Too Many Castles In The Sky

The first Rose release on Fire Records. Issued on vinyl 7″ and 12″ single format in 1986.

You always seemed to get the impression that the title track was one of the bands favorite tracks to play live, as it was always enthusiastically banged out on stage. “Castles” opened the Rose’s live set during the 1989 Groove Collision Tour. Glenn & Phil would often build the intro of the song around The Doors “LA Women”

“Too Many Castles In The Sky” and “Assassin” (on the B side of the 7″ and 12″) were written by the original line up of the band in 1985, appearing in the set list of Rose shows from the very beginning of the bands career. Due to the single being released in 1986 after Mark Thompson had joined on drums, Mark is listed as a band member on the rear of the sleeve, but it is clear that a drum machine is providing the rhythm section on the actual studio recordings.

Phil has been quoted that the inspiration for “Castles” came from over hearing corny pick up lines in pubs and clubs, e.g. “I’ll take you to my castle in the sky”

The B sides couldn’t be more different. ” Dizzy Miss Lizzy” is a cover of the 1950′s rock ‘n’ roll classic – firmly positioning the Rose’s American influences, and a brave move for a band coming out of the Leeds Goth scene.

“Assassin” is up there (IMHO) as one of the Rose guitar fest classics. Both guitarists complement each other perfectly, and the track showcases the Rose’s technical prowess and mastery of song structures for such a young group. The highlight of the song is the instrumental break at 3:33 with a mystery female backing singer helping with the build, leading into Glenn’s beautiful outtro. Its one of my personal favorite Rose tracks.

Too Many Castles In The Sky 7"

A Side
Too Many Castles In The Sky (The Rose of Avalanche) (4:15)
B Side
Assassin (The Rose of Avalanche) (7:29)
Catalogue Number: Blaze 9S
Notes: Note single castle towers and colour difference to 12″ cover design.

 

 

Too Many Castles In The Sky 12"
A Side
Too Many Castles In The Sky (The Rose of Avalanche) (4:15)
B Side
Assassin (The Rose of Avalanche) (7:29)
Dizzy Miss Lizzy (Larry Williams) (2:16)
Catalogue Number: Blaze 9
Notes: Note multiple castle towers and colour difference to 7″ cover design.