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Jordan: The Comeback [CD]

Prefab Sprout Audio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (12 Feb 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sony Music CMG
  • ASIN: B000025THW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,855 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Wild Horses
2. Looking For Atlantis
3. We Let The Stars Go
4. Carnival 2000
5. Jordan: The Comeback
6. Jesse James Bolero
7. All The World Loves Lovers
8. The Wedding March
9. Machine Gun Ibiza
10. Jesse James Symphony
11. Moon Dog
12. All Boys Believe Anything
13. The Ice Maiden
14. Paris Smith
15. One Of The Broken
16. Michael
17. Mercy
18. Scarlet Nights
19. Doo-Wop In Harlem

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BBC Review

Prefab Sprout began as clever clogs indie hopefuls powered by singer Paddy McAloon's wordy, knotty stabs at pop sophistication, but by 1984, with their second album, Steve McQueen, they'd peaked a little early. The Thomas Dolby-produced gem came as close to a perfect album as was humanly possible. Critics raved, DJs gushed, but for a band on CBS it wasn't exactly flying out of the shops. Following an attempt to consolidate their kudos with actual sales with From Langley Park To Memphis (which at least hit the top ten with "The King Of Rock 'n' Roll") and then wrong-footing fans with a release of some (admittedly fine) demos (Protest Songs) it was then rumoured that the Sprout had a concept album up their sleeves. Well, it was true. Kinda!

Though only one disc, Jordan's many moods, tempos and themes makes it seem more like a double. Split into quarters (straight songs, a suite about Elvis, a pop medley and finally some songs about the subject of aging), it challenges ...McQueen's position as THE Prefab classic, while leaving one somewhat over-satiated. Such is its richness.

In fact Jordan... consolidates the band's newfound commercial clout with McAloon's tendency to fit at least three songs into every one. Confirmed as a songwriter of considerable genius, he now explored genres aplenty: "One Of The Broken" (sung from the vantage point of God - never let it be said that Paddy lacked ambition) is a country song while "Carnival 2000" toys with samba. Dolby returned to the desk, supplying the synth and string, reverb-drenched fairy dust that McAloon's songs of religion, loss and love demanded.

At times it comes uncomfortably close to cloying - especially on "We Let The Stars Go" or "All The World Loves Lovers" - or too clever for its own good ("Michael" - subject: Lucifer longs to return to paradise) yet is always rescued by the heart-tugging meodies or scintillating arrangements that never hang around long enough for boredom or familiarity to set in. The 'Jesse James' numbers (equating the Western outlaw to a reclusive Elvis, holed up in Vegas) are especially fine with their recurring themes.

Prefab Sprout longed to make pop music, but were always far too intelligent and inventive to do anything so straightforward. Like George Gershwin transported into Brian Wilson's sandbox, Jordan... is equal parts passionate, philosophical and preposterous. Nothing else sounds like it. --Chris Jones

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Forgotten Classic 23 May 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This: more ambitious that Steve McQueen, more tuneful than From Langley Park, more lyrical that Swoon. This is the most wonderful of the Sprout canon.
This masterpiece progresses through themes of the "worth" of music, Jesse James, Presley but hits its stride completely on the last 5 songs with a vaguely religious theme. OK, one of them is even "sung" by God. If this album only had "One Of The Broken", "Mercy" and "Doo Wop In Harlem" on it it would still be in my top ten.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect comeback 6 Feb 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
It is almost incredible to think that there is probably no finer band that have advanced the pop music genre since the Beatles strummed their final chords on Abbey Road and yet, apart from a few hit singles in the 80s, Prefab Sprout are largely ignored by the music intelligensia.

Pick up any of their albums and start listening to it and you will be astounded at the beauty of what you hear. Paddy's obscure yet relevant lyrics, sung with an earnest, almost pleading singing style backed up by angelic backing vocals from Wendy and the tightest rhythm section this side of Sly and Robbie. All this coated with a gorgeous electronic production veneer from Thomas Dolby. The overall result is simply beautiful.

Jordan is the Sprout's fourth studio album and arguably their best. Swoon, Steve McQueen and Langley Park were wonderful albums, but Jordan is simply a delight from beginning to end. It's a huge collection of songs, almost operatic in structure with four separate acts comprising a set of tracks with a common theme or style. You can start listening to this album at the beginning of any of these acts. Whichever one you choose you are going to be guaranteed a delightful listening experience.

I'll just select a few songs to review in detail but honestly I could pick any of the tracks from this album and eulogize about them. `We let the Stars Go' sounds like something that the angels would sing in heaven. It reminisces about the joy that was had during a relationship; remember that gorgeous night when we let the stars go. Yeah, I think we can all remember at least one night like that.

