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Beyond the Sun

19 Jan. 2001 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Release Date: 19 Jan. 2001
  • Label: Nude Records
  • Copyright: (p) Nude Records Ltd.
  • Total Length: 43:58
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  • ASIN: B00CM2TGL8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 90,735 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME on 10 May 2002
Format: Audio CD
This would have been his great comeback album- perhaps. Mackenzie had signed to Nude and appeared to be on a creative flight equal to the 80-83 period from 'Affectionate Punch' to '18 Carat Love Affair'. He even considered these new songs under alternate monikers- the torch songs would be Winter Academy, the electro-industrial Case and so on...
Nude rejected some of the more electronic tracks for this release- such as 'Falling Out With the Future' or '14th Century Nightlife'. Even in death it seemed Mackenzie's work was being rejected in a 'Glamour Chase'-fashion. Strange that songs like 'When the World Was Young' & 'The Soul that Sighs' should have been overlooked- though we have the subsequent 'Memory Palace' & 'Eurocentric' albums now.
Bizarrely I was getting into the Associates shortly before his death- hearing 'Partyfearstwo' on the radio lead me to a 2nd hand copy of 'Sulk'. The Barry Adamson album 'Oedipus Scmoedipus' had a smart Mackenzie track ('Achieved in the Valley of Dolls') and I had fond memories of listening to the original 'Affectionate Punch' and the single 'Breakfast' at a friend's house in 1990. Then I found a tape of 'Perhaps' and Apollo 440's 'Electro Glide in Blue'- which featured Billy's final vocal on the heartbreaking bluestblues 'Pain in Any Language'.
'Beyond the Sun' was released in Autumn of 1997 and recieved great critical reviews- but little commercial interest (Embrace were considered more meaningful- still their career is over now...). Ex-Cocteau Twin, Simon Raymonde, mixed several of these tracks- and give them the quality akin to his This Mortal Coil collaborations.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sceptic Al on 3 Oct. 2009
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This is a must listen for any fan of Billy and/or the Associates. This is how he matured, darker, harder to appreciate with more sophisticated depths, flavours and tones - the Mackenzie equivalent of a cask conditioned 25 year old single malt rather than the younger, brasher blends of the Associates or even Wild and Lonely.

Many of the old collaborators are present and their influence on specific tracks discernible; Paul Haig and Alan Rankine for starters, both major contributors to Scottish music over the last 30 years, play homage to the man. But this is an album made by and for Billy's voice and vocal dexterity. Velvety, genderless, limitless in range and dreamworking. Its only flaw is that the album never got his final seal of approval: is this how he wanted these tracks to sound? Regardless, one listen and you will drink your fill again and again.

You may be gone, Billy, but never forgotten.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 April 2001
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The shock of Billy MacKenzie's suicide and the surprise of the release of this album came at the same time for me. Hearing this music and instantly falling in love with it while knowing it would be more or less the last of Billy's recording career was difficult indeed. Maybe it's selfish of me to mourn the end of Billy's music, but that's what he meant to me and scores of others: music so breathtakingly beautiful and unique that you just know in your heart no one else could achieve it. Equally important on this album is the incredible work of Billy's new instrumentalist and co-writer, Steve Aungle, who I hope will continue his own recording career in some other incarnation. Meanwhile, we have "Beyond the Sun" and "Eurocentric" and the rest of Billy and the Associates' body of work that make listening to music a whole new experience.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By margarite caterina on 18 July 2011
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beyond the sun is beyond compare. Beautiful lyrics sung by an amazing, & massively underated man.
T he legend that was billy mackenzie.
Do yourself a favour & buy all his back catalogue & truly appreciate this man's extraordinary talent.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 April 2000
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sums up his career excellent, from the Associates albums "Fourth drawer down", "Affectionate Punch" "SULK; "Perhaps", "Wild & Lonely" to solo album "Outernational". A
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gary Mcghee on 30 Aug. 2008
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One of the greatest voices in the history of pop music. Way back then I heard it first, that's really heard how great it was, on Even Dogs In The Wild from the first Associates album, and fell in love. Beyond The Sun is a fitting, and heartbreaking showcase for it. I sat my mother down when I got it (she's a jazz/Sinatra/Nat King Cole/Ella Fitzgerald/Sarah Vaughan fan) and played her Winter Academy and Blue It Is... repeatedly, at her request, and she was blown away by the beauty and gravitas of THAT VOICE. I cried every time I played this at first, but other reviewers have done a good job of detailing the merits of every track on this and the other albums, so I won't go there. (I recommend reading the excellent Billy biography, which details his life, and this album, in particular - [ASIN:0747536155 The Glamour Chase: The Maverick Life of Billy Mackenzie]. Coming as BTS did in the wake of Billy's suicide there's a strong sense musically and lyrically that he was leaving this for us, and it is certainly a gift to be treasured.
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