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  • Audio CD (21 Jun 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Camden
  • ASIN: B000006X9L
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 243,308 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  2. An Evening In The Ray 2:510.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Chandeliers 3:370.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Flaming Sword 3:110.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Cymophane 4:320.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Love Crowns And Crucifies 2:410.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Temper Temper 3:260.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. White Cloud 3:320.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Caretaking 3:450.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. My Boyish Days (12") 6:410.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Sad Day For England 4:280.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Soldiers And Sailors 2:460.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Whatever Possessed You 3:070.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Such Is Life 3:300.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. What Kind Of World 3:370.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Nature Prayed Upon 4:150.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Flaming Sword (12") 4:040.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Misericorde 4:040.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Besides 1 & 2 3:520.99  Buy MP3 


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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
It's a shame that some music only sees the light of day once the people who created it have moved on to greater and better things. Care were an early 80s duo who shared a lot of qualities with China Crisis - lush harmonies, insistent rhythms and simple but unforgettable melodies.
Care were Paul Simpson (Ex-Teardrop Explodes/Wild Swans) and Ian Broudie (Original Mirrors, Big In Japan and scally producer extraordinaire). They had 3 peerless singles in the period 1982-1984 ('My Boyish Days', 'Flaming Sword' and 'Whatever Possessed You') but none of them did well enough to persuade their label to release an LP, although 'Flaming Sword' did make the Top 40. The band broke up with Simpson reforming the Wild Swans with former Swan and Lotus Eater Jerry Kelly, while Broudie continued producing others before forming The Lightning Seeds (no introduction necessary there!)
This compilation probably wouldn't exist if it weren't for Broudies subsequent 90s chart domination with the Lightning Seeds. However, it stands up well after all the lost years, with the singles sounding fresh and majestic in their digital form. Also excellent are some of the 'lost' tracks - 'Cymophane', 'Love Crowns and Crucifies' and 'What Kind Of World', and overall the release serves to highlight how much music from the New Wave era (1979-1986) remains in the vaults of record companies across the UK, never to see the light of day.
If you weren't around in the early 80s but you like the Lightning Seeds, Coldplay or Travis this really isn't a million miles away, and at mid-price you can't go wrong!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gem From The Archives 28 Dec 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I never thought I would get to hear this short lived collaboration between Paul Simpson & Ian Broudie, but as soon as I realised that their work together had been retrospectively released, I snapped it up. Having fond memories of all that was the post punk Liverpool scene, this combined early Wild Swans and Ian Broudie sounds, forming tracks that seem to swim around your head for an indefinite time. Sadly underrated at the time, at least there was yet more to come from The Wild Swans and The Lightning Seeds following Care's demise.
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3.0 out of 5 stars 'An Interesting Lost Album From The 80's' 5 Feb 2012
By Antony May TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
To the uninitiated, Care sound like a cross between Morrissey, The Lotus Eaters, The Associates and (of course) The Lightning Seeds. This cd is a compilation of unreleased tracks, singles and b sides and as such is somewhat of an 80's curiosity piece. Don't let that give you the impression however that it isn't very good because in places it is brilliant but with all such compilations comes a lack of cohesion and so the CD does not make for a great 'album listen'. Considering the strength of unreleased songs like the title track and the 'hit that never was 'Flaming Sword' (well, it made no 48) this release does however provide 80's collectors with some great 'new' contemporary material to love.

Romantic songs, lush arrangements and distinctive (perhaps too distinctive for some re The Associates mention) vocals are the order of the day throughout this CD and for those of you willing to take a punt you could do much worse than to give this album a try. 'Flaming Sword' is the best track but others like the previously unreleased title track do give it a close run for its money. My main criticism would be that while there are no awful songs here one or two do end up sounding like early or later ideas of the same song but then that is to be expected with such a compilation of odd tracks and bits and pieces like this.

All in all though, if you are not singing 'Flaming Sword' to yourself for weeks once you've heard this I will be surprised!

