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The Icicle Works Discography
Version 4.11a (06 March 2013)

Media key

7"
7" single
2*7"
7" single double pack
12"
12" single
CS
cassette single
CD5
compact disc 5" single
LP
vinyl album
2LP
double vinyl album
MC
cassette album
CD
compact disc album
2CD
double compact disc
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times in brackets are CD or clock times rather than label times

Part III - Various Artist Compilation Albums

1984


A Sampling Above The Rest[A Sampling Above the Rest]

7"
4ad Beggars Banquet VTO 1 [Canada]
  • Lover's Day
  • Reap the Richest Harvest

Sampler features two Cocteau Twins songs, one Gene Loves Jezebel, two The Icicle Works, and one Death Cult track. Note how the the second track has appeared as "Reaping the Rich Harvest," "Reap the Rich Harvest," and now here as "Reap the Richest Harvest." Presumably dates from about 1984 as the label reads, "taken from the forthcoming Icicle Works cassette and album 'The Icicle Works.'"


A New Optimism[A New Optimism]

LP
Situation Two SITU-11
  • Waterline (Special Version) [4:10]

Icicle Works. Compilation features among others The Alarm, Billy Bragg, Wah!, and REM. This is the version of Waterline that appeared on the U.S. album.


June 1985


[Vertigo Sampler] Vertigo Sampler

2LP
Vertigo GO 241 [Canada]
  • Whisper to a Scream (Birds Fly) (3:48)
  • Book of Reason (4:02)

Icicle Works. Originally, we had this compilation listed as saying, "both songs identical to album versions," but it has recently been reported that "Book of Reason" seems to be a different version. It reportedly even features slightly different lyrics in places. A single-sheet artist information pullout includes the (US?) LP cover of Icicle Works and the photo from the cover of Small Price Of A Bicycle. Credits for "Book of Reason" cite Wally Brill as producer and Richard Manwaring as engineer. This double album features various Vertigo artists including Tears for Fears, ABC, Big Country, Love and Rockets, The Cult, Dire Straits, and Cocteau Twins.


August or October 1985


[One Pound 99]One Pound Ninety Nine: A Music Sampler of the State of Things

LP
Beggars Banquet/Situation 2 BBB1
MC
Beggars Banquet/Situation 2 BBBC1
  • Perambulator (4:02)

Icicle Works. £1.99 is the price this sampler of Beggars Banquet recordings. Includes such artists as Peter Murphy, Nico, John Cale, Ramones, Love and Rockets, and Bolshoi.


1986


[Live-in World Anti-Heroin Project]The Anti-Heroin Project--It's A Live-In World

LP
EMI Records AHP LP1
  • The Needle And The Damage Done (With Pete Wylie) (2:34)

Icicle Works. This double LP features a wide range of artists, including Elvis Costello, Ringo, Holly Johnson, Paul McCartney, Howard Jones, Feargal Sharkey, and Wham donating a track to the album. "The Needle And The Damage Done" was the final song on side one of the 1st disc.


1986


[Spool's Gold Cassette] Spool's Gold
(Free cassette with Record Mirror).

CS
RM C60 II
  • Sweet Thursday [4:22]

Icicle Works. Reportedly does not appear in other places. It is definitely slower and a different mix. Produced by Ian Broudie. Sampler includes Cabaret Voltaire, Blancmange, Shamen, Woodentops, Blow Monkeys, and more; 15 tracks, total.


1987


[Sounds Showcase 2] Sounds Showcase 2

7"
SHOW2 [UK]
  • Don't Let It Rain On My Parade [4:30]

Produced by Ian Broudie.

Icicle Works. Given away free with UK magazine Sounds. These were reportedly non-lp tracks recorded especially for the magazine. Also includes Shop Assistants' "Train to Kansas City," Woodentops' "Love Train," and The Mighty Lemon Drops' "Hear Me Call." 33rpm 7".


1989


Time Between--A Tribute To The Byrds

LP
Communion 011
[A Tribute To The Byrds] Imaginary Records ILL 400
MC
Communion
CD
Imaginary Records ILLCD 400
  • Triad/Chestnut Mare (4:47)

Icicle Works.


1989


[Rock the World]Rock The World--Super Star Compilation
Rock The World--The Phoenix House Philosophy

LP
Enigma 73606
MC
Wienerworld 4.11598
CD
Pickwick PWKS 4083 [released 1991]
  • The Needle And The Damage Done (With Pete Wylie) (2:34)

Icicle Works. Side 2, track 6.


1992


[Indie Scene 85] The Indie Scene 85

CD
The Connoisseur Collection IBM CD 85
  • When It All Comes Down (?:??)

Icicle Works.


October 1993


[Rock of the 80s] Rock of the 80s, Vol. 7

CD
Priority 53750-2
MC
Priority P453750
  • Whisper to a Scream (Birds Fly)

Icicle Works.


Early 1995


[Class of 94] Class of '94

MC
GIVIT 9
  • You Must Be Prepared To Dream (6:57)

Ian McNabb. Free with VOX magazine.


1994 Mercury Music Prize--Ten Album Sampler

CD
MMP CD3
  • You Must Be Prepared To Dream

Ian McNabb. Track 8.


