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Archive Cardiacs CD


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  • Audio CD (24 May 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Alphabet
  • ASIN: B000007XU7
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 563,311 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Catalogue number ALPH CD000 on the Alphabet label with the following tracks: 1> Aukamacic [0:45], 2> Icky Qualms [2:15], 3> Piffol Four Times [2:49], 4> Scratching Crawling Scrawling [0:56], 5> As Cold As Can Be In An English Sea [7:12], 6> T.V.T.V. [3:49], 7> My Trade Mark [3:40], 8> The Obvious Identity [2:02], 9> Piffol One Time [6:49], 10> A Game For Bertie's Party [5:26], 11> Piffol Three Times [5:38], 12> Rock Around The Clock [1:45].

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. G. E. Merrill on 8 Oct 2011
Format: Audio CD
This is the only Cardiacs album I wouldn't give 5 stars to. Whilst full of fun and classic songs (The infamous garage concerts featured collections from this and seaside treats). It's an album made up of the two original tapes toy world and The obvious identity, back when the alphabet business concern was a mere idea in the back of the creative minds.
The songs show a lot of potential, fun dance tracks, odd little jingles, the occasional anthem. The only problem for me is the quality. It's clearly an early production with little budget and the sound has that muffled feeling you get with old recordings. The songs, whilst undeniably Cardiacs aren't as fun and as solid (an odd word to use I know but many of the songs do feel unstructured and odd for the sake of oddness).
This is a treasured item, it's fun and helps you compare to later albums (A little man and a house and the whole world window being the immediate comparison as their first studio album is a completely different and coherant feel to it) and there are some classics (piffol four times, as cold as can be in an English sea are personal favourites. ACACBIAES has a wonderful video on youtube in preperation of the garage concerts that every fan should sea).
So get this if you're a fan already or were around to enjoy this the first time.
Don't get this as an introduction or if you like your music to be clear and structured.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A Cardiac is Born. 29 Jun 2000
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Format: Audio CD
"Archive Cardiacs" shows this incredible British unit at its inception with material from 1977 to 1979. At that time the Cardiacs were an anomaly. When young groups were shunning Prog rock and rebelling with Punk, the Cardiacs were fusing the two. This is startlingly obvious when one listens to the CD. Going from the "Icky Qualms" to "Piffol Four Times" is literally going from Wire to Zappa. This juxtaposition becomes more of a fusion throughout the CD and Symphonic Prog is interrupted halfway through with good thrashing of Punk or, less often, Ska. The way in which the Cardiacs play BOTH true Prog and true Punk so sincerely is still unbelievable after many listenings. Not to be overlooked is their ability to produce dazzlingly complex songs in odd rhythms and their zany sense of humor. Their wackiness and manic energy, along with the Prog/Punk/Wavo hybrid, makes for a flawless example of the Zolo style. And this style the group has been practicing until the present. Colorful, jerking, abstract grandiosity: this is Zolo and the Cardiacs play a pure form of it! The production and playing on these early toons can get a shade sloppy at times, but this is entirely overshadowed by their extreme originality in forging a brand of Zolo all their own. One could list dozens of units that have but a piece of the Cardiacs in their sound (or vice versa) and one can list dozens of Zolo units, but not one of them alone can explain the Cardiacs. A truly unique, fantastic, and brilliant group.
Only one flaw: the original Cardiac Arrest single is not included!
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