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Olympian

14 July 2009 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 1995
  • Release Date: 14 July 2009
  • Label: Polydor Ltd.
  • Copyright: (C) 1995 Polydor Ltd. (UK)
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  • Total Length: 40:27
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  • ASIN: B001KUCYLC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 63,367 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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When this album was released in 1995, reviews in the indie press criticised it for sounding similar to the Smiths. The irony is that the same critics were praising Oasis to the heavens for their music which is even more derivative than this impressive debut. The truth is that this album is an accomplished debut and that the songs are much more than mere Smiths facsimiles. From the rocking opener "Haunted by You" to the mellow "We'll find our own way" this is an album characterised by the soothing, warm voice of Martin Rossiter and the smooth guitar work of Steve Mason. My favourite tracks are the emotional "London Can you wait?" and the spell-binding title-track "Olympian" which builds from an almost hypnotic bass-line into a crashing, spine-tingling climax. The only disappointment I experienced when I purchased this album is that the early single "Be my light, be my guide" wasn't included. Despite this, it is a stunning debut album, and despite their lack of chart success, Gene are still a great live band.
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Who can ask for more? You are getting a digitally remastered reissue of one of the finest pop albums of the 1990s together with two concerts (Live at Sound City, Live at the Forum). The featured live version "Haunted by you" has already been released on "New amusements" and "Truth rest your head" from the Forum gig was the B-side of "For the dead", but that's bean counting compared to the actual value of this neatly compiled record. One thing that is beyond the scope of this record is the absence of the promotional videos that the band had made - I haven't got a clue if any authorized DVD exists at all, nor do I know about the total amount of realised clips apart from "Olympian" and a few live videos that are featured on different 90's compilations. A complete video guide would have been a pleasant feature on this audio CD, as well as a discography including all the different 7'/12' singles with release date and tracklists. The booklet itself takes you on a trip to Gene's beginnings, showing a pastiche of photographs, tour posters and other memorabilia. A nice addition is the interview section in which the former band members make comments on the recordings of the songs - sadly Martin Rossiter doesn't make any contribution here... Can't wait to get hold of the other reissues!
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Can it really be 20 years already? 20 years since Gene rose to promenence, with "For The Dead", and 10 since they quietly disappeared, mourned by a handful, and forgotten by many? At one point they could have been kings. Now, overlooked and ignored by Megador Records, the band have quietly faded from view to day jobs and memories. In time, the bands work - an elegant body that combined the majesty of The Smiths with the muscular strength of The Faces and 60's era Mod bands, has aged with dignity and power. Over four albums, and catch all b-sides compilation "To See The Lights", the band explored humanity with increasing effectiveness and skill. This reissue series finally gives the band the dignity they deserve, with expanded editions of each record, appended with every b-side, an enormity of radio sessions (almost every single one the band recorded for the BBC,), and several live shows from the period, showcasing embryonic and early versions of many songs from subsequent albums - are a fascinating insight. In terms of unreleased material, there is little until the time the band were released from their Polydor contract, at which point the band had control of their own recordings. Each of the editions is packed in a double CD set, with the original album appended by b-sides and extra songs. Disc 2 of each package generally tends to be a live radio session recorded for the BBC and live material.

"Olympian", the first album, was a confident 11 track missive, which didn't sound like a band tentatively making its debut, but more an assured statement from a band that had been doing this for years. (To an extent, they had, working together in various forms in other bands such as the dreadfully named Sp!n, before becoming the final Gene lineup).
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This should be the model for all re-issues.

Gene's debut album is, if you ask me, not only their best, but also one of the best of its era. I'll take this over 'Morning Glory' any day, or any Oasis album, for that matter. Gene, comparatively unknown, have everything that Oasis lack: literate lyrics, a vocalist who doesn't sound (and act, for that matter) like a baby, and music that holds a certain degree of sophistication. Every song on this album is perfect, measured, and climactic, all in one. The singles - the soaring 'Sleep Well Tonight', the stomping 'Haunted By You', the majestic 'Olympian' - are all excellent (the title track, in particular, is stunning), but the other tracks are all equally good. Martin Rossiter is a superb vocalist, often compared to Morrissey, but with a voice that is less of an 'acquired taste'; he is supported by a band of perfectly adequate but not remarkable musicians. The main attraction with this album is the flawless songwriting.

As if that wasn't enough, this re-issue adds the single versions of 'For The Dead', their first single (which makes an excellent appendix to the already-perfect album), and 'Olympian', which, despite being fairly unnecessary (it cuts off the intro), allows you to hear their best song twice every time you listen to the first CD. Also added to that disc are four songs from BBC sessions, which are all very enjoyable ('Child's Body' is superior to the other versions of that song). The second disc contains two gigs from the period. The first gig is excellent, and the second one is of slightly lower quality (perfectly listenable, though) but worthwhile, if only for Rossiter's stage banter. The set-lists are fairly similar, but who cares when they're all such good songs?
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