This is a great collection from a most underrated band. 2 CD's which really capture the best and the vibe of the Furs at a budget price. With 'India' followed by 'Sister Europe' , quite correctly opening disc one, you're immediatelly immersed in that rich velvety Furs sound, Distinctive and unique. It ploughs on thru 'Mack the Knife' (yes, that 'Mack the Knife' but not as we know it Jim), 'President Gas', 'Heaven', 'High Wire Days' - a great collection. If you havent a clue what I'm talking about then find it in the library before you invest.
My Nephew lent me his Furs vinyl so I stuck it all on cassettes and played it in the car persistently until it blurred into a gray fog of a noise and I threw the knackered tapes away or they broke. To get it here again, pristine and remastered, is to rediscover it all in vibrant dayglow colours. 'Here Come Cowboys', 'Alice's House', 'Heartbeat', 'There's a World', 'Into you like a Train' - it just keeps you in a beautiful vibe with track after track of streetwise insight for the introspective.
For the uninitiated don't let the band's name lead you to believe this is some hippy, trippy, jangly bells, sixties music. It's solid layered sound with a persistent sax lying deep in the mix, emerging at times to compliment Richard Butler's rasping but wholly tuneful vocal. Sometimes a string quartet, sometimes a whole brass section or marimbas, sometimes I just don't know what I'm listening to. The lyrics are thoughtful and the imagery intense. There are rockers and ballads and they're all spot on the money. Check it out - I guarantee you'll be far from disappointed.