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Audience CD

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  • Audio CD (10 Jan. 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Repertoire
  • ASIN: B00078GIC4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 247,731 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Banquet
2. Poet
3. Waverley Stage Coach
4. River Boat Queen
5. Harlequin
6. Heaven Was An Island
7. Too Late I'm Gone
8. Maidens Cry
9. Pleasant Convalescence
10. Leave It Unsaid
11. Man On Box
12. House On the Hill
13. Paper Round (Bonus Track)
14. The Going Song (Bonus Track)
15. Troubles (Bonus Track)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By P R Scott on 17 Jun. 2008
Format: Audio CD
I knew it would be on here if I looked hard enough. Don't waste your cash on the other version. This definitely is worth shelling out any amount of hard earned money to get hold of, because it has the original version of "House On The Hill" on it, and extra tracks such as "Man On Box" "Paper Round" and the brilliant "Leave It Unsaid". You will not believe how marvellous the original version of "House" was, and it was only contractual hassles and record company arguments that made this gem disappear until being unearthed and re-issued by someone with taste (and brains). It was very rare, very sought after and is the reason why "House On The Hill" was re-worked for the eponymous album. It became a classic part of their live set; expanded on stage. If you are a fan of this band and have "Friends'", "House" or "Lunch" or just browsing for old Prog Rock acts then this is a MUST!!!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By P R Scott on 17 Jun. 2008
Format: Audio CD
This album should have been a "must-have" for Audience fans, new and old, but for some strange reason the track listing has been altered, hence the 3 star rating. My version of this has several extra tracks on it, including the original of the seminal Audience classic "House On The Hill" which has no drum solo in the middle, and is somewhat shorter because of it, (but lacks none of the atmosphere or brilliance of the reworking). Weak tracks are "Poet", "Harlequin" and "Maiden's Cry", but the rest are Audience through and through. This is their first attempt at distilling their essence on disc, and because it is late 1969 stuff it has dated a little. Try to find the version with "House On The Hill" song on it if you can, and then you will have an epiphany and a classic album. Without it, this disc only deserves a 3 instead of a 5!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A true classic of 1969 beside Traffic's second and Tull's Stand Up!! 18 Sept. 2005
By PortugueseMusicFan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
1969 was a great year, a damn year to rock music...All that stuff of tragic Altamont concert and the ending of the idealistic flower-power movement, bla-bla-bla...Well, all this turned music a lot heavier, harder, cynic and complex, resulting in the advent of progressive-fusion scene, the synthesis of all underground music of the era... Audience, a british combo with a fantastic singer and a prime-division musicians made in that year a truly classic, now so underrated!! Why ignoring, for instance, one of the most beautiful saxophone-in-rock like the one in the first cut of the album, "Banquet" or the tenderness of "Poet" and "Pleasant Convalescence" (this one distinctively crafted), the exciting rolling-drums of "Man on Box", the bittersweet soul of "Leave It Unsaid" or the nervous raw-power of "Heaven Was An Island"? This album had been a rarity in cd, but now Luminous Records reissued it with 3 bonus-tracks, especially interesting is "Paper Round". It was a pitty that these guys never had the relevance they deserve!!!
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Wonderful example of the best of UK 1969 records 28 Oct. 2006
By B. Margolis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
1969 was really the year that the UK album market came of age. It was finally possible to get an album issued without having a hit single, although those albums without a hit usually undersold.

This is Audience's first LP. It was issued on UK Polydor and not issued in the US. I ran across a copy of the UK import in 1970 in San Francisco and being a UK music fan, I was also taken by the totally cool black porus paper cover and bought it...without ever hearing of the band.

The entire is really terrific; Howard Werth great vocal and accoustic guitar; Keith Gemmell's sax (and all other sorts of reeds....some put through a wah-wah petal and sounding like an electric guitar!), Trevor Williams' great bass and Tony Connor's capable drumming.

I own the first CD issue of this...on UK RPM (RPM 148) and this issue is the replacement for the out-of-print RPM issue. Same 15 tracks. The only thing that was annoying about the RPM issue is that it began with a fade-up audience applause, which was NOT on the original LP, and "Banquet", the first song was transfered in such a way that it's a bit distorted...something the vinyl was not.

I assume that this issue is exactly the same as the RPM, even tho I have not heard it.

Anyone who likes the UK tuneful Art Rock/Progressive/Album-oriented types of groups will love this.
Interesting and fun 25 Sept. 2010
By Alan Brodie - Published on Amazon.com
I wasn't familiar with this album until recently, though I've been familiar with Audience's other albums since they came out in the early 70's. It's a lot like their other work except the songs are shorter and there's a bunch of them crammed in here. Obviously the band took the approach of expanding on their songs after this album. Nonetheless for anyone who may be familiar with Audience's other albums, this one offers up a very enjoyable listen.
Finally on Vinyl 10 Jan. 2013
By Ted Mickaniec - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
My vinyl audience collection is finally complete thanks to Lilith Records. Very good quality sound. Too bad it did not have liner notes. Saw them twice in Winnipeg 4 years ago, something that I thought would never be possible. It even came with a bonus CD of the first release by Audience, which I didn't need since I ordered it from an Amazon seller years ago.
I had already heard the other 3 Audience records and they are also so very good, and so hearing this lost one make me ... 5 April 2015
By William Jackson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
One of the greats of its particular sub-genre, along with Mr. Fantasy, Music From A Dolls House, Stand Up, Salty Dog....you need to hear it. I had already heard the other 3 Audience records and they are also so very good, and so hearing this lost one make me re-appreciate them overall.
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