Well this has already been out as a special edition, back in 2004, but that one only had a smattering of extra mixes. This one, Fizzophiles will be delighted to hear, not only has remixes, but an entire second CD of "Lost Masters". Oh, yes. Which is a good thing, because this final album, was (and is) by far the best album that Bucks Fizz ever made.
Andy Hill came up with an excellent set of tunes, and quite why the singles (and the album) stiffed, remains a bit of a pop mystery. I can only assume that their audience had grown up and moved on. And despite Bucks Fizz doing the same thing, it just didn't work. 'You And Your Heart So Blue' is a great song, but didn't crack the Top 30, and the Meatloaf / John Parr song, 'Magical', did even worse. In fact, of the six singles, only 'New Beginning' managed to fight its way into the Top 10. Shocking. At the time, this record got some good reviews, and even after all this time, it's easy to see why, as they added a more adult sheen to their excellent pop sound.
Of course, with hindsight, the departure of Jay Aston and the arrival of Shelley Preston probably didn't help, as those were the days when folks didn't like change, but it's a real shame, as this could have been the record to propel them into an Abba type world of proper, grown up, pop music. In fact, on the original album, there's only one clunker, and that's the p-poor version of the Stephen Stills hit, 'Love The One You're With'. But elsewhere, it's wall to wall quality, with the big ballad, 'Keep Each Other Warm', one of their best.
This, extremely expanded model adds a whole host of extras, including a brand-new never released extended mix of `Soul Motion', unedited versions of `Give A Little Love' and `Don't Turn Back', two of Bobby Gee's solo offerings and a first release for a number of tracks recorded in 1988. There are also original 12" mixes and B-sides of the era and two previously unreleased medleys from the "Live at Fairfield Hall" session. Not all the material is off the top shelf, but I did especiallly enjoy the Shelley Preston version of 'Love In A World Gone Mad'. Whether the world needs Bucks Fizz doing a Rolling Stones medley is quite another matter, but for fans of the band, this will be an essential release.