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Real Life/Secondhand Daylight

Magazine Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (17 Mar 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00008LE27
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 384,663 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME
Format:Audio CD
Howard Devoto was the ultimate punk, behind the classic e.p. Spiral Scratch (1977) he left Buzzcocks just as they were becoming a big deal. Perhaps he saw that UK punk was on a trad course in the music sense- Sex Pistols and The Clash not far from Chuck Berry or Eddie Cochran, and dire bands like Eater and Sham 69. Magazine were Devoto's return from brief retirement, with John McGeoch (guitar, later a Banshee then in PIL), Barry Adamson (bass- also was a Bad Seed, played with The Birthday Party & Visage and now a solo artist), Dave Formula (who replaced Bob Dickinson on keyboards), & Martin Jackson (who replaced John Doyle on drums). Devoto, McGeoch, Adamson & Formula were the centre and had a great chemistry.
Real Life (1978) came after early singles like classic Shot By Both Sides (whose riff would recur in Buzzcocks' Lipstick) and Give Me Everything. McGeoch's guitar riffs were as individually wonderful as Keith Levene's on PIL's First Issue- evident on tracks like Burst and Recoil. Magazine were ahead of a band like Joy Division- who wouldn't release their debut till the following year. Magazine had a sound which fused Adamson's original bass sound (alongside people like Derek Forbes & Mick Karn)with keyboards and guitar, putting Devoto's brilliant lyrics and great voice (ripped off by Brett Anderson & Peter Murphy) into a different context to his work with Buzzcocks. The opening tracks Definitive Gaze ("so this is real life") and My Tupla are dominated by keyboards, Magazine were the sound of the future and post-punk pioneers. Motorcade builds up to a cryptic thrash, its lyrics recalling the imagery of JG Ballard's The Atrocity Exhibition; the wonderful concluding lines having a hypnotic quality, "In the boulevard- the motorcade holds sway.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Copy control 2 April 2005
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If anyone is wavering between buying this and buying the individual CDs, don't. I just received this and thought I'd try playing it on the PC - worked fine. Then I went to rip the CD and it did it without any problems whatsoever. And this was using MS Media Player!
PS - the music is fantastic!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "Copy-Controlled", not an Audio CD 12 Mar 2004
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I won't say anything about the music on these discs, which other reviewers cover admirably, but this is a word of warning.
These are not standard Audio CDs. They are Copy-Controlled, which means that they will not even *play* on (most?) computers without installing their own dire player, and you won't be able to listen to them on an MP3 player.
If you only ever plan to listen to these CDs on an ordinary hi-fi, you can safely ignore this. Otherwise, I'm afraid you'll have to buy the individual albums, which have not (yet?) suffered from this outburst of idiocy.
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