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1981-2011 [Standard Edition] [Import, Box set]

B.E.F. Audio CD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Import, Box set
  • Label: Import
  • ASIN: B0080MC72Y
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars BEF Box Good in Parts 24 Oct 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
A nice package comprising the two Music of Quality Albums, plus bonus tracks mainly instrumentals, plus Music for Stowaways and a preview of the next album 'Dark'. Also includes facsimiles of the single covers plus a nice poster. Although a big Heaven 17 fan I had not previously heard much of this material an I was pleasantly surprised by the majority of this collection. Volume 1 is the stand out set as it presents a variety of music given the 'electronic' treatment. Ball of Confusion, There's a Ghost in my house and Wichita Lineman are the highlights. Volume 2 is too 'soulful' for my liking as it is not personally my favourite genre of music. However, you would have to be very hard hearted not to be moved by the Green Gartside version of I don't know why I love you but I do.

I was looking forward to the Music for Stowaways album the most, some of the instrumentals are of their time and could be regarded as simplistic and repetitive now. Decline of the West and Honeymoon in New York are classics, but I was shocked by the very crude edit of Decline of the West - how did that make it on to the final release? Disappointing - although it is available in its full glory on the remastered Penthouse and Pavement. 'Smalltown Boy' plus the new material featured in the recent Roundhouse Gigs suggest that the new album might be worth checking out when it is released in Spring 2012.

Overall a bit of a mixed bag -excellent packaging, some stand out tracks, but the 'Decline' edit is inexcusable.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Music For Stowaways ruined! 22 Oct 2011
Format:Audio CD
Right, I have just received this box set and admit I only really purchased it to get my hands on a remastered version of the seminal Music For Stowaways. Well I never would have guessed it... What do I discover upon playing the CD back? Only that Decline Of The West one of the best tracks from Music For Stowaways has been cut! Extraordinarily badly cut I might add, and quite unnecessarily in my view. Why has this been done? Well I can only assume it was for reasons of space, so that an extra track could be tagged on to the end. But to spoil an album like this so that you can include a seven minute demo taster for the next B.E.F. release - Music Of Quality and Distinction Vol 3 is really ham fisted and cheap. You either value the material you are releasing or you don't. If you don't then why, as in this case, bother re-issuing it at all?

When you consider the time and effort put in to the earlier excellent Penthouse and Pavement Heaven 17 release, to discover this sloppy lazy editing is really annoying. I can't believe Martyn Ware sanctioned this?! It's not even as if this version has been done with any thought or care - the music just starts half way through with absolutely no regard for the original dynamics of the track.

I know that the full version of Decline Of The West is available on the reissue of Penthouse and Pavement and I'm assuming that was why it was considered okay to cut it here, but really this is surely not the point. An album like Music For Stowaways should be respected as the pioneering electronic work it so surely is, not ruined to make room for a demo!!! This is not good enough I'm afraid and completely at odds with the quality one used to expect from a B.E.F.release.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First class 20 Nov 2011
Format:MP3 Download
The British Electric Foundation at it's finest.If your in to early Heaven 17 this is for you. Really well produced.
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