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Flash And The Pan [Single]

Flash & The Pan Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (4 April 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Single
  • Label: Renaissance Records
  • ASIN: B001J2SF1Y
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 679,845 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest band never to make it big! 25 April 2007
Format:Audio CD
I first heard California about 26 years ago and fell straight in love with it's dystopic irony, brilliant lyrics and provocative melody. It took me nearly as long to find out the name of the song. I bought compilation "Ayla" since I was convinced it must be on it. Finally I found this album, with many of their other hits, and there it was! The whole album is quite brilliant, I can't understand why they never became a household name. A thousand times better than Dire Dire Straits and nearly as good as Supertramp, they sholuld have been huge!!!

Funnily enough, I played it to friends in their late twenties, and they thought Flash & The Pan were a contemporary band. It sounds that modern. Brilliant, just brilliant. Time for a big european re-union tour guys!!!
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After the 2 tracks that were hit singles, the rest of the album is very uninspiring. If you want those 2 tracks, then it's worth the money, but if you are hoping for more you will be most likely disappointed. Personally, I only really bought it to get those 2 tracks in decent quality (since my old vinyl version is worn out).
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cheerful and Danceable - A Biting Social Commentary 22 April 2000
By dev1 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Memory is an imperfect machine: we recall impressions much better than facts. After 20 years (1979), I remember Flash and the Pan's debut as a compilation of light danceable tunes with perceptive and engaging lyrics. Two decades later, I haven't changed my opinion: Vanda and Young bait the listener with sunny pop music, then trap him with captivating lyrics.
The majority of music here is ideal for disco nights - cheerful and danceable (Hey St. Peter, Man In The Middle, Lady Killer, Hole In The Middle). The method which Flash uses to deliver the lyrics is also engaging. Vanda and Young sing-speak into an antiquated radio microphone. The effect is archaic and unearthly. Contrasting the hip danceable music, the lyrics are a far cry from "Let's get down and boogie." The character standing at the gates of Heaven (Hey, St. Peter) pleads with St. Peter that he has already spent his time in hell (New York City). `The African Shuffle' appears to be a blatant racist insult of Black (Donna Summer) disco music. More precisely, the song condemns the entire "turn-off your brain and just dance" doctrine. Again in `Lady Killer,' Flash belittles the male Caucasian elitist patrons of clubs such as Studio 54. Captain Black (see James `Blood' Ulmer - Tales Of Captain Black) accidentally destroys `California' with a misdirected ballistic missile. Filled with secrecy are the haunting `Walking In The Rain' (exploring sexual ambiguity) and `Down Among The Dead Men' (an irreverent tale of the Titanic).
In the final cut (First And Last), Vanda and Young's world of selfishness and materialism is reborn with compassion and enlightenment. Flash and the Pan is unprecedented: a biting social commentary fabricated from the very music which it finds deploring.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If only there were more! 7 Jun 2000
By M. Townsend - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I'll never forget the first time I heard Lady Killer. I was working at Radio Shack, we always had the radio on, and my attention was drawn to the song. My first response was "now THAT"S different!". I've been hooked since. I'm fortunate enough to own all of the Flash and the Pan CD's. I'm glad that a couple of them are available in the US again. Now if Vanda and Young would only record another! BTW, if you can find a copy of Burning Up the Night, BUY IT!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly original sound from the Era of Original! 7 Feb 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I don't have this CD, I have the original album (yes, on vinyl!), and it's one of those records I bought without having ever heard it before, or even heard of the band. It's a system I have of band name, album name, and cover art - the whole concept of who they are. Who woulnd't be attracted by colorful frisbees flying around the heads of dark-glassed beach chair sitters of all ages facing in one direction? When I got it home, I knew I had found one of my lasting favorites. When I'm ninety (as if), I will still be tapping my cane and bopping my head to these tunes, and being whisked away to the exotic locales of my mind with songs like Walking In the Rain, which Grace jones did justice to but could not top. Voice synthesization and emotional reality glow as this disk spins.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Brings me Back to my Youth 7 Jun 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
When I was 17 i listened to the album amillion Times and still do to this day, Thanks Amazon for finally letting me get this on Disc ! I agree that every song is a Gem, why this band never made a lasting impression among the New Wavers of the day is beyond Me. Now if I could only find their 3rd and last album on CD "Early Morning Wake up Call" Another great one !
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lou Reed meets John Carpenter? 2 Feb 2000
By joe_n_bloe - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
That's what it reminds me of, Lou Reed singing to the soundtrack from Escape from New York. (If you don't know this, John Carpenter generally writes his own soundtracks.) Enjoyable and demented. And these guys were tied into AC/DC, and as popular as the Beatles in their Easybeats incarnation? Australia is a very strange place.
But, seriously, this is a cool and unique album. Nice to see it back in print in the US. My only quibble is the garage band production. Some of these songs would make GREAT covers. I'd love to hear, say, the Red Hot Chili Peppers cover "California."
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