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Force [CD]

A Certain Ratio Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (1 Mar 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: LTM Recordings
  • ASIN: B0030EWBAA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 139,591 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Only Together
2. Bootsy
3. Fever 103
4. Naked and White
5. Mickey Way
6. And Then She Smiles
7. Take Me Down
8. Anthem
9. Nostromo a Go Go
10. Inside
11. Si Firmi O Grido
12. The Runner
13. Bootsy (Racic Remix)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ACR's most overlooked LP 27 Feb 2010
By Colin Mccartney TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Too pop, perhaps, to be considered worthy of re-issue until now, it's good that LTM have at last got around putting out "Force", probably the most accessible of all A Certain Ratio's Factory releases. Remember the context: "Force" precedes both Madchester and acid house by at least a couple of years and yet you can hear the embryonic forms of both in this record. It's not the band's most ground-breaking work - having been released around the time when Factory was starting to become, relatively speaking, a more commercial concern - though it's far from sell-out material either.

As with all ACR's stuff, in my opinion it doesn't quite form a cohesive album (even in the days of vinyl I found myself skipping a lot of tracks) - it's more a series of highlights. The big highlights here being "Bootsy", "Take Me Down" and the distinctly unanthemic "Anthem". The memorable b-side "Inside" also makes an appearance in the bonus tracks.

It must be 15 years or more since I last heard "Force" - somehow having managed to miss out on buying my own copy the first (and second...on Creation) time around, and bits of it probably have dated. But now it's very much a case of "Welcome back to the Colin McCartney playlist".

Next: LTM can we please have a re-issue of "The Old and the New" and "Good Together/ACR:MCR" (provided A&M, or whoever now owns the rights to the latter, will let you have it)?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very welcome reissue 6 Mar 2010
By Mr. M. L. Hawes VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
A Certain Ratio left the Curtisesque vocals of their first two albums behind with this album which has now been reissued with some juicy rarities, specifically the B side Inside, which was a fave of mine and a track that has been worn away on the 12" of Mickey Way.

It's a strong, consistent record with a much more poppy feel than their early work, but still with that slightly sparse sound that made them as outstanding a contributor to indie funk as 23 Skidoo in my book. Unless I'm mistaken Corrine Drewery appears on one track as guest vocalist....

A great ACR album and one that I'll definitely be buying on CD as my vinyl is just about defunkt.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece 2 Aug 2010
Format:Audio CD
After Closer and Unknown Pleasures this is the best LP issued on Factory. OK, PCL had SOME better songs as did one of the Crispy Ambulance records (the one with The Presence on) but this was just so consistently good. Wild Party etc would have added to the reissue but stuff like The Runner makes up for it. Just great - buy, listen and wonder why they didn't make the mainstream. Donald Johnson should have been on ECM. A really great record!
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