The Go-Betweens are best known for indie-pop with guitars, albeit the addition of Amanda Brown on violin to the group added a new dynamic to the songs on the fourth and fifth studio albums, Tallulah (1987) and 16 Lovers Lane (1988).
Today’s hi-quality vinyl rip comes from Liberty Belle and The Black Diamond Express, the third album which dates back to 1986. It’s a song written by the late Grant McLennan and is one in which strings, in the shape of a cello, two violins and a viola are very much to the fore, especially in the middle section instrumental break, leading to a five-minute masterpiece of chamber pop:-
mp3: The Go-Betweens – The Wrong Road
The first time I saw Butcher Boy play immediately put The Wrong Road into my head, thanks to the presence of a string section among the usual mix of guitars, bass, keyboards and drums – oh and the fact John Hunt on lead vocals had such a shy yet magnetic presence on stage that he reminded me of Grant. It’s little wonder I fell under his and his band’s spell.