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  • Audio CD (1 Mar. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: CD Baby
  • ASIN: B00IJJ41UE
  • Other Editions: Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,396 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Punk and New Wave royalty! One of the most influential bands of the 70/80's, 'Athletico Spizz 80's' phenomenal 'Do A Runner' album is finally re-released. Digitally re-mastered from the original A&M studio tapes in crystal clear clarity, limited edition pressing; ADDED BONUS! Spizz's second album in it's entirety, with the classic line up of Lu Edmonds (PIL and The Damned), and Clive Parker (Big Country). Tracks; 1. Touched 2. New Species 3. Intimate 4. Effortless 5. European Heroes 6. Energy Crisis 7. Red and Black 8. Rhythm Inside 9. Personimpersonator 10. Clocks Are Big 11. Airships 12. Brainwashing Time 13. Five Year Mission 14. Dangers of Living 15. Robot Holiday 16. Soldier Soldier 17. Downtown 18. Risk 19. Central Park 20. Melancholy 21. Scared

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By JohnFK1966 on 4 Mar. 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The return of Spock at last!

At last one of my all time favourite albums has been released on CD way behind all the other reissues of the time. I must admit I had to play track 12 onwards first which consist of the second Spizz album Spikey Dream Flowers and it doesn't disappoint!

I have now deleted the poor vinyl-rip I had stored on my iPod!

I wasn't so smitten with Do A Runner even though it's a great record it lacks the energy and consistency of SDF, but with a fresh listen there are some stand-out tracks - New Species and Red And Black to name two.

Red And Black along with Soldier Soldier are reworkings of earlier Spizz days when the band were ultraminimalistic and just recorded guitars, vocals and broken bottles! They are great reworkings too.

Every track on SDF is a winner delivered at breakneck pace. Check out some Peel, demo and 12" versions of this period of Spizzenergi/The Spizzles if you can - they're also great particularly Soldier Soldier Extended Version and Downtown radio sessions.

Sadly there's no bonus material as the two albums take up the time limit for one CD. We can only hope these 'other versions' will see the light of day one day. But let's be happy with what we've got here!

If your interested enough in the band to be reading this then you should buy this limited edition CD while it's available.

Thanks Spizz-everything (Oil, Energi, Athletico, etc), CP Snare, Furry Records and everyone involved in bringing this to light . . .
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. Skudder TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 April 2014
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Only 30 years after CD players appeared we finally get these two albums released on CD to replace our ancient and played-to-death vinyl!

At first glance this looks expensive for an old album, then you realise that it is actually the two Spizz albums in their entirety. It is a bit of a shame it was not packaged that way to be clearer and also to include the cover art from Spikey Dream Flowers.

In an ideal world, this would be a 2-disc package, with each album having its own extras. Do A Runner could include the non-album singles and B sides (No Room, Spock's Missing, Hot Deserts, Legal Proceedings) while Spikey Dream Flowers could include the unreleased 12" single version of Soldier Solder and the 'doctors and nurses dub' version of Central Park from the B side of the single release. Until then this will have to be enough.

Spizz himself is still alive, well, and gigging and many of these songs still play a prominent part in the set list, as they should. In fact I have a long drive to see the current incarnation of Spizzenergi next week and this CD is going to be on the car stereo to get me in the mood.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Oliver Double on 3 Jan. 2015
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I bought Do a Runner back in 1980, in the very week it came out. I remember it so clearly. I went for a day out to Newark on the train with my friend Eddie, found a record shop, found this record, and shelled out the cash. I distinctly remember standing on Newark station poring over the sleeve, keen to get home and put it on the turntable. It wasn't as wacky as the Spizzenergi singles I'd fallen in love with (esp. 'Where's Captain Kirk?'), although it had its moments (e.g. the tiny classic 'Clocks Are Big'). However, what it did have was big, scary, melancholic, off-kilter sounds, sometimes slow and restrained, sometimes manic and angular. It was one of my favourite albums as a teenager, and I've waited so long to get hold of a good quality digital copy. For a long time, it looked like this would never be rereleased, and I'm so delighted that it finally has been. What's lovely is that you also get Spikey Dream Flowers by Spizz's next band, the Spizzles, as well. I bought that one from one of the big record shop chains on a trip to London. The guitar and keyboard sounds are a bit different, and there's more of the old Spizz silliness in there. A song about playing a game of Risk with the devil? Check! A song about robots going on holiday? Check! A second sequel to 'Where's Captain Kirk?'? Check! All of this stuff sounds as marvellous as ever, and I cannot understand why such a big postpunk band has been neglected for so long. This is right up there with the Gang of Four and the Delta 5 and the early Human League and all that stuff.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Nogsy on 1 April 2014
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Ok, so let me set it straight from the outset, Athletico Spizz 80’s, Do A Runner is and has been a huge favourite of mine ever since its initial release way back in 1980, so it was highly probable that mine would be a five star rated review. The only element likely to diminish that rating was the effectiveness of the remastering job and I am delighted to discover that this highly cherished music has not been marred in any way as a result of 21st century tampering. Quite the contrary – unearthing the original A&M tapes and subjecting them to a digital overhaul has yielded fabulous results on both Do A Runner and The Spizzles, Spikey Dream Flowers.

But what of the music? Well, Do A Runner is simply astonishing stuff - it’s lush, infectious, giddyingly joyous and eminently deserving of multiple rounds of ‘rapturous applause’ – in short, it’s a luxuriantly textured, witty and delightfilled masterpiece. It’s worth noting that the original sequencing of Do A Runner is retained here – and that matters. This is no ploddy 4/4 affair – this set of songs undulate, swoop, dive and plunge, creating eddying pools that ripple and dazzle as gales of Spizz’ singular humour peal forth in a torrent of superb vocal performances. A truly class act. Mention ought to be made of the fact that no singles were drawn from this LP – no cash-ins or any such tawdriness. True, Red & Black had an earlier birthing on Spizz Oils’, Cold City EP –but Athletico Spizz 80’s reversioning is a way more muscular affair by far.

Touched kicks-off proceedings in a relatively laid back manner but within the bounds of that song there is a clearly discernable sense of a band straining its leash – eager to reach its full and frenetic stride.
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