Velveteen

The second single released on Fire records on vinyl 7″ and 12″ formats on the 22/09/86.

“Velveteen” became one of Roses most well known tracks, possibly as it was the record in the stores at the time of their Mission support slot where the Rose gained exposure to larger audiences every night, and toured extensively with The Mission in the UK in late 1986, and in Europe in early 1987.

Listening to the recordings on the single, my ear tells me a drum machine is still providing the rhythm section on the title track, suggesting the “Velveteen” recording was made at the same time as the “Too Many Castles In The Sky” studio sessions, but held back for future release. However on the B side of the single I think drummer Mark Thompson finally makes his recording d├ębut with the band on “Who Cares” and “Just Like Yesterday”

The song continues in a similar vein from where “Assassin” left off on the previous single. Again demonstrating an advanced song structure, well crafted lyrics, and highlighted by the dual layered guitar attack of Berry and Schultz which was rapidly becoming the Rose’s trademark. The technical ability, attention to detail in the composition, and blatant references to their American 50′s & 60′s influences were starting to set the Rose apart from their peers in the Goth genre.

The quality doesn’t stop with the A side either, as both B side tracks are great songs in their own right. Again accentuating the dual guitar parts with Berry and Schultz perfectly complementing each other. “Who Cares” in particular providing a richly layered platform for Morris to deliver his well crafted lyrics.

At this stage of their career I think it is fair to say that listening to the bands early live performances you can see a group learning to find their live persona as they go, which with their inexperience, it sometimes proved difficult to do justice to the songs in a live situation, especially when often playing support slots with an indifferent audience who were mostly there to see the headline act.

However from day 1 the band seemed naturally at home in the studio where they could really do justice to the complex songs they were producing. As Phil said, they had a number 1 independent single (“LA Rain”) before they had even played a gig so the pressure was on from the off to deliver the goods live.

Velveteen 7"

A Side
Velveteen (The Rose of Avalanche) (5:28)
B Side
Who Cares (The Rose of Avalanche) (5:18)
Catalogue Number: Blaze 14
Notes: Note alternate colour and design to 12″

 

 

Velveteen 12"

A Side
Velveteen (The Rose of Avalanche) (5:28)
B Side
Who Cares (The Rose of Avalanche) (5:18)
Just Like Yesterday (The Rose of Avalanche) (5:49)
Catalogue Number: Blaze 14T
Notes: Note alternate colour and design to 7″