Following hot on the heels of “The World Is Ours” single, the band opened 1989 with a new single, which was the title track of the bands forthcoming debut studio album “Never Another Sunset”, released on vinyl 7” and 12” single.
Keen to re-establish themselves after the year long break from recording, the band quickly followed up 1988′s “Winter Thrash” UK tour – with another one called “Groove Collision” to promote the new album and single, kicking off in Birmingham just three months after the end of “Winter Thrash”.
The lead track was another example of the Rose’s ability to pen a brooding, smoldering ballad, following a path that “A Thousand Landscapes” and “Velveteen” had trodden before. Despite only officially appearing on this release in 1989, the band must have been working on the song for some considerable length of time, as it first appeared in their BBC Radio 1 session aired back on 11th March 1986, some three years earlier. Comparing the two versions, they are very similar with only small changes in the phrasing.
On the B side we find the delightful and surprising “Mistakes”. The opening 1:05 of this song is yet another beautiful example of the guitar work of Berry, Schultz and McKay. When the vocal comes in I don’t think Phil’s vocal style is a natural fit to the almost flamenco rhythm of the track, but he just about pulls it off and it remains, especially for a B side, a great Rose track.
The 12″ closes out with a cover of Iggy Pop’s Gimme Danger. It had been a while since the Rose had referenced their well documented American influences, and this is another track that they made their own, with a great cover version, markedly different to the original recording.
Never Another Sunset (The Rose of Avalanche) (4.55)
Mistakes (The Rose of Avalanche) (5:20)
Catalogue Number: AVE2