Saturday, 24 October 2015

Art of the Cover - The Breeders' "Last Splash" (1993)

spitting in a wishing well, blown to hell ....crash!  

As one would expect from the wonderful 4AD label, some berry berry beautiful artwork adorns fabtastic "Last Splash", by Kim Deal and pals in The Breeders,

Yap, there's some real fine music on here, including a little something called "Cannonball"!

Artwork Credits:
Jason Love – Photography
Paul MoMenamin - Design assistant
Vaughan Oliver – Art direction, design
Kevin Westenberg – Portraits

In 2003, Pitchfork Media listed the album at #64 on their list of The Top 100 Albums of the 1990s.

A few months back, 4AD released 'LSXX', a wonderful deluxe 20th Anniversary Box Set version of the album.

'LSXX' contains a digitally remastered version of "Last Splash" .... PLUS ... wait for it.... a staggering 46 Bonus Tracks of B-Sides, EP cuts, Live Recordings, Demo's and Rarities!

Originally formed as a side project for Pixies bassist Kim Deal, The Breeders quickly became her primary recording outlet. In January 1993, a Tanya-less Breeders went to Coast Recorders in San Francisco to record this, their second album and, a few months later, in August 1993, Last Splash surfaced to garner widespread acclaim and commercial success.

Last Splash peaked at #33 on Billboard's Top 200 album chart. Three singles were released from the album, including "Cannonball", which made it to No. 2 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart.

In 1993, they toured supporting Breeders superfan Kurt Cobain's Nirvana on their In Utero tour.

In 1994, Last Splash received a platinum certification by the Recording Industry Association of America.

New Year 1:57
Cannonball 3:34
Invisible Man 2:48
No Aloha 2:07
Roi 4:12
Do You Love Me Now? 3:02
Flipside 2:00
I Just Wanna Get Along 1:44
Mad Lucas 4:37
Divine Hammer 2:41
S.O.S. 1:32
Hag 2:56
Saints 2:32
Drivin' On 9 3:22
Roi (Reprise) 0:43

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