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Crimson/Red

Prefab Sprout Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (7 Oct 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Shamrock Solutions Ltd
  • ASIN: B00F0HGGBU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,250 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Best Jewel Thief in the World
2. List of Impossible Things
3. Adolescence
4. Grief Built the Taj Mahal
5. Devil Came a Calling
6. Billy
7. The Dreamer
8. The Songs of Danny Galway
9. The Old Magician
10. Mysterious

Product Description

Crimson/Red is the first album in four years from English pop/rock band Prefab Sprout, who rose to fame in the 1980s.

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73 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The maestro of County Durham is back 7 Oct 2013
Format:Audio CD
"You surely are a truly gifted kid / But you're only as good as the last great thing you did." These famous words from the Prefab Sprout song "Moving the River" echo in my mind as I listen to the new album "Crimson/Red" for the umpteenth time. Yes, songwriter Paddy McAloon is undoubtedly truly gifted, and this the last great thing he did makes him better than ever before.

"Crimson/Red" is nothing short of a miracle. McAloon has fought with eye problems and hearing problems for several years which would have broken lesser men, but notwithstanding these obstacles he managed to rise above them all to create an album so full of energy, confidence and musical intelligence it's truly heartwarming. Just listen to such a sweet gem of a pop song that is "Billy", and all cynical doubts about the power of music are dissolved. Or listen to such a slick and elegant number as "The Best Jewel Thief In the World", and you realize that Paddy McAloon is performing at the top of his game here.

"Crimson/Red" is really a record that wasn't meant to be. For contractual reasons, McAloon had to quickly pick these ten songs and then managed to record them at hyperdrive speed: it took less than two months to complete the album. The songs were picked from his unreleased projects, some of them date from 1997 ("Grief Built the Taj Mahal", "The Old Magician"), others were written in 2011 ("Billy"). It's safe to say that "Crimson/Red" is a kind of "greatest hits" album culled from McAloon's famously vast archive of unreleased songs.

Because of his health problems, Paddy McAloon was forced to play all instruments himself on the album. And he certainly deserves credit for making the record sound lively and timeless.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
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With their best album since the sublime Steve McQueen, Prefab Sprout are back with a bang, and the Old Magician himself, Paddy McAloon is on the toppest of top form. Bacharach and David, McCartney, Brian Wilson, Cole Porter - these are the standards by which you can measure Crimson/Red, and the combination of brilliantly witty and poignant lyrics, and melodic magnificence is here displayed in what Mr McAloon calls the 'strophic form' - magical choruses that lift the songs to new heights. This is one of those albums, Like Absent Friends by Divine Comedy, or Rattlesnakes by Lloyd Cole, where every track is a standout. In another review on here someone said he manages to make every song both immediately catchy and yet with something new to discover with each fresh hearing, and that is spot on. The List of Impossible Things is a yearningly emotional elegy, with lines like, "Sleeping on cold stone floors, engaged in some new noble cause; stretch out your hands to hold a grandeur that won't be controlled". The Old Magician brings tears to the eyes and Billy - well, I guarantee you'll be singing it around the house after two listens. This is unmissably good pop music.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond My Expectations 11 Oct 2013
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I'll start by saying that I am a long term Sprouts fan and have eagerly awaited the release of this album. The downside of being a Sprouts fan is that you end up with high expectations. Given the quality of the songs that have gone before, I was highly sceptical about any early comparisons with Steve McQueen and Jordan the Comeback. I've had the album for the best part of a week now and have played it around half a dozen times.

I'll start with the not so good.

Firstly, the album only has 10 songs lasting about 40 minutes. Like any Sprout fan, we would actually want more! Secondly, there are aspects of the production that are not particularly strong. That hasn't caused me too much concern, except when I have tried to play the CD in my car, or listen to it with headphones. Even on high quality headphones, Paddy's voice does not stand apart from the music. In an open room, however, production issues don't cloud what is good about this album, and that is the songs. Third, and I only say this so as to use an exception to prove a point. 'List of Impossible Things' is the one song on the album that has me singing the lyrics of an older Prefab Sprout song along to it. That older song is Dandy of the Danube, one of the B side songs from the King of Rock and Roll single. It's not that the songs are even similar, there is just a hint of similarity. That, however, doesn't stop List of Impossible Things from being a pretty good tune, however. The point I was trying to make is that the other 9 songs don't sound like reworkings of anything that has gone before. Delivering a set of fresh tunes is a challenge for any artist.

Now The Good;

This is a damn fine set of songs and no filler at all on this album.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Just recently I've bought a number of New Cds and downloads,I won't name them all other than to say Elton Johns' Wonderful Diving Board was winning hands down for me ....It now has a Rival for Favourite album of 2013 in the form of Paddys'Crimson/Red.
Its strange really before I even heard of the possible release of a new Prefab Sprout album I had been playing lots of Jimmy Webb on my own Baby Grand so I was re discovering the art of the songwriter.
After two of my other favourite tunesmiths had left me slightly crest fallen after a single listen recently.
I still had a really Great feeling about what mysterious melodic treasures might be hidden behind the strange minimalistic artwork on the new cd I found in my postbox a few days ago.
Talk about saving the Best till last !!! I loaded it into its tray early last evening and cranked up the Hs80's and smiled like the Cheshire cat from beginning to end.I actually laughed out loud and cried real emotional tears at various points in the listening process.
I think one of the things I loved the most was the way Paddys Exqusite lyrics matched the Wonderfully crafted Melodies and production arrangements for each song PERFCTLY.
There is a real true sense of Recording Studio Fun in this album.It reminds me of Brian Wilsons' first solo album and Jordan The Comeback..
The sirens in "Jewel Thief" had me actually getting up out of my chair running to the window...doh..so track one had me laughing and singing and rolling along with the "Looking for Atlantis" spacey 80's stringy synth pads ...after hearing so many artists changing their sounds probably just for changes sake it was re assuring for this old geezer to hear a New Prefab Sprout song that sounded like a Prefab Sprout song albeit without our Wendy on board..
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Paddy at his very best
With over 100 reviews you tell how much the fans love this album and I am a big, big Prefab Sprout album. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Simon Pickles
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love Prefab Spout's new album.
Published 1 month ago by scouser73
5.0 out of 5 stars I have loved PS since 1984
I rarely write reviews ...I have loved PS since 1984....met Paddy at the release party for "Jordan" in NYC... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Michael Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Yes well worth waiting for paddy mc aloon on good form.excellent
Published 1 month ago by gerard quinn
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent
Published 2 months ago by Marcus
5.0 out of 5 stars The king of stunningly crafted songs serves up more magic.
Purchased on the day of release, this is another thick 'n' juicy slice of gorgeousness from Sir Paddy. The Old Magician breaks me every time I hear it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr. P. A. Creamer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I just love it
Published 2 months ago by Anders Modig
5.0 out of 5 stars Definately the best album since Jordan in 1990
Definately the best album since Jordan in 1990. Mr McAloon still has a nack for writing good tunes, pity we don't get more releases either under Prefab name or as solo releases,... Read more
Published 2 months ago by N. Pluck
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Ok
Published 2 months ago by Pedro Graça
4.0 out of 5 stars Back on top
Excellent album and great return to form. Paddy Macaloon is a national treasure and so underrated.
Published 2 months ago by gerarich
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