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  • Audio CD (19 Jan. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Cherry Red
  • ASIN: B001NE81BC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,284 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Hans 'Dark Waves' Dresden on 21 Feb. 2009
Format: Audio CD
For the most part, SLAG albums are filled with music that makes them well worth the purchase: good, inventive songs in which you can lose yourself in daydreams, and wonder about the meaning of the lyrics. In addition, there are also typically two or three really great tracks, with driving beats and dark pounding vocal delivery (if that's your thing). Standouts for me are on the second album, Feeding the Flame, featuring the killer "Man of Straw" (extended version from the 12" single) and the heartrending "In Flux". This, their first mini-LP from 1982, is a very good record, but lacks the obvious singles which can make searching out their other CD's a bit of an obsession (not that it was too hard on their initial CD reissue releases in 1988), although "Imagination", "Things we never Did", "Cloud 9" and "Echoplay" here are particulary good.

The tracklisting currently posted is in fact identical to the original 'expanded' reissue, so nothing new here as far as bonus material, which, unusually, is again the first 7 tracks, with the last 8 being the original mini album. It will be interesting to see if further rereleases are forthcoming. Since collecters will have most of their material on CD already, including odds and ends which were tacked onto this and the next CD issues, as well as the later Les Annees Vertes compilation, the most desirable early item would be Total Sound, a Dutch radio session which, so far as I know, was only ever put out on vinyl in 1986. It would also be great to see their most recent couple of albums from the last decade reissued, as they have been quite impossible to find.

Bottom line, if you like contemplative 80's indie music, this disc is well worth having. Since I'm writing this prior to the release date, I can't comment on the sonic qualities of this issue. Here's hoping there's more to come from this often overlooked band, indeed one of my favorites of that era.
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Post-Punk Perfection 3 April 2009
By Lypo Suck - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Finally, after years of being out of print and fetching stupidly high prices on ebay, Cherry Red has decided to re-reissue this wildly cool and sadly overlooked gem of an album. Epic Garden Music was Sad Lovers and Giants' semi-full-length debut, a mini album recorded on the heels of a few stellar singles that deftly fused infectious pop melodies with moody, post-punk angst. All of those singles and their b-sides are featured here, starting the album off to provide a chronological listening experience.

By the time they recorded Epic Garden Music, the band had arrived at a distinctive style that featured highly melodic, sometimes delicate arpeggiated guitar melodies, atmospheric sheets of synths and the occasional snake-like sax, anchored down by rhythms and tempos that alternated between cool/calm and rushing/intense. The overall effect is a moody, dark brand of psychedelia; colorful, inviting, but also brooding and dreamy. It's like an art-pop band with a flair for moodiness and melancholy, or an early 80s goth band without a shred of goth pretense.

"Echoplay" is a blazing, catchy rocker, while "Clocktower Lodge" envelopes the listener in a dream-like haze. The snappy "Clint" is simultaneously infectious and brooding, while "Alice (Isn't Playing)" casts a dizzying web of cool melody. Of the pre-album singles, the catchy, driving Colourless Dream could have given Joy Division a run for its money, while the angular, synth-driven Tightrope Touch builds a marvelously tense head of steam.

From start to finish, this collection simply does not falter. I highly recommend it to anyone who digs the likes of the Cure, Joy Division, Chameleons, Magazine, and most of the 4ad or Factory stuff that was coming out at the time.
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Post Punk Warm Wave Goodness 17 Nov. 2012
By Keith Weston - Published on Amazon.com
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Moody, dense, cerebral, bass-driven, awash with synthetic swirls of sound - these attributes are here aplenty. Close comparisons might point towards The Chameleons or the earliest Cure. Holds up well three decades on.
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Epic of course 4 April 2014
By demian d - Published on Amazon.com
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Got this in 1982 and still love it. Unforced, occasionally sentimental post-punk Brit stuff. The songwriting is on spot, the analog synths reminiscent of early Modern English, the spotty sax injections melodic and perfectly placed. There is a melancholia to some of the music but there are also moments of full-on neo-psych blast-off akin to Modern Eon and Echo and the Bunnymen. The bonus trax are also essential for an understanding of the EP of which this CD is titled. Great period music and a helluva lot better than their disappointing efforts made shortly after recording this (circa 1984).
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Five Stars 25 Nov. 2014
By wes holley - Published on Amazon.com
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One of the best 80's albums up there with Joy Division's "Closer" or The Cure's "Pornography". A must!
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