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Aztec Camera Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (13 Sep 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Wea
  • ASIN: B000006SM3
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,628 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Deep And Wide And Tall 4:070.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. How Men Are 3:410.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Everybody Is A Number One 3:300.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. More Than A Law 4:430.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Somewhere In My Heart 4:020.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Working In A Goldmine 5:440.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. One And One 4:140.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Paradise 4:340.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Killermont Street 3:170.79  Buy MP3 

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Love was the third album Roddy Frame recorded as Aztec Camera. If--and this is an "if" so big that most would be reluctant to scale it without sherpas, yaks and oxygen--Roddy Frame’s career has been characterised by anything, it has been a determination to do, at any given moment, roughly the last thing that was expected of him. Having already done the ragged acoustic troubadour (High Land, Hard Rain) and prematurely aged balladeer (Knife) bits while still in his teens, Frame relocated to New York for Love and made as pristine an album of Philadelphia soul as could reasonably be expected from a Clash fan from East Kilbride.

Love is largely remembered for Aztec Camera’s biggest hit--the exuberant "Somewhere in my Heart", in which Frame pronounced, against a backdrop of immaculate studio sheen, that "The closest thing to heaven is to rock and roll"--but deserves better. The dizzy Motown pastiche "Deep and Wide and Tall", and "More Than a Law" are both as good as Roddy Frame gets praise indeed and the closing track, the rueful lament "Killermont Street", sets a surely unbeatable standard in the hitherto under-subscribed category of great songs about bus stations. --Andrew Mueller

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CD WEA, 242202-2, 1987 9 Track

