Long before any mountains got moved, or 'Eberneezer Goode' turned up on the scene, The Shamen were a psychedelic rock band; but as time progressed they gently morphed into an experimental electronic outfit; finally finding a niche in commercial territory as a very successful dance act.
This mini-LP from 1989 captures the band during two of their transitional periods.
The bulk of Phorward, six tracks originally released on 10" vinyl, followed in the wake of the album In Gorbachev We Trust, a release that reflected the band's artistic change and genre switch.
Phorward is a lot less commercial than Gorbachev - using commercial as an indicator to the closeness of a 'Pop' sound - and seems to reflect the band in a bit of a quandary; not knowing quite where to take their music; not yet deciding as to whether they should take a more experimental approach (which Phorward does) or adopt a more commercial sound, catch the zeitgeist and give the mainstream what they want: bouncy electronica with a bangin' chorus!
Hence: "Move any mountain" and "Eezer Goode, Eezer Goode; he's Ebeneezer Goode".
The other two tracks, 'Happy Days' and 'Knature of a Girl', that came with the original release - literally; pressed as a 7" white label (actually it's pale pink), no explanation, no information - are now identifiable as the S and N Sessions (something to do with Scottish drinking habits...), and capture the band before they lay their guitars down.
It's a great sound, and in some ways a pity they didn't take it further; but time was the master, and we could all do with a bit of money in the bank, right...
(The other thing I really liked about The Shamen was their great sense of wordplay (not always as hackneyed as "Eezer Goode, Eezer Goode", although that did cause quite a stir at the time) and the way they played around with spelling conventions; just like the mighty Slade dun.)
The Shamen - Phorward (1989)
You, Me and Everything (Else)
Knature of a Girl
Decent vinyl rip @320kbs
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