Many people don't remember the second Frankie Goes to Hollywood album, which isn't surprising as it could never live up to the hype and success of Welcome to the Pleasuredome. Signs for the album were good before release - Rage Hard, the first single, was classic overblown bombastic Frankie, even though it stalled at number 4 in the singles chart, and then.... well, actually quite a good album appeared. Warriors is Frankie doing heavy metal, Is There Somebody Out There is every bit as good as 1984's The Power of Love, and Lunar Bay, with its driving rhythms, has echoes of the title track of Welcome to the Pleasuredome.
Forward 25 years, and the album has aged well. This anniversary edition contains the original 8 tracks remastered, and the normal variety of B-sides and rare tracks that are customary on this sort of re-release. This is where things fall down slightly, and why I have only given this 4 stars. Most serious Frankie fans will already have just about everything included in the extras, which includes the CD/cassetted mixes of Warriors and Watching the Wildlife, which are pretty hard to get hold of these days. However, things on this second disk are quite patchy. 'Waves', the B-side to Watching The Wildlife, is touted as the last song Frankie recorded, but frankly isn't very good; and, frankly, an instrumental version of Rage Hard just isn't very exciting. I'm sure there were more interesting things to be found in the archives.
The typically pompous sleeve notes almost bring this back up to five stars, but four stars it is - great album, not quite so great extras, and a welcome celebration of the fact that Frankie were more than just a few T-shirts and the three number one singles.