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  • Audio CD (16 Oct. 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Metamatic
  • ASIN: B000J4OY4U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 785,180 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Jackson on 23 Feb. 2007
Format: Audio CD
This is a great CD for fans of electronic music, but Foxx fans in particular will find it a joy. The reworkings of classics (Underpass, Touch and Go, Plaza) are great, with John's vocals on top form and some inventive touches from Louis Gordon and John in the arrangements. But, the absolute highlight is at the end where John runs through the soft reflections of his Ultravox masterwork 'My Sex' only for it to fade and rise again as a bouncy, rhythmic reprise, full of little sequencer loops and an uplifting vocal. I would have liked this track to last a bit longer before fading, and it shows there's still life in a 30-year-old song which John must be able to sing on autopilot by now. If you think you've heard every synthpop anthem ever made, then you're wrong...the CD is worth the price for this final flourish alone. Buy with confidence!
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. Coleman on 27 Feb. 2007
Format: Audio CD
OK, look, before all you John Foxx fans start hitting that unhelpful button after me insulting your favourite metal-synth star by using the word pointless in my title - please hear me out.

I thouroughly loved this CD.

Back in the late 70's and 80's Metamatic was one of my all time favourite LP's, getting years of scratches until I was able to get it finally on CD. I collected all his stuff - I had Burning car pic-disc on my wall for years. Foxx seemed to carry on from the original Ultravox - far more to my liking the the Midge Ure variant ! And I fell heavy into the metal synth of John when gary Numan seemded to go a little too Jazzy for my liking. (upset them now - no offence intended but I hated that saxaphone infiltrating his songs more frequently than good hard synth at the time).

I bought this CD whilst waiting for a train in Oxford, and bought it after the week before buying the brilliant live CD 'Golden Selection Tour'. I wanted to here how Foxx had reworked some of the great Metamatic tunes, like he had on the double live cd. In this I was dissapointed. OK I loved the Metamatic re-works, but they just are not bought into the 21st century with enough difference to their fantastic originals. There are a few extra rhythyms under the original tunes but not enough to drastically change them.

This CD seems to be recorded live in a rehearsal room - though I was expecting a live audience which is not the case.

At the end of the day, I loved it, but could not see the point in
a live album of Metamatic tributes, that sounded 95 % like the originals ! If you want a Foxx live CD I recomend the Golden tour.

In my own opinion the best tracks are Broken Furniture, Making Movies, and the fantastic Underpass but then each to their own I suppose.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Sometimes I'm a novocaine shot, sometimes I'm an automat 23 Jan. 2007
By DJ Gilbert - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Along the same lines as Foxx's "Subterranian Omnidelic Exotour" cd, this album revamps older and a few newer songs. Most aren't really all that different from the originals, just the recording quality is better. There is, however, a KILLER version of "My Sex" on this disc that's worth the price all by itself.
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