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  • Audio CD (18 May 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Alphabet
  • ASIN: B000007UVR
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 314,159 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Product Description

Catalogue number ALPH CD019 on the Alphabet label with the following tracks: 1> Is This The Life [5:36], 2> Angleworm The Angel [2:24], 3> Burn Your House Brown [2:37], 4> Goodbye Grace [3:56], 5> Piffol Four Times [2:34], 6> Two Bites Of Cherry (Live) [3:40], 7> Tarred And Feathered (Live) [2:57], 8> Blind In Safety And Leafy In Love [2:43], 9> Big Ship (Live) [5:53], 10> Veronica In Ecstacy [4:21], 11> Christ Alive [3:13], 12> The Everso Closely Guarded Line [8:10], 13> To Go Off And Things [2:13].

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME on 4 Aug. 2007
Format: Audio CD
This sampler appeared in the mid 1990s when the Alphabet Business Concern reissued all the Cardiacs albums, as well as the wonderful Sea Nymphs side-project. The 13 tracks here come from each of those reissues, so pretty much represent a track a-piece from each album (Sea Nymphs included) - there are loads of great songs that aren't here and might make a best of. However, 'Sampler' does work as a kind of best of, since all 13 tracks are fantastic - this works as an excellent primer of The Cardiacs (if you can find a copy - Cardiacs albums are deleted again and hard to find...perhaps that will change since The Cardiacs have recently returned for a Radio 2 session with Maconie & Radcliffe and have a tour later this year?).

The Cardiacs have been around in several versions since 1977, the thirteen tracks here stem from the following albums: A Little Man and a House and the Whole World Window, the mid 1990s Cardiacs LP then known as The Forthcoming Cardiacs Album Which Isn't Finished Yet & Hasn't Got a Title Either, Songs for Ships and Irons, Heaven Born and Ever Bright, Archive Cardiacs, All That Glitters in a Mare's Nest, Rude Bootleg, Songs for Ships and Irons (again), Cardiacs Live, Tim Smith's Extra Special Ocealand World, The Sea Nymphs, On Land and In the Sea & The Seaside.

Sampler opens, appropriately, with the most well known Cardiacs song, the near hit 'Is This The Life', which I first heard on a lovely Beechwood Indie compilation. This even sounds like a hit with its relentless riff - though the conclusion veers off into twiddly prog territory, which today I think is a good thing. From the off you can hear their influence on some bands that followed, notably early Blur/Seymour, Levitation and World of Twist.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By O. Billinghurst on 24 Feb. 2002
Format: Audio CD
Basically I'd heard about the Cardiacs but I didn't know which album to buy. So this Sampler was ideal for me. And its amazing! 3 top live tracks (including my favourite Cardiacs song - "the big ship") the magnificent "is this the life" and "piffol 4 times" and a track from the then unavailable "sing to god" lp. plus a track from spin-off band the sea nymphs. i'm off to buy some more cardiacs stuff now thanks to this!
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Looking for something COMPLETELY different? 31 Oct. 1999
By Brian St. John - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Imagine this: A spectacular carwreck involving Frank Zappa, Michael Patton, Captain Beefheart, Bob Marley and Andrew Lloyd Webber as William Burroughs looks on and smiles knowingly to himself. Unfortunately, this just scratches the surface of this group's insane genius. Tim Smith, the Cardiac's main songwriter, has during this group's nearly twenty-year career single-handedly deconstructed the pop song several times over. This sampler is the perfect introduction. You might as well order their brilliant "Sing to God" while you're at it.
A very good overview of Cardiacs' music 3 Jun. 2000
By tryptikon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
While nowhere near a "Best of" CD, this album gives the Cardiacs neophyte a very good overview of their output through the years. The sound of Cardiacs *has* to be heard rather than described. They reference a myriad of bands from The Beatles to Devo to Genesis, but in the end, perform a music uniquely their own. All of their albums except for their latest, _Guns_ , are represented here. Unfortunately, there is no new or unreleased material here, but it also proves that Cardiacs are not out to make a buck on the completists out there, either. Kudos to them for that. This is a very good compilation, "worthy of ovation", as the band themselves would put it.
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