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  • Audio CD (10 Sep 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Chrysalis/Ensign
  • ASIN: B00000DQNK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 94,811 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A. Lawler on 29 Dec 2003
Format: Audio CD
This is a superb album, and I'm proud to own it.
Select magazine gave this album an incredible review when it came out - and well deserved.
The band played on the main stage in Glastonbury in the 12 months following the album's release, and I distinctly remember being one of tens of thousands of people singing along to 'streamers' and other songs from this masterpiece.
How sad that something so good should disappear into obvlivion.
Best of luck getting hold of it - the effort will be worthwhile.
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This is an amazing album and in my opinion, has a slight edge over the highly acclaimed Swagger, which is the predecessor to this album. This is the second album released by Ensign/Chrysalis after the band signed to a major label. The rights to this album are now owned by the parent company EMI who recently released a deluxe 2-disc version of Swagger. Unfortunately, EMI have not re-released Beatsongs, which is a shame, but there are quite a few second-hand copies to be found as this album was their highest charting reaching no.33 in the UK album charts. EMI have made the album available to download (as a 17-track expanded version) and hopefully we we will see a 'Beatsongs Deluxe' - who knows?

Standout tracks are Huh!, Yr Own World, My Hurricane, Angelwords, Aeroplane Blues plus the tracks with Rodney Allen's lead vocals, Fun and Streamers and there is that excellent cover of Paul Simon's Boy In The Bubble. Okay so that is most of the CD but Beatsongs is one of those albums, it is that good!

Hunt it down, buy it, bid for it on eBay, download it, whatever way you can.
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I get to hear this "cult classic" at last, having heard people talking about it for twenty years or more now. It is powerful stuff - from the first bars there are intricate arrangements and a weighty guitar sound (I especially liked the slide player lurking in the mix). Many of the songs, like the opener Huh!, are exhilarating and quick on their feet. You can hear things clearly. Credit to producer and engineer - it must be tough to record and produce dense, fast-paced guitar music like this.

One of the best known facts about the Blue Aeroplanes is that they were closely associated with REM during the late 80s and early 90s. I wonder sometimes if the influence cuts both ways. On this album, sometimes I feel I hear echoes of REM albums like Monster and New Adventures in Hi-Fi which were recorded AFTER Beatsongs. (For example, listen to "Wake-up bomb" from the latter album after hearing Beatsongs ...)

Blue Aeroplanes are sometimes referred to as art rockers. Perhaps some of their other output is more experimental or "edgy" than this, but Beatsongs to me is extremely competent, guitar-heavy mainstream '90s rock with a strongly American accent - in fact, I would never have guessed on a first hearing that the band was actually British! Perhaps the fact that this album was recorded and produced in the US helps explain this.

I can imagine that Blue Aeroplanes are a knock-out live act. I am not quite convinced that this CD captures their onstage energy and inventiveness but I still enjoyed it and I'll go on listening to it. The stand-out track for me is Paul Simon's The Boy In The Bubble - almost a pre-echo of the bruised guitar-laden majesty of Radiohead's The Bends which was to follow a few years later.
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I always loved this band I must have seen them sooo many times when I was younger used to travel to London all the time, they always seemed to play with all my other favourite bands (Throwing Muses, Stump and on one very memorable night in Camden Mark Riley and the Creepers, The Boy Lard playing the keyboard on an ironing board so surreal ) happy days.
So having had a few of their original albums on vinyl I jumped at the chance to grab this on amazon.
Also with Swagger a good introduction to the band for anyone whos curious.
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