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Bizarro CD+DVD, Box set


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The boy Gedge has written some of the best love songs of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Era. You may dispute this, but I’m right and you’re wrong!‘ John Peel.

The Wedding Present have had eighteen UK Top 40 hit singles… not bad for a band that has, from its inception, stubbornly refused to play the record industry’s game. In 1985 David Lewis Gedge boarded a ... Read more in Amazon's The Wedding Present Store

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  • Audio CD (27 Oct 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: CD+DVD, Box set
  • Label: Demon Music Group
  • ASIN: B00EAM7SA4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,822 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Brassneck
2. Crushed
3. No
4. Thanks
5. Kennedy
See all 17 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Don't Dictate
2. Be Honest (Electric Demo Version)
3. Kennedy (Demo Version)
4. No (Demo Version)
5. Take Me! (Demo Version)
See all 16 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Brassneck (Live Tape No. 6 Frankfurt 3 November 1989)
2. Don't Talk, Just Kiss
3. Kennedy
4. Granadaland
5. Bewitched
See all 13 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Kennedy (Promotional Video)
2. Brassneck (Promotional Video)
3. Don't Talk, Just Kiss (Live Version)
4. Granadaland (Live Version)
5. Bewitched (Live Version)
See all 11 tracks on this disc

Product Description

Bizarro was the second Wedding Present album, originally released in 1989. The band's first album on a major label, Bizarro saw The Wedding Present toughening up rather than selling out. Toying with extremes of tempo and mood, the result was a vibrant hybrid of astringency and the band's quintessential pop euphoria. The 3CD + DVD Expanded Edition includes the original album remastered, non-album single tracks, bonus tracks, BBC sessions and a live concert recording from Germany plus promo videos, live & studio footage & a new acoustic version of ‘Thanks’ accompanying an interview with David Gedge discussing the album. All the content is housed in a hardback book which includes lyrics, imagery and memorabilia scans and extended notes.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By David Johnson VINE VOICE on 8 Mar 2006
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This great record sits comfortably in between George Best and Seamonsters. It´s notable for the fast pace and the cruching guitars, right from the longing in David Gedge´s voice as he sings"brassneck." I like the melodic guitar riff on,"crushed," a feature of The Wedding Present´s music. "No," is a typically honest Gedge composition, all about longing and loss. It´s probably the slowest song on the record.
"Kennedy," sprawls on and on, jangling along busily. My favourite track on the album is probably,"Bewtiched," this is something of a benchmark for the work on Seamonsters, the lyrics are a little more brooding and I love the sound of the rhythm section on this. "Take me," is the most optimistic song on the record, it fizzes along uncontrolably.
The new re-vamped version is great. All the bonus tracks are worth their salt. The sleeve notes are interesting and help put the record in the context of the music scene at the time of it´s release.
This record shows how The Wedding Present developed a heavier, loudy style. Somehow they never lose their terrific tunefulness. Class
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By N. A. Oakshott on 27 May 2007
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I actually bought this album on cassette when it first came out, having heard the band on (I think) a John Peel show. Many years have passed, but still the CD is in my car and the album downloaded onto my iPod for my many business trips abroad.

I can't really put my finger on what it is about this album that makes me want to keep playing it but many, many albums have come and gone since I originally bought this one, some of which I thought I would never tire of, and yet Bizarro is still top of the pile.

From the opening intro' of "Brassneck", through the haunting lyrics of "What Have I Said Now?" to the near seven-minute guitar-led instrumental of "Take Me", every track seems to be so strong and nothing carries that over-produced sound so common nowadays. In saying that my favourite track is "Unfaithful", one of the extras on this version of the album, which carries some of Dave Gedges trademark cutting lyrics so common throughout Wedding Present tunes.

Ok, so Martin Stephenson and the Daintee's "Boat to Bolivia" comes close, but for me Bizarro is THE album I want to grow old with and as I happily enter middle-age it is still hitting the spot. My kids love it, I love it and my wife even likes a couple of tracks - proof positive if it is ever needed.

I tell you, I'll be dancing around the residential home to this in twenty-odd years time!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Toby le Rhone on 14 Nov 2003
Format: Audio CD
A true great in the UK alt rock scene, somehow forgotten by history, a wonderful punk album from beginning to end.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By P. S. REVELL on 18 Nov 2003
Format: Audio CD
Put quite simply, this is a brilliant album! It's the best that the Wedding Present ever produced (although the Hit Parade came close) and it still rates as one of my favourite albums of all time.
The pace is relentless and tracks like 'Crushed' and 'Granadaland' blister along at breakneck speed. The chiming/thrashing/rasping guitars and the simple yet completely effective bass lines make this album. Put that with Dave Gedge's lovesick lyrics and vocals and you have a winner from beginning to end.
If you've ever liked the Weddoes (Brassneck and Kennedy on here were also damn fine singles) buy don't own this album, you should!!!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By R. Thompson on 27 July 2007
Format: Audio CD
I have been buying music for over 30 years, have owned this album for nearly 20 and nothing comes close to maintaining the longevity of affection I have for this album.

For me it sets the benchmark for blokes with guitars, amps that go all the way up to 11 and a story to tell.

Buy it, play it. Love it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By steven garside on 6 Aug 2001
Format: Audio CD
I have just bought this album which was very dear to me in my university fresher year when it was first released. On hearing it for the first time in ages I cannot believe I waited so long to replace the copy that was stolen away by a girl friend so many years ago. Quite simply it is one of the most underated albums in living memory.
If your'e not familiar with the sublime charm of 'the Weddo's', wait no more to aquaint yourself. Imagine the Smiths on speed set to the sound of screaming buzzsaws and you might get some way to describing this unique album. Dave Gedge is a fabulous lyricist - as laconic, melancholic and witty as Morrisey but with a direct, conversational approach that renders a real beauty to the band's immense guitar sound. If you can, get the remastered version, which has intelligent liner notes on the sheer genius of the Wedding Present and even more extra tracks. Also, if your'e a newcomer check out 'George Best' for the earlier, less beefed-up Wedding Present. Here Gedge's bitter-sweet lyrics are set to a more melodic, whirring indie-guitar pop sound that was, and is, perfection.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Pete VINE VOICE on 25 Oct 2001
Format: Audio CD
The original album (i.e. tracks 1-10 on this one) remains a personal all-time no. 1 (even though my wife thinks it sounds like a badly-tuned modem), with blistering volleys of rich sounds, matchless lyrics and some tuneful quieter moments.
The additional tracks include some great tracks too, although the overall effect may be quite hard work for a first-time listener. Program your CD to play the first 10, turn it up loud, stick with it, and you will be richly rewarded.
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