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|1. You're History|
|2. Pretty Boy|
|3. Break My Heart|
|5. Run Silent|
|6. Mr Wrong|
|7. Dirty Mind|
|8. Goodbye Cruel World|
|9. Black Sky|
|10. I Don't Care|
|11. Remember My Name|
|13. Prehistoric Daze|
|15. Opportunity Knockers|
|16. I Can Drive|
It's worth the price of admission for William Orbit's masterful Revolution mix of Run Silent and the sleek BTO remix of Good Cruel Word alone. But the whole album has been lovingly compiled, and is a beautiful supplement to Shakespears Sister's three albums and greatest hits collection.
You're History, Break My Heart and Black Sky are deservedly extended while Heroine is deliciously warped and Mr Wrong flirts with Motown. Even the trio of dated tracks (you know who you are) stand up as period curiosities. And who else could sing: "Will someone please remind her she's got acute angina?"
My only gripe is that Marcella Detroit has been Photoshopped off the cover shot. While the band was Siobhan Fahey's baby, its greatest chart success included Detroit, who was always more than a backing singer. This might deter casual fans from checking out Long Live the Queens, which would be a great shame.
SS's remixes hold up well - for 1980s 12" versions they don't bore or sound too dated. The non-album tracks are a delight.
Just a few tracks let it down. The acoustic version of Stay is nice - the guitar is pretty, Marcella sings it nicely, but Siobhan's verse lets it down. She sings like she can't be bothered - which could well have been the case. Siobhan's verse and the bridge were always the best parts of the song, and made it Shakespear's Sister - and neither are here.
Prehistoric Daze (from the Flintstones soundtrack) is worth having for its relative rarity, but let's face it, it's not very good!
And the remix of I Can Drive is nothing like the excellent original (just a few looped words), but again has rarity value.
Nevertheless, this is a great album at a bargain price. For the best introduction get "The Best Of" - but do get this one at the same time!
One mix of interest is Black Sky, despite it's length this is not the same as the Black Widow Mix (or Black Dub) on the original vinyl/CD single releases. The sparse beat and vocal sample intro appears to be brand new, then we go into extracts from the dub, and only the last 2 mins are lifted straight from the end of the original Black Widow Mix. The result is very dubby, building far better than its namesake.
Nice to see Suddenly (from the Drive single) here too, as it's brooding electronics and glam nod fit perfectly, and the lyrics are quite vitriolic in places!
Slight shame about the generally clumsy front-cover artwork and no mixer details. Also the possible order of the last 4 tracks is a little uncomfortable (Auburn mix after slow "3" album sampler didn't really work for me).
But this is a little gem for fans, and may even entice some new listeners. Long may she reign!