The Amsterdam Tapes

by Adrian Borland

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Adrian Borland first made his mark in 1979 as the frontman of The Sound, who were signed to Korova alongside labelmates Echo And The Bunneymen. The bands sometimes aggressive but infectious stadium filling sound resulted in their classic debut "Jeopardy" (1980) and after two further albums the band were eventually dropped, but their music very much lives on, casting an influential light much further than their record sales may suggest. Unfortunately Borland, plagued by metal health problems, tragically died in 1999.

As a result of his many admirers and friends, "The Amsterdam Tapes" came into being. A session in 1992 with Bart Van Poppel and various friends, created a set of demos, that Poppel has since remastered, re-recorded and reproduced. It sounds like a labour of love too. With Borland's vocals and guitars preserved, the era has also imprinted onto the songs. Tracks like "Ordinary Angel" are more reflective, but with guitars and the wider ambitions still intact. The darker sounds of "Sea Of Noise" still have shades of the Bunnymen and it's a record that would impress by any standard if produced by one of today's newer acts. "I just don't want to be there too " sings Borland, co-incidentally, but no less prophetic.

"The Amsterdam Tapes" is not just a fitting tribute. It very much marks the sound of the times, bridging Borlands ambitions at a point when the stadium acts such as U2 had grown from the very same scenes that Borland had occupied in the late 70's. It's Poppel who should be congratulated too for contributing to and facilitating a worthy album.

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released January 12, 2007

Adrian Borland: Guitar, Midi Programming, Keyboards, Vocals
Bart van Poppel: Bass
Victor Heeremans: Keyboard
Robin Berlijn: Guitars

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Although it is primarily for the 1979-1987 group THE SOUND that Adrian Borland is remembered. THE SOUND, who released several records between 1979 and 1987 that deserved the popularity of Echo & the Bunnymen but failed mostly due to the lack of a marketable image. Nonetheless, the Sound were the missing link between Joy Division and Echo; perhaps time will help acknowledge this. ... more

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