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Diary Of A Hollow Horse [Collector's Edition, Double CD, Extra tracks]

China Crisis Audio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (27 May 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Collector's Edition, Double CD, Extra tracks
  • Label: Sfe
  • ASIN: B00C132V2Y
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,360 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. St.Saviour Square (Original Walter Becker Production)
2. Stranger By Nature
3. Sweet Charity In Adoration
4. Day After Day
5. Diary Of A Hollow Horse
6. Red Letter Day (Original Walter Becker Production)
7. In Northern Skies
8. Singing The Praises Of Finer Things
9. All My Prayers (Original Walter Becker Production
10. Age Old Need
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Disc: 2
1. St.Saviour Square (Mike Thorne Re-Recorded Version)
2. Red Letter Day (Mike Thorne Re- Recorded Version)
3. All My Prayers (Mike Thorne Re- Recorded Version)
4. St.Saviour Square (Band Demo)
5. Stranger By Nature (Band Demo)
6. In Northern Skies (Band Demo)
7. Sweet Charity And Adoration (Band Demo)
8. Diary Of A Hollow Horse (Band Demo)
9. Singing The Praises Of Finer Things (Band Demo)
10. All My Prayers (Band Demo)
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Product Description

Restored into the running order are the original and previously unreleased Walter Becker (Steely Dan) produced versions of Red Letter Day , St. Saviour Square and All My Prayers , so that this re- issue provides fans with the experience of hearing for the very first time, the whole album as the band intended! Extensive bonus tracks include the subsequently re-recorded Mike Thorne versions tracks of these commissioned by Virgin plus the unreleased 12 inch Extended Version of All My Prayers and an unreleased alternate mix of Red Letter Day called the Bazilington DJ Vibe Mix. Issued in full consultation with Gary Daly of China Crisis, this re-issue contains all the original band produced demos, live studio sessions and extensive illustrated sleeve notes with introductions by Gary Daly and Eddie Lundon.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yesssssssssssssssss 7 Jun 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
At last! A record label that knows how to do justice to a re-released CD. I paid over £10 for this 2 disc set and feel it was worth every single penny. Beautifully and sympathetically remastered. The sleeve notes by Gary and Eddy are great and to the point and an informative introduction by the re-release coordinator make for a very interesting history of the album. Too often when a CD is re-released there is always something missed off second time around (the lyrics for example on the Alan Parsons Project remasters a few years back) but not in this case. It's all there. The bonus tracks also on the second disc too shed a lot of light on how the whole album was 'constructed' back in the late eighties. Absolutely full marks to Cherry Red Records for giving a new lease of life to an already wonderful album. You know what's next - Yep, the previous 4 China Crisis Virgin albums.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Now this is how reissues should be done! 31 May 2013
By Trash
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Most reissues stick to a the tried and tested formula of remastered sound (if you are lucky) plus throwing in the contemporaneous singles and b-sides. Occasionally there may be the odd unreleased gem added as an extra bonus to entice the fans.

This reissue manages to deliver something that is genuinely interesting and worthwhile.

I've been a fan of China Crisis since their first album and followed their career as their sound evolved and matured. They are not my favourite band BUT I can say that they never delivered a bad (or even mediocre) album in my opinion.
'Dairy...' isn't even my favourite album of theirs (that award goes to 'Working with Fire and Steel') but it is a strong album featuring fine musicianship and great songs. I've listened to and enjoyed this album since the day of its release.

What makes this reissue so worth having is hearing the album is as it was originally intended to be released. I did know that Walter Becker had not produced all the tracks on the original release but what I didn't know was that he produced versions of the 'other' songs. Hearing the album with the Becker tracks reinstated makes for a much more coherent and satisfying listen. The Thorne tracks are great (I've grown up with them) but the Becker versions sit much better with the sound and feel of the album.

Another revelation is hearing the original band demos. I'm a sucker for demos as they really show what the artist had in mind before the producer, record company, studio engineers etc got involved. With the 'Diary...' demos it's interesting to hear how close to the final songs the demos actually are.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent re-issue full of new extras 8 July 2013
By MD
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Not one of China Crisis's best known or perhaps even best loved albums, but the band obviously felt the need to put the record (pun intended) straight on this one and have restored it to it's original condition with a full Walter Becker produced tracks line-up. After laying down all the album with Becker in Hawaii, Virgin felt that three of the tracks had to be re-done for single release and so were re-produced in the UK by Mike Thorne, and slotted into the album release.
It is of course interesting to hear the album in its original form, although that said this particular fan still prefers the Thorne version of All My Prayers, which in any case never made it as single.
The big bonus for this release however is the inclusion of demo tracks for most of the songs which finally made the album. Some extended versions and a couple of 'live versions' complete the package.
A timely re-discovery of a great almost forgotten late-80s album.
More of the same for your other great albums please chaps!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Diary a hollow horse 5 Sep 2014
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This album is better as it has a lot of demos on it. all my prayer,in northern skies,age old need,st saviour square and loads more worth buying. better than the original. can't wait till the new album comes out and see the on tour.Been a big fan of china crisis since working fire steel long time. This a female that is writing this review Tracey
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reissue 31 May 2013
Format:Audio CD
A great album just got better crammed with unreleased mixes and demo versions and the sound quality is excellent. Please Cherry Red do the same for the rest of their back catalogue.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stranger by Nature 29 Jan 2014
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I always felt that this album was China Crisis’ least accessible, partly because of the lack of instrumental hooks that graced their other albums and a religious vibe in the lyrics, which can be alienating for a non-religious listener.

However, for a fan, this is a great package and really interesting to compare different productions. The Walter Becker Becker productions of the singles are clear, crisp and unfussy, with that laid-back Steely Dan vibe, and I much prefer them.

The demo versions of the album tracks are also really good – check out the “Stranger by Nature” demo which is totally different from the original, and would have worked well on ‘Flaunt the Imperfection’. I never really took to the more heavyweight Mike Thorne singles productions, but here they are, along with the 12” mixes.

Look forward to collectors editions of the other CC albums, and their (gasp) long-awaited new album!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth it
If you are toying with buying this special edition , id say "go for it" as the alternative versions to the LP are well worth listening to . Read more
Published 15 months ago by mr D J Crouch
4.0 out of 5 stars Yep - it's better!
Yep - got to admit - the Walter Becker produced version of St Saviour has a more "swingy" flavour and definitely improves on the version on the original album. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Roger D. J. Latham
5.0 out of 5 stars A great album made better
Well, I hope that I don't get slagged too much for my review and comments, but this is indeed a good purchase option if you never purchased it back when it was released in the late... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Eric
5.0 out of 5 stars Really nice album stands the test of time.
I Highly rate this album, not quite as good as there best,but well worth adding to the collection. This sees them with a more mature approach, the production on the album is top... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars An Album Of Two Halves
So, here we have it. 1989's Diary Of A Hollow Horse, the final album released on Virgin before they were cruelly dumped in a "I don't hear any hits here guys" kind of way. Read more
Published on 26 Mar 2012 by Coincidence Vs Fate
5.0 out of 5 stars diary of a hollow horse-china crisis.
This is an example of a cd which is brilliant, but didn't achieve the success it deserved. Ther are many great tracks on this album-Stranger by Nature, Diary of a Hollow Horse, in... Read more
Published on 16 April 2011 by R. Plunkett
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes you think
This album is not far from what CC do but some how they hit the jackpot.
One to hear before you die.
Published on 10 Aug 2009 by Green Sanke
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