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  • Audio CD (10 Nov. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Autonomy
  • ASIN: B001HB9P4S
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 102,078 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Only Ones Who Know
2. Perfect Moon
3. Born To Cry
4. All I Ever Care About Is You
5. Going Home Tomorrow
6. Louise
7. Danger Is a Woman In Love
8. I'll Never Let You Down
9. How Can I Entertain
10. Paradise Square
11. Coles Corner

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Made In Sheffield is a concoction of homegrown talent, bringing together an array of songwriters, musicians and lyricists. The album was recorded and produced in Sheffield, utilising the highly talented musicians born and bred in the city: Richard Hawley, Jarvis Cocker, Phil Oakley, Alex Turner and Roisin Murphy are some of the collaborators on this remarkable album.

BBC Review

Most people take their foot off the pedal when they reach pensionable age. Not Tony Christie, who turned 65 in April this year. Aiming to make the most of a newfound popularity sparked by comedian Peter Kay's chart-topping use of his 1971 hit Is This the Way to Amarillo?, Christie has returned to the studio, 42 years after releasing his first solo single, for an album that mixes new material with covers of songs by fellow Sheffieldians Pulp, The Human League and The Arctic Monkeys.

Christie's indie credentials date back at least a decade to All Seeing I's Jarvis Cocker-penned Walk Like A Panther. Here, ex-Pulp guitarist Richard Hawley is in the producer's chair (alongside Colin Elliott) and he takes a low-key, decidedly unostentatious approach to both the new and familiar material on offer.

Issued on the Decca label - an imprint that once proudly declared itself as ''The Home of Opera'' and which is now also home to vocal luminaries such as David Cassidy and Peter Conway (who?) - Made in Sheffield takes a late-nite lounge approach that emphasises the love-lorn and the low-key and risks over-staying its welcome.

Things start promisingly enough with a beautifully plangent take on The Artic Monkey's Only Ones Who Know (taken from last year's Favourite Worst Nightmare) and a bittersweet lighters-in-the-air rendition of Perfect Moon by relative newcomers Sara Jay and Mark Sheridan. But the retro 70s power-pop ballad take on Pulp's Born To Cry, complete with wailing electric guitar and portentous percussion misses the mark by a considerable margin, an error compounded by Christie's own twee barbershop-accented All I Ever Care About Is You. It's a similar problem with the rockabilly Going Home Tomorrow - another competent-enough Christie composition but one that indulgently splits the album's focus.

Although there's an appropriate moodiness about The Human League's Louise, Christie's perspective on the narrative proves far too considered and ponderous. Much more successful is Martin Bragger's Danger is a Woman in Love. A slow-burning scene-stealing Bond theme-in-waiting, it benefits from superbly judged arrangements and a performance of pinpoint precision from Christie, beautifully paced and pitched. Clearly a considerable writing talent and a real find, Bragger's second offering, Paradise Square, is a mature, well-crafted ballad that behaves as if it were a lullaby. Craftily, it pushes Christie to the edge of crooning and is all the better for it.

Producer Hawley's album closer Coles Corner, heralded by Guy Barker's magnificent Chet Baker-like trumpet, and underpinned by brushed percussion, darkly luminous vibes and cosseting electric guitar, seems tailor-made for Christie and prompts his finest performance here.

Still obviously in fine voice, Christie certainly merits greater recognition. Accomplished and welcome though it is, the far too narrow focus of Made in Sheffield means it falls disappointingly short of showcasing the full expressive range of one of the few great song stylists the UK has produced in recent years. --Michael Quinn

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jl Adcock TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 Jan. 2009
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I must confess that buying a Tony Christie CD wouldn't have automatically been at the top of my list. But, reading some reviews and a little bit about how this album came into being, I took the plunge and have to say have been really delighted by what I've heard. Every song on this album is beautifully crafted, and all provide perfect examples of how to tell stories that engage the listener within 3 minutes. No easy task.

Tony Christie has a great voice - and on certain tracks here he reminds me of Roy Orbison and the comeback album he made called "Mystery Girl" - which showcased his talents with new songs for a new audience.

