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Pleased To Meet You [Extra tracks]

James Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (2 July 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks
  • Label: Virgin EMI
  • ASIN: B00005M6OB
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,143 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Space
2. Falling down
3. English beefcake
4. Junkie
5. Pleased to meet you
6. The shining
7. Senorita
8. Gaudi
9. What is it good for
10. Give it away
11. Fine
12. Getting away with it (all messed up)
13. Alaskan pipeline

Product Description

After nearly 20 years together, James at last seem to have created their definitive album in Pleased to Meet You. Linked by themes of addiction, unrequited love, growing-up and parenthood, the album is crammed full of new material that follows the style and formula of some of their greatest work from the last three decades. The songs on Pleased to Meet You were all played out for live audiences before the band entered the studio, making this a tried and tested album but without usual loss of creative autonomy. Booth's trademark lyrics are just as surreal and contemporary as ever--"Junkie" is a weird but sincere attack on capitalism's intensified grip on everyday life, ("chocolate, kisses, Pokémon, hit em' while they're young"). The influence of album producer and long-term collaborator Brian Eno can also be heard from the album starter "Space" to the eerie but ambient overture. The 80s-synth style "Gaudi" is a direct throwback to 1982, the year the band formed. This is a cumulative collection of all that's great about James. --John Galilee

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply great! 18 Aug 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I tried not to get too expectant with this, the last James album I bought was 'Seven' which was great, but since then, though the singles have remained strong, the albums have been slightly weak.
But when I listened to this it all came back to me. James are such a great band and Tim Booth has things to say, unlike most so-called songwriters!
The hooks are there, melodic choruses, everything! Tim Booth's lyrics are as descriptive and as wonderful as ever! I think it's a brilliant album.
though it's not perfect. I don't rate 'The Shining', 'Senorita' or 'What is it good for' as very much, but 10 out of 13 is not bad, today that is a superb ratio.
The highlights are of course 'Getting away with it', 'Falling down', the superb intro on 'English beefcake' makes it a good listen and 'Alaskan pipeline' is a beautiful track. There always seems to be one real gorgeous track on a James album. On 'Seven' it was 'Don't wait that long' on this album it's 'Alaskan pipeline'.
A must listen for any fans of creative and imaginative rock.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleased to Meet You 31 Jan 2003
Format:Audio CD
I am not joking when I say this is James' best album. This is no to say the others are bad (except Stutter, which I hate with a vengeance) but this is truly great. There are only two brilliant songs in there- the haunting 'Pleased to meet you' and the irresistible 'Getting Away with It' but it is the album construction that really hit me.
I have always been rather sceptical of the way james put together their albums- i feel that Walking the Ghost is misplaced in Gold Mother and Laid should begin with a punchier track than Out to Get You, but Pleased to Meet You is a testament to what can be achieved. If you just whack the cd straight in and listen to it, you could probably get to about track 7 (when the style begins to change) before you realise the track has changed. The songs maintain their individual identity but the album hangs together unbelievably well. Definitely worth buying, especially since its Tim Booth's last album with the band (except the live one- Getting Away with, which is also excellent). His vocals aren't as pronounced as on, say, Seven, but its still a great finale to a great 20 years. Worth whatever they'll sell it to you for.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 15 Feb 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is one of the best albums so far this century! The songs are wonderful and I cannot think of one that I would not rate five stars. I have listened to this music more than any other CD since I bought it a year ago.
The music is really soul-inspiring. Tim Booth's lyrics are interesting and thought-provoking, as much as any song lyrics can be. English Beefcake, for its rhythm and violin features, The Shining, Gaudi and Getting Away With It are my favourites. I played this to an American friend who loved 'Laid' and she was very disappointed to find that this was not then released in the US.
Excellent music.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Triumph! 17 July 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Don't let the disappointing chart position that Pleased to Meet You achieved put you off the latest excellent album from James. The first single, Getting Away With It (All Messed Up) received virtually no national airplay, and neither did any of the other tracks from the album, so it was no wonder that Pleased to Meet You performed poorly.
Teaming up once again with producer and long-time collaborator Brian Eno, the magnificent seven have created an album with a number of standout tracks, with a range of idea and sounds used throughout. Best on Pleased to Meet You are Senorita, Falling Down, Gaudi and the excellent Fine, which is more dance-orientated than anything that Booth and Co. have done before.
If you are a fan of the band, get this album in as it was the last record on James' current record deal with Mercury, and who knows how long it will be until the next one?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I didn't listen to 'Pleased to Meet You' in its entirety until nearly a year after purchasing it. I tended to skip straight to 'Getting Away With It' and was less than impressed with most of the other tracks after a brief listen to the odd one every now and then.
Then I listened to the album in its entirety for the first time the other day and something amazing happened. I discovered a wealth of moving ballads, haunting melodies, and stunning vocals that I had never taken the time to listen to before.
This album rates higher in my estimation than Millionaires and is easily comparible, in terms of quality, to much of James earlier (mid-nineties) material. I expect that I will come to appreciate this album more and more every time I listen to it, but for the time being I feel that it is a return to form for a band that perhaps lost their way a little with Millionaires, but regained it with this.
Funnily enough I used this album as the example of them losing their way when I rated their greatest hits album. But now having listened to it fully I can appreciate its unique style and it really does show that a band can exist for 20 years and never find huge fame, but can continue to pump out high quality original material album after album.
My favourite tracks on this album in no particular order are as follows:
'Getting Away With It (All Messed Up)' (Classic single track)
'Space' (Interesting intro and great chorus vocals)
'English Beefcake' (Haunting vocals at the end)
'Alaskan Pipeline' (Unique and beautiful melody)
So here's to many great albums in the future, albeit without the unique vocal talents of Tim Booth, and cheers guys for keeping up the hard work - us loyal fans really appreciate it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 15 days ago by Terry Lavender
5.0 out of 5 stars pleasantly surprised
I bought this album to have the song 'getting away with it' which was one of my favorites songs ever. Read more
Published on 27 July 2010 by marie
3.0 out of 5 stars Least Favourite James Album
Not sure why I am against the popular vote but this is my least favourite James ablum. Hardly a memorable track on the album. Read more
Published on 11 Jan 2009 by Rolfieh
5.0 out of 5 stars Theire best
As other reviewers say, this is quite simply the best album made by James. From the trippy opening track 'Space' through to an eclectic set of songs that ranges from disco 'Gaudi',... Read more
Published on 6 Aug 2007 by John Murray
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable!
Ive got all the previous James albums but had not heard of this one, until I went on Amazon to re-purchase Millionaires. Read more
Published on 30 Mar 2007 by henry cakes
3.0 out of 5 stars Farewell James
I was one of those people who delayed buying this album due to the critical panning this got in Q magazine. Read more
Published on 26 Oct 2006 by Mr. Jonathan Robin Oxley
5.0 out of 5 stars Saving the Best till Last
When this album first came out I read a terrible review of it in one of the glossy music rags. Thankfully I paid no attention and decided to make up my own mind. Read more
Published on 2 May 2004 by Mr. Hugh Harkin
5.0 out of 5 stars The Final Frontier
After a period spent wandering the wildernesss, James (be guarded against those who would have you believe that 'James' is just the name of the band) has finally found his... Read more
Published on 9 Feb 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars one mighty great album
Falling Down, English Beefcake, The Shining, Senorita, Gaudi, getting away with it - the standout tracks of this album. Read more
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