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Music Of Quality & Distinction Volume 3: Dark [Double CD, Limited Edition]

B.E.F. Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (27 May 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD, Limited Edition
  • Label: Wall Of Sound
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 91,673 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Every Time I See You I Go Wild (feat. Kim Wilde)B.E.F featuring Kim Wilde 3:500.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Didn't I Blow Your Mind This Time (feat. Green Gartside)B.E.F featuring Green Gartside 3:570.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Don't Wanna Know (feat. Sarah Jane Morris)B.E.F featuring Sarah Jane Morris 4:130.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Picture This (feat. Kate Jackson)B.E.F featuring Kate Jackson 6:380.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Breathing (feat. Andy Bell)B.E.F featuring Andy Bell 5:240.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. It Was a Very Good Year (feat. Glenn Gregory)B.E.F featuring Glenn Gregory 4:090.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. I Wanna Be Your Dog (feat. Boy George)B.E.F featuring Boy George 3:360.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Same Love (feat. David J Roch)B.E.F featuring David J Roch 5:050.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. God Only Knows (feat. Shingai Shoniwa)B.E.F featuring Shingai Shoniwa 2:390.89  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Make Up (feat. Boy George)B.E.F featuring Boy George 2:530.89  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Just Walk In My Shoes (feat. Sandie Shaw)B.E.F featuring Sandie Shaw 3:020.89  Buy MP3 
Listen12. The Look of Love (feat. Polly Scattergood)B.E.F featuring Polly Scattergood 4:210.89  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Party Fears Two (feat. Glenn Gregory)B.E.F featuring Glenn Gregory 6:330.89  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Smalltown Boy (feat. Billie Godfrey)B.E.F featuring Billie Godfrey 7:390.89  Buy MP3 
Listen15. The Day Before You Came (feat. Maxim) (Bonus Track)B.E.F featuring Maxim 4:050.89  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Co-pilot to Pilot (feat. Kelly Barnes) (Bonus Track)B.E.F featuring Kelly Barnes 3:440.89  Buy MP3 

Product Description

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British Electric Foundation is Martyn Ware's production alias, created after his departure from the Human League and just before the formation of Heaven 17. The legendary Music for Stowaways cassette and the two Music of Quality & Distinction albums (vol 1 1981, vol 2 1992) have become cult releases, featuring pioneering collaborations with artists including Tina Turner, Sandie Shaw, Erasure, Terence Trent D'Arby amongst many others. Following the critically acclaimed debut live performance by B.E.F. at London's Roundhouse last October, Martyn has now finished mixing Music of Quality & Distinction Vol. 3 - Dark . This time the concept of the album is dark interpretations of originally upbeat songs. Recording has now been completed featuring contributions from Boy George, Sandie Shaw, Kim Wilde, Green Gartside (Scritti Politti), Andy Bell (Erasure), Shingai Shinowa (The Noisettes), Sarah Jane Morris, together with Glenn Gregory from Heaven 17 and contemporary artists Kate Jackson, Polly Scattergood, David J Roch, Billie Godfrey, Max Pokrovsky and Kelly Barnes.

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Second disc contains instrumental versions of songs

Limited Edition - 6 panel digipack Matt finish with Luxor Silver and Black foils.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Almost as quirky as Volume 1 - some real gems 30 May 2013
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Volume 1 of MOQ&D was a bit of a novelty record in some ways, as it crossed over all genres of originals and moulded them, some in a more extreme fashion than others, into BEF's electro-funk of that decade. "Wichita Lineman" and "Secret Life of Arabia" are two sonic gems that it would always be difficult to come close to. Volume 2 was very soulful, but oddly left me cold as it was just too polished. Even the likes of Green and Billy Mackenzie couldn't quite elevate it to the odd fascination with Volume 1.

So after a very very long time, and around a year later tha Martyn had originally intended this project to see the light of day, Volume 3 has arrived (albeit with sneak previews of 2 tracks, in rather too similar form, on the BEF Box Set from a couple of yrs back). Which predecessor does it most resemble?

Phew, I'm glad to say the eclectic mix of tracks, vocalists and arrangement styles here place it very much as a natural successor to Volume 1, except the production is possibly a wee bit more modern sounding. We get semi-industrial/glitch drums and bleeps accompanying "I Get Wild", an incredible opener by Kim Wilde, and some mock-horn loops as intro to Green's rather juddery second track. Until well over the halfway mark this collection is very strong, and as challenging (it doesn't seem a novelty record to me these days) as the first LP ever was. We get some sublime pop moments, some breathy vocals, some treated strings (some of which are real), lots of space and even Glenn Gregory and Boy George contributing 2 tracks each! George's selections are both quite different in approach, "Dog" probably being the most difficult track on the album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent - as expected 12 Aug 2013
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Just as I expected. This is very good. I kind of expected this to be like this hence I ordered it. I was not wrong.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Haunting 6 Aug 2013
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This is a great CD, haunting and great versions, Picture This, Didn't I blow you mind and Party Fears Two and Breathing.... who'd I've thought to have a cover of this gem by Kate Bush.. Enjoy
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2.0 out of 5 stars What's to like? 4 July 2013
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Very dissapointed with this release. I found the cover versions very kareoke like. I felt I wanted to hear the original versions more as these versions did not come close in their entertainment value. Sligtly boring... actually very boring, I do not expect to listen to this release anymore.
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