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  • Audio CD (1 April 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Custom Marketing Group
  • ASIN: B0012GN0EO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,764,032 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rob on 20 Feb. 2007
Format: Audio CD
This is the US edition of the classic Steve McQueen, released in 1985. (Check out the five-star reviews on Amazon of this album.)

Legal issues with the estate of Mr McQueen prevented his name being used, so the name was changed. The song "Faron Young" is called "Faron" on the sleeve notes. The music is exactly the same, with the addition of three good-quality "B-sides" at the end.

Sprout fans will be interested in the 2007 release of a "Legacy edition" of this album, rumoured (at the time of writing) to contain acoustic re-workings of the original songs by Paddy McAloon, in addition to re-mastered originals by produced Thomas Dolby.

One of the classic, timeless albums of the 80's by one of England's greatest songwriters. Up there with the very best.
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I bought this simply to have 'Steve McQueen' with its American title. Two rather pointless extra tracks that add nothing to the immense grandeur of the original LP.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
You Give Me Faron Young.... 17 May 2002
By Lypo Suck - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Ah, Prefab's second full-length, and the one many consider to be their best. Me, I find it incredibly difficult to single out "the best" Prefab album; I think this one, "Swoon", "Protest Songs", and "Jordan" are all equally brilliant. This album was actually the first Prefab I ever bought, but it didn't really do it for me the first time, and being the poor college student I was, it didn't take much convincing for me to sell it a month later. I was much more into the jagged edges and white-knuckled jazz-pop of their first effort "Swoon". BUT, one song kept haunting me, wouldn't get out of my head, and I recorded it onto a mix tape before selling back the album. The song, "Bonny", seemed to perfectly embody what makes Paddy McCloon's writing so brilliant.
Like Brian Wilson, he can take two relatively simple chords, and shape a song around them in such a way as to achieve something so rich and sublime you'd think he'd have a small orchestra banging away behind him. But no, all he needs is a piano or guitar, a simple and snappy rhythm section, and his voice, to create some of the most melodic, catchy, and harmonically complex music in pop since Brian Wilson's legendary "Smile" sessions. It's like how Wilson's masterpiece tune "Surf's Up" did with one piano what others would need a ten piece ensemble to achieve. The piano part is so harmonically rich that the song doesn't need anything else - it's all covered on the piano. Paddy proves equally adept at this.
After a year spent ceaselessly in love with "Bonny" on my mix tape, I decided to take another stab at this one, and it finally clicked. The songs were so deceptively simple, and they had smoothed out all the rough edges and the convoluted song structures from "Swoon", yet still retaind the energy, wit, moodiness, and gossamer beauty. This album is more commercial in sound compared to "Swoon", which is due partly to Thomas Dolby's production, which uses quite a lot of 80s sounding synth sounds, that do sort of date the record. But, the songwriting is so classic, so timeless, that the production is but a minor flaw. And it still conjures a mesmerizing atmosphere, with gossamer sheets of synths hovering through the songs like summer breeze, while jazzy guitar chords skirt around throbbing bass-lines and tight as a duck's butt drumming.
From the country shuffle of the opening track "Faron Young", to the driving "Appetite" and "Moving the River", to the late-night, cocktail-jazz of "Horsin' Around" and "Halleluja", and the moody, dramatic build-ups of "When Love Breaks Down" and "Goodbye Lucille #1", one finds a frightening level of melodic consistency. And the lyrics, though occcasionally bordering on sentimental, usually contain insightful and sometimes biting poetic visions that prove Paddy pays a lot of attention to his surroundings. Sophisticated, accomplished, yet so simple, the elements are so basic, the songs sound like they were put together so effortlessly, that only a true genius could pull something like this off. Like James Joyce, Paddy McCloon used to boast of his brilliance, and was even once quoted as saying, "on my day, who are my rivals?". And, yup, like with James Joyce, that kind of open arrogance can be cringe-inducing, but the scary thing is, he's absolutely right.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
The greatest ever....? 15 Nov. 2004
By Dodges Shaved Head - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I'm having a debate with myself... is this the best, most intelligent pop album ever? At the moment its a toss up between 'Steve McQueen / Two Wheels Good' or June by SwanDive. As I've only been listening to the latter for a matter of months, whereas Steve McQueen has been getting regular plays for over 15 years I'm opting for the former.

So why is it so good? Music, melody, words, feelings - well all of the above to be honest. Its been said before, but the first side of the album (remember LP's guys) is perhaps the most complete and perfect set of songs. Music such as this never dates and I defy you not to be touched.

For me the stand out track is #2 Bonny. My favourite song of all time... nothing comes close to its beauty. It's the only song ever to make me cry.

Buy this album now, don't think about it, just do it. Like a first love, it'll eat you up inside and leave you secretly wanting it forever.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A Fond Memory... 29 Oct. 2005
By WILLIE A YOUNG II - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Back in the mid to late 80's, Houston was blessed to have a local version of MTV, "Hit Video U.S.A." on a low frequency station (Channel 5) that aired videos by world renowned and up and coming artists and it was on this station that I first saw the clip for "Appetite", a soft-focus, gauzy, serene dreamscape that featured bandleader Paddy McAloon staring sincerely into the camera while intoning his heartbreaking lyrics of desire and loss. I've been enchanted with this bands work ever since. "Two Wheels Good" (known everywhere else as "Steve McQueen") is a brilliant slice of pop art that incorporates elements of jazz, barouque, chamber pop and rock with lyrics that are consistently heart-tugging without pandering or lapsing into self-loathing. These are precious songs about desire, loss and emptiness and not neccessarily how to get over them, but how to learn to live with them. "Beatlesque" in its since of melody and beautifully produced by Thomas Dolby ,"Two Wheels..." is an overlooked Brit Pop Masterpiece. Worth searching out.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
pure poison flowing through your veins. 6 April 2003
By Jean-Luc GAUMAIN - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
geez. 18 years and the magic is still there. I am a late 30's full grown-up man, i've been around the block but tonight, listening to this CD, and especially " when loves breaks down " i feel again the pain of the 18 year old I was when that song came out. Paddy Mc Aloon wrote the Ultimate break-up song. It's pure poison flowing through yours veins.Wendy Smith has an amazing voice and Paddy's lyrics are describing so well what we all have been going through at 1 point of our life.
"When love breaks down
The lies we tell,
They only serve to fool ourselves,
When love breaks down
The things you do
To stop the truth from hurting you "
definitively the best song in one of the best albums of the eighties.
P.S. : Sylvie, If by, I don't know what miracle, you happened to read this. " Je t'aime encore et t'aimerais toujours "
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
One of the greatest albums of the 80's 17 Dec. 1999
By Bill Cooper - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Prefab Sprout was branded "quirky" after it's debut album "Swoon" was released, and with good reason...obscure lyrics and a style that sounded like Steely Dan on acid. That's not to say it wasn't a good album because it was...but Paddy McAloon and company really came into their own with "Two Wheels Good." Mature songwriting, pristine playing, memorable hooks, intelligent lyrics, beautiful harmonies, and flawless production by Thomas Dolby made this album one of the best of the 80's. ANY fan of great pop music should be thankful for this CD.
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