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Freeze Frame... Plus/Ismism... Plus [Extra tracks]

Godley & Creme Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (24 May 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Extra tracks
  • Label: Edsel
  • ASIN: B0002476GK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 138,752 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. An Englishman in New York
2. Random Brainwave
3. I Pity Inanimate Objects
4. Freeze Frame
5. Clues
6. Brazilia (Wish You Were Here)
7. Mugshots
8. Get Well Soon
9. Silent Running
10. Wide Boy
See all 12 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Snack Attack
2. Under Your Thumb
3. Joey's Camel
4. The Problem
5. Ready for Ralph
6. Wedding Bells
7. Lonnie
8. Sale of the Century
9. The Party
10. Power Behind the Throne
See all 12 tracks on this disc

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Eccentric Excellence 23 Jun 2004
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Nice to see these two albums finally available again, nicely packaged and sounding great.
The arty part of 10cc managed to create a highly original body of work since leaving the success of the group behind. Freeze Frame is not an easy listen and is quite demanding and certainly not intended as background music. On first listen it sounds like a mish mash of different sounds and self indulgent warbling but repeated listens open it up to be intriguing and rewarding. The cleverness of the lyrics will bring a smile to even the most cynical of listeners. You can forget life's problems and escape into another world with this duo as they produce something more than music. What you hear is kind of like a comedy show with different sketches set to a musical backing.
Ismism is a slightly different beast, containing a far more commercial aspect to their sound. Indeed, the singles Under Your Thumb and Wedding Bells only went to prove (by enjoying considerable chart success) that as well as a multitude of experimentational tracks it was possible to energise the listener by throwing some outrageously memorable tunes at them that 23 years later still sound fantastic.
Ismism is certainly the more listenable out of the two but both albums share that surprise element that Godley & Creme always threw at you in that you never really knew which direction they were going to head in.
Sarcasm is obviously a major part of the lyrical interplay. Listen to The Party and hear the evidence and be entertained and humoured.
Record companies wouldn't accept albums like this these days and therefore it is nothing but a delight to be able to listen hear music of a past generation where artistic freedom came before mass market appeal and glossy, over made up bimbos who can only sell albums by taking their clothes off.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Oddly & Odder 16 Jun 2004
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With "Freeze Frame" and "IsmIsm", Godley & Creme began to coast their way into musical obscurity; something that they seem to have hankered for even as part of 10cc. Previous album "L" contained the ingredients but somehow managed to sound fresh and inventive especially next to 5cc's contemparanious effort "Bloody Tourists".
Freeze Frame still sounds inventive but the freshness has largely gone. An Englishman in New York and Clues are among the best things they've ever done but everything else is determinedly whimsical or weird. Sure tracks like Mugshots and Get Well Soon still carry a decent tune but the title track is lumpen and Brazillia is a joke that goes on well past the punch line. This is also one of the main criticisms of IsmIsm, which eschews "proper" arrangements for beatbox meanderings, no doubt fueled by various nefarious substances. Otherwise how else would you account for Snack Attack, Joey's Camel, The Problem, Ready for Ralph and The Party - all long, one-joke tracks?
That being said, I have a soft spot for both Joey's Camel and Snack Attack, and didn't they go and score hits with Under Your Thumb and Wedding Bells? A feat not repeated until "Cry", some years later.
Video directing and half-hearted attention to their musical careers followed. However, don't be put off by my apparently negative chunnering; Godley & Creme at half power is still twice as inventive as most combos of their day and some of this stuff is delightful in weird and wonderful ways, and although it definitely leans towards self indulgence, it still pushes a lot of envelopes and avoids the dreadful slide into mediocrity so effortlessly achieved by their former bandmates.
I'm a big fan of G&C but on their own these would both be rated as 3 star efforts by me.
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1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Weird sort of album. 1 Dec 2008
Format:Audio CD
PLEASE NOTE: This Review is for 'Ismism' only:

A 'weird' sort of album this - consists mostly of an early form of 'rap'.

When I purchased this, it was not what I had expected after the two great singles 'Under Your Thumb' and 'Wedding Bells'. These sound distinctly out of place on this album. The only other 'normal' sounding song on this that could have made a single was 'Sale Of The Century' - apart from this, the rest of the tracks are awfully similar to each other - namely, a voice over a rhythm/beat. Surprisingly, the album does sound good though, but I don't understand it...
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Two great Godley & Creme albums 3 Aug 2004
By Wayne Klein - Published on Amazon.com
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If Godley & Creme had never made another record after they spilt from 10cc, they'd still have made a huge impact. "Freeze Frame" is one of their best most consistent album mixing the melodic approach on "Consequences" with the unusual arrangements seen on "L". The title track along with "I Pity Inanimated Objects" percolating beat at the heart of "An Englishman in New York" and "Brazilia" (featuring Roxy Music guitarist Phil Manzanera)are all stand out tracks. What's more important, though, is the inclusion of the bonus tracks here. Some of them are little more than an excuse to experiment while other such as "Submarine" and "Wideboy" could easily have been included on one of their albums. Both of these tracks along with the rest of the bonus tracks on disc one were only available on CD before as part of the "Images" best of compilation.

The album "Ismism" aka "Snack Attack" features one of the duo's best and most popular tracks (outside of "Cry"). "Wedding Bells" has a soulful and powerful vocal from Kevin Godley. Once again many of the bonus tracks compare to their best work including the underrated and witty "Power Behind the Throne". The remastering for both albums is very good. I just wish that the 10cc back catalog had been treated with as much care particularly the stuff remastered by Roger Wake for the reissued Polygram CDs. Unfortunately, some of these (such as "Bloody Tourists") were botched during the mastering process.

Just a warning, the last bonus track on "Ismism" is the single edit of "An Englishman in New York" and "Submarine" is the instrumental version of "The Power Behind the Throne."
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Godley And Creme Selling Out? 8 Feb 2007
By ElvisCostellosWeiner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Uh, not quite. These two albums are not quite as deranged as past classic Godley and Creme albums like Consequences and L. But this is a relative thing: while relatively, these albums are pop music compared to their earlier stuff, if Britney Spears was to release this music, it would either kill her career or garner her great critical respect. Somebody else here said that "Freeze Frame" mixed the melodic aspect of Consequence with the weird arrangements of L, and I couldn't agree more. The songs here are MUCH more tuneful than on L, but the arrangements almost reach the level of strangness of L. For example, I Pity Inanimate Objects, with the strangely encoded vocals, and Random Brainwave, which definitely sounds like it. In some ways their strongest albums, as it mixes their weirdness with their tunefulness better than anything since 10cc.

Ismism (or Snack Attack) is more of the same in many ways. The songs continue to grow more melodic, and less twisted. However, the album still has much to chew on: two of their biggest hits in Under Your Thumb and Wedding Bells. Lots of weirdness on the album, it is however more "normal" than one would expect from the two. The preponderance of synthesizers might slightly date the album, but much less than on the next two albums.
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