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Author! Author! Extra tracks, Original recording remastered


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  • Audio CD (23 Feb. 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
  • Label: PreVS
  • ASIN: B000MX7URG
  • Other Editions: Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 205,156 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Leave Me In Autumn
2. Fear Of The Dark
3. Aquarama
4. David
5. Obsessions
6. Everywhere I Go
7. Lady In The Car With Glasses On And A Gun
8. Je T'Aime C'Est La Morte
9. Your Attention Please
10. All About You
11. Silver Dream Machine
12. She's Alive
13. All About You (single version)
14. Author! Author!
15. Love Song
16. Psychomodo
17. They Came And Took Her
18. Romance by Mail

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Product Description

Author! Author!, Scars' 1981 debut album, is finally available to buy on CD via Scars' own PreVS label. It has never before been available in legal digital format. The original 10 vinyl album tracks are supplemented by two cassette-only tracks and the three PRE singles, which makes it the definitive collection of Scars studio recordings. Author! Author! sounds startlingly new today, merging pop, punk, glam, disco, love and death in a unique album that confirms Scars' status as frontline pioneers of post-punk challenge-pop.

Review

THE SCARS epitomise the post-punk new seriousness that has radically re-activated pop music, destroying the dichotomy between intelligence and emotion and confronting a whole range of different fears and desires. New pop that treats the transient thrill seriously. New pop, the matter-realism that is today's heroic retaliation, has imagination and conviction. It screams to the outer limits, dreams to the inner limits, its themes are maudlin and magnificent and the effect is both ephemeral and complicated. Scars' challenge-pop is dominated by sexy and dazzling Paul Research guitars : a subtle fury. Characterised by young and self-absorbed Rob King vocals : based on dreams. Balanced by curling John Mackie bass and lifting Steve McLaughlin drums: underdone disco, a good and evil duet. Producer Robert Blamire on a debut ride that is simply exceptional. Melodramatic arrangements are set in bristling, balmy space, on an edge between solemnity and sensuality, with the focus U2 didn't get on 'Boy', that Penetration almost got on 'Moving Targets'. At their most impressive - 'Leave Me in the Autumn'. 'Obsessions', 'All About You' - The Scars decorate/deprecate melancholy mood music with trickling pop impudence. A listener can never settle, never escape the underlying struggle. The tension comes from the balance between the innocent and the sardonic, between delicate impulses and hard-headed concentration. LPs are not the place for pop music, yet The Scars have created something worth consuming and contemplating. It's only one of two long players released this year on pop labels that I'd seriously suggest you pay up and pay attention to. Ten songs of first class fashion and post-adolescent passion. The Scars will be stars: they're the new craze. The stage is theirs. Applause! Applause! --Paul Morley, NME 1981

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By S. P. Sanders on 3 Mar. 2007
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
How odd, just thinking about this record, and then the band turn up on TOTP2 and the voiceover informs me 'Author Author' is out on CD. Takes me back, what is it, 25 years to a gig at The Venue in London. 'All About You' was noticed in the music press, and the band's preoccupation with Warhol's trash aesthetic made them media darlings for a week. Josef K, bloody Josef K supporting. Kudos indeed to this London fan. And then?

Nothing. The single didn't break them to a wider audience and they dropped off the radar. Right off. Which was a shame because their music, as captured on this record, deserved better. Clever songs narrating offbeat tales (60's cult film, horror, The Bomb) carried by efficient power pop melodies. The Scars deserved better than to be ignored just when they were staking out their place in the new pop landscape. A certain irritating tweeness in that live London performance meant I'd never really love 'em (Josef K were more my type). But, for years, I played 'What If..?' - if 'All About You' had been Top 20? If they hadn't had that dumb 'New Romantic' look that sold their music short? Still, this lost classic has happily been made available for you 21st Century kids. Buy it...
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Iain P. Wishart on 6 Feb. 2007
Format: Audio CD
From their first scratchy, agitated and energetic single release 'Adult-ery'/'Horrorshow' through to the more polished production of 'Author! Author!' (and it's Smash Hits style sleeve notes) The Scars always stood out for me from the usual post-punk competition.

I only rediscovered this album in the last 6 months when my refurbished record deck brought it back to life 26 years on...it was easy to recite every track word for word. They played a great gig as support to Siouxsie and the Banshees at Stirling University circa 1981.

This is a long overdue release and a welcome addition to your collection - especially if you re a fan of music from that 'Jock Rock' era that included Josef K, The Visitors, Aztec Camera, The Fire Engines et al.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A. M. Horsman on 19 Mar. 2007
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Few experiences in life have been quite as frustrating as waiting for this superb album to surface on cd.The relief is more than palpable!!

An exceptional album when originally released in 1981, it remains vital today as a testament to the rich and varied Scottish post-punk music scene.

Many bands have been richly eulogised as being innovators and seminal, but Scars really deserve to be rediscovered and their material deserves to be re-evaluated as this album is a 24 carat lost gem.

As good as the Associates in my humble opinion( no mean feat!) and tracks like 'Leave Me In Autumn' and the epic 'The Lady In THe Car etc'still excite.Hugely recommended for fans of euphoric and innovative post-punk music.A Classic!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ascensus on 15 July 2007
Format: Audio CD
The Scars are one of those "what if" groups of pop music. "Author! Author!" was released at about the same time as Siouxsie & The Banshees were mutating into post-punk with their "Kaleidoscope" album and before The Cure had exorcised their Joy Division fixation. At that moment The Scars looked to have the talent and ambition to match both of their more famous contemporaries, but instead they slipped into oblivion.

It's taken more than a quarter of a century for this expanded re-release to make it to the shelves. Noting in passing the proto-New Romantic cover, what's inside is a set of brittle, tense, literate and often beautiful songs. Paul Research's angular guitar playing, evoking that on Television's "Marquee Moon" in places, centres Robert King's nervous lyrics to create an atmosphere that provided a fitting backdrop to the hedonistic and fearful early 80s. John Mackie's bass propels the songs with dancing rhythms beneath the cool guitar work and Steve McLaughlin's drums, with their Banshees-esque concentration on bass and snare, are solid and powerful.

I hadn't heard anything quite like The Scars then and I still haven't a quarter of a century later. If you can imagine a mixture of early Associates with regard to melody and The Gang Of Four with regard to rhythm you may get a sense of their unique, heady sound.

To sum up, this was a really fine debut album. It shows The Scars could conceivably have done so much more and it's a matter of no small regret that instead they fizzled out quickly.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Yates on 17 July 2007
Format: Audio CD
The Scars were brilliant. They deserve to be ranked alongside the classic post punk bands of the era. Anyone who's a fan of bands like Wire, The Fall, The Soft Boys, The Fire Engines, etc. should check them out. I was lucky enough to hear it on the original vinyl, but it's wonderful that anyone can now pick up a copy and see what the fuss is about, without having to dig through second hand records.

The only disappointment is that the CD is pretty poorly mastered; to me it doesn't sound as good as the original release. Sorry to be an audio geek, but there's audible distortion from clipping in most tracks. Something that's pretty easy to avoid even if you want it to sound really loud.

Don't get me wrong, it's great that it's out on CD, the distortions don't ruin it, and I'd still highly recommend it. The audio quality is just something to bear in mind if you're picky about that kind of thing. Personally I can live with vinyl crackle more easily than unnatural sounding digital distortion. That's the reason why I only give it 4/5, rather than full marks.
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