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lost In The Aztecs 28 Sep 2003
Format:Audio CD
Aztec Camera to most would take a back seat in their cd collection, and if asked would only be able to name at best two of their songs. Although they produced some gems which would knock spots of the so called music they produce in today's music market. Ok, so I am biased when it comes to the eighties, but I feel that Aztec Camera need to get some further acclaim as I review one of their more well-known albums and that is 'Love' For those who are diving for their cd collections, it's the cd cover with the picture of the horses on a carousel.
A little history about Aztec Camera, well they were formed back in 1980 by Roddy Frame and were a Scottish group that originated from East Kilbride. But you'd hardly notice the Scottish accent coming through on the songs, the lead singer has a powerful, enhancing voice which will have you crooning away to!
The other members are Campbell Owens (bass) and Dave Mulholland (drums) and David Ruffy, Bernie Clarke (keyboards) They were signed to Rough Trade Records when they moved to London in 1982. The album Love was released back in 1987, unbeliveably, some sixteen years ago now. Which featured two UK hit singles How Men Are reaching number twenty five in the charts and the well-known song Somewhere In My Heart reaching number three. Whilst the album itself climbed to number ten in the UK album chart list.
Their first album was Highland Hard Rain in 1983. The band toured Europe and America and later on in 1984/85 touring the world
1984 saw their second album 'Knife" then in 1987 'Love'
The album was a small one, with just nine songs, but most if not all ballads, whereas Somewhere in my heart would be the most well-known hit on the album, the others are well worth a listen to and easy to sing or croon along to!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Aztec Camera Fans.. buy it! 21 April 2007
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I've had this album on vinyl for a long while and am finally upgrading it to CD because i miss listening to it... Highland Hardrain is a constant on my CD player and this album, although very different, is much better than the previous album, Knife, and well worth a listen. Give it a go if you've got any interest in Aztec Camera, although it's their more commercial side. Also try Highland Hardrain.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Accesible and quite frankly brilliant 23 Aug 2013
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I had originally purchased one of the Greatest Hits collections for the hits (obviously) and the nostalgia but fell in love with every track,so decided to put my toe in the water to see what their albums were like by buying "Love".
It is quite simply a joy. The songs are brilliantly written and arranged and I love Roddy Frame's vocals.From the opening track "Deep & Wide & Tall" to the finale "Killermont Street" I am just wallowing in pleasure every time I listen to this album. I don't know what took me so long.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Class with Heart 22 Dec 2000
By Neil
Format:Audio CD
The period which produced this album probably represented the zenith of Aztec Camera's commercial success. And it's not difficult to see why. Produced in New York all of the songs on this collection are classy and yet retain the essential heart and humanity which is Roddy Frame's trademark. My personal favourite is the touching and poignant How Men Are but tracks such as Working in a Goldmine and Deep and Wide and Tall all tap that magical seam of songwriting gold which set Aztec Camera apart from such comtemporaries as Scritti Politti or Prefab Sprout.
Perfect dinner party soundtrack or just for solo listening...you won't be disapponted.
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Amazon.com: 3.3 out of 5 stars  12 reviews
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Roddy Frame tries out some blue-eyed soul! 9 Feb 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Obviously this wasn't exactly what the fans were expecting after the first two Aztec Camera records. Roddy Frame went from indie to more mainstream, soul-inspired music using numerous American session players - and that's just the good thing with Roddy, you never know what he will do next. Each new Aztec Camera album seems to take a completely different direction. Granted, some of the songs on 'Love' aren't Roddy as his best, but this album does include a couple of real gems. The smooth, funky ballad 'Working In A Goldmine' with Will Lee bassing, 'Paradise' featuring Marcus Miller and Steve Gadd, and 'Deep And Wide And Tall' are my personal favourites, with brilliant guitar solos from Roddy on the last two. 'How Men Are' is also a melodic soul pop effort, and 'Killermont Street' is the typical Aztec Camera acoustic guitar ballad. And a suggestion: Check out his following albums 'Stray', which has everything from pure jazz to harsh guitar rock on it, and 'Dreamland', his most consistent album brilliantly produced by Japanese keyboard wizard Ryuichi Sakamoto. They show Roddy at his peak and are must haves in any record collection.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars None Too Subtle 7 Nov 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This album suffers from overproduction. Roddy often sounds overwhelmed by the horns, female backing vocals, and big drum sound. "Everybody Is A Number One" and "One And One" are pretty much unlistenable. Other tracks fare better, despite the kitchen sink/sledgehammer production. "Deep & Wide & Tall," "How Men Are," and "More Than A Law" sound pretty swell. I just got this import CD to replace my domestic cassette version, and was disappointed to find that "Deep & Wide & Tall" here is in edited form. The full version is definitely better.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing after the first two, but just wait. 19 Aug 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Roddy's first two were brilliant, at his age, a musical genius. When I first threw on 'Love' my expectations were high. I was blown away. My initial thought: 'He's not bringing in the dough, he's gone pop.' There was one good song, and one cool guitar lick, but to put things in their proper place, the album was trash, and even worse when you consider that the first two 'High Land, Hard Rain' & 'Knife' didn't contain a song that failed to touch on briliance, what a heartbreak. Well, that was '89 or '88. About three months ago, now living in Luxembourg (that's not in, but near Germany) I came across a cd in a record shop called 'Dreamland' with this young kid resembling Roddy on its cover. This was not the same face as the guitar bearing genius of lyric and harmony that graced the back cover of 'Knife', looked more like a hard-rocker. In Europe, most record shops let you listen to an album before you buy it. I did, it was Roddy, the album was strictly 'Aztec' and I asked the guy to throw it on for a quick spin. It took about 3 and a quarter seconds to make the decision of whether to buy or not, I did, ran home and proceeded to heaven for the next hour. What that album did to me has changed the last three months of my life. Then came 'Frestonia', a bootleg 'Sketch for Winter', my first listen at Roddy, live. What had happened since 'Love'? This was music that was mature, scalding hot, throw away that pop can and bring on an albums that mix High Land and Knife. I go through phases, and in these phases a single band dominates, it was the Style Council and before that, The Smiths and so on. Roddy, you've done it again. Perhaps that young genius of a boy got burned out after Knife. Maybe 'Love ' came too soon, but the following albums make up for everything we were disappointed in, in 'Love', just wait, no more burnouts, albums that will chill your spine and reassure you that Roddy is back. Don't think that just because the albums I mentioned aren't listed at Amazon, that they don't exist. Do what you have to do, get them and be pleased beyond belief. Gansch (in Luxembourg)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A low point, based on what came before & after - still good! 28 Oct 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
There are some unbelievable songs on this album, most notably Killermont Street and Somewhere In My Heart - and How Men Are is amazing as well. Yes, Everybody is a Number One is worth skipping over, but as a whole, the album isn't as bad as some people might want you to think. And if you've given up on Aztec Camera, Roddy Frame has now "gone solo" and released an album in the UK called The North Star, which is a return to the sound used in High Land, Knife, and the songs on the Covers & Rare disk (Bad Education, Jump). You can find it here on amazon.com - and it's definitely worth a listen (or 10!) Also, the website has some audioclips from the new album to give a taste of what it sounds like.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love was a Dip in Roddy's World, But . .. 11 Aug 2008
By Crusader - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
yes this effort has a few over-produced piles of crap . . . but it is SO 1987 it's almost over-whelming

It's very poppy, yes; but it's a hell of a ride for those born from '64 to '69 (college in 1987, was there a better time in your life ?)

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