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Real Life [Extra tracks, Original recording remastered]

Magazine Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (19 Mar 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000LZ6DOQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,958 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent debut 3 Sep 2003
Format:Audio CD
It came as some surprise to see Magazine performing "Shot By Both Sides" on "Top Of The Pops". First, because the record wasn't in the top forty; secondly, because it didn't fit in with the "Pops" uniform output of bland soul; thirdly, because I'd never heard either of the band or of the supposedly legendary Howard Devoto; fourthly, because it was utterly brilliant.
It came as a greater surprise to hear "Real Life" when my best friend invited me to his house to listen to it. I wasn't expecting a new version of "Shot By Both Sides" (and, to be honest, I still prefer the single version); neither was I expecting the synthesizer or the subtlety.
"Definitive Gaze" remains one of the great album-openers of rock history and served at the time as a strong warning that this band was not just a more intellectual version of the Buzzcocks. Barry Adamson's funky opening bars lead into a tutti crescendo that quickly makes way for Dave Formula's simple but brilliantly effective synth melody, which reappears at regular intervals throughout the song. Devoto enters - "Got this bird's-eye view and it's in my brain//Clarity has reared its ugly head again//So this is real life: you're telling me//And everything is where it ought to be" - and Magazine's memorable debut album is under way.
As "Definitive Gaze"'s closing echo fades, the superb "My Tulpa" confirms that this isn't a one-hit album. Adamson and Martin Jackson keep up the funk while John McGeoch's guitar makes its first major contribution, giving an taste of the great things he would achieve with Siouxsie & The Banshees.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bold and bright 8 Mar 2007
By franck
Format:Audio CD
This record broke conventions when it came out. It was about not being restricted by usual boundaries of punk, post punk or new wave. Devoto (singer & ex-member of the buzzcocks) and John Mc Geoch (brilliant guitarist who later worked with Siouxsie & the banshees ) both created an original music sound. And still today, the cocktail works very well : shimmering guitars, inventive basses lines, strong drumbeats, all this linked with atmospheric keyboards.

From "Definitive Gaze", the tone is given. The basses offer a heavenly introduction and then the groove really begins and one is under the spell. All the other songs are strong and I guess it's difficult to not succumb to the luminous "the light pours out of me".

On this record, I particularly love the groovy riffs of the guitarist John Mc Geoch which shows here for the first time a part of all the good things he's gonna create after with Siouxsie & the Banshees (on the albums "Kaleidoscope", "Juju", and "A kiss in the dreamhouse").

Howard Devoto showed with the buzzcocks that he was able to compose catchy short pop songs. With Magazine, he succeeded to become a remarkable arranger, able to create unique sounds.

This album is really a must.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic debut album from post punk gods... 28 April 2007
By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME
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Following the key 'Spiral Scratch' e.p. and the material subsequently released as 'Time's Up', Howard Devoto decided to jump ship and left Buzzcocks just at the point when they might have made it a la the Sex Pistols. The retirement didn't last long, Devoto returning with a new outfit called Magazine, whose initial line-up included Devoto (vocals), Barry Adamson (bass), the late/great John McGeoch (guitar), Bob Dickinson (piano/keyboards) and Martin Jackson (drums). Jackson would later be replaced by John Doyle, while Dave Formula would replace Dickinson and give Magazine another key factor alongside Adamson's bassplaying, McGeoch's guitars, and Devoto's Devotoness.

'Real Life' was released in 1978, like the first PIL album and 'The Scream' by Siouxsie & the Banshees, it was an early "post-punk" release - coming out before anything by The Cure, Echo & the Bunnymen or Joy Division. Magazine weren't exactly punk, though the bonus tracks include the single 'Touch and Go' and b-side 'My Mind Ain't So Open', which are closer to (The) Buzzcocks. Magazine's cover of Beefheart's 'I Love You Big Dummy' is pure punk rock too, a song they performed in the Buzzcocks and became the flipside to 'Give Me Everything.' A word on the bonus tracks, er...huh? What was the thinking behind them, since they don't match the era completely and appear to have been spread out more - whilst their inclusion advances on the previous CD versions, their presence on the 'Scree'-compilation and the 'Maybe It's Right to Be Nervous Now' box-set may well elicit the response, "...but I've already got these...twice!!" Maybe it's all in the remastering then...
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Errr, did you listen to the right album? 7 Nov 2011
Format:Audio CD
The official review from Amazon reads: "Real Life--Magazine's debut album--has not weathered the passing of the years all that well. By far the best thing on it is the anthemic single "Shot By Both Sides", and it is of somewhat dubious parentage, credited to Devoto/Shelley. The rest of the album--with the arguable exception of "The Light Pours Out Of Me"--bears the unmistakable awkwardness that comes of being created by people whose ambitions, at this early stage, are beyond the grasp of their abilities"

You know those moments when someone says something that is so far removed from your perception of realtity that you are completely bemused? Just experiencing one now. This album sounds as brilliant to me now as it ever did.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very Happy, Thank you
Published 2 months ago by Martin Brennan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
VERY HAPPY, Top class service.
Published 3 months ago by MARTIN R BURROWS
5.0 out of 5 stars Shoot,it's great
Having helped make Buzzcocks great,he then (Howard Devoto),formed another great band.This is imptressive stuff.Buy.This is as good as it gets
Published 4 months ago by steven power
5.0 out of 5 stars Super
Proper good sound,each track is well worth a fill in tracks....enjoyfirst album of theirs I have bought but will be buying more
Published 19 months ago by timmya
5.0 out of 5 stars classic
every song great, a late 70's classic no doubt not sure about the remastering , doesnt sound much better than original I have replaced all my originals but in retrospect Im not... Read more
Published on 18 Jan 2012 by P. Storey
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Bleached in Bliss
Howard left the Buzzcocks due to artistic stiflement but later rejoined them to sneer about his Times Up. Read more
Published on 4 Jun 2010 by Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles
5.0 out of 5 stars New Wave's intellectuals
Prior to the release of this debut album, I bought Magazine's sublime 'Shot By Both Sides' single, still their best known song. Read more
Published on 20 May 2010 by D. J. H. Thorn
5.0 out of 5 stars Days of future passed
Is this 1978 or thirty odd years on? Magazine's Real Life sounds at the same time as brilliantly dated as the East Berlin television tower and remarkably contemporary. Read more
Published on 23 Dec 2009 by Huasen
3.0 out of 5 stars Inferior remastering of a superb album
I love Magazine: have all the vinyl, saw them live, own all the previous CDs, all the compilations, all the 2007 remastered discs (Virgin EU pressings, not Caroline, which is the... Read more
Published on 10 Jun 2007 by David Haakenson
4.0 out of 5 stars Good sound, so-so presentation!
After most rock music of the early 70's became tired and burnt out, groups like Magazine injected renewed energy and enthusiasm in rocks possibilities. Read more
Published on 20 Mar 2007 by Dr. D. B. Sillars
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