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Shelleyan Orphan - Helleborine FLAC album

Performer: Shelleyan Orphan
Genre: Rock
Title: Helleborine
Country: UK
Released: 1987
Style: Indie Rock, Ethereal
FLAC version ZIP size: 1602 mb
MP3 version ZIP size: 1706 mb
WMA version ZIP size: 1504 mb
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Complete your Shelleyan Orphan collection. referencing Helleborine, LP, Album, ROUGH 97. The inner sleeve of the album lists the track "Jeremiah" as "Jeremiah Stukeley". That was a pseudonym that Shelley used at one time to mask his religious activism. Reply Notify me Helpful.

Shelleyan Orphan were a British alternative music group that peaked during the 1980s and early 1990s. In 1980, Caroline Crawley and Jemaur Tayle met in Bournemouth, England, where they discovered a mutual appreciation of poet Percy Bysshe Shelley.

Shelleyan Orphan are Caroline Crawley and Jem Tayle. An enterprising and innovative band who were better known in the late 80s and early 90s. Their first album, Helleborine, appeared in 1987. Their sophomore release, Century Flower, led to their larger commercial recognition. Robert Smith of the Cure became a big fan and gave them the opening slot during the US leg of the 1989 Disintegration tour.

Shelleyan Orphan were contemporaries with some of these and had something in common with all of them. That something being that they were original, inventive, charmingly ideosyncratic and wilfully out of step with musical fads or fashions. They followed their own vision, which was unconcerned with world domination or chart success. The lyrics for first album Helleborine were heavily steeped in classical literature and poetry, which were largely impenetrable for the pop music audience (even an indie, alternative one). This, when taken with the band name and image, led to premature and lazy labels of a hostile press - 'chamber punk', 'baroque pop', 'pre-Raphaelite' and 'middle class music', which proved hard to shake. Some would place them as a typical 4AD label band and Caroline Crawley was invited to improvise vocals on several tracks for the Blood album with This Mortal Coil

Tracklist Hide Credits

A1 Midsummer Pearls And Plumes
A2 Epitaph Ivy And Woe
A3 Blue Black Grape
A4 One Hundred Hands
A5 Cavalry Of Cloud
B1 Southern Bess/a Field Holler
B2 Anatomy Of Love
Mixed By [Re-Mixed By] – Geoff Travis, Shelleyan Orphan
B3 Helleborine
B4 Jeremiah
B5 Seeking Bread And Heaven
B6 Melody Of Birth

Companies, etc.

  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – Rough Trade Records
  • Copyright (c) – Intersong Music
  • Distributed By – The Cartel
  • Mastered At – The Town House


  • Artwork – Alan Lee
  • Artwork [Colouring] – Helen Zaborodnyj
  • Bassoon – Nicholas Hunter
  • Cello – Steven Orton
  • Clarinet – Prudence Whittaker*
  • Composed By, Arranged By – Caroline Crawley, Jemaur Tayle
  • Cor Anglais – Nicky Holland
  • Double Bass – Danny Thompson
  • Flute – Elma Cole
  • Harp – Ruth Holden
  • Harpsichord, Piano – Andrew Powell
  • Mixed By [Re-Mixed By] – Crawley* (tracks: A1 to A5, B1, B3 to B6), Tayle* (tracks: A1 to A5, B1, B3 to B6), Mike Pela (tracks: A1 to A5, B1, B3 to B6)
  • Oboe – Thomas Davey
  • Percussion – Stuart Elliot*
  • Producer – Haydn Bendall
  • Tambura [Tamboura], Mandolin, Dulcimer [Strumento Da Porca] – Paddy Bush
  • Typography – Baker Dave
  • Viola – Ian Jewel
  • Violin – Bernard Partridge
  • Violin [Additional] – Richard Tomes


(p) & (c) 1987. Made in the U.K.

Issued with printed inner sleeve with lyrics and credits.

This issue is very similar to Shelleyan Orphan - Helleborine, but this variant has no title on the front sleeve.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 5014644300971
  • Label Code: LC 5661
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side 1, Stamped): ROUGH 97 A-1 U-1-1- DD
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side 2, Stamped): ROUGH 97 B-1U-1-1- DD
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side 1 & 2, Etched): TOWNHOUSE DMM

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
ROUGH 97 Shelleyan Orphan Helleborine ‎(LP, Album) Rough Trade ROUGH 97 UK 1987
ROUGH CD97 Shelleyan Orphan Helleborine ‎(CD, Album) Rough Trade ROUGH CD97 UK 1987
CT40545 Shelleyan Orphan Helleborine ‎(Cass) Columbia CT40545 US 1987
RTD 48 Shelleyan Orphan Helleborine ‎(LP, Album) Rough Trade RTD 48 Germany 1987
BFC 40545 Shelleyan Orphan Helleborine ‎(LP, Album) Columbia BFC 40545 US 1987