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Return Of The Roughnecks: The Best Of The Chameleons

Chameleons Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (18 Oct 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Dead Dead Good
  • ASIN: B000006ZGQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 119,201 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Silence, Sea And Sky
2. Swamp Thing
3. In Shreds
4. Home Is Where the Heart Is
5. A Person Isn't Safe Anywhere These Days
6. Mad Jack
7. Don't Fall
8. Caution
9. Second Skin
10. Perfume Garden
See all 14 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Is It Any Wonder
2. Free for All
3. The Healer
4. Denims And Curls

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
if youve heard of the chameleons but never listened to them, then buy this cd and your in for a real treat. this cd is a best of compilation,containing songs from there first three and best studio albums.it starts off with moody instrumental silence,sea & sky,then we have the classic swamp thing,with its superb guitar intro this is a stonker of a tune,then onto the first single in shreds a sort of post punk classic ,burgess sings about whores in his bed and noise in his head . the rest of the album is made up of all the crowd pleasers,inc. dontfall,person (a song about getting youre head kicked in),perfumed garden, about friends at school and ladies singing,caution is a mellower sound but ends up being a real powerfull tune with a classic ending. the original version of tears is included ,but this cd would be better with the new version,right in the middle of the track listing is by far (in many chameleons fans opinion)the best song the band have ever recorded the fabulous second skin.buy this cd !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth it for the bonus E.P alone 10 April 2007
Format:Audio CD
If this is the same version I have, it contains four extra tracks at the end, the "Tony Fletcher Walked on Water" E.P., recorded a matter of weeks before the band broke up and a suggestion that they had finally found some momentum after years of label disputes. Though more or less a demo recording, it brims with magic and the tension of their best work. Ironically, there's also a sense of optimism in places that gives new colour to the songs--the exhortation in the chorus of "Denims and Curls" the most obvious example: "Where in the world is your inspiration / To say the things you're aching to say / Wherever that turns out to be / Go there this day".

The main part of the album is a band-selected best of, and is perhaps not the most balanced choice of their songs. The oddest inclusions are "In Shreds" and "Nostalgia", recorded with Steve Lillywhite during their ill-starred sojourn with CBS and--so I'd thought--far from being band favourites considering how uncharacteristic they are of the later songs. However, it's a good place to get started and the only way to pick up "Tony Fletcher"; if you like it, move on and buy the three studio albums.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an absolute must own cd 16 Jan 2009
Format:Audio CD
The chameleons are a Manchester band that unfortunately don't exist anymore, but what a legacy they leave, this is a best of album, it's awesome
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chameleons For Beginners 19 Mar 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
If you've never heard the beauty that was The Chameleons, this CD is a perfect sampling. This CD contains the definitive versions of Chams songs which are all overflowing with pain, beauty, strength, depth, intensity and energy. The music = one ghostly swirling guitar drowning the other staccato guitar, driving bass and drums and sensitive, genuine, angst filled existential lyrics along with excellent production. What more could you ask for? It's just so unfortunate that this CD is so prohibitively priced (but *very* worth it!). This is thee best band in the world. Try them.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars UNMATCHED BRILLIANCE 29 July 2002
By Christian Bonner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
As a voracious music consumer, I own close to 2000 cd's and have countless favorite bands. Of all these the Chameleons are at the top of the heap. I don't think it's possible for music to get any better than that of the Chameleons. There's nothing more I can say - and this collection is worth the price just for the "Tony Fletcher" e.p. alone. Pure manna from heaven.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars chameleons best + one of the best Ep`s ever 16 Nov 2004
By shockwave rider - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
It`s so hard to find the Tony Fletcher walked on water E.P that if you don`t do it ,this is the best choice.An expensive choice indeed but you get a chameleons compilation plus 3 of their best songs in their career that maybe you had`nt heard of.My advice...if you got the money spend it here,this cd will top your collection.The healer is the best 7 minute pop rock song i ever heard to date,worth the entire disc,a rarity almost impossible to find anywhere in the internet.Proof of chameleons music to be created for a reduced selected,fortunate and loyal army of fans.

When you get addicted to this band it doesn`t matter how expensive their releases are.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars New listener 24 Oct 2005
By Common Sense - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
As a fresh ear on this band my review might be a little more objective than people who were there at the time. To me this band sounds like a mix of Echo and the Bunnymen, The Cure, and Psychadelic Furs. I'm not saying they are derivitive (every band is influenced by something though) but they sound like a product of their time. I would say that the Chameleons never hit the peak of the "hits" of the previously mentioned bands, which probably explains why they are not as well known. However, they do have very solid and good songs throughout. I would say that their "best of" is a more solid offering than that of Psychadelic Furs, the Chameleons just don't have the really high points. If you like similar music, this band is deffinitely worth checking out and why not start with this compilation?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Otherworldly beauty 16 Jun 2008
By Lev Lafayette - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Most of the time when I review popular culture products, whether books, games or music, I do my utmost to lean towards a middle rating. I am very sensitive to the momentary passions that can affect a person for a short period upon which the cold glare of a dawn many years later leads to "What was I thinking? They're not that good at all!"

The Chameleons do not fall in that category. Once a fan, one tends to remain a fan forever. They really are that good.

The real challenge for any Chameleon's LP is trying to pick up a weak spot. They are talented musicians and lyricists, with great guitar harmonics and haunting lyrics of exceptional quality attacking the mundane and the inhumane at every opportunity.

This LP is an excellent selection from their first three LPs and a great way to introduce newcomers to their distinctive sound which, as correctly noted by others, does have familiarity to those who've experienced The Fall, the Psychedelic Furs and The Church.

One does struggle to pick favourites from this LP, even given the the relative diversity of style available. There's the soft and semi-acoustic "Tears", the terrors of "A Person Isn't Safe Anywhere These Days" and "Second Skin", the anomie in "Monkeyland", and the passionate "Nostalgia" and "In Shreds".

Yes, there's all this and more. Buy this and you will not be disappointed.
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