For sheer pulsating energy and instant appeal, `Looking for Atlantis' is tremendously enjoyable.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flawless 3 Aug 2009
By Lee Boehmer VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
In 1992, desperate for something new to listen to on a lengthy train journey, I borrowed the tape of this album from a housemate. The weekend ended and I returned the tape but for weeks afterwards I was caught by the same housemate humming melodic vignettes from JORDAN. I relented and bought the thing and for over fifteen years it has remained a firm favourite. This is an essential album. Buy it. Live it. Love it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars FROM LANGLEY PARK TO HEAVEN!!! 1 May 2007
By Mr. Nathan Armstrong VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
If ever an album didnt get the praise it desereved..this must be up there with them! the beautiful innocence of "steve mcqueen" but with a million pounds of production! its big on an epic classic pure scale! as polished as ABC's "lexicon of love" as true as prefabs "steve mqueen" (you cant beat the best) or as a big concept album in line with a kate bush album!

this album is pure class from start to finish! yes not every single track is amzing but they are few and far between! both paddy and wendy step out of the shadows and deliver some amazing vocals!

"looking for atlantis" opens the album and is pop heaven..lush production, lush vocals..its like "appetite" with a million pounds behind it!

"wild horses" has always been a big favourite of mine - its innocence and purity...you can almost smell summer!

"machine gun ibiza" is ok - one of the weaker tracks, "we let the stars go" was the 2nd single and an odd choice, yes its beautiful and simple like all the best of prefab but its a bit lost as a single. "carnival 2000" was released as part of an ep...(a last ditch attempt to have a huge hit!) its great..big brassy and would have made an ace single if it was released 6 months earlier to tie in with the new decade!

"jordan" was part of the e.p. as well.. again a stand out track..one of their best! "jesse james" and "bolero" arent that good but with 19 tracks you cant have perfection all the time!

"moondog" is ok and "all the world loves lovers" (released as a single with greatest hits) is brilliant!!!

"all boys" may only have one one line..but its a good one..and is a great track! "ice maiden" was on the e.p. as well and listening to it now i think robbie williams stole the introduction for "rock dj"..a great track!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars top drawer 14 Oct 2004
Format:Audio CD
A work of the highest quality from a writer, band and producer at the top of their game, this stands head and shoulders above anything by the Sprouts or anyone else in terms of ambition allied to sheer pop nous. Instantly grabbing attention with Looking for Atlantis, Thomas Dolby's kitchen sink production enhances but never swamps the songs. Machine Gun Ibiza is sly wah-wah soul, Moondog a lyrically dazzling celebration of Elvis & Americana. Elvis lives - on the moon! ("....guess who's on the moon? Up there a flag will fly - yes, sir! - for mom and apple pie"). We Let The Stars Go awash with harps, strings and yearning, The Ice Maiden stuffed full of hooks, and containing the best pause in pop ("..... welcome to the glow"). The gospel-ish One of the Broken even drags a tear from an infidel like me. Drummer Neil Conti deserves special mention, playing with taste and drive as required, particularly on the opener and Scarlet Nights. And Wendy adds that feminine touch - she was missed on the last UK tour, havin' a baby.

It's no accident that their most artistically successful albums - this and Steve McQueen - had Neil and Thomas - and Wendy - on board. It's the unit that works; the songs are great, but the performance is the thing. There are rumours afoot that they may yet work together again.

In the years following its release it figured in all-time top lists for a while, but inexplicably faded from popular consciousness, and rarely gets a mention, while lesser fare is lauded to the heights.

This is one of the best albums ever made. Love it, or else!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five stars is too few
I wish I could give this album 10 stars. It deserves them as much as "Steve McQueen". It is such a complete album !!... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Ilovemusic
5.0 out of 5 stars Carnival 2000
I bought this; when it first came out. So I have it on cassette. I had heard the group previewing 'Jordan', on the radio. I thought, 'I must buy that , when it is released'. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Robin Emmerson
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite PS album
Had this years ago and can't understand why I never replaced it - this is packed full of superb songs and deserves a place in anybody's collection.
Published 16 months ago by Smithismund
5.0 out of 5 stars The Promised Land
Jordan is a songwriting/recording tour de force. When Paddy Macaloon is inspired he writes, when he composed this he wrote to inspire.
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Published on 20 Aug 2010 by Mr. M. D. Barnett
5.0 out of 5 stars Like meeting an old friend.
Had this on vinyl for some years, but not played for a while. Bought the CD. The different style of songs on this, with great melody and song structure make this one of the best... Read more
Published on 16 Jun 2010 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars So many layers
My favorite sprout album. So many layers. Mentions of god, elvis in the work. Superb production values. Great in stereo. Majestic lyrics. One of the broken is sublime. Read more
Published on 5 April 2009 by Alpinefinland
5.0 out of 5 stars A life changing album
Very few albums come along and touch your life the way this one did. Along with Raintown by Deacon Blue, Dare by Human League and Disintegration by The Cure this album has shaped... Read more
Published on 1 Mar 2009 by D. J. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars IF THIS IS HEAVEN
Published on 7 Dec 2007 by Mis R. L. Pearson
5.0 out of 5 stars Prefab's Finest
Always a fascinating album, a concept album if you will. Working out what the concept is is part of the fun. Wonderful value too in its time. Read more
Published on 2 Oct 2006 by malbecco
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