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Knife

Aztec Camera Vinyl
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Vinyl
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: WEA
  • ASIN: B0050AUL3Q
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 448,496 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Product Description

AZTEC CAMERA Knife (1984 UK 8-track LP pressed in Germany for the whole of Europe and housed in a superb textured picture sleeve with illustrated lyric inner. Both the sleeve and vinyl are in excellent condition WX8)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Glorious Scottish Soul 1 Feb 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Years later it still sounds like a work of genius. What a shame you morphed into a David Classify-like schmoozer in later life!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't expect High Land, Hard Rain part 2 15 July 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Knife is the second album from British band Aztec Camera. Produced by Mark Knopfler (of Dire Straits fame) it is a cheery little pop album, filled with sweet tunes and catchy arrangements. The obviously 80s sound also gives it a nice, quaint feel. However don't expect High Land, Hard Rain part 2 here. It takes time to seep into your veins like a mature full bodied wined. Not always palatable but it becomes an acquired taste over time.

The debut was a little gem of a record for sure, "knife" on the other hand is the lesser record but hardly the disaster that many claimed . The record has mostly good songs, but perhaps knopflers tendency to add lots of keyboards to the groups sound makes Frames songs sound a little too chintzy rather than bringing atmosphere to proceedings.

Certainly the indie folk charm of the 1st album has been replaced by more electric guitars and funkier riffs. It is inevitably disappointing when an artist who has debuted with a precocious, distinctive, and fully-formed sound follows up with an album that is sub-par. Whereas High Land, Hard Rain, Aztec Camera's debut, was a breath of exceptionally fresh Scottish air, with Roddy Frame hitting on all cylinders, Knife is by comparison a lethargic, mediocre collection of songs. No where near a breezy and infectious as their previous offering. Perhaps its unfair to make so much comparison to their previous recorded but they set the benchmark high. As with most bands the sophomore record is an attempt to follow up on their debut and keep the momentum. But where as debuts are the result of years of unseen work follow ups are more of a contractual obligation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 16 July 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Another classic album from Roddy Frame. I have just started replacing all my old vinyl copies with CDs and this is just as good as I remembered it. From the single "High Land Hard Rain" to the beautiful "Knife" this album is a must.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sophomore Jinx? 20 April 2001
By idshish - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I originally bought "Knife" on CD back in 1986, listened to it initially, and put it away without much thought. It's not that I did not like the album; I just was not enamored with it. Recently, I dug it out of storage and gave it a fresh listen and have completely changed my mind. Roddy Frame's sophomore effort as front man/songwriter/guitarist/singer of Aztec Camera is truly a wonderful work. Frame's songwriting is more complex than on his debut "High Land, Hard Rain" and the songs benefit greatly from Mark Knopfler's production. The addition of keyboards to fun, upbeat tracks like "Still On Fire," "Just Like The USA," and "All I Need Is Everything" do not detract from Frame's playful guitar work, nor does the trumpet work on "Head Is Happy". The other tracks are on the mellow side but are well written and a pleasure to listen to. Most importantly, this CD is timeless. It does not sound dated in any respect. I am glad I rediscovered this CD think you'll find it a strong effort.
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5.0 out of 5 stars its time to change the world 16 Feb 2001
By suzyfrog@pussycats.fsbusiness.co.uk - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
there are times in your life when you know that something profound has happened to you, and thats how it was when i first heard this soul wrenching dictionary of emotion.I still get transported to another place by its timeless melodies like i did when a friend had it on as background music 17 years ago. Back then i understood that with its power i could change the world, and now that im older i feel like it has grown with me, and its aspirations have matured like mine.Now i just want to understand the world, these lyrics give me that ability. Buy this album and let its haunting beauty crawl all over you, i swear nothing will ever move you so surely
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5.0 out of 5 stars Always Sounding Great - Track Listing 4 July 2013
By 1GR8MATEMB - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This album has always surprised me as it was produced by Mark knopfler (Dire Straits).

1. Still on Fire
2. Just Like the USA
3. Head Is Happy (Heart's Insane)
4. Back Door to Heaven, The
5. All I Need Is Everything
6. Backwards and Forwards
7. Birth of the True, The
8. Knife
9. All I Need Is Everything [7" Edit]
10. Jump
11. All I Need Is Everything - (remix)
12. Jump [Loaded Version]
13. Mattress of Wire [Live at the Dominion Theatre, 16th October 1984] - (live)
14. Walk Out to Winter [Live at the Dominion Theatre, 16th October 1984] - (live)
15. Bugle Sounds Again [Live at the Dominion Theatre, 16th October 1984], The - (live)
16. Backwards and Forwards [Live at the Dominion Theatre, 16th October 1984] - (live)
17. Birth of the True [Live at the Dominion Theatre, 16th October 1984], The - (live)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Two words: Backwards and Forwards 23 Feb 2000
By Han Kotterman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The soul of this album comes to life in the song "Backwards and Forwards". The poetic lyrics in combination with the captivating, energetic voice of Roddy Frame makes listening to this track a fascinating experience. This album never loses its appeal, even after playing it for fifteen years.
5.0 out of 5 stars the prodigy roddy frame acheives true greatness with knife 19 Mar 2014
By elliott smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio Cassette
i'm completely convinced at this point. this album is a five star gem. i give him a big atta boy for putting this together after the success of his big debut lp. recently got a bunch of aztec on the cheap. knew high land was a great album. how pleased i am to find this better. haven't fully traversed the transition to adult contemporary roddy made after this. this seems to be the transition to that space. in between highland and love and i'm stuck here for now. the songwriting skill reminds me of dylan.
very different though. i can't say this album really sounds like anything else and it's just good old fashioned songwriting so i'm puzzled. listened to it 5 times today and can't figure it out, why it's so different. why i like it so much. maybe it's just the talent. talent like this is rare. roddy the prodigy.
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