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The Magnetic Fields - 69 Love Songs album

The Magnetic Fields - 69 Love Songs album

  • Performer: The Magnetic Fields
  • Genre: Electronic / Pop
  • Title: 69 Love Songs
  • Released: 2000
  • Style: Synth-pop, New Beat
  • Label: [PIAS] Recordings, Circus Records
  • Catalog: PIASB 069 CD, PIAS 069 CD, 941.0069.25
  • Country: Europe
  • MP3 version size: 1613 mb
  • FLAC version size: 1330 mb
  • Rating: 4.6
  • Votes: 862


1The Cactus Where Your Heart Should Be1:11
3Punk Love0:58
4Busby Berkeley Dreams
Arranged By – Claudia Gonson
5Parades Go By2:57
6Promises Of Eternity
Arranged By, Instruments – Chris Ewen
7My Sentimental Melody
Vocals [Vocal] – LD Beghtol
9I Don't Believe In The Sun4:16
Vocals [Vocal] – LD Beghtol
11The One You Really Love2:53
12All My Little Words
Vocals [Vocal] – LD Beghtol
13Strange Eyes
Vocals [Vocal] – Shirley Simms
14For We Are The King Of The Boudoir
Vocals [Vocal] – LD Beghtol
15Boa Constrictor
Vocals [Vocal] – Shirley Simms
16The Way You Say Good-Night
Vocals [Vocal] – LD Beghtol
17 69 Love Songs Vol. 3
18The Death Of Ferdinand De Saussure3:11
19Queen Of The Savages2:13
20The Night You Can't Remember2:18
21Wi' Nae Wee Bairn Ye'll Me Beget1:56
22I Think I Need A New Heart2:33
23Love Is Like A Bottle Of Gin1:46
24I Shatter3:09
25Xylophone Track
Harmonium – LD Beghtol
26Very Funny
Arranged By – Claudia GonsonVocals [Vocal] – Dudley Klute
27Blue You
Theremin – Chris EwenVocals [Vocal] – Dudley KluteWhistling – Claudia Gonson
28A Chicken With Its Head Cut Off2:42
29Nothing Matters When We're Dancing2:27
30Let's Pretend We're Bunny Rabbits2:25
31Experimental Music Love0:30
32Washington, D.C.
Vocals [Vocal] – Claudia Gonson
33If You Don't Cry
Vocals [Vocal] – Claudia Gonson
34Bitter Tears
Vocals [Vocal] – LD Beghtol
35Love In The Shadows2:54
36It's A Crime
Arranged By, Instruments [All] – Chris EwenVocals [Vocal] – Dudley Klute
37Epitaph For My Heart2:50
38Asleep And Dreaming
Arranged By, Keyboards – Daniel Handler
39World Love
Arranged By – Claudia Gonson
40Grand Canyon2:28
41 69 Love Songs Vol. 1
42I'm Sorry I Love You
Vocals [Vocal] – Shirley Simms
43(Crazy For You But) Not That Crazy2:19
44Abigail, Belle Of Kilronan2:01
45Reno Dakota
Vocals [Vocal] – Claudia Gonson
46The Things We Did And Didn't Do2:11
47The Luckiest Guy On The Lower East Side
Violin – Ida PearleVocals [Vocal] – Dudley Klute
48Two Kinds Of People1:10
49You're My Only Home2:18
50Time Enough For Rocking When We're Old
Bass – John Woo
51Fido, Your Leash Is Too Long2:34
52Kiss Me Like You Mean It
Vocals [Vocal] – Shirley Simms
53No One Will Ever Love You
Vocals [Vocal] – Shirley Simms
54How To Say Goodbye2:48
55Long-Forgotten Fairytale
Vocals [Vocal] – Dudley Klute
Vocals [Vocal] – Claudia Gonson
57How Fucking Romantic
Vocals [Vocal] – Dudley Klute
58Come Back From San Francisco
Vocals [Vocal] – Shirley Simms
59Papa Was A Rodeo
Vocals [Vocal] – Shirley Simms, Stephin Merritt
60Love Is Like Jazz2:57
61My Only Friend2:01
62The Book Of Love2:42
63Acoustic Guitar
Vocals [Vocal] – Claudia Gonson
64A Pretty Girl Is Like...1:51
65I Can't Touch You Anymore3:06
66The Sun Goes Down And The World Goes Dancing2:46
67Sweet-Lovin' Man
Vocals [Vocal] – Claudia Gonson
68When My Boy Walks Down The Street2:38
69 69 Love Songs Vol. 2
70I Don't Want To Get Over You2:23
71Yeah! Oh, Yeah!
Guitar – Claudia GonsonVocals [Vocal] – Claudia Gonson, Stephin Merritt
72Absolutely Cuckoo1:35


CategoryArtistTitle (Format)LabelCategoryCountryYear
MRG 169The Magnetic Fields 69 Love Songs ‎(3xCD + Box, Album)Merge RecordsMRG 169US1999
MRG169LPThe Magnetic Fields 69 Love Songs ‎(6x10", Album, Ltd, RM)Merge RecordsMRG169LPUS2010
MRG169RThe Magnetic Fields 69 Love Songs ‎(2x10", Red + 2x10", Bla + 2x10", Cle + Album, Ltd,)Merge RecordsMRG169RUS2015
WMINCD019, 7243 5 30835 2 6The Magnetic Fields 69 Love Songs ‎(3xCD, Album)W. Minc, VirginWMINCD019, 7243 5 30835 2 6Australia2000
MRG169The Magnetic Fields 69 Love Songs ‎(6x10", Album, Red + Box, Ltd, RE)Merge RecordsMRG169US2020


