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The Machine That Cried [Vinyl LP] [Schallplatte] [Import]

String Driven Thing Vinyl
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One of the finest bands signed to the Charisma label during its
early-'70s heyday, Scotland's String Driven Thing originally formed as a
trio in 1969, led by the husband-and-wife team of Chris and Pauline
Adams, plus John Mannion. Locally popular at the tail end
of the 1960s, the band faded from view shortly after releasing a
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Product details

  • Vinyl
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Charisma Records
  • ASIN: B007OUJ8AW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 922,861 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Product Description

Side 1:
Heartfeeder
To See You
Night Club
Sold Down the River

Side 2:
Two Timin' Rama
Travelling
People on the Street
The House
The Machine That Cried
Going Down


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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magic 25 Sep 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I was only ten when I first heard a String Driven Thing record, although as usual with the radio they didn't say who the song 'Circus' was by. About a year later (1973), I heard another great record on the radio; it was 'It's a Game' by String Driven Thing. I jotted the name down and went to my local record shop & bought the single (backed the brilliant 'Are You a Rock & Roller'). I played this record to death, until I managed to get the fabulous 'Machine that Cried' album. Twenty-eight years on, I still love it. The songs still sound really fresh and like nobody else - the cello, violin, electric guitar with both Chris and Pauline Adams voices was a really magical combination. Shortly afterwards, I managed to get the 1972 release 'String Driven Thing' and re-discovered 'Circus'. After one last single 'I'll Sing One For You', the classic String Driven Thing line-up changed and the magic was gone. But with songs like 'Heartfeeder', 'Sold Down the River', 'People on the Street' and the last part of 'River of Sleep' (Going Down), they left behind some truly classic recordings.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The machine cries: the heart answers. 16 Sep 2010
By Sentinel TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
String Driven Thing originally were just that: their first album is drumless. At the time it was the more critically acclaimed than this, their follow-up, but time works its magic, and this is now seen as their best album beyond doubt. There are still some reservations: the production job gives a muddy,edgy quality to the album, which maybe benefits the rockier numbers, but doesn't help the softer pieces. However, enough apologies: there is a consistent quality to the material here, both melodically and lyrically. 'Heartfeeder' begins the album with a bang, melodically and lyrically, driven along like an anguished quest, with Smith's wonderfully searching violin building the emotion. 'To see you' is one of Chris Adams sad tales of lost love, and the empty yearning which accompanies this, embellished by some sympathetic violin, works beautifully. 'Night club','Sold down the river' and 'Two timin Rama' all begin deceptively slowly, but crank up into insistent rock, and the 'Machine that cried' concluded the original album with the same glorious magic as the opening track: insightful lyrics, great driving rhythmn. 'People on the street' meanwhile, is an attractive memorable dark elegy for the passage of time, and the casualties swallowed up through the decades.
'The House' and 'Going Down' are soft ballads well suited to Pauline Adams' wistful tones; lyrically the latter has echoes of 'not waving, but drowning', the note of despair incredibly moving. Of the added material the best improvement is the inclusion of 'It's a game', their addictive single, which had it made it, might have prevented Chris and Pauline leaving the band in 1973.
Give yourself a treat, and explore this underated little wonder from the distant past.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautifully Crafted Work 11 May 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
String Driven thing are simply superb in this title. The songs have melody and are deep with feeling.
The album is simply music from a different era.
The album builds to a climax with the song "People On The Street" and just as you think it's coming down they hit you with "The Machine That Cried".
This album cannot be reccomended enough.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth forking out the extra coins 17 July 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I had their name in amongst the dust and cobwebs at the back of my brain. It must have been planted there while flicking through the NME many moons ago. Lately I have been searching through Amazon sampling different albums trying to find something to occupy and stimulate the more aesthetic part of the spongy intelligent bit that isn't covered in dust and cobwebs. What a find! From the first hearing I loved it and it gets better and better each play. It is a complete and utter musical injustice that this album wasn't among the best the seventies had to offer. There are so many great tracks on offer. I won't even begin to analyse it or try to pigeon hole its musical genre, just advise you to, buy it, play it and love it. Nothing is perfect, but there are some things that get pretty close. I just can't believe an album as good as this has never been purchased, revered and talked about in the same breath as say, (all though no resemblance) 'Harvest' by Neil Young.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this album 25 April 2014
By MarkT
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Bought this on vinyl when it came out but lost it in a house move. Finding it again has been brilliant. This band should have been huge.
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