Gala was an introduction to Lush for the American and Japanese markets. It contains the band’s first three EPs which were only available in the UK. They needed to get a foothold in the American market with their debut album about to be released and a place secured on the Lollapalooza tour.
It showcases the catchy melodies, distortion,effervescence and everything that made Lush what it is. There are a selection of outtakes and a cover of Abba’s underrated divorce-pop masterpiece Hey Hey Helen. Produced by Tim Friese-Greene (Talk Talk), Robin Guthrie (Cocteau Twins) and John Fryer (This Mortal Coil), who produced Sweetness and Light EP, Mad Love EP and the Scar mini album accordingly. This means that there are two versions of Thoughtforms one produced by Guthrie the other by Fryer. In retrospective reviews it was the production that received criticism, but upon a recent listen I would disagree. The production adds the the 90’s feel of the album and transports me away to that happier time.
Sweetness And Light
Leaves Me Cold
Hey Hey Helen
Scarlet (New Version)