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  • Audio CD (21 Jun. 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Camden
  • ASIN: B000006X9L
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 276,108 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
  1. Diamonds And Emeralds 3:21£0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. An Evening In The Ray 2:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Chandeliers 3:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Flaming Sword 3:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Cymophane 4:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Love Crowns And Crucifies 2:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Temper Temper 3:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. White Cloud 3:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Caretaking 3:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
10. My Boyish Days (12") 6:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Sad Day For England 4:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
12. Soldiers And Sailors 2:46£0.99  Buy MP3 
13. Whatever Possessed You 3:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
14. Such Is Life 3:30£0.99  Buy MP3 
15. What Kind Of World 3:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
16. Nature Prayed Upon 4:15£0.99  Buy MP3 
17. Flaming Sword (12") 4:04£0.99  Buy MP3 
18. Misericorde 4:04£0.99  Buy MP3 
19. Besides 1 & 2 3:52£0.99  Buy MP3 

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A. Jackson on 25 Jun. 2001
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 By P M Newman on 28 Dec. 2013
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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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By Coincidence Vs Fate TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 Aug. 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Back in the late 70s and early 80s when I was at school nearly every record I heard or bought seemed to be a classic. There are many bands over the years who "should have been big" and I think Care firmly into that category. The duo featured two Giants of the Liverpool music scene; Ian Broudie who, of course, went on to form the Lightning Seeds and vocalist Paul Simpson of the Wild Swans.

Care were definitely pop with an edge and a quirkiness. You only have to listen to "Flaming Sword" which I seem to recall was a favourite on nighttime Radio One to appreciate their genius. To be fair, they could both write a tune, so together they were maybe not actually dynamite, but certainly a great creative force. Back at the time I bought their only three singles (all included here), the aforementioned "Flaming Sword", "My Boyish Days" and "Whatever Possessed You". I remember at the time there being a snippet in NME (or MM) stating that an album would be released "soon". Well, unfortunately soon never arrived and I had to wait a decade and a half before this CD appeared in the late 90s.

Was it worth the wait? You bet. Care were ignored; seemingly not even worthy of a stitch on the great tapestry of music in the 80s, but their music is well crafted and rich with melody.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Antony May TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 5 Feb. 2012
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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Such a shame that band didn't do more. This is a brilliant showcase for what could have been.
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