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Colourbox [Box set]

Colourbox Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (28 May 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: 4AD
  • ASIN: B007FLEWE2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 105,740 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Sleepwalker
2. Just Give 'em Whiskey
3. Say You
4. The Moon Is Blue
5. Inside Informer
See all 17 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Baby I love you so 7& 34;
2. The Official Colourbox World Cup Theme 7& 34;
3. Hot Doggie
4. The Moon Is Blue 7& 34;
5. Breakdown (Version 1) 7 & 34;
See all 16 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Looks Like We're Shy One Horse / Shoot Out 12& 34;
2. Baby I Love You So 12& 34;
3. The Official Colourbox World Cup Theme 12& 34;
4. Breakdown (Version 1) 12 & 34;
5. Tarantula (Version 1) 12& 34;
See all 12 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Shotgun
2. Keep On Pushing
3. Nation
4. Justice
5. Arena (Extended Version)
See all 13 tracks on this disc

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CD Description

Today, in the wake of of the whole techno, trip-hop and electronica revolution, it's almost standard for bands to comprise a pair of faceless technocrats, making the sort of sounds whose breadth and colour exceeds the imagination of most traditional guitar bands. Back in the early Eighties, however, such outfits were thin on the ground.

Colourbox emerged from the diverse mix of musical cultures that formed the post-punk era, inevitably incorporating synthpop, indie, reggae, dub, soul and funk. They were dance pioneers in the pre-sampling era, where effects were painstakingly assembled in the studio, and from 1982 to 1986 they created an eclectic body of work incorporating their influences but imploded after the collaboration as M/A/R/R/S, on Pump Up The Volume, went to No.1 - making them the only number one-hit wonders that never bothered to release a follow-up recording.

To celebrate their 30th anniversary, 4AD release the ultimate Colourbox compilation, a 4 CD box set of all their officially released studio recordings and mixes, which has been sequenced by Martyn Young.

CD1 is the 1985 album, Colourbox, and includes all the tracks from the free album that was included with the original 10,000 LPs. The second disc is the 7" singles and the third is the 12" mixes. The final disc has the 4 track mini-album, Colourbox, an unreleased early mix of Arena and eight tracks recorded in session for the BBC.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The reissue they deserve - finally... 28 May 2012
By Trash
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I've loved this record since it was first released - I have the vinyl edition which came with a free 12" of extra tracks and I've always been disappointed that the CD version omitted most of the extra tracks (including my favourite Colourbox song/tune "Fast Dump" - a superior version to the version that came out on a 12").

Anyway - finally 4AD have decided to do the right thing and collect all of the Colourbox work into a boxed set.
If you are reading his you probably know the music in all its varied pop meets funk meets punk meets Sci-Fi samples (check out the WestWorld movie samples on 'Just Give 'em Whiskey') meets soul meets reggae meets dance meets electro meets... you get the idea... suffice to say: very varied, always exciting and interesting. The Young brothers (Martyn and Steven) really could craft a catchy tune and knew how to mix in lots of different elements (and vocalist Lorita Grahame could really sing).

The release itself is fantastic - as far as I am aware this collects all that they recorded but thankfully 'Pump Up The Volume - the Colourbox/AR Kane collaboration/aberration is not included.

There are four CDs and each comes in a nice sleeve that replicates the inner sleeves from the original Colourbox album release on vinyl. What is really nice (and was a great surprise) is the inclusion of a set of cards that reproduce the 12" singles artwork with the back of each showing where the respective tracks are located throughout the CDs.
The whole thing comes in a lovely cardboard box that replicates the artwork of the colour box album.

I have not had a chance to listen to the CDs yet but the album has been remastered from the original master tapes and if the sound is up to 4AD's usual standards it will be excellent.

So all in all - an excellent reissue that does justice to a great band (and at a decent price considering what is included).

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Almost Perfect 28 May 2012
Format:Audio CD
A long-overdue drawing together of ALMOST all the releases of one of the best - and massively under-appreciated - groups of the 1980s. I say "almost all" because there was the odd track featured on Various Artist compilations that doesn't appear here - Manic (Instrumental), Sex Gun (Demo) and, if I remember rightly, another Manic remix. It would also have been nice to see the Hot Tracks and Razormaid remixes of Breakdown, and the Ultimix remix of You Keep Me Hanging On - but that's asking too much, I suppose.

Minor quibbles aside, there's a lot to enjoy here, including nine previously-unreleased tracks, and the beautiful Arena is worth the purchase price on its own.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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Pioneering 80's eclectic pop/dub/electro/scratch experimentalists Colourbox are practically all but forgotten now.....but ironically are now regarded as true genre-hopping innovators whose influence on a lot of modern pop and dance cannot go underestimated. Bafflingly, it's taken the best part of 20 years to get this long-wished-for box set compiling EVERYTHING they ever released under 4AD to become a reality. Bearing in mind how their more celebrated labelmates Cocteau Twins have already been the deserving subject of a whole slew of remasters, reissues and boxed collections, it was only a matter of time before Colourbox head honcho Martyn Young, together with 4AD, heeded the restless pleas from their original fanbase to get their first full length album proper remastered in its original 2 x vinyl entirety.... together with all their 7"/12" singles to date.

Everybody knows how only one side of the free limited 12" remix album was included on the CD version, leaving the remaining three tracks on side 2 inexplicably in limbo, and everybody also knows how, around a decade ago in 2001/2, when news broke that Colourbox were releasing a much-anticipated "Best Of", fans were left short-changed and extremely disappointed when said "best of" chose to include a paltry 10 tracks, hardly any of which were the blistering pop indie hits and album tracks that showcased the true diversity of Colourbox's output. Until now, the only way to get much of the original Colourbox tracks in digital format was to make vinyl rips of most of the 12" and 7" singles. This 4xCD box set finally puts to rest all the waiting.....and it is well worth the effort, and every penny, I can tell you!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Can't afford it! 12 Mar 2013
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I cannot actually review this, because I have not bought it, and never will with the price as it now stands -One Hundred and Thirty pounds with five pence change for four CD's!! It's at a similar price in other countries too. It is the box set we have been waiting for, the complete double LP in its entirety at last, all the singles, 12"'s, one offs etc. all hoovered up into this collection. So come on now, don't be silly, and let's see a real price for this thing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pump up the Volume. 13 July 2012
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Great collection from a long lost band who never received the plaudits they deserved. Far ahead of their time, you get extra long 12" mixes alongside alternative versions and some rather experimental BBC session work, hear 'The Wanderer' and wonder where on earth they may have headed next. The Moon Is Blue, Baby I Love You So and of course The Official Colourbox World Cup Theme deserve to be labelled CLASSICS.
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