  • AccordionDaniel Handler
  • Banjo, Lead Guitar, MandolinJohn Woo
  • Cello, FluteSam Davol
  • Concept By [Made], Vocals [Sung By]Stephin Merritt
  • Design [Logo]Michael English
  • Effects, Vocoder, Ukulele, Classical Guitar, Twelve-String Guitar, Lap Steel Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Electric Bass, Mandolin, Autoharp, Zither, Performer [Ukelin, Tremeloa, Violin-Uke], Sitar, Violin, Saw [Musical Saw], Keyboards, Synthesizer, Programmed By, Piano, Harmonium, Electric Piano, Organ [Chord Organ], Drum Machine, Drum Programming [Hand Drawn Waveforms In Audiomedia], Recorder, Ocarina, Tin Whistle [Pennywhistle], Electronic Wind Instrument [Maestro Wind Synthesizer], Melodica, Jug, Xylophone, Kalimba, Cymbal, Rainstick, Chimes, Maracas, Congas, Bongos, Triangle, Bells, Tambourine, Washboard, Steel Drums, Shaker, Finger Cymbals, Pipe, Harp, Finger Snaps, Cabasa, Cowbell, GongStephin Merritt
  • Engineer [Additional Engineering]Charles Newman, Chris Ewen, Claudia Gonson, Eric Masunaga, Jon Berman
  • ManagementClaudia Gonson
  • Mastered ByJeff Lipton
  • Photography By [Back Cover: Beghtol, 1994-9]Holly McDade
  • Photography By [Back Cover: Equation After Baudelaire]LD
  • Photography By [Booklet Vol. 1: Stephin By]Claudia Gonson
  • Photography By [Booklet Vol. 2: Sam By]Gail O'Hara
  • Photography By [Booklet Vol. 3: Claudia By]Don Gonson
  • Photography By [Booklet: John By]Brenden Hussey
  • Piano, Drums, PercussionClaudia Gonson
  • Songwriter [All Songs]Stephin Merritt
  • Vocals [Sung With]Claudia Gonson, Dudley Klute, LD Beghtol, Shirley Simms


69 Love Songs box set. It includes: special 69 Love Songs Book and 69 Love Songs Vol.1, Vol.2 and Vol.3 CDs.

PIAS 069 CD on back cover.
PIASB 069 CD on the CDs.

Recorded at Polar West, Mother West, Polar Mother and Sonics.

Logo for MeDesign.

All songs ©1999 Stephin Merritt, published by Gay and Loud (ASCAP).

℗ & © 2000 Circus Music Ltd. Released under exclusive licence by [PIAS] Recordings.


  • Barcode: 5 413356 216929
  • Price Code: 480 PS
  • Rights Society: Sabam / Biem
  • Matrix / Runout (CD1): manufactured by optimal media production A039363-01
  • Mastering SID Code (CD1): ifpi L572
  • Mould SID Code (CD1): IFPI 9707
  • Matrix / Runout (CD2): manufactured by optimal media production A039363-02
  • Mastering SID Code (CD2): ifpi L572
  • Mould SID Code (CD2): IFPI 9708
  • Matrix / Runout (CD3): manufactured by optimal media production A039363-03
  • Mastering SID Code (CD3): ifpi L572
  • Mould SID Code (CD3): IFPI 9706


  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – Circus Music Ltd.
  • Copyright (c) – Circus Music Ltd.
  • Licensed To – [PIAS] Recordings
  • Manufactured By – Optimal Media Production – A039363
  • Recorded At – Polar West
  • Recorded At – Mother West Studios
  • Recorded At – Polar Mother
  • Recorded At – Sonics
  • Designed At – MeDesign
  • Copyright (c) – Stephin Merritt
  • Published By – Gay And Loud



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I've been beating around the bush to comment this album. The phrase masterpiece has become somewhat inflated in time, but still this best describes this album. 69 love songs represents an enormous achievement by Stephen Merritt and his Magnetic Fields and after his efforts here Steve could lie down and die happily, knowing he will forever have a place in the music hall of fame. It's that good, yes. Think about it. 3 cds released in one go and all 69 songs deserve a spot. Ranging from Erasure like pop to Irish folk over Nick Cave inspiration to indie and back. And the accompanying lyrics?! On top of his musicial curiosity, talent, and nerve, Steve has a Shakesperian inspiration. Is it even fair some people are born this talented? Anyone fond of R.E.M., Nick Cave, modern folk, pop in the best meaning of the word, indie labels etc; pick this up. It's an essential, I promise. And some trivia. Obviously, the number 69 is the same upside down. I used to think that was the trick with the title until I told some americans about the title and they started to giggle. Oh ... And another thing. On the back of the cd is a photo by Holly McDade. Try viewing this upside and down when the lights are low. Hidden images begin to appear ... The genious here just never ends :o)
Thank you! How About you make a post about them? That would help, yes?
how about mentioning Susan Anway's vocals...