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Soho Dreams


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  • Audio CD (10 Sep 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: I-Spy Records
  • ASIN: B008RJAY4I
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 48,006 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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ITALIAN IMPORT ON THE AREA PIRATA.... SECRET AFFAIR PLAYED A LEADING ROLE IN THE MOD REVIVAL SCENE OF 1979 AND WENT ON TO RELEASE THREE SUCCESSFUL ALBUMS ON THEIR OWN LABEL I-SPY RECORDS, MARKETED AND DISTRIBUTED BY ARISTA RECORDS. THEY ARE MOST REMEMBERED FOR THEIR HIT SINGLE TIME FOR ACTION WHICH SOLD OVER 250,000 COPIES IN THE UK ALONE, FOLLOWED BY HIT SINGLES LET YOUR HEART DANCE, MY WORLD AND SOUND OF CONFUSION (WITH 9 APPEARANCES ON TOP OF THE POPS AND PRESTIGIOUS TV SHOWS SUCH AS THE OLD GREY WHISTLE TEST AMONGST OTHERS). SECRET AFFAIR CONTINUES TO TOUR ACROSS UK, EUROPE AND ASIA WITH A NEW 8 PIECE LINE UP FEATURING THE FOUNDER MEMBERS AND SONGWRITERS IAN PAGE & DAVE CAIRNS. FIRST STUDIO ALBUM BY SECRET AFFAIR IN OVER 30 YEARS. RELEASED ON THEIR ORIGINAL ICONIC LABEL, I-SPY RECORDS. TRACK LISTING ...1. SOHO DREAMS 2. TURN ME ON 3. WALK AWAY 4. SOUL OF THE CITY 5. I DON'T NEED NO DOCTOR 6. LAND OF HOPE 7. LOVE'S UNKIND 8. LOTUS DREAM 9. ALL THE RAGE 10. IN OUR TIME 11. RIDE

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Clampit on 10 Sep 2012
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Long been a fan of Secret Affair of old, having been the first proper band I saw live at the Odeon in Canterbury 1979/80. Still listen to my vinyl from that period, which stills sound good to this day. So I was very interested in a this new release. Only had the one listen so far, and I can thoroughly recommend it. There seems to be more power to the music this time round, especially in my favourite track, 'In our time'. The distinctive drumbeat is still here, with the choppy guitars ever present throughout the album. Mr Pages voice is recognisable and reminiscent of past glories. In my opinion this is a very good album, with great songs. Well worth a buy if you are a long time fan, or a new one.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Paul Hooper-Keeley on 9 Oct 2012
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Secret Affair were probably `The' band of the 1979 Mod renaissance and, together with The Purple Hearts and The Chords, formed the core of the best elements of this subcultural renewal. With more to offer than many of their rivals (more soulful rather than post-punk) they released 3 great albums and 6 blistering singles before calling it a day.

30 years later, Secret Affair are back with a new studio album, `Soho Dreams', comprising 10 new originals and 1 cover version. But it's not quite as black and white as that - the band's first comeback show was in 2002, and recording sessions for the new album go back as far as 2006 (see Ian Page's interview on the official Secret Affair website for the full story). But what really matters is that they are back recording original material in a way that only this band could.

As always with Ian Page, the production values are high (remember the Mod Aid 20 single and the first Grasp single that he produced for Biff Bang Pow Records, as well as working on the first Fay Hallam Trinity album, `Realm'), and this album is no exception. The quality of recordings, arrangements, musical accompaniments are all top drawer. The gatefold sleeve comes with a 12-page booklet, and the release is out on their iconic I-Spy label.

From the opening (and title) track, ` Soho Dreams', we get Dave Cairns distinctive guitar sound, Ian Page's unique voice (that still has all the character and tone that made the first 3 albums so special) and a blast of Dave Winthrop's sax reminding us of past glories. The next song, `Walk Away', is big and demonstrates the incredible range of Ian's voice along with a determined guitar riff.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John A on 20 Sep 2012
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I already like Secret Affair. A lot. That said, this may well be their best album. Coming after a 30 year gap I'd never expected there to be a 4th LP so it was received with a fair amount of anticipation and it is no disappointment. The opening few seconds have a 'What is this' effect but then everything comes together and the music takes off. The punch and tightness is still there and although instantly recognisable as Secret Affair the style has evolved with several songs displaying very Who-esque power and melody line - notably the album opener and on track-of-the-album In Our Time. The cover of the R&B standard I Don't Need No Doctor is pure exhilaration and must be Pretty Damn Good live, whilst Soul Of The City is classic Secret Affair managing to be slick and dirty at the same time. I don't know another band that can pull that style. The whole album is Pure Quality.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T5Howard on 14 Dec 2012
Format: Audio CD
If you were a fan of Secret Affair back in the day then this album won't disappoint. It's a more grown up sound as it should be 30 odd years later, an album that grows the more you hear it. Can't wait to see them live again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JasonMorrisMod on 3 Oct 2012
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I wasn't sure what to expect when purchasing Soho Dreams, the band haven't released an album for many years, many other groups who have attempted this fail because simply the magic is no longer there.
That is not the case with Soho Dreams, it blends the sound of a classic yet updated Secret Affair style with a great blend of soul and Jazz. The album is intense, at times reflective at others and a 100 miles per hour of pure energy as well. There is no doubt that a 100% has been given by the band, and it's an effort to be proud of. There are a few songs on the album which I would consider to be classics.
As another reviewer stated the album deserves to be a smash, it won't be... but for music lovers it's like finding buried treasure.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By P Kenny on 12 Sep 2012
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Always been a fan of Secret Affair since they first started some 30 years ago, Soho Dreams still captures all the same passion the band had back then, in maybe a slightly more mature way (In Our Time)being an example, for some reason reminds me of something from the Quadrophenia album, could have been a Daltrey/Townshend composition. This is a must for all Secret Affair fans, most of who will have seen the band live over the past 6 or so years and will have been well primed for what was to come, you won't be let down. The fast the slow, thumping beats, swirling Hammond organ, soulful brass section, Dave Cairn's distinctive driving guitar and Page's ability to put life's observations in to words, it's all there... go get!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Vickerstaff on 15 Sep 2012
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Its been a long time coming, but the fourth studio album from Secret Affair seems to have majestically combined elements from all the previous 3 as well as some more modern interpretations. Its all there, the trademark Secret Affair percussion, the Hammond organs, the sax, the driving Cairns guitar and the trademark Page vocal. (If a little deeper!)
Each track has something a little different, although Land Of Hope, I Dont Need No Doctor, and In our Time stand out. It wont be, but it deserves to be an absolute smash. Go buy!
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