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Breaking Glass [Soundtrack]

Hazel O'Connor Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
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HAZEL O'CONNOR shot to fame in the role of Kate in the cult film Breaking Glass. The first female in history to play the lead role as well as writing and performing a films soundtrack. With the planetary hit singles and albums that followed, this multi-faceted artist proved to be a rare diamond that rose like a phoenix from the shards of quartz. Her career has had highs as there have been ... Read more in Amazon's Hazel O'Connor Store

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  • Audio CD (7 Aug 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Commercial Marketing
  • ASIN: B000006ULH
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,027 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Hazel O'Connor Breaking Glass

Hazel O'Connor's rebellious punk-styled singer is a talented timebomb ready to explode angrily at a cruel world. One night on stage she sees an audience member stabbed ("Calls the Tune"). Unable to get their face out of her mind, she slowly dissolves into a mental breakdown. The movie and album are both one-of-a-kind classics. Since O'Connor was involved so deeply with the production, the success belongs largely to her. If her acting doesn't get to you, then the songs surely will. Each makes a statement of one kind or another--most with a political slant reflecting her on-screen counterpart's bottled-up frustration. "Big Brother" points an accusing finger at Society. "Eighth Day" worries that the machine will shortly rule us. "Blackman" derides stereotyping and Class. "Who Needs It" says no thank you to nuclear energy. The music is often energetic, yet it's still her touching ballad "Will You" that lives longest in the memory. --Paul Tonks

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 80's through and through 11 Dec 2006
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Top grounbreaking album from the era of extravagance. Hazel is on top form in what is possibly her best album. You can forgive the quirky production and immature lyrics because this album is top drawer early electro pop. The drums and sax transform a basic synth album into a great cult album that sounds as fresh today as the day it was recorded. Teenagers of the day loved Hazel and Phil Daniels portrayals in the film. We only wish the film would come available on DVD.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dated but still fantastic 26 Jun 2008
By S. Cobb
Format:Audio CD
I'm giving this CD 5 stars as it is an excellent time capsule, apart from Will You there probably isn't another song in here that would be a hit today but is an excellent example of poppy punk/new wave music from 1980. I remember seeing the film in the mid 80's and buying the album the very next day, loved it and still do today. For 3 pounds you can't go wrong (the sax solo on Will You is worth that on its own)

It's a shame that there is no current DVD of the film as it creates a good feel for the environment in which this album was written. There is an angst in the more punky songs like Big Brother and Blackman which for me make these stand out tracks and the change of tempo in Who Needs It still excites me 20 years on as the song winds itself up into a crescendo for the second half.

I only know the first three Hazel O'Connor albums and although I like the others but this is a stand out, I highly recommend it to anyone even if it has dated.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still sounds good today! 29 April 2010
Format:Audio CD
Who can forget Hazel O'Connor's fabulous performances of: 'Eighth Day', 'D-Days' and 'Will You' which were all Top Ten smashes! She's a great Performer with a voice instantly recognisable, sounds like no-one else I can think of, and so versatile! She can sound like anything; from 'punky' to 'ballardy'!

You'll find two of these great Songs included here on this classic Album from 1980 - along with some pretty good material to go with them.

This Album still sounds great after all these years!

A truly modest lady who doesn't believe she had such an impact on the eighties - oh but how wrong she is...

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless...sax it out! 19 Mar 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Breaking Glass - one truly superb album/soundtrack for the film of the same name/1980/Total playing time 41.57

Track 6 : the 4.49 minute Will You?, in particular is another of those tracks that makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end and whisks me back in time.

What a lady...what a voice!

''s getting kind of late now
I wonder if you'll stay now, stay now, stay now, stay now
Or will you just politely say goodnight...'

And as the sax plays out...we wonder on?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My Punk Period 21 Mar 2013
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I actually went through a strange 80's period, where I had multi coloured hair and rags to match: No pins in my face though.This album, as with the film, brought back some great memories, and when I am feeling just a little uptight; this music gets me on the level and expunges my violent noltions
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How one forgets 28 Aug 2009
By Ally G
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Hazel O'Connor is one of the most underestimated singers and writers ever produced in this country. Sadly she was boxed in the same pigeonhole as Toyah, who had infinately less talent but broader appeal because she was a bit like the girl next door. Hazel always looked like the girl from the other (bad) side of town. Her debut album "Breaking Glass" contains classic track after classic track and has not aged with time - in fact it sounds better now than I can remember. Raunchy anarchistic songs sit comfortably alongside touching ballards and futuristic themes.

Go and listen - you will not be disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Memories! 21 Nov 2010
Format:Audio CD
I bought this with the memory of sneaking into the cinema to see the film when I was underage!
The soundtrack has aged a bit since then but still holds some powerful tunes, with a couple of classics in there.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgic, but it still works 5 Jun 2009
Format:Audio CD
Coming across this by accident whilst browsing around, I vaguely recalled it from my early teen years and bought it on impulse. And I'm very glad I did. Reading the book or watching the movie helps understand the motivation behind some of the songs, but isn't essential. Loads of raw, angry energy in many of the tracks, with the undeniably sublime "Will You?" ballad bringing an unexpectedly gentle change of pace, reinforced by a hauntingly beautiful sax solo that'll hang around in your head for days.

The level of emotion in this music is seldom matched even today. From furious rage to bleeding-heart desperation, it's an uneven but enjoyable ride.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
awesome album
Published 4 days ago by jerry white
4.0 out of 5 stars good
Published 19 days ago by mildred
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
thoughtful and intelligent quasi punk rock
Published 27 days ago by koryl
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by Miss Helen Cadogan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 months ago by claire1981
5.0 out of 5 stars Eighth Day
Oh how I love this album and Hazel O'Connor's voice and the wonderful ballad Will You. A beautiful classic from the 80s film of the same name.
Published 4 months ago by Emmabemma
5.0 out of 5 stars blast from the past
fantastic album, took me back forgot just how much I liked this album she is a very under rated artist
Published 5 months ago by David Bond
5.0 out of 5 stars great
a soundtrack to a cult film this does what it says on the tin....and more...I urge people to see the film first though...otherwise the tracks may lose their power..
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars cult film sound track
good mp3 recording, took some down loading from the cloud but with worth it;

sound quality as good as the vinal record i've got if you're as old as me you'll know what... Read more
Published 7 months ago by MAC
5.0 out of 5 stars Memories are made of this
A great soundtrack to a great movie. How Hazel O'Connor didn't go on to become the biggest name in 80's music is beyond me. More than worth the price
Published 7 months ago by Liam Smith
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