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I Am Kurious Oranj [Original recording reissued]

The Fall Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (1 Jan 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: Beggars Banquet
  • ASIN: B00000189M
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 81,758 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. New Big Prinz 3:250.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Overture From 'i Am Curious, Orange' 2:480.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Dog Is Life / Jerusalem 8:540.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Kurious Oranj 6:190.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  7. C.d. Win Fall 2088 Ad 4:410.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Yes, O Yes 3:250.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Van Plague ? 4:560.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Bad News Girl 5:210.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Cab It Up ! 4:540.99  Buy MP3 
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More evidence of genius! 10 Oct 2009
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It's 1988 so naturally MES and The Fall do a song/ballet/art statement about the Glorious Revolution of 1688, when William & Mary of the Dutch House of Orange were invited to take over the English throne (that's the "Van Plague" he's talking about). I mean, what else would a pop band do with their time? But this album contains one of the all-time great Fall songs, one of the pinnacles of Mark E Smith's art, the towering, almighty re-interpretation of William Blake's "Jerusalem". It kicks off with "Dog is Life", a rant against dogs and dog owners that I totally identify with ("you don't see many rabbits being walked down the street") and then Jerusalem proper begins, and your life is never the same again. The band here is playing as heavy as they ever did on this track, the bass just grinding down, and down, and then down some more, while MES spits out Blake's verse with powerful menace, he really means it, ("I will not rest until Jerusalem is built in England's green and pleasant land"), and then, in the middle, he produces a glorious statement of libertarian sarcasm, as MES slips on a banana skin, hits his head on a protruding-ah!, brick-ah!, chip-ah!, and blames it all on the government. "It was the government's fault-ah! It was the fault-ah! of the government! Think I'll move to Holland, or Sweden, and get looked after properly by the government-ah!" I love this track, saw them do it live in London in 1989, it was very intense and, what's more, it was the night after the budget announcement! You'll appreciate that if you listen closely to "Jerusalem". The rest of the album is ok, but believe me, while some of their other work matched it, they never surpassed what they acheived here on "Jerusalem".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Can't dance, can't sing 20 Nov 2002
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Ballet, the Fall. It is not the first pairing to come to mind i guess. Perhaps this can be a litle arty at times, it has something of a classical feel; repeated themes, and even repeated songs, dominate with subtle changes. The rhythms are aggressive, and ostentatiously vocal whoops make this definitively MES's work. What else would you expect? The verbal p[layfullness here is akin to that one might find in Beefheart's better bits, think Mirror man sans stonedness, for circularity of reference and punning.
And then, of course, overall, it's an eighteenth century, historical, concept album rock ballet. This genre does not form the bulk of many people's collections (unless aforementioned are small collections indeed). In a way one owes oneself a little insight into such a world.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good and Funny 20 Mar 2014
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One of Britain's foremost humourists (along with Prince Phillip) excels. Possibly not one for the purists but tunes/lyrics you can hum (one of my three kids likes it, particularly Kurious Oranj and New Big Prinz).
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