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  • Vinyl
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000092IVK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mystic Man on 14 May 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
For bass players, it's worth it to hear Begg's playing. No real stand out tracks except The Lion's Mouth, Big Apple and Turn Your Back On Me. The songwriting is a little weak and too goody-goody Christian for my tastes, and nothing except the aforementioned tracks really grabs you by the throat and demands your attention. Still, could be worse.. Limahl could be singing?
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By SCOTT TRUELOVE on 30 July 2004
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What can i say,about time EMI!!!!!!!!!!!i`ve waited years for this album to be released on cd and at last ,here it is.After white feathers and the split with limahl i looked forward to this album with bated breath.Nick beggs took the reigns and what a job he did!The first single from this album,Big Apple,was in my opinion their best to date, far more mature than anything that White Feathers spawned.This has to be Kajagoogoo`s best album,and with the extra tracks and 12" mixes,a fans dream,buy it now!!!!!!!
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Mar. 2005
Format: Audio CD
If I'm not mistaken this is the only album I have on cassette, vinyl, and now CD. Having bought the cassette for 25p in a sale I soon sought the vinyl because I liked it so much. Now on CD I can hear it in all its glory - and I'm happy to say the sound quality is very satisfactory.
Musically you'll find a gaggle of hits such as "Lion's Mouth" and "2Turn Your Back On Me", but for me it's some of the also-rans which have stood the test of time best - "Power To Forgive" is a personal favourite with a very strong melody, and likewise the title track also shines (though it's taken a long time to get used to the tribal hook!)
As a bonus you get plenty of extra tracks, haven't dug deeply to check if any of these didn't make the numerous compilations knocking about, but either way it's the icing on an already excellent package. Kajagoogoo rock, but I'll just stay anonymous if that's OK! ;-)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Kajagoogoo at Their Absolute Best. 31 May 2005
By Reviews No More - Published on
Format: Audio CD
When this album was released Stateside two decades ago, it was titled Extra Play and the "googoo" part of the band's name was dropped as well as vocalist Limahl. Nick Beggs took over on lead vocals and the band quickly adopted a more mature contemporary jazz sound. This album has very little in common with the new wave-isms of White Feathers, but the pop and jazz are prevalent enough from that album to leave little doubt as to who you're listening to.

Don't kid yourself for one moment; Kajagoogoo was and is more talented than they were given credit for, and if this album doesn't win you over, nothing about them will. Nick's Christian lyrics pop up more than once in songs like the brass embellished "Lion's Mouth" and the funky meditation of "The Power to Forgive."

The album is apparently one huge jam session that turned into something really great for them on a creative level as they all collaborated together on every track, and Nick has written some of his finest songs yet. My personal favorites:

--"Melting the Ice Away," a lovely song that boasts great basslines and the lovely vocal addition of Miss Annie McCaig.

--The funky angst of "Turn Your Back on Me."

--"On a Plane," which has one of the most clever jazz fusion structures I've had the pleasure to hear in a pop song and also features great saxes and flute by Phil Todd and Chris Hunter.

--"The Loop" is a spirited, driving instrumental that works on all cylinders and features a great trumpet solo by Guy Barker.

All the bonus tracks, unlike on White Feathers, are worth listening to, especially "Monochrome," which is truly the only new wave track on the disc, and instrumental "The Garden," which features some great acoustic guitar by Steve Askew and a gorgeous, snakey flute by Phil Todd (?).

I wish more people knew about this Kajagoogoo album and just how exceptionally good it is. Since the tracks can't be sampled here, I suggest going to the band's official website to get a listen. If you like what you hear, hopefully you will order it. A few more plays and you may even become addicted. It's been 21 years, and I still love it now as much as back then.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Cool stuff from the 80's you might have missed. 17 Nov. 2004
By joycircuit - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This album never really caught on in the US, but it is still really good. This is Kajagoogoo after lead singer Limahl left. A nice collection of catchy,well-crafted, new-wave pop songs. Nice that it was re-released on CD after 20 years. Still a great listen.
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Life after Limahl 15 Aug. 2007
By John Sposato - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Limahl was given his cards at the end of 1983 because of conflicts with the others and lack of credibility in the press. Nick Beggs took lead and moved the band toward a jazz fusion slant ("On a Plane". "Big Apple" was the only hit in the UK since the girls missed Limahl. "Turn Your Back on Me", which was on a Greenpeace video, topped the dance charts Stateside. Overall, the album didn't do as well as the last. The band name was shortened to Kaja and they were given a makeover by the time "Islands" was released in North America as "Extra Play" to no avail. This was a textbook case of sophomore slump, you can see. The tour had Beggs hand free to keep the old pattern and a session took over bass. Drummer Jez Strode quit after that and only played again on the Vh1 reunion.
This may be an import, according to Caroline, part of the EMI family. Either way, it's still worth it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A timeless gem of an album 22 Oct. 2012
By Arnica - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I absolutely loved this record when it first came out and it's one of not too many that withstood the test of time particularly well - 28 years to date and counting. I've nothing against Limahl - he seems like a nice guy and all, has produced some highly enjoyable singing and I'm happy for the entire band to have been patching things up between them and getting together again (although one can conceive of reasons not to ever want to speak with certain people, these chaps don't seem the kind - there indeed is a natural chemistry between them, as Jez stated in an interview, so it really is regrettable that they let their hasty breakup keep them from speaking to each other for so long - and us from hearing more of their music). This said I'm also glad Limahl got to do his own thing for a period of time, as so this record came to be. Alluding to the religious connotations in this album, which make it so much more listenable for the combination of well-crafted, varied and multidimensional music with meaningful lyrics, there is a line in Isaiah (46:4) when God tells him "Even to your old age I am the same, and to your gray hairs I will carry you" and looks like it could prove the same with this recording. Realizing that the band members were still in their early twenties writing these tracks makes this album even more astonishing. All great tunes on their own merit, but The Power To Forgive, Melting The Ice Away, Islands, and Part Of Me Is You, as well as the instrumental The Pump Rooms Of Bath and The Garden, which have been added on to the original release are especially amazing. How much of what we used to love almost three decades ago can we still say we cherish and enjoy? This album is it. I hope they keep their promise and we get to hear more of them.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
love it love it love it 15 April 2011
By Jared Jennings - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
while there are a couple of tracks I skip over, the tracks I love rank as some of my favorite songs I've ever heard. "lion's mouth" always gives me goosebumps, it is a striking piece of synth funk, period. on a plane is too cool, there are some stellar tracks on this one as well, as I said before, if you get all three cds (white feathers, islands, crazy people's right to speak) and listen to them, while there may be tracks you jump over, the LEVEL OF TOP NOTCH SONGS IS MINDBLOWING! each album has many more winners than losers, and the songs you like on it, just blow you away. I can't think of many bands, especially a sound as tough as new wave to do well often, that I can say this about. They are a talented lot to be sure.
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