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Goodbye Blue Sky [Limited Edition, Import]

Godley & Creme Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (13 Jan 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition, Import
  • Label: Universal Japan
  • ASIN: B000FDF2BY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 657,116 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishing contemporary harmonica spectacular 17 Aug 2004
Format:Audio CD
I'm surprised that anyone with an appreciation Godley & Creme's prior work could fail to be entranced by "Goodbye Blue Sky" - but then again, it is truly unique. Strongly influenced by gospel and soul, and with the standout musical feature of astonishing duets on harmonica by Mark Feltham and Mitt Gamon (hauntingly beautiful, especially on "Sweet Memory"). The production is outstanding and since it was "recorded and mixed on an old 16 track at home" Godley & Creme are proven to be audio craftsmen of the first order.
The theme for all tracks is of major league endings - for relationships, the planet, personal freedom etc. However Godley & Creme are not merely writing an epitath for Planet Earth - there's definite encouragement for us to stand up and fight for the future.
To me this is their finest and most cohesive album - totally satisfying, unique and highly recommendable. (PS: I also love ALL of Peter Cook's spoken word script on "Consequences" as well as the music and songs.)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Graham
Format:Audio CD
I first got the album on cassette having seen a vid of 'Heaven'. It was such a breath of fresh air to hear so many great songs on one album, all beautifully performed. Apart from the harmonica playing, which is both brilliant and atmospheric (I'd never heard of a bass harmonica!), you also get fantastic vocal performances from the group and from the backing singers who also formed the core of the UK group Londonbeat. If you're into the earlier stuff that Godley & Creme did, or liked the stuff they did with 10cc, It'll be well worth you picking up a copy of this.

By the way, if Kevin Godley ever reads this review (Why would he???), I'm sorry for accosting you for your autograph on the train out of Charing Cross back in 1994 - just a balding music lover wanting to shake hands with one of the all-time greats of UK rock/pop music!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good album full of originality 22 Dec 2008
By ippudo
Format:Audio CD
Multi-tracked harmonicas, hammond organs and the Londonbeat singers on a concept album about the end of the world set in 50s America? Nice in theory but slightly tiresome over the course of ten tracks. There probably lies a masterpiece in there somewhere, that is if the songs were all as great as the aural manna of "Crime And Punishment", whose Grand Canyon style production matches the cover design perfectly. Some of the other tracks, notably "Airforce One", "Sweet Memory", "Golden Rings" and "The Last Page Of History", aren't far off, but overall the tongue-in-cheek delivery and the desperate need to incorporate any style associated with the era, from doo wop and blues to country and rock 'n' roll, make me reach for the skip button a little too often.
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a heavenly touch 6 Jan 2004
Format:Audio CD
The guys go reli and in the process have lost their touch to write experimental though beautiful music. This is easily the worst effort from otherwise very gifted composers. I bought it right after it was issued but what a disappointment it was. It was quite some years since their last album and the expectations were high. Having produced fabulous songs on Consequences (I am not talking about the spoken parts), Freeze Frame and Ismism this album one does not expect something like this. I will and cannot recommend this CD to anyone. If you want to listen to G&C you either have to buy their earlier work or the 'old' 10cc albums that show the abilities of both gentlemen to the full.
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Amazon.com: 4.2 out of 5 stars  4 reviews
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ending on a high note. 7 April 2005
By rg61 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Can't agree with Mr. Martin's review. At all.

Godley & Creme ended with, arguably, the most musical album of their career. That is, wonderfully musical. Joyously musical. The lyrics are mostly typical G&C - as humorous and witty as ever. Airforce One is as funny as anything they've ever written, and more musical.

A warning - the album is dark -- tempered as it is by that many more years than were the works of the 10cc and early solo days. It's called Goodbye Blue Sky for a reason.

The album is strong. There *are* a couple of sappy tunes that I can do without -- Golden Rings & Sweet Memory. They strike me as forced, and don't have the vitality or wit of the remaining songs. That said, the backing vocals on Golden Rings are outstanding. But more on that a bit later. Nine good or better tracks out of 11 is far better than most albums.

Kevin Godley has one of the richest voices in pop music (recall 10cc's Don't Hang Up and G&C's Cry), and he uses it to good effect on this album. Crime & Punishment, Big Bang and Desperate Times stand out.

There are two marvellous bonuses on this album.

Former Londonbeat colleagues Jimmy Chambers, Gene Chandler and Jimmy Helms feature prominently on background vocals throughout. Indeed, they open the album a capella. Sweet soul. Power & beauty. Breathtaking. And the interplay between Godley and CC&H on Don't Set Fire, 10,000 Angels and (in particular) The Last Page of History is sublime.

Additionally, Mark Feltham (of Nine Below Zero) and Mitt Gamon play harmonicas. Throughout. As tho' their lives depended on it. Exquisite. Like hawks, the notes soar, dive and intertwine. Sonic rapture.

Either bonus alone would make this album worth buying -- together with the strong writing, performances and production, they make this album a must-have if you like Godley & Creme. And you should seek out this album even if (you think) you don't like Godley & Creme.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars TRACKLIST FOR 'GOODBYE BLUE SKY' 24 Mar 2011
By Jeff Feezle - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
GODLEY & CREME - Goodbye Blue Sky
(1988, Polydor, P32P 20151)


1. H.E.A.V.E.N
2. A Little Piece of Heaven
3. Don't Set Fire (To the One I Love)
4. Golden Rings
5. Crime & Punishment
6. The Big Bang
7. 10,000 Angels
8. Sweet Memory
9. Airforce One
10. Last Page of History
11. Desperate Times
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album 1 Dec 2007
By booboo bear - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
One of the things I've always liked about this album (CD) is the way it showcases the harmonica in something other than a purely blues format which is sort of refreshing.

Anyway... unlike Martin I think the lyrics are great! They're witty and somewhat bitter which makes me also think they probably knew this was a swansong for G&C. It's an interesting concept inviting a stranger into your home to preach about good vs evil and crime/punishment but one that the American public generally seems OK with even if they won't admit it to themselves.

The truth is that it's a very enjoyable album with an insightful and profound message if someone actually takes the time to listen to the lyrics. Of course he/she might not be bright enough to understand them and if they do there's a chance they'll feel they've been attacked. Either way that's the listener's shortcoming not the artist's. Some groups are very thin skinned and really don't deal well with criticism even when it's packaged musically and artistically.

Happy trails folks!
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The end of the world set to music 20 Sep 2005
By G Love - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
What do you get when you combine Godley & Creme, harmonicas, gospel style backing vocals and songs about full scale world war? Goodbye Blue Sky. This album came out in 1988. I found a cutout of it on cassette (gasp) for a buck. Godley & Creme are usually too quirky for their own good (re: Concequences) but this effort is relatively tame. "Sweet Memory" is the most memorable of the bunch. If you love 10cc (especially the G & C penned tunes) you'll appreciate this one. Until now, it was hard to find on CD.
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