Made in Sheffield is a thoroughly enjoyable - in places haunting - album. If you don't believe me, turn the lights down low, pour yourself a favourite drink and listen to "Louise". Then pause to consider what you've just listened to. Sublime, superior easy listening that respects and engages the listener. Wonderful.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. Barnes on 24 Mar. 2009
Format: Audio CD
The long awaited new album from Mr. Tony Christie himself is finally
here. Worth the wait? You bet! The entire album is well crafted
together and you get a general feeling that a great deal of care and
attention has gone into producing every track. Mr. Richard Hawley,
being a lifelong Tony Christie fan himself has produced what I believe
is TCs best work to date. Not only does Tony proves that he can still
belt out those vocals that moulded him into the 70s crooner he was and
the contemporary artist he has become today. The album in general
feels timeless. It could have easily been made in the 60s with the
compliment of the strings and brass instruments. A prime example of
this is on the track Danger Is A Woman In Love, my personal favourite
of the album. Not only do we have the loud, striking ballads here,
but a couple of strikingly haunting, yet wonderful songs. Paradise
Square and in particular, Louise, a Human...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dr Dai on 3 Feb. 2009
Format: Audio CD
Like thousands of others no doubt, I have sung along with mates to "Amarillo" and thumped the table in time in pubs in recent years - why, hey I can even remember "Avenues and Alleyways" and "I did what I did for Maria" etc from the first time round in the very early 1970s. And so my impression of Tony Christie was that he was very good at that ilk but that was it, enjoyable fluff for a laugh and a sing along.

Having been enraptured by Johnny Cash's American Recordings and more recently to a lesser extent Glen Campbell's "Meet Glen Campbell", I thought I'd give this a try to see if TC had hitherto unrevealed (to me at least) hidden depths.

On an initial listen, my first thoughts were that Tony's voice was not quite up to what the press hype had led me to believe. But then, track 6, Louise (a Human League fave of mine) came on and my preceptions changed completely. The soft, mellow quality and clear diction of Christie's voice paints an unforgettable story of yearning over a wonderful undercurrent of piano and a plaintive trumpet. The track remained on repeat for hours and I reckon that it stands as one of the best cover versions I have ever heard with the likes of Jeff Buckley's Hallelujah, Cash's Hurt.

Since then the rest of the album has grown on me - the production and playing is wonderful and sympathetic - well done Richard Hawley (and others). TC's voice certainly does not suit every song on the album as well as it does Louise, and I'll admit the album won't be everyone's cup of tea, but those hidden depths are now apparent on Cole's Corner and others. As someone said, it is a crooner's album but that's no bad thing. Four stars is probably fairer but I had to give it five simply because of Louise - it'll melt your heart. If not, check your pulse to see if you're still living!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By cycosport on 15 Nov. 2008
Format: Audio CD
For those who don't know Sheffield there are intriguing links, not only in the songs and writers but in the Artwork and lyrics. An acquired taste maybe, but there's been a quiet musical revolution going on in Sheffield and this album illustrates that.
Christie has never been one to openly push the boundaries, but with this album, he has combined the resonance of his vocal style with the subtlety and almost in built nostalgia of Hawley's production. Listen to the trumpet on Louise, or the eerie hollow sounds on Paradise Sqaure, and it invokes a time of working men on cobbled streets, a northern band playing on a Whitsun sing. Classy musicians and fine production make this a sure bet to stand the test of time.
Lay back,and enjoy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robert F. Steadman on 20 Feb. 2009
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My album of the year.Love the arrangements and Tony's voice has never been better. Listen to it on your own, I challenge you not to get a lump in your throat over "Louise"! And here's a surprise, you can hear all the words! Let's have more from you in the same style, Tony.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jess Rook on 20 Nov. 2008
Format: Audio CD
Bought the album after being swept away on hearing Louise on the radio one night and fell in love with the beautiful stripped back melancholy of this magnificent cover. As with Richard Hawley, if you're not a big fan of country, some tracks will leave you a little cold, but I promise you will never get bored of settling back into the dramatic, wall of sound bombasity of Danger is a Woman in Love or Born to Cry or lose yourself in the wistful sadness of Louise or Paradise Square.
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