Tuesday, May 24, 2016

The La's - Self-titled Album - 1990

When I think about the La's, I can't help but feel a saddened sense of loss.  A sense of things that could've been and never did.  A feeling of regret.

Those who know the story of Lee Mavers and the La's will probably understand, and you won't understand unless you do know.  There's a difference between a one-off, one-hit wonder, talentless hack in-it-for-the-money band.  Yes, release an album and be gone with you.  But, then there's people like Lee Mavers, a true musical artisan, and stories of disenchantment, dreams lost, and disappointment.

One can only wonder what the nineties musical landscape would've looked like if Mavers and the La's had kept it going. Would there have been an Oasis?  Would Britrock be bigger, lesser, the same?  Who knows.  All I know is I have roughly two dozen tracks to remind me that once there was a great songwriter that fame left behind.

This post has all the b-sides and demos, obviously has the alternate album material from Hedges and the rest.  Never cared for the eye cover so I changed it up.  And dressed up the drab wall on the single cover.  For the most part, I'm pretty sure this is going to be the same as the deluxe edition, so really nothing new, unless you don't have it yet.

Best are Son Of A Gun, Liberty Ship, Doledrum and Feelin'.  All time best top of the rocks never better are There She Goes and Timeless Melody....

If anything, just Timeless Melody.  Over and over and over again.


  1. Thanks. Don't think I've ever heard the Hedges version of the album.

  2. This is one of my all-time favorite albums. It's just such a shame that Lee Mavers was more or less screwed over by the corporate entity that the recording industry has become; I think that if the band was around these days, and if he had been able to release the version of the album that he wanted out there in the public eye, they'd have influenced even more people than they did. As it is, at least we have this beautiful gem of a record.

    1. In fairness he got a lot more money thrown at him than most new bands could dream of. Really he should have signed a record contract. He didn't need any studios, just stables!