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Product details

  • Audio CD (29 Nov. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 6
  • Format: CD+DVD, Box set
  • Label: Cherry Red
  • ASIN: B0045U3AVW
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75,031 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Christmas Is Really Fantastic
2. Oh Come All Ye Faithful
3. I Wish It Could Be Christmas
4. Mull Of Timperley
See all 27 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Timperley Blues
2. What For - From Me Mum
3. Firm Favourite Ads #1
4. Surfin' Timperley - God Only Knows
See all 34 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. The Robins Aren't Bobbins
2. Little Frank Arrives
3. Me Great Big Zoo Scrapbook
4. Best Of The Answering Machine (Part 1)
See all 32 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Airplay
2. Big Frank Blasts Off
3. TVR 17 Station Output
4. Little Frank Shows Off
See all 38 tracks on this disc
Disc: 5
1. Sumthin else
2. Timperley travelogue
3. Timperley blues
4. The monopoly song
See all 16 tracks on this disc

Product Description

5 disc Box Set released to celebrate the comic icon Frank Sidebottom, whose creator
(Chris Sievey), sadly passed away earlier this year. Frank s Ace Fantastic Show Biz Box
Set is released with the full support & co-operation of Chris Sievey s family.
For the first time ever, all of Frank s In Tape repertoire is reissued on CD in it s original
format with added bonus tracks including favourites from his two Greatest Hits & an
exclusive DVD featuring over an hour of live performances & footage of Frank being
fantastic in and around Timperley.
Contains three original 12 E.P s, 2 original L.P s & Frank s unique 10 Medium Play
never available on CD before.
Fantastic Box Set packaging including the original artwork & linear notes by Frank
himself.
Booklet to contain many fond and funny memories of Frank with contributions from
friends, family, fans & a host of show biz pals & celebrities.

The perfect tribute to the comic genius of Frank Sidebottom.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By K. Musselwhite on 3 Jan. 2011
Format: Audio CD
I can't tell you how overjoyed I was when I heard about this release, a fitting tribute to the great man who we lost in 2010.

I have been waiting decades for CD releases of both 5/9/88 and 13/9/88 and at last they are here.

I haven't ploughed through the whole box yet, but my only minor gripe when listening to 13/9/88 is that the sound seems to have been taken direct from the LP rather than from the original masters, as there seems to be crackles and pops in places.

A shame, but you can't have everything, you know you can't you really can't!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dave Gilmour's cat on 15 April 2014
Format: Audio CD
An amazing body of work here. Don't know if this is everything Frank ever recorded, but it's pretty exhaustive re: the "In Tape" years. Very funny and very clever. Better than the compilations because you also get the spoken-word segments between songs (Frank and Little Frank in heated discussion) as well as the songs themselves. These LPs (one a double LP) were not available on CD previously and they seem to have been mastered from vinyl, suggesting that the original masters are lost. The five discs include the following gems:

CD1:
* Christmas Is Really Fantastic EP
* Frank Sidebottom Salutes The Magic Of Freddie Mercury And Queen And Also Kylie Minogue (You Know, Her Off Neighbours) EP
* Timperley EP
* Medium Play EP (side 1)

CD2:
* Medium Play EP (side 2)
* The full album: "13:9:88"

CD3:
* The album: 5:9:88 (sides 1 & 2)

CD4:
* The album: 5:9:88 (sides 3 & 4)
* Bonus tracks

CD5:
* DVD of Frank Sidebottom performances
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Preacher Man on 22 Dec. 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I've waited and waited for CD reissues of Frank's records for years and years. For some reason his compilations deliberately missed some of his best bits, which are largely his original music and the "story" bits of the dialogue between him and L.F. Maybe it was that he wanted to stay in character and was somewhat embarrassed to be found out as a competent musician?

It was such a massive pleasure to hear the wonderful Sue of the Sioux again, and to enjoy the full versions of Frank's LPs. Oh and "The Squid Is Correct".

Marvellous.

Neil.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. S. Dean on 16 Jun. 2014
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What a treat. The unique and wonderful world of Frank Sidebottom presented in a fantastic package which captures the joy and innocence of being Frank. You can't listen to this stuff without smiling inanely. If you're already a Frank fan then this box set is probably in your possession. If you're not a Frank fan or haven't got it, then treat yourself. Brilliant set at a great price and a fitting tribute to the comic genius that was Frank Sidebottom. Now I must stop cos I have to go shopping for me mum. Buy this and also the fantastic shed show DVD. Fantastic.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mr. G. W. Jones on 27 Jan. 2011
Format: Audio CD
It was great to hear these comedy classics again. All the original vinyl is at my parents' house up in their roof!

The plus points: nicely packaged with a good booklet (including anecdotes by Marc Riley, Radcliffe and others) and a different photo of Frank on each CD, plus a fun 1-hour DVD of some entertaining live Frank performances.

The negatives: as mentione in other reviews, these are just transferred from the vinyl. It's a little bit misleading when they claim that some of these recordings as "on CD for the first time", when you can still hear the vinyl crackles, pop and hisses!

And I always thought my vinyl copy of 'Medium Play' was faulty because it was in mono, but it's also in mono on here. I'm sure the original master tapes would've been in stereo!

That said, it's still a great collection to have, even if they don't sound much better than the original 80's vinyl, and if you're new to the world of Frank then there are lots of great gems to be discovered across these CDs and DVD. You know there are, there really are!
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