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  • Audio CD (6 May 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B0000657TU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 104,499 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Reach The Top
2. Heart Of Glass
3. Terrorbeat
4. Set Me Up
5. Country Boy
6. Because You Love
7. The Rhythm Divine
8. Snowball
9. You'd Be The One
10. Empires Of Your Heart
See all 13 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Those First Impressions
2. Waiting For The Loveboat
3. Perhaps
4. Schampout
5. Helicopter Helicopter
6. Breakfast
7. Thirteen Feelings
8. The Stranger In Your Voice
9. The Best Of You
10. Don't Give Me That 'I Told You So' Look

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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME on 9 April 2002
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
'The Glamour Chase' was famously not released in 1989- being deemed a waste of ££££ regarding promotion. Since then & with the gravity of Mackenzie's tragic death it has gained a reputation akin to other deleted masterpiece's: 'Pacific Ocean Blue', 'No Other', 'Star Sailor' or the unreleased legend 'Smile'. Well, it sounds very of its time- but is the best thing Billy did between 'Sulk' & the 'Beyond the Sun'/'Eurocentric' rebirth-fullstop. 'Country Boy' is as great as anything on Martin Gore's 'Counterfeit' (also 1989); while the sweeping 'The Rhythm Divine' is that brilliant Yello collaboration that they would reconstruct with Shirley Bassey (Billy was reportedly very proud of this!). We also get 1985's sweeping-Moroderesque 'Take Me to the Girl'- which Kylie could lay a vocal over now & have a mega-international loner #1. The rest is all new- so cheers for releasing this from the Vaults! Plus, we get 1985's 'Perhaps'- where the 'The' prefigured 'Associates'. This was a bit of a mess compared to 'Sulk'- 'Dare!'s Martin Rushent,Dave Allen & BEF-guy Martyn Ware were among the producers. There is enough great stuff here-though it is a little bland compared to Rankine/Hedges-era. 'Those First Impressions' is the epic near-hit that is touching & wonderful; while 'Waiting for the Loveboat' (something of a Mackenzie signature tune) is another epic slice of the finest pop with great lyrics ("burnt my address book/have i become a pest?"). 'Perhaps' is rather dull electropop, as is the patchy 'Schampout'. 'Helicopter,Helicopter' is good enough to be a patchy b-side...Things improve with the grandiose single 'Breakfast'- one of the greatest songs Mackenzie or anyone have ever recorded. You hear it & think who is Frank Sinatra? Who was Scott Walker?Read more ›
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Sept. 2002
Format: Audio CD
I actually bought a vinyl copy of "Perhaps", planning to buy a turntable later, but with this release I could enjoy the album in the format I prefer. That, together with the so-far-unreleased "The Glamour Chase" made this the perfect release. Although besides the obvious singles choices, I don't think there really are gems of songs here... besides "The Stranger In Your Voice" and the title track, maybe.
"The Glamour Chase", on the other hand, is a joy from start to finish. Even songs which you could consider as ABC-pastisches sound great, and the vocals on the ballads here, like "In Windows All" and especially "Empires Of Your Heart", put most singers to shame
(Celine Dion will never sound as emotional as Billy does on this brilliant track). Experiments with Boris Blank (of Yello fame) keep things interesting throughout. Good to see it's finally released!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M. B. Wilson on 18 Feb. 2003
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This era cannot be described as Billy's most creative/influential, but he still had some commercially viable ideas - mingling them with dark arrangements and some sympathetic production! Glamour Chase has been hyped like crazy, so finally hearing a digital quality copy is rewarding, but at the same time reveals the album's shortcomings a bit. This is really half a good album, the rest of the tracks are very listenable, but a shadow of his former self (and later releases showed him regaining form) - although vocally he is still king! The added Take Me To The Girl doesn't really fit tagged on the end, but it is a great pop tune in it's own right. Personally I prefer Perhaps, although some tracks do not benefit from the remastering. No cassette bonuses (slight niggle), there was room to put them on at the end, but the title track and Those First Impressions are very cool indeed. Tracks like Don't Give.... and Thirteen Feelings are stable stomps with a return to darker guitar sounds, whilst Helicopter is a love-or-hate inclusion (I love it, many don't!). Despite poor credits (ie essentially none) on liners, this is a worthwhile release, and WEA have to be partially commended for 'risking' it. As a fan you must buy this - it is a great document of the mid-late 80's Associates.
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By Michael 80 on 2 Nov. 2013
Format: Audio CD
I sort of skipped over Perhaps. It was so so. To me it was all about The Glamour Chase ! probably Mackenzie's most heartfelt and vocally powerful statement ! His version of The Rhythm Divine makes Shirley Bassey's version seem weak. Because You Love and You'd Be The One should've been singles at the time. Recorded 1988-89 but never released til 2002, TGC is worth every penny.
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