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Happy Birthday

17 July 1995 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 17 July 1995
  • Release Date: 17 July 1995
  • Label: Epic
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  • Total Length: 38:42
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  • ASIN: B001IRTZ2S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,439 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. W. MCCABE on 9 Sep 2011
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One of the true under-rated albums of the 80's. The album is one of the great post-punk records, ranging from dark guitar pop to sugar sweet bouncy anthems, and is so much more than the hit "Happy Birthday" suggests. This record didn't get the praise it deserved then, and it isn't looking likely to be coming retrospectively.

Unfortunately the band seem to have lost their edge on the following albums which followed - but I can't recommend this album enough. Fans of Siouxie, the Bunnymen, The Cure, Blondie, and riot grrrl bands from the 90's will dig this. One of my favourite records ever.

The extra tracks are well worth a listen. My only criticism is that between the intro, outro, original version and bonus remix of "Happy Birthday" you might get a tad sick of the song by the time you've listened to the album a few times! Otherwise, if you're thinking of buying - do it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Scott Davies on 23 Sep 2006
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The debut album by Altered Images is a mixed success. The majority of the album was produced by Banshees bassist, Steven Severin, and often sounds like a collection of demos. This is especially when compared to the improved Martin Rushent production of the title track. While the title track is a bright bit of mindlessly fun New Wave pop, the majority of the album is more brooding.

Some of the brighter moments are classic cuts, such as 'Real Toys' and 'Beckoning Strings'. Though nothing is necessarily dreadful, filler songs, such as the 'Happy Birthday' intro and outro, as well as 'Love and Kisses', are easy to skip on repeated listens. While 'Happy Birthday', the song, was a top 3 hit in the UK, there was a wise decision not to release any further singles from the LP, and to continue on to new single releases, also produced by Rushent.

This CD release includes a number of necessary bonus tracks, including both sides of the band's excellent debut single, 'Dead Pop Stars' and 'Sentimental'. Both of these tracks are better than much of what's on the album. The only track from this era that is missing is the original, and superior recording of 'Leave Me Alone'. There was a superior re-recording of 'Insects', which originally appeared on the 'I Could Be Happy' single B side. That version is only available on the US Happy Birthday CD release. This latest CD reissue was sourced entirely from master quality sources. The sound is not damaged by loudness or compression, and is very satisfying.

Happy Birthday was one of three albums Altered Images would release during their short time together, and one of the three very different styles this young band displayed with each release. Though Happy Birthday may not be something to expect to be in heavy rotation in any CD collection, it is well worth having so the listener can hear the promising start of what should have been a long career.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Percy Frizelle on 29 Jan 2010
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Imagine a cross between Siousixe and the Banshess and early-era The Cure with a helium-headed girlie on speed and regionalised Glaswegian vocals, You now have a pretty good idea on the Altered Images (Great Name) sound.

Funny enough Siouxsie and the Banshees were Altered Images idols and after some persuasion, fan mail and demo tapes they were offered a support slot on the Kaleidoscope tour. Steve Severin, quickly capitalised on this three minutes of fame and the audiences warm reception by taking them in to the studio wearing his producers hat. This gave them enormous credibility on the alternative scene and they emerged from the Banshees substantial shadow to establish themselves in their own right as a lively and entertaining new wave act with personality a-plenty.

Little "cutesy" Claire was a unique and quirky vocalist. But you really gotta be in the mood for it, too much is irritating if not tedious (you might even say it's an acquired taste). However they were championed by the late great John Peel who included them as one his all time greats. This had a great influence on their initial success with record deals and BBC sessions shortly following. The release of their first single "Dead Pop Stars", caused controversy because of the recent death of John Lennon, although in all fairness it was recorded prior to it. Together with Aztec Camera, Orange Juice, the Associates and the Bluebells there was definite indigenous music scene developing north of Hadrian's Wall with a quirky yet charming sound packing an affectionate punch.

This generated more interest in the band and gave the band some indie notoriety and appeal.
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