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  • Audio CD (4 Oct. 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Track
  • ASIN: B000639Y6M
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 118,564 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Land Of A Thousand Kisses Cadiz
2. Do Right Bayou
3. Under Her Spell
4. Beauty On The Beach
5. The Story Of Harry Power
6. 24/7
7. Mr.Big
8. Picked Up By The Wind
9. I Don't Mind
10. Henry Moore

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mr. H VINE VOICE on 28 Mar. 2005
Format: Audio CD
Hugh seems to be sneaking in homages to his past all over the place with melodies and bass riffs seeming eerily familiar. Elsewhere, 'Beauty On The Beach', is a strange mix of melody and atonal, but it somehow works, although I could have done without the Bob Dylan tribute '24/7', although at least it is amusing. However, the next track, 'Mr. Big' is my personal favourite, the one song that seems to best reflect the New Orleans environment that the album was recorded in. Dark and organ filled, hmm, where have we heard that before.
This is a thoughtful, sometimes inspired release, assisted by the production expertise of Tony Visconti. It's a shame that people probably won't give it a chance, as there are some excellent songs, well worth hearing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By James Belton on 6 Oct. 2004
Format: Audio CD
Incredibly, Beyond Elysian Fields is Hugh Cornwell's 11th solo release and marks an almost back to basics approach; recorded in only two weeks with Tony Visconti producing, the entire record is unfussy, has minimal over-dubs and shows off the songs, rather than technical wizardry.
Many of the songs have been showcased live over the last couple of years and the largly acoustic airing they recieved then have been retained, with the addition of bass and drums - other instruments such as keyboards, toy piano and flute have been, to great credit, used minimally and effectively, giving tracks such as the fantastic Beauty On the Beach and Henry Moore memorable riffs.
Overall, the album is very upbeat and borrows from a Dillon-esq influence - indeed 24/7 is all about Bob. The track that sticks out as being the last you'd associate with HC is The Story of Harry Power. You'll either love or hate it, but I think it grows in you.
Although it's different to what has come before (which is what I've come to expect from HC's music) it's classic Cornwell at heart - the music is good, the lyrics are playful and some of the couplets strained (check out the use of Under-carriage in Mr.Big - amazing!) and it's just darned good listening. In a just world, Beyond Elysian Fields has at least three or four hits or at least some decent airplay on R2.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Radley on 22 Sept. 2004
Format: Audio CD
First of all I doth my cap to Visconti - 2 gems he produced within about 2 weeks of each other - This album, then in the studio the week after the Manics "Lifeblood" album (surely their finest?).

And just wow! Visconti pushes the lead vocals waaaaaaay up high here - Sounds like Hugh is singing over your shoulder right into your lugole. And not a bad thing - what a rich textured voice he has - just wanna bathe in it fantastic!!!

That said it does seem a little over produced. When I think about hearing some of these songs live before they were laid down they seem to have lost some of their edge and appeal on the record. I don't wanna pick faults with this album because it's a cool and contains some great songs I just think it's a little too glossy at times.

That said this album contains one of Hugh's best ever tracks "Henry Moore" sheer classic song - file next to your greatest songs in the world ever. It's such a treat to hear, a real luxury moment. I love hearing it when travelling through a city late at night.

I heard someone say yesterday that Hugh is writing his best stuff in his entire career at the moment and I have to agree - It's all here pure genius. The lyrics, the vocal delivery and that guitar *more please*.

I can't wait for the next one.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A. Hook on 11 Oct. 2004
Format: Audio CD
When you look at the most recent Stranglers album you realise just how little they've come since Hugh left the band in 1990. Whilst containing some good songs, "Norfolk Coast" travels the same road they've been on for the last ten years whereas Hugh's solo output, in contrast, has been more sporadic and not entirely successful, but the previous two albums to this one ("Guilty" and "Hi-Fi") promised a truly great album to follow, and yes: "Beyond Elysian Fields" is it.
The depth of muscianship and songwriting talent on this CD is superb, with each song an absolute delight for the ears. Favourites would have to include "Beauty on the Beach", "Cadiz" and "Henry Moore", but it's so hard to pick out a favourite because they all contain the illusive ingredient of "talent" so often lacking in post-punk solo albums. And in addition the rich production by Tony Visconti perfectly compliments the songs.
This isn't a retro-punk album (thank God), but a superlative showcase of an imaginative songwriter at his best. Buy it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Simon Pennington on 1 Jun. 2008
Format: Audio CD
Saw Hugh in a solo unplugged show playing most of this album before I heard it; I was amazed how I could not get some of the tunes out of my head, especially Cadiz and Henry Moore.

There are a couple of filler tracks as with any album but for the most part there are some superbly crafted, catchy great songs. I play this over and over again. As usual with Hugh some intelligent and sometimes humourous lyrics, and his voice has matured into a real crooner.

I won't even go into whether this sounds like the Stranglers, of course it doesn't, but plenty of people ask me who it is, who would not dream of listening to them.

I am a big fan of most of Hugh's solo stuff, this is probably the one I play the most; like the other reviewers said there is something cool about this album, and I find Cadiz especially beautiful. It grows and grows on you; highly recommended
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