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Shriekback - Oil And Gold Album

Shriekback - Oil And Gold Album

Performer: Shriekback
Title: Oil And Gold
Country: UK & Europe
Catalog Number: 207 206
Label: Arista
Released: 1985
Style: New Wave, Synth-pop
Rating: 4.5
Votes: 130


1Fish Below The Ice4:20
2Only Thing That Shines4:00
3Health And Knowledge And Wealth And Power4:42
5Everything That Rises Must Converge3:49
7This Big Hush6:00
8Faded Flowers3:53


CategoryArtistTitle (Format)LabelCategoryCountryYear
03.207206.45Shriekback Oil And Gold ‎(LP, Album)Dacapo, Arista03.207206.45Portugal1985
7 90276-1, 90276-1Shriekback Oil And Gold ‎(LP, Album, AR)Island Records, Island Records7 90276-1, 90276-1US1985
7 90276-1, 90276-1Shriekback Oil And Gold ‎(LP, Album, SP)Island Records, Island Records7 90276-1, 90276-1US1985
VG 60028Shriekback Oil And Gold ‎(LP, Album)AristaVG 60028Greece1985
CID-90276Shriekback Oil And Gold ‎(CD, Album)Arista, Island Entertainment Group, Inc.CID-90276Canada1985


  • Artwork [Tactical Art]Al McDowell, Da Gama, John Warwicker-Le Breton
  • Engineer [Engineering]Austin Ince, Gavin MacKillop, Hans Zimmer, Ian Caple, Simaen Skolfield
  • ManagementGreat Ltd., John Owen Williams, Paul Smith
  • Management [[Logistics]Jolyon Burnham
  • Mastered By [Cutting]Kevin Metcalfe
  • Mixed ByGavin MacKillop
  • Photography ByNick Knight
  • Photography By [Deep Fish Photography]Peter David, Planet Earth Pictures
  • ProducerBarry Andrews
  • Written-By [All Songs Written By]Andrews, Marsh, Allen, Barker


Released with an inner sleeve containing the lyrics and printed in an experimental font.

Studios: Gaslight-Incubation, Rockfield-Rhythm Spawning
Lillie Yard, Snakeranch, Music Works-Overdubbage
Workhouse, Trident 2, Livingstone and Maison Rouge-Mixing.

Published by Point Music Ltd. 1985.

℗ 1985 Arista Records Ltd.
© 1985 Arista Records Ltd.
Distributed by the Ariola Group of Companies
Distributed in the U.K. by Polygram Record Operations Ltd.

Printed in Western Germany by TOPAC,
Gesellschaft für Tonträger-Verpackung mbH, Gütersloh
Imprimé en République Fédérale d'Allemagne


  • Barcode (Text): 4 007192 072064
  • Barcode (Scanned): 4007192072064
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, stamped): 207206 A-1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, stamped): 207206 B-1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, etched): THE GUN IS KING TOWNHOUSE 020
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, etched): HAND BUILT BY DALEKS [Dalek symbol] TOWNHOUSE 020
  • Label Code: LC 3484
  • Rights Society: GEMA STEMRA BIEM
  • Price Code (Germany): -320
  • Price Code (France): AE 280
  • Other (Inner sleeve Category): 207 206-8
  • Pressing Plant ID (Label side B, embossed): [Bass clef]


  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – Arista Records Ltd.
  • Copyright (c) – Arista Records Ltd.
  • Published By – Point Music Ltd.
  • Recorded At – Gaslight
  • Recorded At – Rockfield Studios
  • Overdubbed At – Lillie Yard Studio
  • Overdubbed At – Snakeranch Studios
  • Overdubbed At – Music Works
  • Mixed At – The Workhouse Studios
  • Mixed At – Trident 2
  • Mixed At – Livingston Studios
  • Mixed At – Maison Rouge
  • Mastered At – The Town House
  • Printed By – TOPAC
  • Pressed By – Sonopress
  • Distributed By – Ariola Group Of Companies
  • Distributed By – Polygram Record Operations Ltd.


Reviews (6)
One of THE best albums of the 80s. Dark, yet poppy, and there's not a throwaway track on the whole album. Definitely the album of theirs to try first.

Early Waffle
any chance of there being a 12' release of The Big Hush....

interactive man
GREAT album with some simple PERFECT music: This big hush, Faded flowers, Hammerheads, Coelocanth are immediate blasts. Atmospheric, melodic, very associative pop. Simply PERFECT!!! Try get it, highly recommended!!!

Beware of the Cherry Red reissue of this masterpiece. This CD screamed out for years to be remastered and enhance the too-low volume and flat dynamics of the original CD version. Leave it to Cherry Red to screw up another reissue and not remaster the tapes! They did "remaster" the bonus disc for some reason, but didn't bother with the main album. Can't understand this one at all.

There's no way the first disk from the Cherry Red release was not altered in some way. Listening to Malaria and This Big Hush from both the 85 release and the 2011 back-to-back and it's very evident that the 2011 release has been "touched". The hiss from the original is gone, the sound is less "cramped" and the stereo effect is more pronounced. The 85 original is louder and the bass and drums more pronounced. The same theme runs through the entire disk. Over-all, it's better sound, but I wish they had kept the drums turned up a bit.

About remastering: There's almost no ways such as enhancing the original flat dynamics once after the presenting master tape provides something flat dynamics. Any and every later dynamics manipulation distorts the originality and the soundquality as well. So it is with the equalisation. There's NO better soundquality recording as the original one even if it's boosted, enhanced, dynamycs-expanded or whatever. All the remastering process has a serious soundquality-distortion impact on the questioning material. NO exception. That's simply why I haven't heard any better remasters compared to the "original" issues by now. Avoid remasters! It's simply a lie based upon a gigantic hype of tech-faliures and missleads. I'm an audiophile engineer and sound engineer and so.... So I know what it's all about.

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