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George Best Plus [Extra tracks, Original recording reissued]

The Wedding Present, The Wedding Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (30 Sep 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording reissued
  • Label: Cooking Vinyl
  • ASIN: B00000020R
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 48,436 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Everyone Thinks He Looks Daft 4:09£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. What Did Your Last Servant Die Of? 2:43£0.79  Buy MP3 
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Listen10. It's What You Want That Matters 3:25£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Give My Love to Kevin 2:45£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Anyone Can Make a Mistake 3:20£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. You Can't Moan Can You? 3:18£0.79  Buy MP3 
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Listen19. Why Are You Being So Reasonable Now? 2:35£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Not from Where I'm Standing 2:37£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Give My Love to Kevin (Acoustic) 2:53£0.79  Buy MP3 
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Listen23. Pourqoui es tu Devenue Si Raisonnable 2:34£0.79  Buy MP3 

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Smiths' only rivals? 17 Oct 2005
Format:Audio CD
David Gedge may have lacked the looks, charisma and downright strangeness of Morrissey but, for a time, his band The Wedding Present were The Smiths only serious rivals for the title of 'Kings of Bedsit Land.' Identifiably Northern, in the same way as Morrissey and Co, Gedge's flat singing and the hundred-mile-an-hour guitars mitigated against a broader appeal. That said, this album remains a classic of its kind, its kind being frantic, jangly, mid-80s indie pop.

Gedge could also turn a witty phrase or two. How about "At home she tells him little lies/Like onions always make her cry" or my favourite "You're not like anyone I've ever met....well, at least not yet." Twelve words that chart the trajectory of a love affair from initial starry-eyed romance to inevitable disappointment. "Ooh, he sounds like a right bastard!" said my then-girlfriend, with rather too much relish in her voice.

'Everyone Thinks He Looks Daft' will have you whistling its infectious tune a few bars in, 'A Million Miles' recalls the teenage excitement of meeting a new love at a party, and the sickening sadness of "Slowly your beauty is eaten away/By the scent of someone else, in the blankets where we lay" is the stand-out line from 'My Favourite Dress.'

On a more personal note, I also love it because someone with my name gets to play the cad in 'Give My Love To Kevin!'
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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic album 30 May 2001
Format:Audio CD
The Wedding Present are a bit of an acquired taste, although it's an effort well worth making. This album, their first, consists of fairly simple noisy guitar riffs accompanying David Gedge's brilliantly simple and bitter lyrics about awkward snogs and heartless girlfriends.
There are some real classics here, although the album as a whole is quite an effort to get through for the beginner, more so because of the addition of nine extra songs at the end. These are worth the effort though, with old favourites Nobody's Twisting Your Arm and I'm Not Always So Stupid instantly likeable tunes; the highlight, however, is the French translation of Why Are You Being So Reasonable Now - get that accent!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Gedge is god.Or so I've seen it written in more than one internet chat room.The charismatic,angst ridden founder and leader of one of the best indie bands of the late 80's/early 90/s,certainly had some sort of divine inspiration when he penned this masterpiece.Every song is a tale of heartache,loss and longing that every adolescent can equate to.I know I did! Like songs with Gedge's ironic humour in the opening "Everyone thinks he looks daft" and "Give my love to Kevin" to the cynical third person look at broken relationships such as "Don't be so hard" there is a parallel that everone who takes the time to listen to this CD will recognize. But it's not just the lyrics to make the listener sit up and take note.Some of Gedge's vocal melodies are sublime,mixing well with Peter Solowka's thousand mile an hour guitar riffs and Keith Gregory's pounding bass lines. The Wedding Present were under-rated and under-achievers at a time when indie music was largely ignored by the music industry.This CD was a benchmark for the post-Smiths generation and should be given a chance if only for the classic "My Favourite Dress"
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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This was very much the Wedding Present in phase one of their career, fusing a C-86 style of indie-pop with references to the Undertones, the less-abrasive side of the Fall and, of course, the world of The Smiths. Later, they would tackle a more dissonant sound with albums like Bizarro and their masterpiece Seamonsters, which took the template of the great guitar-pop found here, but combined it with a more rigid and distorted sound that seemed to point more towards U.S. rock bands like Pavement, Sonic Youth and The Pixies.

