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  • Audio CD (18 Nov 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Gonzo
  • ASIN: B00E9E4FW2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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BRAND X Is There Anything About ? CD

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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By DSR VINE VOICE on 25 April 2007
Format: Audio CD
Isn't it just bloomin' typical? For some reason, this is the last Brand X LP I bought, as I seem to remember a very long pause between this and the next outing, by which time my life had well moved on... Before I had access to a computer, these albums came and went on CD with almost no fanfare. I suppose I thought these discs would be available for ever... I've only just looked for it on Amazon and its unavailability has prompted this quick review.

This album was on a different label to the earlier Charisma/Virgin ones and this may explain why it doesn't seem to be available any more, when the earlier ones are...

The music of Brand X has always been well worth listening to and the track that I remember most from this release is Swansong if I remember correctly. The good humuour and excellent musicianship have stood the test of time too and showed my just how good Phil Collins is as a drummer, even though it's his slushy solo work and hugely ego'd Genesis persona he'll be remembered for...

A shame this CD isn't available at the moment. Hopefully this'll change and I can go into it in more depth..
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This has finally appeared on CD and it's long overdue, one of their best efforts, pretty short on playing time though.
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This is by far an under rated Brand X release and whilst it is admittedly a bunch of tracks left over from "Product" it has some stunning instrumentals and a far superior version of "A Longer April". Sadly the sound on this master is terrible so worth buying if you love this album but a warning that the sound is way too tinny at times.
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I think this CD is supposed to be some previously recorded miscellaneous tracks, outtakes, etc, just cobbled together and released to satisfy the group’s record label commitment at the time (or something along those lines), and in a way it sort of sounds like that – snippets thrown together, a hodge-podge mix, etc. However, having said that it is still a decent set of music. I suspect any, or at least most, Brand X fans would like the disc. I guess the most negative thing to me is that the CD is relatively short with only six tunes clocking in at just 34 minutes. But, at least it is still available at a price commensurate with the short running time. I was able to find an inexpensive import copy anyway. Overall, an okay disc if you’re into Brand X.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Brand X's Contractual Obligation Album 21 July 2005
By Alan Caylow - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Not long after jazz/rock fusion greats Brand X put out their 1980 album, "Do They Hurt?", the band members went their separate ways (until their comeback in 1992). However, they still owed their record label one more album. The solution? Release a rarities album! The problem, though, was that Brand X hardly had any unreleased material in the vaults at all---about three or four tracks at the most. But with a little doctoring & remixing of tapes, keyboardist Robin Lumley extended that number to six tracks (still scant, but better than four), and released Brand X's appropriately-titled collection, "Is There Anything About?", in 1982. The album has been panned ever since the day it was released (and judging by the previous Amazon reviews, it's STILL being panned), but honestly, people, this album is nowhere near as bad as you've been led to believe. Is it a masterpiece? No. But is it bad? Absolutely not. "Is There Anything About?" DOES contain some very cool Brand X nuggets. Even the "filler" tracks, in my opinion, are enjoyable. Let's check out the material, shall we?:"Ipanemia": written by guitarist John Goodsall, this piece is an excellent jazz/rock popper. Very cool and breezy."A Longer April": this track is exactly what it says it is---a longer version of "April," from 1979's "Product." Either this is how Brand X originally recorded the tune before having to edit it down for the "Product" album, or Robin Lumley extended the track by doing some re-mixing on it. Either way it's a very dreamy, pleasant piece, and I like it. I also like the spacey little bridge section that's been added to it. "TMIU-ATGA": as the liner notes say, the title stands for "They're Making It Up As They Go Along." Lumley, fellow keyboardist Peter Robinson and bassist John Giblin improvised this short piece in one take, and Lumley stuck it onto the album. Filler? Perhaps. Instrumental noodling? Perhaps. But it's interesting."Swan Song": a fun, poppy, keyboard-heavy instrumental, with a big "Ohh-ohh" chorus at the finale. Some fans reacted to this track with, "Oh my God, they've gone pop!" Chill out, you guys. I think there's always been an oh-so-subtle pop influence to a *little bit* of Brand X's music (just a little bit, mind you), so I don't mind if the band go whole hog and do a rare, full-on pop-music piece. And "Swan Song" IS a very good pop-music piece."Is There Anything About?": Now here is a Brand X instrumental no one should have any complaints about. I can't tell when the band actually recorded it, but it is a smokin' hot, jammin' piece, just as great & funky as anything Brand X have recorded in the past. Brilliant."Modern, Noisy, And Effective": Brand X go pop again (gasp!) with a re-mixed, pop-flavored instrumental rendering of the song "Soho," originally from "Product." Extra keyboards and handclaps are tossed into the mix. Again, I don't have a problem with it. It's a fun piece with a good groove.And, to top off the album, the band's performances are juuuust fine, thank you very much, with Lumley, Giblin, Goodsall and ace drummer Phil Collins all getting in some tasty licks (as well as bassist Percy Jones on the outstanding title track). So, if Brand X's "Is There Anything About?" must be considered a throwaway album, it is a great throwaway album. I'm happy to have it sitting alongside classic Brand X albums like "Unorthodox Behaviour," "Moroccan Roll," and their excellent comeback release from 1992, "X-Communication." I give "Is There Anything About?" 