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69 Love Songs [Box]

69 Love Songs [Box]


As the sprawling magnitude of its cheeky title suggests, 69 Love Songs is Stephin Merritt's most ambitious as well as most fully realized work to date, a three-disc epic of classically chiseled pop songs that explore both the promise and pitfalls of modern romance through the jaundiced eye of an irredeemable misanthrope. A true A-to-Z catalog of touchingly bittersweet love songs that runs the gamut from tender ballads to pithy folk tunes to bluesy vamps, the sheer scope of the record allows all of Merritt's musical personas to converge -- the regular use of guest vocalists recalls his work as the 6ths, the romantic fatalism suggests the Gothic Archies project, and the stately melodies evoke the Future Bible Heroes. The whole is much greater than the sum of its parts, however -- for all of Merritt's scathing wit and icy detachment, there's a depth and sensitivity to these songs largely absent from his past work, and each one of these 69 tracks approaches l'amour from refreshing angles, galvanizing the love song form with rare sophistication and elegance. Naturally, given a project of this size there's the occasional bit of filler, but all in all, 69 Love Songs maintains a remarkable consistency throughout, and the highlights ("I Don't Believe in the Sun," "All My Little Words," "Asleep and Dreaming," "Busby Berkeley Dreams," and "Acoustic Guitar," to name just a few) are jaw-droppingly superb. Also available as three individual releases, 69 Love Songs was nevertheless conceived as a whole and is best absorbed as such, with all of its twists and turns taken in stride; despite its three-hour length, the music boasts the craftsmanship and economy that remain the hallmarks of classic American pop songwriting, a tradition Merritt upholds even as he subverts the formula in new and brilliant ways. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi

  • Condition: Used - Good
    HPB condition ratings
    • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
    • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
    • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
    • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
    • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
    • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
    Conditions Guide
  • Format: Compact Disc
  • Sold by: HPB Concord
  • Seller rating:
  • Label: Merge
  • UPC: 036172946921


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Track listings

  • Disc 1:
  • 1. Absolutely Cuckoo
  • 2. I Don't Believe In The Sun
  • 3. All My Little Words
  • 4. Chicken With It's Head Cut Off, A
  • 5. Reno Dakota
  • 6. I Don't Want To Get Over You
  • 7. Come Back From San Francisco
  • 8. Luckiest Guy On The Lower East Side, The
  • 9. Let's Pretend We're Bunny Rabbits
  • 10. Cactus Where Your Heart Should Be, The
  • 11. I Think I Need A New Heart
  • 12. Book Of Love, The
  • 13. Fido, Your Leash Is Too Long
  • 14. How Fucking Romantic
  • 15. One You Really Love, The
  • 16. Punk Love
  • 17. Parades Go By
  • 18. Boa Constrictor
  • 19. Pretty Girl Is Like, A
  • 20. My Sentimental Melody
  • 21. Nothing Matters When We're Dancing
  • 22. Sweet Lovin' Man
  • 23. Things We Did And Didn't Do, The
  • Disc 2:
  • 1. Roses
  • 2. Love Is Like Jazz
  • 3. When My Boy Walks Down The Street
  • 4. Time Enough For Rocking When We're Old
  • 5. Very Funny
  • 6. Grand Canyon
  • 7. No One Will Ever Love You
  • 8. If You Don't Cry
  • 9. You're My Only Home
  • 10. (Crazy For You But) Not That Crazy
  • 11. My Only Friend
  • 12. Promises Of Eternity
  • 13. World Love
  • 14. Washington, D.C.
  • 15. Long Forgotten Fairytale
  • 16. Kiss Me Like You Mean It
  • 17. Papa Was A Rodeo
  • 18. Epitaph For My Heart
  • 19. Asleep And Dreaming
  • 20. Sun Goes Down And The World Goes Dancing, The
  • 21. Way You Say Good Night, The
  • 22. Abigail, Belle Of Kilronan
  • 23. I Shatter
  • Disc 3:
  • 1. Underwear (French)
  • 2. It's A Crime
  • 3. Busby Berkeley Dreams
  • 4. I'm Sorry I Love You
  • 5. Acoustic Guitar
  • 6. Death Of Ferdinand De Saussure, The
  • 7. Love In The Shadows
  • 8. Bitter Tears
  • 9. Wi' Nae Wee Bairn Ye'll Me Beget
  • 10. Yeah! Oh, Yeah!
  • 11. Experimental Music Love
  • 12. Meaningless
  • 13. Love Is Like A Bottle Of Gin
  • 14. Queen Of The Savages
  • 15. Blue You
  • 16. I Can't Touch You Anymore
  • 17. Two Kinds Of People
  • 18. How To Say Goodbye
  • 19. Night You Can't Remember, The
  • 20. For We Are The King Of The Boudoir
  • 21. Strange Eyes
  • 22. Xylophone Track
  • 23. Zebra
 
HPB condition ratings
  • New: Item is brand new, unused and unmarked, in flawless condition.
  • Fine/Like New (F): No defects, little usage. May show remainder marks. Older books may show minor flaws.
  • Very Good (VG): Shows some signs of wear and is no longer fresh. Attractive. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Good (G): Average used book with all pages present. Possible loose bindings, highlighting, cocked spine or torn dust jackets. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Fair (FR): Obviously well-worn, but no text pages missing. May be without endpapers or title page. Markings do not interfere with readability. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Poor (P): All text is legible but may be soiled and have binding defects. Reading copies and binding copies fall into this category. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
  • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
  • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
  • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
  • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: This movie is unopened and brand new.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): Near new. No defects, little sign of use. Plays perfectly. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. No skipping; no fuzzy or snowy frames in VHS.
  • Very Good (VG): Attractive and well cared for but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, but will play almost perfectly. For VHS: barely detectable distortion or very few fuzzy or snowy frames.
  • Good (G): This item is in okay condition and basically works well. There may be some minor distortion on VHS tape; slight scratching or wear on DVD.
  • Fair (FR): Basically plays, but may be obviously well-worn with some scratching or tape distortion.
  • Poor (P): Disc or tape is intact, but may be scratched or stretched. There may be skips or distortion or product defects.
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