April 1995


Living In Oblivion, Vol. 5

CD
Capitol 32694-2
  • Birds Fly (Whisper To A Scream)

Icicle Works.


June 1995


[Disagreement of the People Album] A Collection of Artists Against the Criminal InJustice Act-- The Disagreement of the People

CD
Cooking Vinyl Cook CD 088
  • Won't Get Fooled Again [8:31]

Ian McNabb. "Won't Get Fooled Again" is the Who song. The CD features 17 tracks by various artists including Julian Cope, Chumbawamba, The Pogues, Billy Bragg, and Jackie Leven with Mike Scott & Robert Bly. The album protests legislation of the British parliament which infringes on many of the basic human rights.


1996


[Beat Sampler] Definitivt BEAT nr.4.96.

CD
? DBVCD9
  • Heydays (5:43)

Ian McNabb. Distributed free with the Norwegian music magazine BEAT issue 4, 1996. Also features Beck, Manic Street Preachers, Ash, Leftfield, Patti Rothberg, Fun Lovin' Criminals, Jørun Bøgeberg/Lynnie Treekrem, and Orbital.


[Hang the DJ, Modern Rock 87] Hang the DJ, Modern Rock 1987

CD
Rhino ? [US]
  • Understanding Jane (?:??)

Icicle Works. CD also features R.E.M., Julian Cope, The Smiths, Love & Rockets, etc.


1997


[2 Meter Sessies Album] Het beste uit 10 jaar 2 meter sessies

2CD
Sony Music Media 487359-2 [Netherlands]
  • Working Class Hero (4:03) [4:45]

Ian McNabb. Widely available in Holland. 2 Meter Sessies is a sort of Dutch Unplugged and pre-dates that show.


[Just Can't Get Enough] Just Can't Get Enough--New Wave Hits of the 80s, Vol. 13.

CD
Rhino/WEA R2 71976-2 [US]
  • Whisper To A Scream (Birds Fly)

Icicle Works.


1998


[21 CD/Album]21, Beggars Banquet, R.S.V.P.

CD
Beggars Banquet
  • Salt of the Earth (6:27)

Track 10. Ian McNabb featuring Mike Scott and Anthony Thistlethwaite. Promotional album in celebration of 21st anniversary of the Beggars Banquet labels group. Features various artists each performing one track from the Rolling Stones' Beggars Banquet album. CD is in 12" gatefold cover. Track 10 produced by Ian McNabb & Mike Scott. Engineered by Dave Wood. Ian McNabb - acoustic guitar, hammond B3, percussion, vocals. Mike Scott - acoustic guitar, percussion, piano, vocals. Anthony Thistlethwaite - mandolin, electric slide mandolin, percussion, vocals.


May 1998


[Chart Toppers]Chart Toppers--Modern Rock Hits of the 80s, Vol. 2.

CD
Priority P2 51059
MC
Priority P4? 51059
  • Whisper To A Scream (Birds Fly) [3:45]

Icicle Works. As indicated by the reversal of the title, American version (without talking at start). Includes songs by Modern English, Big Country, Tears for Fears, Timbuk 3, and World Party among others.


January 1999


F.O.C.D.1 (Various Artists)

2CD
MRR1
  • Sex with someone you love

Ian McNabb. Free with January issue of Mojo.


June 1999


Pspyched

CD
Beggars Banquet 2024 [US]
  • One Time (5:16)

Icicle Works. If timing is correct, this is considerably shorter than the version on the "Little Girl Lost" 12-inch, and the Best Kept Secrets disc.


2 April 2001


[Mersey Boys] Mersey Boys & Liverpool Girls: Sounds of the Mersey 1978-2001

CD
EMI 532388 2
  • Liverpool Girl

Ian McNabb. Official Liverpool Football Club album compiled by Liverpool FC Museum And Tour Centre curator Stephen Done. Features Wings, Elvis Costello, Amsterdam, Cast, Echo and the Bunnymen, and other Liverpool performers. Liner notes by John Peel.


December 2001


[Uncut] Gimme Shelter: 16 Amazing Covers of Classic Songs by the Rolling Stones, Vol. 2

CD
RSC 2001-22 (UNCUT UG-38 44)
  • Salt of the Earth (6:27)

Ian McNabb. Free with January 2002 issue of Uncut. Recorded with Mike Scott and Arto Thistlethwaite of The Waterboys. Other tracks include MC5, The Cowboy Junkies, The Ramones, and The Meat Puppets.


22 April 2002


Alternative 80's

2CD
Sony TV STVCD141
  • Love is a Wonderful Colour

Icicle Works. First appearance of LIAWC on a V/A compilation.


Date Unknown


[RCD Sampler] RCD Classic Rock Collection, Vol. 3

CD
RCD 3
  • When It All Comes Down (5:46)

Icicle Works. RCD Magazine, a short-lived British monthly, included a CD with each issue. Reportedly issue number three included "When It All Comes Down." This appears to be the '92 version.


[We Can't Get Enough] Best Of The 80s / We Can't Get Enough

CD
Universal UMD70092 [European]
  • Whisper To A Scream (Birds Fly)

The Icicle Works. "Aus der TV," it says. 2 disc set features all the usual 80s crowd: Duran Duran, Human League, Thompson Twins, etc.

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