George Best remains a great debut album and is probably the best place to start, allowing the listener to discover that classic 'Wedding Present' sound before the more adventurous music that would follow. The sound here is very mid-80's style indie, with the guitars chiming away in various layers of harmony, backed by a rhythmic percussion and a warm, fuzzy bass. The songs are topped off by singer/songwriter David Gedge's dry, northern vocals, which give a further degree of honesty to those lovesick, confessional lyrics. The album opens with the perfect guitar pop of Everyone Thinks He Looks Daft, which has a frantic acoustic melody and inter-weaving boy/girl vocals from Gedge and Amelia Fletcher, which really set this apart as a great track to open with. The lyrics are fantastic and give us a fair example of the conversational style that Gedge would perfect throughout subsequent Wedding Present albums, and also with his later band Cinerama, with the opening lyric "oh why do you catch my eye and then turn away" fitting in nicely alongside the musical integration of the acoustic and electric guitar.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The alternative to the alternative! 25 July 2002
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When I look back on the late eighties it seemed to me that most of my "alternative" peers were into nothing else but the Smiths. Strangely, they weren't my cup of tea and I gravitated more toward the jingly angst-ridden vocals of the Wedding Present. Each song tells a story. Whether it be your ex copping off with somebody else (My Favourite Dress), your (female) mate having a bit of hassle with her arsehole boyfriend (Shatner) or merely the nightclub pursual of a young lady you've had your eye on for a while (A Million Miles) each song relates to some experience you've probably had sometime in your youth and beyond. While the Smiths spoke to the more pensive and whingey of my gloomy friends, I looked towards Dave Gedge and the boys for moral support and sympathy...and wore out the grooves on my vinyl copy.
A classic album, easily their best and now the expanded CD has the extra tracks that I previously desperately sought after on vinyl in Manchester's Piccadilly Records or Vinyl Exchange and never found. Nobody's Twisting Your Arm, Pourquoi est tu devenu si raisonable... Will the Ukranian folk songs be re-released now too? And what about Tommy?
Marvellous stuff. Even if all the songs do sound the same!! Well worth buying if you're into the Smiths years after the event - see what they were up against!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great album!!!
Some fantastic songs here, particularly 'my favourite dress' and 'nobody's twisting your arm' (which is one of the additional tracks). Read more
Published 22 months ago by Mr. L. Watts
5.0 out of 5 stars gedge best
david gedge must be the best songwriter ever!!!!!!!! to keep writing songs that are out of this world, this is a fantastic album just behind seamonsters but just ahead of bizarro,... Read more
Published on 1 Aug 2012 by keith ruddick
5.0 out of 5 stars Just like i remember
Remember seeing these live just as they started out, was at the Loft in Berlin way back in the day, utterly brilliant, brings back fond memories........
Published on 15 May 2012 by Mr. G. Wilkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic album
I first got this album on tape when it was released in the 80's, every tune is a cracker. Recently found out that my older brother had never heard of them before which I couldn't... Read more
Published on 7 Dec 2010 by molleenew
5.0 out of 5 stars The Wedding Present- Pure pop from the masters of the Ukrainian folk...
For some reason a programme about Steve Harley was on recently which examined his vengeful but thrilling song "Come up and see me make me smile". Read more
Published on 14 Nov 2010 by Red on Black
4.0 out of 5 stars Genius with small reservations
I'm an unashamed Wedding Present fan and don't think there is any band barring the Beatles whose whole work I have lauded quite as enthusiastically - and as long - as David... Read more
Published on 22 Feb 2010 by Peej
5.0 out of 5 stars unbelievableble
I only got this album 15 years after it came out, being too young in the 80's to notice indie music, but I remember waiting outside my local record shop at 8. Read more
Published on 13 May 2008 by David Hoyle
4.0 out of 5 stars Is that a Wedding Present badge you're wearing?
This sounds wonderful, unwithered by age. From the breathy splendour of Everyone Thinks He Looks Daft to the witty evocation of gawkish first love that is A Million Miles, this... Read more
Published on 27 April 2008 by Mr. M. J. Cole
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than being there
Every band reforms. Unless they don't need the money in the first place. And even then, the lure of the millions could tempt them. Read more
Published on 19 Feb 2008 by Mr. M. A. Reed
4.0 out of 5 stars 20 years on from the release of of the Eighties great...
Unbelievably it is 20 years since the original release of The Wedding Presents debut album. Originally released in October 1987 on their own label "Reception" records The original... Read more
Published on 3 Dec 2007 by russell clarke
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