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Kaleidoscope World Import

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  • Audio CD (19 Oct. 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Homestead/Giant/Positive
  • ASIN: B000000IMY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 895,081 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Kaleidoscope World
2. Satin Doll
3. Frantic Drift
4. Rolling Moon
5. Bite
6. Flame Thrower
7. Pink Frost
8. Purple Girl
9. This Is The Way
10. Never Never Go
11. Don't Even Know Her Name
12. Bee Bah Bee Bah Bee Boe
13. Whole Weird World
14. Dream By Dream
15. Doledrums
16. Hidden Bay
17. I Love My Leather Jacket
18. The Great Escape

Product Description

This CD expansion of a compilation of early singles and EP cuts by New Zealand's best known alt-pop band has a couple of flat spots. But both the 18-track length and the generally robust health of Martin Phillipps' songwriting make it a generous offer that's hard to refuse. Phillipps was actually to do more consistent work on Brave Words and Submarine Bells, but Kaleidoscope World finds him working out early versions of his continuing obsessions - death, the environment - in a fascinating manner. It also includes one of his all-time greats, "I Love My Leather Jacket," a gorgeous rocker about the premature loss of a friend. --Rickey Wright

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By SimonBiddell on 18 May 2011
Format: Audio CD
Early output from NZ psych-popsters The Chills, relased on the Flying Nun label. Exceptional writing from Martin Phillips: haunted melodies; reverb Vox organ; great guitar lines; fabulous lyrics. Imagine The Seeds, Television, even early Fall. A truly great band who deserve critical reappraisal.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Album of the Year at the 1997 Lincoln Howard Music Awards! 2 Nov. 1998
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I'm still amazed at the quality of this album. It doesn't have one of two fabulous songs, it has about five or six. Not to leave out the rest of the album, because the whole thing is great, but the songs I would single out as being among the best ever recorded would be: Satin Doll, Pink Frost, I Don't Even Know Her Name, and Doledrums. A few others follow closely behind. And I would like to go on record by saying the end of "Doledrums" is the best part of any song I've ever heard in my life. How Martin Phillipps put that one together I'll never know, but spending the $14-15 dollars or so is worth it just to hear the end of that song. Well worth your money if you like melodic music that paints a picture of the macabre in a lot of the songs. Dig it...
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
sheer brilliance 5 April 2007
By Ludwig J. Pluralist - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I love a lot of Kiwi alt rock bands, and while the Chills may not be my favorites (that would have to be the wonderful band The Clean), this is, nevertheless, a wonderful, brilliant record. Filled with quirky details and loaded with lo-fi charm and appeal, this is what great rock music sounds like, and it's the best recording by this talented band (it's actually a compilation of different EPs). It also has one of the catchiest pop-rock songs ever written, the amazing I Love My Leather Jacket.

I only wish Kaleidoscope World were still available for purchase. I also wish the Chills would consider a U.S. tour, but alas, they seem content to stick around their home country and to play only the occasional show.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
some of the best pop the kiwis have to offer 3 Aug. 2004
By Davy - Published on
Format: Audio CD
this here is a collection of the chills' early singles, etc. and it's probably, speaking critically, the best thing they've put out. not all, but most of their "classics" are here, including the legendary "pink frost" and "i love my leather jacket." the thing i like most about this album is the feeling of being totally immersed in kiwi pop culture. of all the kiwi pop albums i've heard since spring (and that's quite a lot), this one sounds the most authentic. people always say that something they love is "transporting", but they rarely mean it. well, i'm going to say it AND mean it, right here: the chills' _kaleidoscope world_ is...transporting.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
First Rate Jangle Pop 25 Nov. 2004
By D. Godfrey - Published on
Format: Audio CD
As stated earlier this is a collection of The Chills early 7" singles and The Lost EP. Incredibly catchy classic Flying Nun pop at it's best. You'll be humming these songs all day, they're very infectious. If you like this also have a look around for the Brave Words LP which followed the release of these singles and EP. It's a
another piece of fine Flying Nun pop from the label's golden years (early to mid 80's.)
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