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Kitchens Of Distinction Explicit Lyrics, Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (18 Oct. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Evangaline
  • ASIN: B0026OTR8E
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 199,669 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Get A Life
2. Kitchens of Distinction
3. Popstar
4. Shit TV
5. Don't Let Go
6. Alcohol
7. Cars
8. Blue Sky Bullshit
9. The Art of Cool
10. West Coast Thing
11. Never Be The Same
12. It's Not Enough

Product Description

Charlie was formed by guitarist and vocalist Terry Thomas in the seventies. The band was signed to major label Polydor records and recorded a number of albums including Fantasy Girls, No Second Chance and Lines. The band also undertook a number of high profile tours including support to Fleetwood Mac on the Rumours tour in 1977 and Foreigner in 1979. The band continued through the eighties with the line up still led by Terry Thomas and Charlie also secured hit singles in America with the songs She Loves To Be In Love and their biggest hit It's Inevitable in 1983 following the inclusion of former Back Street Crawler vocalist Terry Wilson Slesser in 1982. The band continued until 1986 when the final studio album entitled In Pursuit of Romance was released. The album was a contractual obligation album and as such was virtually a Terry Thomas solo album under the Charlie name. After this Terry Thomas embarked on a hugely successful career as producer working with bands such as Bad Company and Foreigner and former Styx vocalist Tommy Shaw. More recently however Terry has decided to resurrect Charlie and the band has recorded its latest album Kitchens of Distinction - the bands first album in almost twenty five years. The album also includes contributions from former member and keyboardist Julian Colbeck. Kitchens of Distinction harks back to the AOR sound of the bands heyday and most successful period. 2009 and the release of Kitchens of Distinction sees a return to duty for Charlie in a year which will also see the band remaster and re-release their back catalogue.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Fr8 on 15 Jun. 2009
Format: Audio CD
After 25 years Charlie return with their new album.

Originally recorded as a Terry Thomas solo album, it features Julian Colbeck and Martin Smith over 3 tracks, hence the use of the Charlie name.

Sound wise, the music is instantly recognisable as Charlie, not surprising
seeing as Terry composed all tracks and handles all vocals.

Terry also brings his considerable experience in production techniques
(producing Bad Company and Foreigner amongst others) to produce a well rounded sound. He has also drawn upon updated sounds and this leads to a far heavier sound than Charlie of old (a couple of tracks would not be out of place on the new Porcupine Tree album). No bad thing as it is progression whilst retaining the original Charlie values.

Charlie in the 70's were an enigma. They were a band out of time as Terry
alluded to in a recent interview with the Yahoo discussion group
(itsinevitable), when he stated the punk explosion was a reason for lack of touring success in the UK. Too early too be taken seriously due to Punk and too late for the success that would have followed when the likes of Dire Straits were popular. They would have fitted in well then.

Lyrically, some tracks are a bit close to the knuckle bringing celebrities into the mix, for example, Popstar being based on Robbie Williams and another, Blue Sky Bullshit on the rhetoric of David Cameron.

Overall though it is good too see Terry's sense of humour, cynicism (reality and celebrity TV), and observations on life (greed, must have the latest technology, and on Don't Let Go (the closest track to the Charlie of old) relationships), always in evidence on Charlie albums, remains intact.

An album definitely worth checking out - 4 out of 5 I'd say.
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By Werner Eeman on 17 July 2012
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Wow, this rocks! Rock with balls. A future classic. A must have for every true classic rock fan. Impossible to sit still when listening to it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Assault on Societies Idiocies 7 Feb. 2010
By BWayne - Published on Amazon.com
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Terry Thomas has launched an assault on societies idiocies in the best way he can, through his music. In many ways, he has summed it all up in the title track, perhaps one of the best songs of 2009 and ending with one of the best guitar solos of the 21st century. The extra edge and extra tasty guitar work has made this an exceptional album. But it still sounds like Charlie even though Terry played nearly all of the instruments and sang all of the vocals. For me, this is his best album and I hope he plans to keep on making albums in the same vane. Everyone I play it for likes it and most were unfamiliar with Charlie (most are too young). Alcohol has a garage feel to it and the pop sound is still there in most of the cuts. But he has managed to place a lot of good guitar in nearly all of the songs which brings it back to the 1970's a bit. If you were a Charlie fan you will like this album as they have been dredged out of the past. If you are new to Charlie you will find an interesting style of music that combines a pop feel with very edgy digs at society and the popular.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Like Good Wine, Charlie Improves with Age 28 Nov. 2010
By Radio Murf - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been a Charlie Fan for almost 35 years. It's unfortunate Terry Thomas waited almost 25 years to put out another album. Yes, I said album. But for those of a certain age you will be pleased. The hook-filled melodies, the biting, cynical lyrics are all in place on this 2009 release. Even though the band line-up has changed more than the Charlie's Angels line-up, this has always been Thomas's band. This album is also one of the hardest rocking albums released under the Charlie banner, borderline metal on a few cuts. Well done Terry! Now if you would only launch a tour!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Hard edged Charlie, distorted CD! 25 Mar. 2011
By EP in TX - Published on Amazon.com
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Been a Charlie fan since the '70s. Always liked their style of music and their records were always recorded top-notch quality. This CD is very poorly mastered, compressed, loud and distorted, it is hard to listen to with all the clipped maxed out audio. It actually causes the D-A converter in my Pioneer AV receiver to go mute at 4:03 into the first song. Would love to have the music from this newest Charlie offering properly remastered clear and clean like their old recordings. I left a note about this problem on the Charlie-music dot com web site, of course unanswered, no reply. Think I'll crank up "No Second Chance" on the turntable and listen to some GOOD audio!
Wow 6 Feb. 2014
By Joel - Published on Amazon.com
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Well worth the wait since their last release. This maybe my new favorite of theirs. Very clever and often funny lyrics mixed in with some of Terry's best guitar work to date... Must have for any fan and best place to start for new listeners to this incredible band.
Great find 8 Mar. 2013
By GadgetMan - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been a Charlie fan from back in the day. This is clearly the same Charlie but at the same time very modern. Even though a few years old now, it could (and should) get some radio play on alternative stations. Lyrics are a bit mad, but rightly so. Gotta love "Alcohol" and "Cars" has an incredible hook. I'm also so very thankful to hear that distinctive Charlie harmony. When's the next album?
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