The The – Soul Mining [Vinyl] [Box Set]


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Soul Mining is the debut album by British post-punk/synth-pop band the The (the 1981 album Burning Blue Soul was originally released by the band’s frontman Matt Johnson as a solo album, but later reissues credited it to the The). After a bidding war between major record labels which resulted in the group signing with CBS Records, Johnson began recording the album in New York City, but the initial recording sessions were aborted after the album’s first two singles and Johnson returned to London where he wrote and recorded the rest of the record. Musically, Soul Mining is a post-punk and synth-pop album with influences of the early 1980s New York club scene, while Johnson’s lyrics focus on relationship insecurities and social alienation, with imagery derived from dreams.

Soul Mining
A1 I’ve Been Waitin’ For Tomorrow (All Of My Life) 5:45
A2 This Is The Day 4:58
A3 The Sinking Feeling 3:41
A4 Uncertain Smile 6:53
B1 The Twilight Hour 5:55
B2 Soul Mining 4:47
B3 Giant 9:39
C1 Uncertain Smile (New York 12″ Version) 10:00
C2 Perfect (New York 12″ Version) 9:01
D1 This Is The Day (12″ Version) 5:26
D2 Fruit Of The Heart 1:54
D3 Perfect (London 12″ Version) 5:41
D4 I’ve Been Waitin’ For Tomorrow (All Of My Life) (12″ Mix) 7:39