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Motels Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (14 Oct. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Culture Factory
  • ASIN: B005LUZ4IW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 213,276 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The self-titled debut album by the pioneering new wave band, the Motels, was released in 1979. The album established their unique sound represented by some of their best known songs, including Total Control, Counting, Dressing Up and Celia. Deluxe Vinyl Replicas by Culture Factory constitute high quality reissued compact-discs which reproduce all the components of the original LPs and are their exact replicas in compact-disc size (5.3 x 5.3 inches), with authentic single or gatefold cardboard jackets and paper sleeves. In addition to the above, each compact-disc Deluxe Vinyl Replica includes a black finish CD complete with the original label to give it the look and feel of the original record album. Culture Factory strives to achieve an authentic sound with the highest possible fidelity to the original studio masters. Our remastering process brings out the music's true dynamics and original clarity with low levels of noise. In the remastering studio the audio tracks are handled in the form of high-definition, 96Kz / 24-bit digital files for greatest preservation of fidelity. Signal compression is sometimes used to bring out frequencies that were absent or barely heard in the original recordings, and we use the least amount of compression possible. While sound perception varies greatly among individuals our vinyl replica CDs are designed to provide the optimal listening experience when using flat EQ settings. Brand new, original, factory-shrinkwrapped, limited edition CD release.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wingnutrustee on 5 Nov. 2010
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Why oh why has no one reviewed this excellent album before me? Bought this back in the eighties on the strength of the stand out tracks Total Control and Dressing Up. These stand the test of time and are still powerful rock anthems perfectly showcasing the exquisite vocal talents of the sexy Martha Davis. The band aren't bad either.
Reminiscent of their contemporaries Shakin Street too.... have listen on Spotify to both and return to buy the albums! Maybe also The Pretenders or Lone Justice....
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If your reading this then you are probably a Motels Fan. This is by far the Best Version Sound Wise on the Market. Knocks all the other efforts for six! Superb Remastering by Culture Factory USA - High Fidelity Recording Digitally Remastered 96 Hz / 24 Bit and my does it show!!
Martha Davis and Band never sounded so good on record/cd I would not have belived that this is a 33 year old recording!
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By HOTV8AW on 10 Sept. 2014
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Debut for an Excellent Band 15 Dec. 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
After being a regular at Madam Wong's during 1978 and early 1979, The Motels were signed with Capitol Records on Mother's Day 1979. Recording the song list that had help create a cult following in the L.A. area, the band cut ten songs that encompassed the L.A. sound of that time. New Wave was just emerging, taking the place of disco and punk. The Motels somehow found their way through the crowd of up-and-coming bands with Martha's seductive lyrics and sensual voice. Released in September of 1979, the album and its first single, "Total Control," hit the airwaves. The band began a nation-wide tour. Martha related in a recent interview (found on The Motels website) that the first song of theirs that the band heard on the radio was "Dressing Up" while they opened in Boston. But the album had no chart success -- at least, not in the U.S. In the land "down under," however, "Total Control" went to #7, and Australia began a love affair with the band that would last even to Martha's solo carear in 1987. In the U.S., however, the single only went to #107,but the album did reach gold status in 1980 in the U.S., Canada, and of course, Australia. "Closets and Bullets" was the second single released. The line-up for the band at that time was: Martha Davis (guitar, vocals), Jeff Jourard (guitar), Marty Jourard (keyboards/sax), Michael Goodroe (bass), and Brian Glascock (drums). 1980 would see the departure of Jeff Jourard.Overall, the album is an excellent debut for an excellent band. "Anticipating" and "Atomic Cafe" are timeless, as is Martha's hauting tune "Counting." A must for any Motels fan.-Alan
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The Best Motels CD 25 July 2007
By Ewell Bowers - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is easily the best Motels CD. Martha Davis's vocals are somewhat subdued and the music is more stark on this CD compared to the more lavish later albums, and it has an edge that the later albums lack. Martha as always is alternately pouty, sexy, even at times tragic. The dark and understated Celia is incredible as is the plaintive Total Control. Porn Reggae is a fun tune countered by Counting which hits the perfect pitch of desolation. Music from the 80's is often ridiculed, and some later Motels songs might deserve it, but this should be considered a classic CD by any measure. Get a copy and you'll see.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Gaga led me to the motel(s)! 1 May 2010
By RA - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
A young friend of mine let me listen to some Lady Gaga on her iPod.
I was surprised to find I really like it. I was more surprised when LGG
began singing "Poker Face." I recognized it and went to the web
to find out more. It was by The Motels on this debut album in 1979.

In 1979, I was a US Marine in Cherry Point, NC. My buddy Chit brought
this album (yes, actually a vinyl album) back from leave and we played
it until the grooves wore out. This album is a great, artistic leap
from other music at the time. It is exceedingly well recorded, and every
track on it is a well-written, cabaret-like past/future time capsule; they
sort of take you someplace away from your everyday world.

I went to Amazon immediately to find this original on CD so I can
take it with me everywhere. It arrived and I ripped it open and have
listened to it everyday. Celia is an awesome cut, Total Contol, Kix,
all great! Lady Gaga's poker face is good, the Motels, Awesome!
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Excellent 14 Sept. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I have this on scratched vinyl and since joining the internet this is the only product that I have tried to purchase. A superb Album.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
THEE only Motlels 22 Oct. 2004
By Michael Girouard - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is a truly fun record. The songs all written by the underrated and woefully unknown artist--Martha Davis. She is just unbelievable. The album starts off with Anticipating. Truly strong. When you first listen to it concentrate on Celia, Dressing Up and the beautiful Total Control. Ceila is so darkly funny. Closets & Bullets, talk about a title! It's a record for all rock fans. Head bangers and folk lovers alike. This should have been the start of a new rage. It flopped and they went on to make some pretty awful records. Too bad. Add this, if you can to your collection. Blame me if you don't dig it. Your true friend, Michael Girouard.
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