3 1/2 stars, thus, 4 stars on the average curve. I know it's a pretty darn difficult CD to get a hold of these days, but do seek it out. If you are a Brand X fan, PLEASE have an open mind with "Is There Anything About?", and I hope you like it. I do!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
For completist fans only! (like myself) 14 Jan 2003
By J. A CASTELLI - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Most people (total of 2?) trash this CD. Well I have it on LP and CD so I guess I'm nuts. I like Brand X and try to get everything they did, even if they hated it. How much pop gets put out where the artist isn't creatively satisfied and pressured by the record company? But surely this is not the case with this album? Then again, there are bits that seem rather commercially aimed. Anyway, here I go track by track (there are only 6):
1. Ipanaemia - I agree this is the best track, even if it is a far cry from classic X and the newer X material. Nicely played and a bit "lite jazz" aura - Weather Channel could get away playing this one. Is the title a take on "The Girl from Ipanema"? Straight 4/4.
2. A Longer April - Not the best track from "Product" since it is so repetetive (if tranquil) and so no better for being made longer. Is this another take or just a longer fadeout? I never checked... mostly 4/4 with a 3/4 measure every cycle of the bass pattern.
3. Modern, Noisy, and Effective - obviously a tongue-in-cheek title and the music comes off the same. Very synth-poppish with disco bass lines. A silly fun up-beat track unlike anything they ever recorded. Straight 4/4.
4. Swan Song - Very basic tune with Collins' name the lead songwriting credit - hmm - but not another "And so to F..." This is also very synthy (in an 80's way) but much slower than the previous track. Bass is more slappy than disco. Vocals are a lot of repetitive "oh's" - straight 4/4.
5. Is There Anything About - probably the 2nd best track on the album, or tied with the first. At least a more classic X style track from Moroccan Roll. Improvised feel to it. Collins best drumming on the CD (though #1 is tasteful too). straight 3/4 for 1st half then changes to 4/4.
6. TMIU-ATGA (They're Making It Up As They Go Along) - another tongue-in-cheek title which just noodles around for a while with no direction. A far cry from Weather Report's early atmospheric doodles. Possibly lowest point on the CD and a sad way for the band to end their original series of releases. Meter is...absent/elastic...
If these tracks are pulled from Product and Do They Hurt? sessions then it is interesting to not that Collins is the only drummer here (Where is Morris Pert and Mike Clarke?) so maybe the pop direction the tracks Collins did with them during those sessions were not what everyone else wanted. John Giblin plays bass on overy track except for Percy Jones on the Title track - perhaps THAT more than anything is why the new Brand X disowned this album, if Jones is half of the original band and barely present...
It is also a short CD and, it would appear, out of print again. Oh well. Check out a used copy in a record store and read the humorous liner notes not included on the CD - but unfortunaley they didn't enlist the talents of Michael Palin for this one...
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Is there anything about this that is familiar? 3 Feb 2000
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This album was first released c. early 1980s, and it contains very little fresh material. Some of the tracks are simply remixes of older stuff. Brand X fans will recognize some of the fare from the Product album, such as the rhythm track from "Soho" played with a different melody, and "A longer April", which is exactly that. The only track I mildly enjoyed was "TMIU-ATGA", which is vaguely reminiscent of "Why Should I lend you mine..." from the Moroccan Roll album.
I have heard anecdotally that Percy Jones thought this album was an embarrassment, and I agree with him. Don't bother with this one unless you are hard core and have to have all of Brand X's material.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I haven't heard this 2013 master... 19 Feb 2014
By Ed Rose - Published on
Format: Audio CD
…as I have the old Sony Rewind cd, which sounded quite good. My three star rating is intended to be comparative to the superb Unorthodox Behaviour, Moroccan Roll, Livestock, and Product, and the ridiculously churlish reviews. There is some really great stuff on this, including a brief but splendid drum solo from Phil on the title track. I'm quite fond of Swan Song as well, especially as it gets going. I think the whole catalogue is essential, and this one is part of it. Get it while it's still in print, and adjust your expectations. I think I'll put it on tonight.
5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By DEREK M BERNAL - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Being a huge brand x fan,this recording was a bit of a disappointment.The only song on it that i liked was the first song on the disc with the crazy name.If youre looking for some inspiration or chops,youre not gonna find it on this one.
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