Echo & the Bunnymen, Crystal Days (1979-1999) (2014) If 20 years sounds like an inflated tenure for the romantic-gloomy Liverpudlians, well, it is. In additon to the band's '80s heyday, "Crystal" takes into… Echo & the Bunnymen
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Echo & the Bunnymen, Crystal Days (1979-1999) (2014)

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If 20 years sounds like an inflated tenure for the romantic-gloomy Liverpudlians, well, it is. In additon to the band's '80s heyday, ''Crystal'' takes into account frontman Ian McCulloch's five-year solo foray, his brief stint (with Bunnymen guitarist Will Sergeant) in Electrafixion, and the Bunnymen's recent comeback incarnation. That said, this bountiful four-CD anthology includes some of the most inspired covers (the Stones' ''Paint It, Black'' and the Modern Lovers' ''She Cracked'') that peppered -- and sometimes comprised -- their live sets. Those are in addition to the highlights of their uneven catalog, and alternate versions of faves like ''The Killing Moon'' and ''The Cutter.''

Originally posted Aug 10, 2001 Published in issue #608 Aug 10, 2001 Order article reprints