High Land, Hard Rain
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High Land, Hard Rain

25 Jun 2010

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  Song Title
The Boy Wonders
Walk Out To Winter
The Bugle Sounds Again
We Could Send Letters
Pillar To Post
Lost Outside The Tunnel
Back On Board
Down The Dip
Orchid Girl
Queen's Tattoos

Product details

  • Original Release Date: 9 July 1991
  • Release Date: 9 July 1991
  • Label: London Records
  • Copyright: 1983 Warner Music UK Ltd
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  • Total Length: 45:57
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  • ASIN: B001LCR7XO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,400 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real songs, Real Emotion, Real Genius 15 Sep 2000
By A Customer
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Roddy Frame had just turned 19 when this album was released and the astonishing maturity and depth of the songs within this collection would have amazed most of his acolytes - were it not for the fact that he had recorded Just Like Gold three years previously. I still remember seeing Roddy perform Oblivious on the Tube in his fringe suede jacket and thinking 'you can't do that!'. But Roddy, touted by Elvis Costello no less as the best songwriter in the world, has suprised and delighted people throughout his career with finely crafted and touching examples of the songwriters art. This is the Aztec's first, and probably best set of songs, culled largely from the Postcard years but they touch the emotional and musical heights reached by the best of Roddy's work. Buy this album now - or you will lose out on the most engaging combination of words and melody this century. And that's no overstatement....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still brilliant 30 years on 8 Oct 2013
By Nortrop
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From the opening beats of Oblivious right through to the closing chords of Down The Dip this is a truly brilliant album. A collection of perfect pop songs that are still relevant today. This record has not aged a bit over the last 30 years
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quietly Outstanding 18 Aug 2006
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Roddy Frame has released some excellent albums and singles over the years, but this little masterpiece may well be his career highlight - all the more amazing when you consider that he was only 19 when the album was released.

It still sounds great today - minor quibbles over some dated 1980s production touches aside - and heralded the arrival of one of the most literate and thoughtful songwriters of the post punk period. Frame's remarkable maturity and guitar virtuosity appear to best effect on the highlights - Oblivious, We Could Send Letters and, best of all, Walk Out to Winter - but the rest of the album suffers little in comparison.

A great purchase - and one you'll always want to dip into.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "If he wasn't so damn good, you'd hate him" 9 Dec 2013
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I was in a bedsit in Leicester in 1983 when the strains of "Walk Out To Winter" came out of the radio; straight away I knew this boy was a cut above the rest. The album was purchased within days and was played to death - it was perfectly clear that Roddy Frame was a supreme talent. I've just seen his 30th anniversary show at Drury Lane where he revisited the whole album; needless to say the reception was ecstatic for songs which sound just as good today - a clear sign of the album's 'classic' status. The only criticism I have is that he doesn't tour more often, but maybe the critical acclaim following this latest tour will change all that. I certainly hope so as people this gifted don't come along in life very often.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Scotland, early eighties. The semi-cult Postcard label was defining a sound with its principal acts, Orange Juice and Aztec Camera. It was no surprise then that at the tender age of 16, Roddy Frame was plucked from school and allowed to cut his debut album, High Land, Hard Rain for major label Warners, and before excessive record company advances and shoulder holder synth-boxes took stock, it was amazing what a young lad could do. Armed with an acoustic guitar, Frame and Aztec Camera took us on a musical trip beyond his years. The singles Pillar to Post and Oblivious created an almost folk beat-pop, yet whilst donning his balladeers hat, Frame proved a dab hand at the slower numbers with tales of yearning (We Could Send Letters), and heart-ache (The Bugle Sounds Again). Finishing with the flurry of Queens Tattoos, in under 40 minutes Roddy Frame had delivered a record of surprising vulnerability and quality. What wasn't surprising was his steady slide into the all encompasing fog of eighties over-production and pap pop. In that one young year of his life however, he produced something that shone.
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