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Millionaires [Japan] [Import]

James Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Japan
  • ASIN: B00005FH7R
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best James album of the 20th Century 12 Feb 2004
Format:Audio CD
It's difficult to know what to make of "Millionaires". Booth saw it at the time as James' best album, and while this view may not be entirely popular with the fans, I'm inclined to agree with the singer (OK, so Pleased to Meet You was better, but Tim wasn't to know that at the time). There isn't a weak song here. The two which you'll be immediately most familiar with are "Fred Astaire" and "I Know What I'm Here For" (which, incidentally, has my favourite opener of any James song), but the rest are far from subpar.
It's true that some of the songs took a while to grow on me- I didn't fully appreciate "Someone's Got It In For Me" until I saw the live DVD, and I'm still working on "Vervaceous"- but there is a maturity and roundness to the album which is missing on some of their others. It may not be as epic as Seven, as experimentally creative as Laid, or as hauntingly beautiful as Pleased to Meet You, but this is still, in my opinion, James at their best. Part of this may be due to the presence of Michael Kulas, the backing vocalist who joined the band only in 1997. Kulas' voice gives a lovely contrast to the forthright clarity of Booth's singing, particularly noticeable on "Someone".
I'd heartily recommend this album to anyone. For those who are unfamiliar with the band, it represents probably their most accessible material. For existing fans, it's one of the best albums the band produced. Enjoy it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars James delivers a spectacular album, as usual 8 Jun 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Many listeners don't immediately take to James because of their complex, highly developed sound and Tim Booth's post-modern lyrics and voice. Quite frankly, James lacks any peer, in the UK or the rest of the world. Their sound and technique can only be described as Kafka-esque, in a beautiful and rhythmic way. Their albums emerge out of improvisational jam sessions; the band plays and Tim Booth weaves his poetry into the chaos, creating an entirely unique and utterly brilliant collection of songs for each album.
Millionaires, like all of James' albums, is pure genius. There are unforgettable love songs in JUST LIKE FRED ASTAIRE, SURPISE, and SHOOTING MY MOUTH OFF, songs where the listener wonders whether Tim Booth isn't singing directly to his audience. James' social conscience is evident in such songs as AFRO LOVER, DUMB JAM, and I KNOW WHAT I'M HERE FOR, but their true depth of ability shines through songs like HELLO and VERVACEOUS. And no James album would be complete without such self-aware songs as WE'RE GOING TO MISS YOU and STRANGERS. Millionaires is one to add to any collection, as are any of James' other albums.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars James Fans Beware - It's Better Than Ever... 31 July 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
What can i say? I could say that ive been following James for years, and considering this late start I have grown to love them very quickly.
So, with the release of the new album, i rushed out to buy it, and was immediately captivated: from the excellent, upbeat opener CRASH, to the melodic finish of VERVACEOUS; this album is fantastic. Its like taking every great James song that appears on all the old albums and jamming them together on one great record!
A true return to form for a truly great Manchester band. Also, if you've never watched James live, you have missed a unique fulfilling experience. I have never met anyone who has seen a bad James concert. I never have.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
Before Millionaires many of james' albums had started of well but had contained some really dodgy songs near the end. Millionaires however contains nothing but fantastic songs all the way through. It starts off with a fine opening trio of "crash" "Feel like fred astaire" and "I Know what im here for" Then it finishes with songs like "Dumb Jam" that finish the album perfectly. Two of my favourite songs are "shooting my mouth off" and Strangers". However the song that I feel defines the whole album is the fantastic "Were going to miss you" this is a fantastic song, heartfelt and funky. This is a fantastic musical Achievement for the whole band.
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5.0 out of 5 stars James pull a plum out of the hat 4 Nov 1999
Format:Audio CD
I've been a fan of James since their days as a winsome foursome, and what a journey it's been. Who'd have thought they could disappear so completely, make amazing albums which never really caught on ('Laid' and 'Whiplash'), and then bounce back so spectacularly? It seems their 'Greatest Hits' provided a much-needed jog to the collective memory - how else to explain 'Sit Down' being voted the nation's sixth most favourite pop lyric?
Their bizarre journey takes an unexpected new turn with this album. Basically it's very good indeed. Although it is noticeably more mainstream than anything they've done since 'Seven', it has none of the pomp rock tones of that album - principally because it feels like a record into which they have poured their hearts and souls as well as their technical abilities. As a result it is a hugely enjoyable album - and that's not a word which gets used much in music reviews these days, I feel.
Who knows, but this may well turn out to be the outstanding rock / pop album of the year, in a year which has been rather disappointing in that category. One thing i am certain of is that it is by far and away the most impressive record released this year by any recording artists who have been making records as long as this bunch has. Will James become the Rolling Stones of our generation? It's a weird idea - but not an impossible one at all. I for one may well still be listening to them when i'm fifty...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Muy bueno
El disco me ha encantado, lo llevaba buscando mucho tiempo y al fin lo tengo. La entrega a tiempo y en perfectas condiciones.
Published 15 months ago by Rolando
5.0 out of 5 stars A very successful present.
I bought this as a Christmas present so I haven't heard it myself but my discerning uncle thinks it's fab!
Published 16 months ago by NBK
5.0 out of 5 stars Home James And Don't Spare The Horses
Absolutely a grower. Didn't think it would be a patch on Laid, Seven or even Whiplash, but have dicovered, rather late in the day, I'm embarrased to say, that this is a quite... Read more
Published on 9 May 2010 by TallPaulHall
5.0 out of 5 stars James' best
Wow.... I'm a huge James fan but somehow always missed this album, heard the songs but together its magic! Any James fan needs this, correction everybody needs this!
Published on 10 Sep 2009 by Dr.Purple
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite album
James. A band, who in my opinion, don't deserve the rubbish they get from critcs and should be a household name. Read more
Published on 12 Jun 2009 by Jemma Elliott
5.0 out of 5 stars James at their best
I have been a James fan for some years, but having recently purchased Millionaires I believe this to be the best James album I have heard. Read more
Published on 3 May 2009 by James F. Riley
5.0 out of 5 stars Still my favourite James album
There are quite a few "die-hard" James fans who go on about this album being over-produced and lacking spontaneity. But for me, this is James' best and most realised album. Read more
Published on 8 April 2008 by Mr. Jonathan Robin Oxley
4.0 out of 5 stars Ground Control To Major Tim... your moment has arrived...
James were and still are an odd band. They were often compared in the UK music press to R.E.M., this being perhaps down to the facts that both bands duly slogged away for a decade... Read more
Published on 19 Jun 2007 by spiderboris
4.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 stars
I'm slowly getting into James, and I must say this is a good album - I only steer clear of the 4 star accolade because I would rate some of my all-time favourite albums as... Read more
Published on 4 Dec 2005 by Rasputin
5.0 out of 5 stars Sheer Class!
A breath-taking album by one of the UK's finest bands. The whole record exudes a certain confidence that other lesser artists can only dream of. Read more
Published on 23 Jun 2001
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