2002 Aussie remastered reissue of 1981 album includes a nine track bonus disc featuring B-sides & videos. Bonus tracks, 'Too Fast For You', 'Sisters', 'Tear It All Away', 'You've Got To Go', 'Fraulein' & videos for 'The Un... more »guarded Moment', 'Bel-Air', 'Too Fast For You' & 'Tear It All Away'. Includes original artwork from the vinyl release & revamped booklet with never before seen archive material.« less
2002 Aussie remastered reissue of 1981 album includes a nine track bonus disc featuring B-sides & videos. Bonus tracks, 'Too Fast For You', 'Sisters', 'Tear It All Away', 'You've Got To Go', 'Fraulein' & videos for 'The Unguarded Moment', 'Bel-Air', 'Too Fast For You' & 'Tear It All Away'. Includes original artwork from the vinyl release & revamped booklet with never before seen archive material.
Long before Milky Way, The Church brilliance began here
S. Johnston | Sydney, Australia | 09/10/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"In 1980 Sydney unleashed several huge bursts of new talent. In that year The Sunnyboys released their amazing single "Alone With You" and INXS began their world conquering career with "Just Keep Walking". Into this rich environment The Church launched their mammoth 2nd single "The Unguarded Moment", one of Australia's most memorable 80s singles. This superior pop song continues to send jangles down my spine to this day, on its own it justifies owning The Church's fine 1981 debut album "Of Skins And Heart". Listening to this album nowadays reveals just how well The Church's early music has aged. They were lucky to be recognised early by EMI and thus well-known producer Bob Clearmountain added his touch to this watertight set of edgy guitar pop songs. Along with the high of "Unguarded Moment", my other highlights would be the pulsating edge of "Memories In Future Tense", the crying guitars of "She Never Said", and the final track (of the original LP), the hypnotic "Don't Open The Door To Strangers". This re-mastered version features extra B-sides and video making it a solid buy. "Of Skins And Hearts" may seem to lack some of the latter Church's trademark mood which began emerging on "Blurred Crusade" (and was further refined on "Seance" and "Heyday"), but as a new band The Church showed early evidence of unique cohesion in this seminal work. For those unfamiliar with The Church this is as good a starting point as any: get familiar with this fine band by starting at the beginning."
Christopher Fryer | United States | 11/03/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I first heard this band when I saw the video for The Unguarded Moment. The lyrics helped me get through some hard times when I was a teenager. I have a couple of hits collections but this is the only studio album I have ever owned by The Church. I think the American version is better than the Australian version. Instead of Chrome Injury (good song), She Never Said, and Fighter Pilot - Korean War the American version had Too Fast For You, Sisters, and Tear It All Away (great song). But the "box" cd has all of these songs and a few videos. There is nothing flashy as far as musicianship goes, but the songs are well written with catchy guitars and good vocal melodies. One of my favorites! "
Simply a classic
Kenneth G. Monroe | Latham, NY USA | 03/22/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This recording is on my desert island list (along with The Blurred Crusade). It is an absolute must for any fans of The Church."
A masterpiece of 1981, Amazing!!!!
E. Mora | Miami, FL United States | 05/25/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"this album its one of the best albums that i ever heard, remember the first eighties band that sound like 90s style... i born in the 80, i not live the age but i feel that days, the ny art... basquiat... and things like that remembert that first album of a great band, all the songs are a jewel, are so diferent to hits of the band like Under the Milky Way... or Destination of the Starfish album... its a first sound of the church amazing... unique... i prefer this first album that first albums of R.E.M for compare with a band of the same years and same sound, but this its better! a lot! ***** stars just buy it, so the price its high, i want buy for see the videos... i like that separe the original album from the bonus...
1. For A Moment We're Strangers ***** (wow a happy morning song...) 2. Chrome Injury ***** (great.......) 3. The Unguarded Moment ***** (amazing) 4. Memories In Future Tense ***** (wow a huge riff, perfect) 5. Bel-Air ***** (perfect end of a slow great song) 6. Is This Where You Live ***** (great a little diferent to others) 7. She Never Said **** (good to normal) 8. Fighter Pilot... Korean War ***** (great little strange cool) 9. Don't Open The Door To Strangers ***** (this its a close of a great album!!! amazing song) remember dont open the door tonight!!!!!!!!!!!"