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Matt Johnson - Burning Blue Soul album download

Matt Johnson - Burning Blue Soul album download
New Wave, Psychedelic Rock
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    Burning Blue Soul
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In 1981 Johnson released the album Burning Blue Soul on 4AD under his own name (since re-released under the name The The), still regarded by some as a much overlooked masterpiece. By 1983 Johnson had signed a contract with Sony Music and released The The’s debut album Soul Mining. By 1986, The The had released their second album Infected, which reached number 14 in the UK Albums Chart and remained in the chart for 30 weeks, making it the band’s most commercially successful album to date

Johnson was signed up later in 1981 to 4AD Records by Ivo Watts-Russell to record a solo album, Burning Blue Soul. Although all of the instruments and vocals were performed by Johnson, the album featured various producers including Wire's Bruce Gilbert and Graham Lewis, Ivo and Johnson himself. Reformation and new material (2017–present).

Originally released as "Matt Johnson : Burning Blue Soul". Recorded during Spring, Summer 1981. This 1993 release is a reissue of the 1981 4AD label/Cherry Red Music published original vinyl album which had a different and much better 'psychedelic' designed sleeve. The original 4AD release is now a 'collectors item' obviously. It is a full of beautiful songs, crude layered but captivating compositions and ethereal 'soundscapes' but lack the sound and production quality of best album from 'The The' to date: 'Soul Mining', due to the fact that it was recorded on an 8 track, as Matt Johnson once told in paper interview.

From the liner notes: "Originally released as "Matt Johnson: Burning Blue Soul" recorded 1980. Leaflet includes lyrics.

Red Cinders In Sand’ is a revelation today, sounding like Talking Heads if they’d spent some time bunking at Throbbing Gristle Martello St residence. A delightful, little-known album, produced by Robin Guthrie and performed by a talented bunch of dub-fixated musicians who it’s now possible to see as precursors to the post-rock movement of the 1990s. A strange, intoxicating collage of jangly guitar arabesques, plaintive jazz horns and synthetic ambience, strongly recommended – if you can put up with it unrelenting politeness.

The The Discography APE. 1981 - Burning Blue Soul. The The - Burning Blue Soul. The The - Soul Mining.

The The. Burning Blue Soul. Composer, Instrumentation, Multi Instruments, Primary Artist, Producer, Vocals. Guitar, Piano, Producer.

Burning Blue Soul (1981) is an album released under the artist name of Matt Johnson. This album was re-released in 1983 under Matt Johnson's band's name, The The featuring on some tracks, very different mixes from the original 1981 "psychedelic eye" cover release. The album is an accomplished debut, with a unique mix of guitar riffs, tape loops, and experimental electronics.

Burning Blue Soul Matt Johnson. Adam Christopher) (Acoustic) Matt Johnson.

Tracklist Hide Credits

A1 Red Cinders In The Sand
Producer – Pete Maben
A2 Song Without An Ending 4:35
A3 Time (Again) For The Golden Sunset
Producer – B.C. Gilbert*, G. Lewis*
A4 Iceing Up 7:35
B1 (Like A) Sun Rising Through My Garden 5:01
B2 Out Of Control 2:01
B3 Bugle Boy 2:27
B4 Delirious 3:33
B5 The River Flows East In Spring
Guitar – B.C. Gilbert*Piano [Karate Chop] – Graham LewisProducer – B.C. Gilbert*, G. Lewis*
B6 Another Boy Drowning 5:53

Companies, etc.

  • Published By – Cherry Red Music
  • Mastered At – Tape One
  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – 4AD
  • Pressed By – WEA Records Pressing Plant, West Drayton


  • Artwork [Original] – Andrew Johnson*, Neville Brody
  • Mastered By – BilBo
  • Photography By [Original] – Darren Laws
  • Producer – Ivo* (tracks: A2, A4, B1 to B4, B6), Matt Johnson (tracks: A1, A2, A4, B1 to B4, B6)
  • Written-By, Performer, Vocals – Matt Johnson


This is the original issue of the album, often referred to as the 'psychedelic eye design'.
Published by Cherry Red Music. Back Sleeve Notes: "Matt Johnson (Born London August 1961) is a member of The The and The Gadgets. This LP was recorded during spring/summer 1981."
The inner sleeve show photocopies of the lyrics papers sheets, for all tracks, written by hand of Matt Johnson.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, Etched, Variant 1): CAD-113-A I DID KNOW THE SECRET OF THE UNIVERSE... W-30 BILBO
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, Etched, Variant 1): CAD-113-B .. ONLY I FORGOT. W-17 BILBO . TA1PE
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, Etched, Variant 2): CAD-113-A I DID KNOW THE SECRET OF THE UNIVERSE... W-17 BILBO B
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, Etched, Variant 2): CAD-113-B .. ONLY I FORGOT. W-15 BILBO . TA1PE B

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
HAD 113 CD The The Burning Blue Soul ‎(CD, Album, RE, RM) 4AD HAD 113 CD UK Unknown
HAD C 113 The The Burning Blue Soul ‎(Cass, Album, RE) 4AD HAD C 113 UK 1993
HAD 113 CD The The Burning Blue Soul ‎(CD, Album, Promo, RE, RM) 4AD HAD 113 CD UK 1993
HAD 113 CD The The Burning Blue Soul ‎(CD, Album, RE, RM) 4AD HAD 113 CD UK Unknown
P-11148 Matt Johnson Burning Blue Soul ‎(LP, Album, Promo) WEA, 4AD P-11148 Japan 1981