7 out of 10.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting jewel 9 Jan 2001
By "gslarson" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
After reading the other reviews for this CD, it appears that Paul Simpson and Ian Broudie's project titled "Care" is most loved in the Philippines. If you like the Brit-pop music from the 80's, this CD does belong in your collection. There are some very nice tracks that feature Simpson's sublime voice and Broudie's keyboard and guitar work. Unique to the era, the CD mixes acoustic guitar with the keyboard-produced synth pop. This CD is nice because it has 19 tracks (and includes b-sides from their singles).
Unfortauntely, this CD sounds like it was never finished. The production quality is not up to Broudie's standards and, to me, it seems like each song is missing something. It seems that they decided to move on to other projects and they shelved the songs as they were, without polishing them up.
Still, I think many people would enjoy this work and I certainly recommend picking up Broudie's and Simpson's later works. Paul Simspon got together with Jeremy Kelly (from the Lotus Eaters) after "Care" to create one of the best albums ever The Wild Swan's "Bringing Home the Ashes." Jeremy Kelly then left the Wild Swans and Ian Broudie joined the Swans on the next album "Space Flower," which has a very classic Broudie sound to it. Additionally, I suggest picking up The Lightning Seed's single for 'Sense' because one of the b-sides is a very polished, beautiful version of the "Care" song "Flaming Sword."
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CARE......CARE.....CARE........ 23 Oct 2001
By "shomidamannix" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
the care....... this is one of my favorite new wave band since high school. they really have a different kind of music. paul simpson's voice is so so deep feels like it's coming from a deep well. care was very popular in manila & they always play this from radio station such as wxb 102, bm 105 & nu 107. my favorite songs are my flaming swords, boyish days & whatever possess you. i've been looking for this band for so long & when i asked the record store if they have this, they always said that they never know this band. so i tried to go to amazon & i did found it. care is what i call the best band in the 80's. also check out the wild swans, lightning seeds & the lotus eaters. they rock !!!!!!!! thanx amazon.com for having this album in your lists. this will go to my 80's collection. hope you have some good 80's band such as fra lippo lippi, marc almond's bittersweet, blue zoo.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Superb songs, poor track order 7 Oct 2002
By Lypo Suck - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The bulk of this interesting new wave obscurity was unearthed relatively recently, and features over-the-top, insanely catchy pop gems by Liverpool's legendary songsmith Ian Broudie (of Big in Japan and later, the Lightning Seeds). Wild Swans Paul Simpson handles the vocals/lyrics with his typically passionate bellowing. The only serious problem with this compilation is terrible song sequencing. That sounds nitpicky, I know, but song-order really does make a difference in the reactions an album elicits, and poor song placement can sometimes sabotage an otherwise decent record. Also worth mentioning is that Simpson and Broudie had no input when the record label assembled this comp. As a result, half the song titles are incorrect, a few inferior demos were used, and Simpson reportedly can't stand the collection.

But after all that, there's at least 12-14 top-notch pop concoctions here. If you're familiar with Ian Broudie, you can probably guess that here he effortlessly throws out hook after catchy hook with his sparkly, ultra-melodic acoustic 12-string, along with a barrage of colorful, perky synths. Some songs are super sunny and upbeat, but there are some nice moodier numbers ("Nature Prayed Upon", "Whatever Possessed You") to balance out the glee. At times the music here reminds of the Teardrop Explodes, particularly the awesome "My Boyish Days" and the driving "Nature Prayed Upon." Other songs, like "Flaming Sword" and "White Cloud" could keep the most cynical listeners on their toes with inventive and unpredictable chord changes, soaring, dramatic hooks, and gorgeous, baroque string-arrangements. Much of the music here is as hook-laden and pop-savvy as OMD, yet played with the passionate energy of Echo & the Bunnymen.

That the music itself is strong enough for me to overlook the poor song order and still enjoy this cd, is quite a testament to Broudie's almost flawless, expert pop-craftsmanship. I mean, these hooks will NOT leave my freakin' head! And (at the time of writing) the damn cd has been in constant rotation for well over a week now. Highly recommended for those whose lives depend upon shimmering, hook-filled, artful, Liverpudlian pop.
5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks Wxb online 19 Feb 2009
By unbridled_id - Published on Amazon.com
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The online station wxb 102.7 brought these guys to my attention. Very good music, very good station.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic must-have for all new wave/britpop fans 20 Dec 2001
By Chino Fernandez - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I skipped this music in its heyday, but after I rediscovered 80's and new wave, I found that Care makes music that is perfect by my standards. Beautiful combination of moody and melodic orchestra sounds with a lively acoustic guitar (used in place of bass) and lively beat. The ultimate in melodic pleasance. For music that really pleases the ears, THIS is the one to get.
I must agree with other commentors, the songs do sound unfinished. The "Besides" contains a couple of sessions of songs that were never finished. Care split in the middle of their production due to disagreements in style preferences. But they already sound so good, that if ever they get polished, it's the ultimate in heavenly beautiful music. And yes, being a Filipino, I do admit that Care is really well known here.
Simpson and Broudie have stuck to their instrumental formula while trying different styles, like two tracks which have an R&B feel (9 and 11). 19 tracks, including the 3 songs, though it is disappointing that "Whatever Possessed You" isn't the long version (12-inch Boyish Days makes up, though). But after listening to all the tracks, it makes me sad that the world no longer has a care about Care.
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