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Pacific Street

1 Mar 2003 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 Mar 2003
  • Release Date: 1 Mar 2003
  • Label: Virgin Records
  • Copyright: (C) 1984 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 1984 Virgin Records Ltd
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  • Total Length: 51:51
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  • ASIN: B001IMCI2C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,531 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Oct 2000
Format: Audio CD
The debut album by future Shack stars the Pale Fountains came out at the end of the long hot summer of 1982 (well that's how I remember it) and became for me a collection of the most inspiring songs. Moving from the ambient rhapsody of "Unless" to the thrash pop thrill of "Natural" with ease, Pacific Street remains a classic of its genre and a vital signpost for many guitar based pop bands to follow over the coming decade. Although not listed here, my CD copy (to replace my onion ring worn vinyl version) came with the added bonus of two classic early 80s singles never before on album - "Thank You" a haunting orchestral display of love and "(Always) Something on my mind" a lost classic if ever there was one. Purchase this album now and wait for a moment of pure pleasure to slip through your letterbox.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Coincidence Vs Fate TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 9 Aug 2005
Format: Audio CD
The Pale Fountains were one of those bands who really should have made it big. Unfortunately, things aren't' as cut and dried as that and despite Virgin ploughing in a reported quarter of a million pounds, the band never did leave their mark on the British pop charts.
The driving force behind the band was one our most underrated songwriters, Michael Head. Indeed the NME called him Britain's Greatest Songwriter and featured him on their cover in 1999. Despite this hype and many beautiful record releases in the last 23 years, Michael Head and his various musical projects; the Fountains, Shack and the short-lived Strands, he's never gone on to fame and fortune.
Still, there's a rich back catalogue to plunder and it started way back in 1983 with this album, Pacific Street. Don't expect 80's synths or funky basslines, put on Pacific Street and you'd think you'd been given a Burt Bacharach CD by mistake. Michael can sure write a mean tune and Pacific Street chock-a-block with them; take the opener "Reach" a headstrong blaster with plenty of guitar. The mood mellows for the next few tracks with the Bondesque Something On My Mind and the wonderfully poignant Southbound Excursion. The Fountains knew when to turn the tempo up though with a couple of real stormers in Start A War and Natural. Highlight for me is the wonderful Crazier complete with cocktail lounge piano and oil drums, exotic and creative.
Gone on, buy this CD and chuck a bit of cash Michael's way. You won't regret it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Widnes Bob on 5 Aug 2004
Format: Audio CD
A subtle slab of scouse power pop. This is where the genius of Michael Head first came to long player fruition.
A excellent mix of pop sensibility, jazzy inflections, obvious debts to Love's Forever Changes, Burt Bacharach and the godfathers of Liverpool's 80's rock scene, but taking all these elements and making something unique.
The lyrics are witty, emotional, shallow, deep and sometimes all four in the same song (apart from the two instrumentals, of course)
Acoustic guitars chime along with trumpets, steel drums, violins with hardly any synthesisers to be heard, until they become the centrepiece of the teenage angst song 'Unless' which, presumably, bases part of the melody on great vocal samples.
And the final bonus: the CD expands on the vinyl version of 1984, to include a couple of non-LP singles and hard to find B-sides.
Definitely a recommended purchase, especially if you have any Shack in your collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kraftwerker on 23 Sep 2012
Format: Audio CD
Mention the early 80s music scene to many people and they think of synth bands like DM, Human League, Eurythmics et al, or out and out popsters like Wham!, Duran Duran and Spandau Ballet. But there was also a rich, if less commercially successful, vein of equally melodic pop music running alongside. Bands like Friends Again, Orange Juice, Animal Nightlife and Haircut 100 even, but especially The Pale Fountains. This Liverpool band, like The Lotus Eaters no strangers to the seductiveness of a latin rhythm and the chime of a jangly Byrds-type guitar, were much hyped at the time but failed to reap the commercial success they so richly deserved. This first album of theirs is full of strong songs courtesy of Michael Head from the magnificant opener Reach. I like the nod (to these ears) to Nick Drake's "Bryter Later" album on Southbound Excusion and in the incusion of two related instrumentals (Faithful Pillow part 1&2), the rock-out that is Natural and the faint air of 10CC's I'm Not in Love that surrounds the ethereal single Unless. Four extra tracks are tacked on at the end of this value-for-money CD. The Alan Rankine (Associates)-produced single Palm of My Hand is one of them - pity we dont get the instrumental version too, such a sublime piece of slightly-synthesized easy listening - and it's B-Side Love's A Beautiful Place. And there's the epic 60s-sounding orchestration of early single Thank You and it's B-side Meadow of Love. Sublime guitar pop that got submerged and largely forgotten by the time the Smiths came alone, it's ripe for rediscovery.
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