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Echo & the Bunnymen, Crystal Days (1979-1999)

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Crystal Days (1979-1999)

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In Season

We gave it a B+

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.”