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Even Serpents Shine

Released  9 March 1979 (UK)
Even Serpents Shine (1979)  Special View (1979)
Release date  9 March 1979
Producers  Peter Perrett, Alan Mair
Length  35:11
Artist  The Only Ones
Label  CBS Records International
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Genres  Punk rock, New wave, Power pop
Similar  The Only Ones albums, Punk rock albums

The only ones even serpents shine 1979 full album

Even Serpents Shine is the second studio album by English power pop band The Only Ones, released in 1979 by Columbia Records. It was produced by Peter Perrett and Alan Mair.


The album was re-released in the UK in 2009 on Sony Music Entertainment, featuring rare bonus content. The reissue was a CD which comprises 14-tracks. It includes the original album digitally remastered from the original 1/2" mix tapes; alongside three bonus tracks.

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Critical reception

The album has consistently been praised by critics. In a retrospective review for AllMusic, critic Mark Deming gave the album four and a half out of five stars and wrote that "Even Serpents Shine doesn't boast an out-of-the-box classic tune along the lines of "Another Girl, Another Planet" from the self-titled debut, but in many respects, this is the more consistent album, achieving a similar degree of thematic and melodic variety while generating a more coherent sound and feeling" adding that "they were one of the very few bands of their time and place who inarguably beat the sophomore slump."

Reviewing the album for BBC Music, Chris Jones wrote "Musically the band were always a step ahead of the pack. Mike Kellie and Alan Mair - both seasoned pros on drums and bass - never falter, allowing John Perry's guitar to fly; while John 'Rabbit' Bundrick's organ adds just the right dollop of Al Kooper-isms."

Track listing

All tracks written by Peter Perrett.


The Only Ones
  • Peter Perrett – lead and background vocals; guitars
  • John Perry – guitars; keyboards
  • Alan Mair – bass guitars
  • Mike Kellie – drums
  • Session musicians
  • Adam Maitland – keyboards; saxophone
  • John "Rabbit" Bundrick – keyboards
  • Koulla Kakoulli – backing vocals
  • Production
  • Peter Perrett – producer
  • Alan Mair – producer
  • Songs

    1From Here to Eternity3:05
    2Flaming Torch2:22
    3You’ve Got to Pay2:49


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