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Refugees: A Charisma Records Anthology 1969-1978

5 Oct 2009 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 2 Oct 2009
  • Release Date: 2 Oct 2009
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Label: Virgin Catalogue
  • Copyright: (C) 2009 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 2009 Virgin Records Ltd
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  • Total Length: 3:52:37
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  • ASIN: B002P8RYI6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,640 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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63 of 63 people found the following review helpful By James B. Spink HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 Oct 2009
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The forty four tracks on Refugees provide a fascinating glimpse of the first ten years of one of the UK's most quirky independent record labels - the late Tony Stratton-Smith's Famous Charisma label. Now only a shadow in the Virgin/EMI stable, in its seventies heyday the label had some top acts and was very successful.

Refugees? Well there is the single version of Van Der Graaf Generator's 1970 song of the same name included here, and also a track from the band Refugee - formed from the remains of the Nice with Swiss keyboard player Patrick Moraz. But I suppose the real refugees are the artists who couldn't find a home elsewhere and were made welcome by "Strat" on his label.

Some of the material included will be very familiar to a fair few of us, Clifford T Ward, The Nice and Rare Bird, for example, other stuff less so. The Genesis tracks featured are the B-side of a single and an EP track, rather than just adding a well known album track you probably have anyway. Most of the material has been remastered especially for this compilation with help from Abbey Road's Peter Mew.

The packaging is yet another creation of the ever talented Phil Smee, and the accompanying booklet has artist's biographies, discographies and full track details. The set is presented in a double jewel case with disc one and the booklet in the first half and discs two and three in the second half. Refugees is nicely produced and competitively priced and deserves to sell well. Although there is a good selection of 70's rock, erring towards prog, there is also some comedy from the Pythons and a hint of folk.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By The Wolf TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 Oct 2009
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Founded by the redoubtable Tony Stratton-Smith in 1969, Charisma Records
played a hugely important role in the musical education of a wild and
somewhat wayward young Wolf.
The label was a hallmark for quality, single-mindedness and innovation.

This wonderful 3-disc compilation is an unmissable labour of love.
There are so many treasures here from the period spanning 1969-1978
that it would take a month of Sundays to give full credit to the amazing
range of artists and music contained within its covers.

Van Der Graaf Generator; Audience; The Nice; Rare Bird; Genesis; Brand X.
All of them part of the richly rewarding soundtrack to my adolescent wanderings.
It is very moving to be reminded of the times, the sounds and the people.

Peter Hammill, singing his heart out with VDGG on the anthem-like 'Refugees'.
(Surely one of the finest and largely unnoticed voices of our time ?!)

Two incredible vocal performances too from Audience's Howard Werth on
'House On The Hill' (from the 1971 album of the same title) and 'Jackdaw'.
One of the most musically intelligent and erudite bands of the period.

There's a magical treat from Clifford T Ward with the beautiful
'Gaye' - a song I had long forgotten which, upon hearing again,
brought an honest tear to my eye.
(Hmm...A really soppy tale could be told here
but it is probably best left to memory!)

Scottish band String Driven Thing's 'Heartfeeder' is another
powerfully nostalgic highlight.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By S. C. Trump on 24 Oct 2009
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As a collector of Charisma records since I bought my very first record; '...and then there were three...' by Genesis in 1978, I feel quite well placed to comment on this package.

Following the 'Charisma Box' released some years ago now (where have those years gone?) comes this new three disc set capturing the cream of the label in the years 1969 to 1978; some would say the heyday for the label. It's a very mixed bunch with prog, folk, AOR and even comedy from the Pythons. Something for everyone, and a tribute to the talent spotting of label founder, the late Tony Stratton-Smith. But despite the diversity, it's all good!

The set itself has been lovingly produced with a thick booklet packed with facts about the artists featured and many photos. The design and effort that has gone into this is superb; even down to the 'pink scroll' designs on the three discs. Each track has info about its original release and the track included by Bell+Arc makes its first appearance on CD.

Individual tracks that for me stand out are 'Refugees' by VDGG, 'Twilight Alehouse' the rare Genesis B-side from the 'I know what I like' single, 'City Song' by Lindisfarne from the 'Fog on the Tyne' album (containing some wonderful production by Bob Johnston, especially on the echoing harmonies), Clifford T Ward's timeless 'Gaye' and Peter Gabriel's finest solo hour in 'Solsbury Hill'. There's hardly a duff track on here really.

A few minor quibbles I do have which would have resulted in 4.5 stars if that had been possible (I rounded up to 5). There is duplication of artists and an exclusion of other contenders from the Charisma stable in this period. Gary Shearston's 'I get a kick out of you' is a major omission.
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