I listened intently and enjoyed what I heard. The album opens with 'Uniform' a kind of attack on the regimentation of certain styles of life or careers. Then comes the beautiful 'Street Cafe' (a slightly crisper version on this CD with stronger piano) which is meloncholy and calming. (A personal favourite).
'Hey Little Girl' is the track that non fans will know and needs no review.
The rest of the tracks are great. Amazingly, virtually unknown in the UK, 'Great Southern Land' is an absolute classic being a theme song for Oz with a kind of history lesson running through it.
'Trojan Blue' starts beautifully and winds up to a smooth love song.
Iva Davies has said that he was going through relationship sadness during the writing of this album and it is seen all the way from start to finish. He is an accomplished singer / songwriter and musician and was credited for a large percentage of the music on 'Primitive Man'.
I think to enjoy this album you need to have experienced a certain kind of sadness but you must also have a outlook of hope.
During the early eighties when the 'story video' was in vogue (sadly not any longer just synchronised dancing...yawn) one guy seemed to be behind so many classics. Russell Mulcahy directed the videos for Hey Little Girl and Street Cafe and they must rank as two of the best. You should still be able to get the 'Great Southern Land' video on Oz import (PAL works on PAL UK - NOT NTSC!)
I could not possibly say how many times I have listened to this album. It would be in my top ten without question.
If you like it get 'Man Of Colours'...
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