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Freur, The Black & White Brothers Audio CD
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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B000001J6I
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,641,506 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5.0 out of 5 stars From Keith Moon to Detroit 11 May 2002
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I've been a fan of Freur and likewise Underworld since they appeared on the scene in 1983.
From the opening track of Doot Doot, it was clear that there was a tallent at work here which was far different from anything else going at the time. I remember thinking how original they were. The synth sounds, the subject matter and the melodies I loved to bits.
It was no wonder to me that ten years later they would re appear with a track called 'Hmmmm Skysraper I love you' and start on the journey that was to be known as Underworld.
If you want to get an insight to where Underworld came from, then this is the best bet you have. But It would be an injustice to stop there. This album has some fantastic songs on it, and some of the production values are very different for the 80's.
This album then, shows a tallent experimenting with many styles and images that was later to form into something more concrete (and profitable). They were just so confused -the glam rock outfits, the synth's on a stick that you could park up your sleeve and that silly name, not to mention that the drummer was a cross between Keith Moon and Animal from the Muppets.
As a fan of Freur and Underworld, It's my duty to inform Underworld fans that Freur is probably not a 'backwards' compatible journey, whereas liking Freur will inevitably lead onto liking Underworld.
But as a fan of both, I'm just so pleased to see that this album has seen the light of day as a CD. What more could I possibly want?
(A. Get us out of here, their second album on CD please... that's what I want!).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
A wonderful album for those who remember all the good things about the 80's. The band seem to eschew all the traditional instruments of the age, being way ahead of their time using advanced synths. Remember, this album was recorded when MIDI was brand new!! From the haunting melody lines in Doot Doot, to the power of All Too Much, this album gives a foretaste of what would come later in the decade. Amazingly it manages to sound like no-one else I've ever heard recorded! I can't compare it to anything else, and if you're one of those interested because some of the members turned up later in Underworld, then you're in for a surprise (a pleasant one though!!)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very 80's indie 16 Feb 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I bought this on vinyl about 1 or 2 years after it was released. I remember hearing Doot Doot once on the radio but did not follow it up. It was a pleasant surprise to find it as the first track. There are so many good tracks on this CD it is hard to rate them in any order.
However, if I were pushed, my particular favourites would be:
Doot Doot, My Room, Riders in the night, Tender Surrender
The tracks on this CD are quite diverse, but have a common feel to them.
If you liked bands like John Foxx, Torch Song, Fiat Lux or any other Indie Synth band then you'll like this!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great album!!! 1 July 2013
Format:Audio CD
This is a REAL great album. Every sound contained in it has something absolutely magical. Fascinated by the hit single "Doot doot" in the spring of 1983 to the end of the summer I bought the whole album on trust, and also the various 12" singles (Doot doot, Runaway, Matters of the heart, Riders in the night). And I listened to dozens and dozens of times. Then I bought the American edition on CD, and not yet tired, this one.

But I must warn you of one thing: the 12 "version of" Doot doot "is not the original vinyl maxi single version... it was re-edited, and let me say also pretty bad.
I'm still waiting for the original 12" version on CD....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Squiggle 27 Mar 2010
By brinson
Format:MP3 Download|Verified Purchase
I still call Freur 'Squiggle' - their original nickname asigned to the squiggle symbol they chose as a name (years before Prince did it). I remember the hype when they first came onto the scene with Doot Doot and it was much deserved. Being into synthpop/electro at the time, Freur were an exciting and original addition to the line-up of bands I was into (Soft Cell, Cabaret Voltaire etc). Despite their originality, there are shades of other bands in their music - a bit of OMD and Japan style vocals etc. Doot Doot sounds like OMD mixed with White Noise's Firebird. But most of all, yes you can hear the seeds of Underworld taking root (especially the strong hypnotic, repetitive melodies we've grown to know and love...and the bleeps and beats too). It's interesting to hear the sounds of Underworld from the base of 80s synthpop, illustrating the influence between those times and the later rave/techno scene. It's surprising that Freur/Squiggle never went much further in the public mind, at the time, after Doot Doot. They certainly proved their potential but, alas, we were to wait a few more years before this could be truly realised. And it was a wait worth waiting for! Give this album a go - it's a jewel covered in too much dust.
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