. Released 05 November 1990.