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  • Audio CD (16 May 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Lemon
  • ASIN: B004TRKGOK
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 112,280 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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The Adventures were a pop group formed in Belfast in the 1980s.

The band later moved to London where they signed to Chrysalis Records and released their first single in 1984. Following their debut album release a year later the group moved to Elektra Records and scored their biggest hit, `Broken Land'. The song was written by guitarist Pat Gribben and reached number 20 in the UK Chart, and was also the most played song on BBC Radio 1 in 1988.

This reissued edition has four bonus tracks as well as new sleeve notes containing a new interview with founding member Pat Gribben.

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It's seven years since their debut and it really is about time The Adventures (now a four-piece) cracked it. Their incredibly catchy bubblegum pop-all dippy melodies, chiming guitars and keening vocals-demands it to the point where signs of desperation are detectable on this fourth album. Some songs, like Raining All Over The World or I Really Don't Mind seem to be all chorus; the eager to please guitar solo on Marianne glibly quotes Je T'Aime...Mai Non Plus, and the cover of Monday Monday, while enjoyable in a mid-paced, swinging sort of way, seems to have a purely commercial raison d'etre. Elsewhere, the '60s pastiche becomes laughable - especially on the Freddie And The Dreamers-ish Impossible You. But it would be a curmudgeon indeed who couldn't find something to enjoy: the relatively austere, synth-driven Come The Day, perhaps, or the ballad, I Don't Want To Play This Game, which has such a sweetly chorded chorus you could listen to it for hours.
-- Q Magazine Review

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A welcome reissue of the fourth (and last) album from the criminally ignored and underrated Adventures. If ever a band deserved to find a bigger audience as well as a record label who showed any interest then this band has to be it. It was major label number three (Polydor) and a set of jangly, feel good pop with a couple of ballads thrown in for good measure. Ridiculously memorable hook laden choruses and jaunty melodies aplenty. There were so many songs here that should've been singles but after the failure to get Monday Monday on the radio the band was as good as finished. Such a shame because had these songs made their way into people's minds then they would've been embraced as a fine escape from the tune-free dirge of grunge that polluted the media. If you're a fan of thoughtful words, simple song structures and enormously catchy music then this, like the three albums that came before, are essential. Having owned the original since release it's an album I play regularly and it's bright, cheery sound takes me back to days gone by when record shops existed and music was still relatively untroubled by modern technology.

The Adventures should have gone far. They deserved to. The songwriting was of such a high quality that it seems such a waste that it didn't get the promotion it needed. Time for a little recompense with this remastered, bonus-track enhanced reissue.
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A must have cd for any one who loves the music of the 80's. A Truly, truly Great Band who should have been there up with the Top Bands of the 80's. Check out there other cds as they are equally Brilliant. I just cannot understand How They Never Reached The Dizzy Heights they so much deserved. I saw them play live in Bristol & thought then that this band was going to be BIG. Sadly for reasons I cannot understand they did not. Please check out their other cds, as they are TRULY BRILLIANT. The first 2 cds are Up there With the Very, Very Best Of Any Band Of The 80's. There is No question in my mind that this Band Should Have Made It BIG.
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CherryRed/Lemon records' to the rescue yet again with this now hard to find album by this truly wonderful Irish band.

Originally issued in 1993 by Polydor(UK) on only CD and cassette (no vinyl) and now sensibly reissued on CD with four bonus tracks culled from several CD singles which all bombed and now hard to find out there. Original CD was trading at around 15GBP on Ebay until recently. Japanese pressing - dunno ?

Polydor records deserve to be "spanked with a wet plimsole" (qv Morrisey) for not allowing this group some degree of latitude in what to release as CD singles.

Pat Gribben's songwriting and guitar playing still very strong although this time he uses other 'axes' other than his trusty Rickenbacker - don't even ask me what makes as I am just a normal Shadows fan, too. All other members of the band are still firing on all 4 cylinders with a new extra guitar player.

Sleeve notes very entertaining. Would have liked to have heard the demo version of Monday Monday. Killer track (nicest possible way) is: "Perfect Day".

This album is one that you can play over and over again and again many times over until you definitely need a break.!

Again recommended, marks out of 10: 10/10.

NB: Can't wait for CD album-reissues of Sea of Love and Trading Secrets with the moon with all the usual bonus stuff as per usual. CD-EP track: Break me down could have been written by Johnny Marr.!
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Love this album, not as much as Sea of Love but there are so many tracks that are just as good. Such an uunderated band.
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Overlooked and underated,but of enduring quality.
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