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  • Audio CD (13 Feb. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Fire Records
  • ASIN: B006TXDN4W
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 153,159 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Vinyl is on 180 gram vinyl and include download card. Fire are to reissue Pulp's 1987 album 'Freaks' as part of the Fire Embers reissue series with a special 2 disc release, with the second bonus disc packed with singles and b-sides from the Freaks era. Pulp had changed significantly since their debut 'It'. By this time every member bar Jarvis had moved on but the addition of Russell Senior proved to be a pivotal turning point for the band. No longer did Pulp sound pastoral, easy-natured; now they were darkly romantic, brooding, noisy and a little bit Gothic, in the way young folk who brush their hair a certain way are always a little bit Gothic. Pulp were out-of-tune with the times: but the times didn't satisfy Pulp. The album is quite marvellous. Most of these songs stand the distance of time: it was here, possibly even more than 1992's Separations, that Pulp started coming into their own as a band with a fully-realised aesthetic. The first disc is the original album, unaltered and in its entirety. The second is a bonus disc comprising of tracks from the two big non-album singles from the same era, 'Little Girl (With Blue Eyes)' and 'Dogs are Everywhere'. Two further b-sides 'Tunnel' and 'Manon' complete the second disc for the definitive 'Freaks' period release. Pulp's 'It' and 'Separations' will be reissued at the same time for the complete Pulp on Fire collection.

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The fly by night Pulp fans,attracted by the pop heights of Different Class were duly scared off by what was deemed Pulp's 'dark' album, 'This is Hardcore'.
What they didn't realise was that there has always beeb a darker edge to Pulp, as illustrated brilliantly on 'Freaks'.
Released during a particularly grim period of the 80's it has a bleak but brilliantly experimental style, with hints of Eastern European folk and 60's balladeering.
Jarvis Cocker's vocals are intense and desperate- sometimes building a sort of hysteria- as in the swirling 'They Suffocate at Night'.
Russell Senior gets to share the vocals on the Brilliant 'Fairground' which builds to a screaming crescendo with evil laughter courtesy of Jarvis.
There are quiet,delicate moments too, such as the direct love song 'Don't You Know?'
The only down side of this album is the poor production, no doubt due to a severe lack of funding at the time, which gives the music a 'hollow' feel.
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For many years I have been a fan of the superb Jarvis Cocker and Pulp, the band whose sound and jaundiced view of the world defined the nineties for me.

It was only recently, and with some surprise, that I found that Pulp have been around since the late seventies, and that they had released three albums prior to their breakthrough `His `n' Hers'. This album, released in 1987 is their second recording, and is an excellent album as well as an interesting artefact of music history.

Their first album, It, was quite light in tone, though starting to show the slightly cynical songwriting that would become Jarvis' trademark. This album sees the band move quite a way from their original sound, and into the territory that they would so successfully occupy in the next decade. It's dark and moody, it's at times angry, it's concerned with the world around it and not just girls. It's pretty good, with heavy indie rock sound that would later mellow with more experienced production into the complex sound of their heyday. It's a bit of a class album, not quite as good as their later stuff when they were truly masters of the univers, but pretty good nonetheless. 4 stars.

This 2012 reissue from Fire records ticks all the boxes. As well as the original 10 track album, there is a whole second disc of 11 bonus tracks including all their contemporary singles and B sides, an excellent set of liner notes and it boasts a superb remastering that makes it sound really fresh and clear. Excellent.
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By Kitty on 27 Oct. 2012
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First got into Pulp via their greatest hits album, and i havent looked back since! this is deffo one for the hardcore fans, much darker than separations, but in a good way. Contains 2 discs, so you get your money's worth!
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Good range of songs and tell tale sexy lyrics. The band are coming together and are not far off the masterpieces yet to come. Jarvis style is great and the packaging brings the whole thing together.
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HASH(0x96e93258) out of 5 stars Brilliant album 28 Nov. 2007
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You cannot be Pulp fan and not have this record. It's one of their early albums, it's a little raw and it's absolutely brilliant. It's not as pop as Different class, it's darker, it's not so dance, but if you like Pulp of 90s you'll love this one as well.
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Well done to this complex for this album the best music that exists in the British BRAVO palp
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