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The Comsat Angels Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (15 Jan 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Connoisseur
  • ASIN: B00004YYYD
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 634,995 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5.0 out of 5 stars this is a wonderful album 7 Oct 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
this album is about to become available on cd, but I have owned it for over 15 years. It is truly a work of art. The band started out on the cusp of the punk revolution, but were pressured by the record company to jump on the new wave bandwagon, which I personally love. The band was able to keep there punk intensity, while incorperating a wonderful hint of new waves electronic keyboards. Fans of Echo And The Bunnymen and The Chameleons will love this piece.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Comsat's return with a new sound 30 Jun 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
When "Land" was released back in 1983, the album got mixed reviews. Most of them were accusing the Comsat's of selling out, turning too commercial but in my eyes it's just a natural thing that happened after the "Fiction" album. "Land' is filled with beauty, melancholy and melodies we never heard before on a Comsat Angels album. The production and sounds seem a little dated but the performance and mood of the songs is something they never captured on any other release. Right from the opening song "Will You Stay Tonight" on to the splendid ending (on the original album) "As Above So Below", every track is a winner! Alright I'll admit "Mr.Memory" with it's strange title and 80's synth rhythm is the weakest thing here but I happen to like these 80's sounds so it doesn't bother me. "Land" hasn't got that timeless feeling that "Chasing Shadows" or to some degree "Sleep No More" has but it still is my favourite Comsat Angels album even if it doesn't sound as original as the first two Comsat Albums. It's simply a stunningly beautiful treasure from long ago.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing album, but only average for Comsats! 1 Nov 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is a very good album, but is only average when compared to the rest of the 'sats recorded output over 16 years (1979-1995).
This album was their first recorded for Jive, who most would agree tried to turn the group into the next A Flock of Seagulls. Fortunately, Jive failed miserably, and the Comsats still retained their sound, even with all the "commercial" sheen added by Jive and its agents. Consequently, the Comsats were dumped by Jive after their following LP, '7 Day Weekend'.
Even though the production sounds a bit dated (electronic drums, cheezy synth noises, etc.), the tracks themselves are still solid and stand up to repeated listenings. Even under intense pressure from Jive, the Comsats were able to deliver a quasi-"commercial"-sounding LP while still staying (mostly) true to their original trademark sound (Steve Fellows' stinging guitar, Andy Peake's otherworldly keyboard textures, Mik Glaisher's pounding drums, Kevin Bacon's solid bass).
Not one of their best (see their 2nd LP 'Sleep No More'...), but an average record by the Comsats is still better than 99% of the pop pap that came out in the mid-80s ...
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Gem of an album from a Treasure of a band! 17 Dec 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
As a teenager (a long time ago) I bought a single (which is and was a rare event) and I expected the worst from the B-side - instead it blew me away. I bought the album. That album was Land by the Comsat Angels. As someone who loves high quality audio systems I didn't buy into CD until quite late. With all my turntables sold and with a cracking CD player I regretted only 2 things - 1 was never having seen the demi-gods that are Comsat Angels live and the other was not owning Land on CD.

In October 2009 I saw the Comsats in Glasgow (thanks go to the Gods of reunions and the Sensoria Music and Film festival) and I renewed my efforts in tracking down Land on CD.

Finally I got it - on Amazon.

Would I be disappointed after all these years, was I riding high on a wave on nostalgia? Well yes, I was riding high on a wave on nostalgia BUT... I was not disappointed one tiny little bit. Whilst it wouldn't rate as one of the Comsat's better albums (certainly according to the band themselves) it still rates as one of the BEST albums I have ever heard.

The song writing is second to none and continues to shine after all these years. Highly regarded as a band (John Peel entertained them a few times) and loved by the famous (Mark Kermode, Simon Armitage and the late Robert Palmer as well as a lot of music pundits) they never achieved the fame they deserved or seemed destined for. I am sure that is true of many bands though.

Stephen Fellowes voice has never sounded better than it did on this album (okay - pretty good live too). The nuances - the inflections - the lyrical hooks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An uplifting classic .................. 16 Sep 2008
Format:Audio CD
The follow-up to this album, '7 Day Weekend', was my introduction to the genius of the Comsats and eventually I bought everything there is to own by them on CD, including the fabulous Connoisseur CD remasters of '7 Day Weekend' and 'Land' (albums that were originally released on the Jive label). 'Land' features five bonus tracks, which is always good to have, but the original album more than stands up by itself and is packed with top tunes. As I said on the Comsat Angels' MySpace site, their "work still sets standards by which others are judged" and this album is an absolute corker. Maybe I'm lucky in that I love production from various eras (I like the sound of older rock 'n roll, blues and jazz recordings with their particular ambience as well), but the way this album sounds is totally okay with me. I see it as part of an interesting phase of the Comsat Angels' (relatively) long career and a complement to their other outstanding contributions to the musical form. 'As Above So Below' has now become one of my all-time favourite Comsats' tracks and still blows me away every time I hear it. This album is, truly, an uplifting classic and I never want to be without a copy of it.
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