The band's second LP, The Small Price of a Bicycle came out in mid-1985. The album was a UK-only release-their US label, Arista Records, dismissed the album as 'punk-rock demos' and declined to release i. .Beginning in 1986, though the band was still officially a trio, keyboardist Dave Green became an auxiliary member of The Icicle Works, replacing Turrill. Green both played at live shows and contributed to the band's recordings. In July 1986, The Icicle Works had a top 75 chart hit with the almost punk-sounding "Understanding Jane", which peaked at No. 52. The pop-oriented follow-up single "Who Do You Want For Your Love" peaked at No. 54, and January 1987's "Evangeline" peaked at No. 53. All three songs found their way on to the 1987 album If You Want to Defeat Your Enemy Sing His Song, produced by Ian Broudie.
Producer – Geoff Muir (tracks: B3), Hugh Jones (tracks: A1), The Icicle Works (tracks: B3), Wally Brill (tracks: A2 to B2, B4). Written-By – Chris Layhe (tracks: A1 to A2), Ian McNabb (tracks: A1 to A2). Written-By, Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards – Ian McNabb.
What on EARTH happened to the mastering on this Icicle Works reissue? Along with 'If You Want To Defeat Your Enemy' and 'Blind' these dull, muffled remasters have absolutely ruined the listening experience. It's a crying shame as the packages and bonus tracks are a must-have for fans, however this is literally the worst mastering I have ever heard on any CD release. Go for the '5 Albums' box set on Beggars Banquet instead which sounds amazing, and has a good number of bonus tracks as well.
There's actually nothing small about the Icicle Works' second album. Like early U2, Big Country, and Simple Minds, the Icicle Works paint with a large canvas; on The Small Price of a Bicycle, the Icicle Works don't stray from their formula of mammoth guitar riffs and epic choruses. While the LP doesn't have the bewitching wintry feel of the group's self-titled debut, Ian McNabb's husky voice compensates for the overall lack of immediate hooks. Perambulator" exposes the Icicle Works' more aggressive side, one that McNabb would explore further on his Head Like a Rock LP, while "Seven Horses" is more of the same, McNabb's throaty voice riding on a wave of colossal guitars and thumping basslines. The Small Price of a Bicycle has its boring moments, such as "All the Daughters (Of Her Father's House)," but McNabb's passion breathes life into every lyric.
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Exclusive Prime pricing. The Small Price of a Bicycle. In between these two songs are eight unforgettable songs. Songs that I keep singing to myself long after the music has stopped. The Small Price Of A Bicycle creates its own atmosphere and maintains it throughout. This is an exquisite album and one that any Icicle Works fan will want to have in their collection. 8 people found this helpful.
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|B3||All The Daughters (Of Her Fathers House)||4:15|
|B4||Book Of Reason||2:52|
|B5||Conscience Of Kings||4:45|
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|BEGA 61||The Icicle Works||The Small Price Of A Bicycle (LP, Album)||Beggars Banquet||BEGA 61||UK||1985|
|BEGC-61||The Icicle Works||The Small Price Of A Bicycle (Cass, Album)||Beggars Banquet||BEGC-61||New Zealand||1985|
|CDTRED 487||The Icicle Works||The Small Price Of A Bicycle (Expanded Edition) (CD, Album, RE, RM + 2xCD, Comp)||Cherry Red||CDTRED 487||UK||2011|
|BBLC 61||The Icicle Works||The Small Price Of A Bicycle (Cass, Album, RE, Dol)||Beggars Banquet||BBLC 61||UK||1988|
|25VB-1051, BEGA-61||The Icicle Works||The Small Price Of A Bicycle (LP, Album, Promo)||Virgin, Beggars Banquet||25VB-1051, BEGA-61||Japan||1985|