The Church - Starfish (2LP, Expanded Edition)
The Church - Starfish (2LP, Expanded Edition)
The Church - Starfish (2LP, Expanded Edition)
The Church - Starfish (2LP, Expanded Edition)
The Church - Starfish (2LP, Expanded Edition)
The Church - Starfish (2LP, Expanded Edition)
The Church - Starfish (2LP, Expanded Edition)
The Church - Starfish (2LP, Expanded Edition)

The Church - Starfish (2LP, Expanded Edition)

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Lead vocal - Steve Kilbey (A1-B2, B4, C1, C3, D1-6), Peter Koppes (C2), Marty Willson-Piper (B3)

Bass - Steve Kilbey,

Guitars - Peter Koppes, Marty Willson-Piper

Drums & percussion - Richard Ploog (except A2), Russ Kunkel (A2),

Keyboards - Greg Kuehn

Mandolin - David Lindley (B4)

Synclavier - "Awesome Welles"

Backing vocals - Waddy Wachtel


2 LPs, Old-style gatefold jacket by Stoughton Printing

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : 180g Ultra-quiet vinyl

Record color : black

Speed : 33 RPM

Size : 12'’



Record Press : RTI

Label : Intervention Records

Original Label : Arista

Recorded in Los Angeles in 1987

Produced by The Church, Greg Ladanyi, Waddy Wachtel

Mixed by Greg Ladanyi, Waddy Wachtel, Shep Lonsdale

Engineered by Shep Lonsdale, Duane Seykora

Mastered from the original master tapes by Ryan K. Smith at Sterling Sound

Originally released in 1988

Reissued in 2021



Side A

  1. Destination
  2. Under the Milky Way
  3. Blood Money

Side B

  1. Lost
  2. North, South, East and West
  3. Spark
  4. Antenna

Side C

  1. Reptile
  2. A New Season
  3. Hotel Womb
  4. Under the Milky Way (Acoustic)
  5. Antenna (Acoustic)

Side D

  1. Frozen and Distant
  2. Texas Moon
  3. Anna Miranda
  4. Afterlife
  5. We Both Know Why You're Here
  6. Perfect Child


Reviews :

« Signing to Arista might have seemed an unusual move to start with, getting produced by L.A. studio types like Waddy Wachtel even more so. But for the Church the rewards were great -- if sometimes too clean around the corners in comparison to the song-for-song masterpiece Heyday, Starfish set up the band's well-deserved breakthrough in the States. The reason was "Under the Milky Way," still one of the most haunting and elegant songs ever to make the Top 40. As Kilbey details a lyric of emotional distance and atmosphere, the band executes a quietly beautiful -- and as is so often the case with the Church, astonishingly well-arranged -- song, with mock bagpipes swirling through the mix for extra effect. That wasn't the only strong point on an album with more than a few; the lead-off track "Destination" was as strong an album opener as "Myrrh," if slower paced and much more mysterious, piano blending through the song's steady pace. The rest of the first side has its share of highlights, such as the quietly threatening edge of "Blood Money" and the confident, restrained charge of "North, South, East and West." Willson-Piper gets to lead off the second side with "Spark," a vicious, tight rocker that captures some of the best '60s rock edge and gives it a smart update. Equally strong is Kilbey's "Reptile," with an appropriately snaky guitar line and rhythm punch offset against weirdly soothing keyboards. Koppes has an okay vocal to his credit on "A New Season," but the stronger tracks are Kilbey's other contributions, the strong guitar waltz of "Antenna" (with great guest mandolin from David Lindley) and the closing charge (and very Church-like title) of "Hotel Womb." Performances throughout are at the least fine and at the most fantastic. » AllMusic Review by Ned Raggett


Ratings :

AllMusic : 4.5 / 5 , Discogs : 4,89 / 5

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