I remember having this album on tape when I was at secondary school. Back then (circa 1986/7), this album was called 'Love In Motion' here in the UK, and not 'Primitive Man'. Like the re released/remastered debut album, the track running order is different from the original UK release, and the absence of the song 'Love In Motion' is notable.
What hasn't changed is the quality of the songs on offer. I speak with the bias of someone who rolls back the years while listening to this music, but I challenge anyone not to fall in love with the songs on this record.
'Uniform', 'Trojan Blue','Goodnight Mr. Matthews' and the quite brilliant 'Great Southern Land' are big, more involving showstoppers (by 80s pop/rock standards), while 'Street Cafe', 'Mysterious Thing' and hit single 'Hey Little Girl', are more radio friendly efforts. There's even an instrumental track, 'Glam'.
Musically, by 1982/3, Icehouse were moving away from the clear influence of The Cars, and were instead cutting their own groove. Having said that, Iva Davies still sounds more like David Bowie, than David Bowie, and out Bryan Ferrys Bryan Ferry at times.
It's a mixed bag of top, top, tracks and I'm thrilled that the passage of time hasn't affected my love of these songs, or this band while I've been revisiting their records.
Absolutely essential stuff.