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Surprise Surprise Surprise

by Miracle Legion

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uwsmusic One of my favorite records of all-time. Thanks for making it available! Favorite track: Storyteller.
Marc Horton
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Marc Horton I'm appalled, saddened, shocked, and dismayed that I have been on this planet for a dozen years longer than this record but am only just now hearing it. Favorite track: All For The Best.
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patient_ot Somewhat dark folky 80s college rock that is unfortunately overlooked today. Given how difficult it is to track down a lot of the band's music on CD today, I'd like to see more high quality digital reissues like this from the group.
Danny Greene
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Danny Greene Mark Mulchahy is amazing. I loved his work with Polaris on Pete & Pete. This is album is spectacular. Favorite track: Mr. Mingo.
Dylan Fischer
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Dylan Fischer This might be the most underrated album released in the 1980's Favorite track: All For The Best.
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novymir I had the cassette. One of my favorites from the 80's.

The bandcamp edition is missing "Academy Fight Song" Favorite track: Country Boy.
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    Immediate download of 11-track album in your choice of 320k mp3, FLAC, or just about any other format you could possibly desire.

    This high-quality digital download comes with a special PDF booklet with photos, reviews and a lovely essay by author Rick Moody.

    Plus, "Will You Wait" is a bonus track not available on the vinyl version! Enjoy!
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    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality downloads of It's Almost Christmas, Live at The Bell House, I Am Einar, No Flags, Live at The Uptown, The End As Predicted, We’ve Played This Measly Town Many Times, Gladder, and 18 more. , and , .

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Mr. Mingo 03:19
Paradise 03:04
Truly 05:44
Storyteller 05:42
Country Boy 04:46
Crooked Path 03:13
Wonderment 03:56
Little Man 04:41


Rick Moody writes: "...and it was in this mannerist period, this period of half-measures, that Surprise! Surprise! Surprise! came out, and it was as good as its name, even if the sound wasn’t overarranged, or worked over, or what have you, the songs were great, and the singing was great, really extraordinary, and Surprise! Surprise! Surprise! wasn’t about giving up, at all, it was about trying to feel something elemental and important, and trying to convert the base metal of George H. W. Bush into something else, some gold, I suppose...."


released September 8, 1987


Jeff Wiederschall - Drums
Steven West - Bass
Raymond Neal - Guitar
Mark J. Mulcahy - Sings

Produced by Miracle Legion and Jon Russell
Recorded at Presence Studios in the spring of 1987
Mastered by Steve Angel
All Songs by Mark & Ray
All Songs (c)(p)Paymarx/BMI 2010
Except Country Boy, Everyone in Heaven & Wonderment by Mark, Ray & Jeff
Remastered 2010 by Myles Mangino.
Digital Shepard: Philip Price


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Miracle Legion New Haven, Connecticut

Miracle Legion were a Connecticut-based band that immediately sprang to life on the heels of a post-R.E.M. guitar rock boom, chiefly because lead singer Mark Mulcahy's voice bore an uncanny resemblance to Michael Stipe's, and the arpeggio guitar structures were akin to Peter Buck's. ... more

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