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Electric Landlady [Original recording remastered, Extra tracks]

Kirsty MacColl Audio CD
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Kirsty Anna MacColl (10 October 1959 – 18 December 2000) was an English singer-songwriter.

MacColl scored several pop hits from the early 1980s to the early 1990s. During this era, she often sang on recordings produced by her husband Steve Lillywhite, notably those of The Smiths and the song "Fairytale of New York" by The Pogues.

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  • Audio CD (28 Feb 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: EMI Records
  • ASIN: B0007M8I50
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 144,841 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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11. My Way Home (2005 Digital Remaster)
12. The One And Only (2005 Digital Remaster)
13. Don't Go Near The Water (2005 Digital Remaster)
14. One Good Thing (2005 Digital Remaster)
15. Darling Let's Have Another Baby (2005 Digital Remaster)
16. My Affair (Bass Sexy Mix) (2005 Digital Remaster)
17. Walking Down Madison (6 Am Ambient Mix) (2005 Digital Remaster)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Electric Songlady 12 Feb 2006
By BobW
Format:Audio CD
I first bought the original Electric Landlady in 1991 after hearing "He never mentioned Love" on Radio 4's Pick of the week and have been a Kirsty fan ever since.
It is great to hear the shiny new remastered version and it remains a fabulous album with Kirsty trying a variety of styles that link it with the later "Tropical Brainstorm".
"Walking Down Madison" is a fabulous dance track which I think was Kirsty's biggest hit in the States.
"All I ever wanted" is a typically sparky song about a failing relationship and deserved to be a hit.
"Children of the Revolution" is a beautiful but bitter "political" song co written by Johnny Marr.
My Affair is Kirsty's introduction to Latin music with a fantastic arrangement by Angel Fernandez.
"Lying Down" is a dark angry song with superb guitar work by Elliot Randall.
"He Never Mentioned Love" is a wickedly witty song about a below par boyfriend. One of Kirty's funniest songs.
"The Hardest Word" is a moving elegy to her late Father co written with her brother Hamish MacColl.
"My Way Home" is a classic stunning Kirsty song co written with one of her regular musicians Pete Glenister.
The last original song is "The One and Only" a fabulous haunting collaboration with The Pogues.
5 bonus tracks have been added to the remastered edition. Although these tracks are generally not as strong as the original album, her collaboration with Billy Bragg on "Darling Lets Have Another Baby" is great fun. The alternative spooky ambient version of "Walking Down Madison" is outstanding and nicely brings the CD full circle.
The only grumble is the omission of the names of the many musician which are all listed on the original CD.
The remastering is brilliantly done. This is an essential album for any Kirsty MacColl fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Electric Landlady 6 Dec 2011
Format:Audio CD
I have been listening to this albumn for many years and never tire of it. It is generally upbeat with witty lyrics. Great for listening to in the car on my way to work - it puts me in a good mood!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eclectic "Landlady" 19 Dec 2005
By Gena Chereck - Published on
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The Album:

After her major comeback with 1989's Kite, English singer-songwriter Kirsty MacColl was on a roll, and she quickly followed this up with 1991's Electric Landlady. However, despite the droll title (a goof on the Jimi Hendrix classic Electric Ladyland), MacColl's lyrics on this album are generally more earnest and less biting than those on her previous LP. This is especially true in her social commentary, as she makes an anti-war statement on "Children of the Revolution," calls for appreciation of family on "The Hardest Word," touches upon various environmental ills on "Maybe It's Imaginary," and addresses homelessness and urban squalor on "Walking Down Madison" (a massive UK hit, and a surprise minor hit in the US). Still, her catchy melodies, pleasant voice, and often deadpan delivery keep her more socially conscious songs from becoming too heavy-handed.

EL also offers a more diverse sound than the Brit-pop-heavy Kite, ranging from the countryish "Maybe It's Imaginary," to the hip-hop-flavored "Walking Down Madison," to the sassy Latin-tinged single "My Affair" (a sort of precursor to her final album, 2000's Tropical Brainstorm), to Celtic folk ballads ("The Hardest Word" and the self-deprecating "The One and Only"). There are a lot of power-popish tunes here, as well (my favorite being the jangly single "All I Ever Wanted," which Kirsty wrote with American power-pop maestro Marshall Crenshaw); but even so, most of these are accompanied by strings ("Children of the Revolution" and the witty "He Never Mentioned Love"), horns ("My Way Home"), or both ("Halloween"). While MacColl's then-husband/producer Steve Lillywhite would later suggest that "some songs in retrospect would have benefited from more straightforward pop beats," I must admit I respectfully disagree -- I think EL's varied instrumental colors have made it a far more interesting record than it might've been if Kirsty and company had merely repeated the formula of her previous album.

The Extras:

Electric Landlady was the second of two albums MacColl released on the Virgin label; earlier this year, EMI/Virgin reissued both this album and Kite, expanding them with bonus tracks. Unfortunately, only 5 extras (all B-sides) are offered here, including a cover of the cutesy ditty "Darling Let's Have Another Baby" (recorded as a fun, hard-rocking duet by Kirsty and British protest singer Billy Bragg), a cover of the painfully earnest eco-anthem "Don't Go Near the Water" (a lesser-known Beach Boys song), and one remix each of "Walking Down Madison" and "My Affair."
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A declaration of independence that still rings true 9 Jan 2007
By Ellen C. Lamb - Published on
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It's hard to believe this album is almost 20 years old, because it sounds as fresh today as it did in 1989. Essential listening for every woman who ever felt the need to apologize for being herself.
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