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Easy Pieces [CASSETTE]

Lloyd Cole Audio Cassette
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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  • Audio Cassette (1 Oct 1985)
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B00008EULI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 808,723 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Forgotten and Unloved (by Lloyd anyway) 21 Mar 2007
By William J. Walker VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I got this album a few years after its release as a 'two for one' CD (both albums on one CD) with Rattlesnakes and at the time knew mainly the singles from each album. I should explain that my sister had been a huge fan of Easy Pieces and played it constantly for ages so I guess it insinuated its way into my brain.The irony is I wouldn't have bought Rattlesnakes if it hadn't been attached to Easy Pieces.
It has to be said that I wasn't disappointed with my purchase.Not only was Easy pieces as good as I hoped it would be but Rattlesnakes was brilliant as well!
I would say that Easy Pieces is a little more "produced" than Rattlesnakes but the songs tend to be more instantly likable where many of the songs on Rattlesnakes have a more wistful tone and are 'growers'.
I had long-since concluded that they are both excellent albums packed with great tracks and while I think Rattlesnakes just edges it, I would say, only just.Imagine my surprise to read Mr Cole's disparaging remarks about his own work.I suspect that his willingness to disown the album ,is , as has been seen before(Neil Young's; Time fades Away,REM's Fables), more about bad associations the artist has with the recording process rather than the quality of the material.

If you like Rattlesnakes or Lloyd Cole at all; this is a must-have.
Hopefully it will receive the full deluxe release treatment afforded Rattlesnakes.I suspect if Lloyd has his way it won't happen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I disagree with Lloyd! 24 May 2006
By A. Baly
Format:Audio CD
I've seen articles about Lloyd Cole where he dismisses this album as a bit of a mistake, but I've got to say I disagree. In my view, Easy Pieces is in fact LC and Commotions' best album. It's not always a comfortable 'easy listening' listen, in that you'll need to put a bit of effort into it, and it sometimes feels a bit raw and angular, but if you put the effort in then I think it's definitely the most rewarding of the 3 albums he did with the Commotions. Put it this way: I'll sometimes be walking along and then suddenly realise I'm singing a LC and Commotions song in my head - well, more often than not, it'll be a song from this album rather than the other 2.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why so overlooked ? 10 July 2005
Format:Audio CD
As someone who studies the reviews on Amazon,it never ceases to amaze me that this fantastic album always seems to be ignored in lists of Lloyd Coles' best efforts.
For me it stands out as his finest hour alongside Love story.Perhaps to some musical snobs,the fact that there were three,(by Lloyd's standards),successful singles released from it somehow tarnishes the achievement.
Good though these singles were it is the rest of the album is even better culminating in,for my money,his best track ever in Perfect Blue.I have heard several versions of this classic song which turn up on the many compilations available,but none come close to the sublime simplicity of the original.
Well worth buying just for this but,trust me,the rest will not disappoint.For anyone who has listened to and enjoyed other Lloyd Cole albums I can't recommend this one too highly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Old Ones are the Best 26 Aug 2010
By Sandy67
Format:Audio CD
Yes, finally managed to get a CD copy of this album. I have it on tape from the day I bought it back in 1993 and now I can have it on CD and can transfer it to my ipod. Although it is hard to get hold of on CD and expensive it is well worth the money, great value for a classic album.
Although Rattlesnacks seems to be the prefered Lloyd Cole and Commotions album as an avid and long standing Lloyd Cole fan I think this is by far the better album.
All songs are classic Lloyd lyrics and music. Listening to it all again on CD is magical and hard to pick out one song among the others as one of those classic albums that every song is as good as the next. If you are new to Lloyd Cole then "Rich" and "Cut Me Down" are the more unknown songs to be hooked on. Then the classic "Brand New Friend" and "Lost Weekend" are everyones favourites.
Great lyricist. The songs of Bell X1 remind me of Lloyd's style for lyrics which is probably why I like them. So if you like Bell X1 you should give Lloyd Cole a try.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I Agree with the other Guy !!! 14 Oct 2006
Format:Audio CD
I thought I was the only poerson in the world who thought this was the best commotions album ! Yes, llyod doesn't like this, but think about it, they keep paul hardiman producing and churn out rattlesnakes II, so what. This is so much more of a rewarding album than mainstream, change is GOOD! Strange (and a little sad) that something this amazing should be pretty much disowned by it's artist. And yes, rattlesnakes is stunning, but this showed so much growth, thrown away in later years for more of the same.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A catch 10 Feb 2014
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
Glad to have got hold of this hard-to-get album since it's not available on download. Can't imagine why it's not.
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