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Songs To Remember [Original recording remastered]

Scritti Politti Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (15 Oct 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00005Q62O
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,142 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Asylums In Jerusalem (2001 Digital Remaster) 3:140.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. A Slow Soul (2001 Digital Remaster) 3:160.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Jacques Derrida (2001 Digital Remaster) 4:590.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Lions After Slumber (2001 Digital Remaster) 6:100.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Faithless (2001 Digital Remaster) 4:140.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Sex (2001 Digital Remaster) 4:220.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Rock-a-boy Blue (2001 Digital Remaster) 5:500.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Gettin' Havin' And Holdin' (2001 Digital Remaster) 5:160.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. The Sweetest Girl (2001 Digital Remaster) 6:160.99  Buy MP3 

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SCRITTI POLITTI Songs To Remember (2001 UK re-issue digitally remastered CD album featuring the singles Asylums In Jerusalem Jacques Derrida Faithless and Sweetest Girl includes extended booklet with lyrics)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Long awaited Re-Release 3 Nov 2001
Format:Audio CD
Many see this as Scritti Politti's best record - and I'm one of them. Before discovering hip-hop Green was obsessed with the idea of writing Classics, and his formidable gifts allowed him to play around with different styles; what he brought was something totally new in his barrage of beat-poetry lyrics, often crammed into too small a space, but silkily and sweetly curled into place - this record takes his breathy vocal style from Cupid & Psyche and teams it with something more earthy, and to my mind more robust.
The songs are not easy to know straight away. You have to spend time with them. Often it's 5 or 6 listens and then something starts nagging at you.
"Asylums in Jerusalem" opens with a loping soul/reggae feel, hint of Stevie Wonder clavinet grooving. It sets the tone structurally, for there is no chorus, just an extended circular journey around on itself. "With his hammer and his popsicle, they put him in a hospital for good". An agile, shifting melody, but strangely hummable.
"Jacques Derrida" has a rushing, strumming Bob Dylan feel, "Faithless" goes gospel soul, and the infectious "Rock a Bye Blue" a loosely swinging, jazz ballad - no shortage of styles to try on.
For me there are two immortal moments. "Sex" is the first. Top driving funk, Green gets randy, a backing singer starts coo-ing for mercy, and a naughty bassline ranges around like wandering hands.
The second is the incredible "Gettin Havin and Holdin", just a beautiful lullaby, classic sentiments ("When a man loves a woman, he is happy"), and Green for once putting down his Penguin Nietsche to sound like he really means it.
This record has such a distinctive feel that ultimately you'll either love it or hate it. Give it ten listens minimum before you decide!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I have it again - thank you! 31 July 2006
Format:Audio CD
I first had this on vinyl in 1982, when I was 13. I absolutely loved it.

Today my CD copy arrived, and I listened to it for the first time in years. What a truly fabulous set of songs. I have been transported back to my nasty little bedroom in the early 80s, listening to John Peel on headphones so my parents did not realise I was not asleep..!! (I note that 'Sweetest Girl' was in Peel's Festive 50 in 1981, and 'Asylums' and 'Faithless' in 1982. Very deservedly too).

A wonderful album, a true highlight of the 80s - this album kept me sane through my 'O' levels and beyond!!!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heaven 11 Oct 2002
Format:Audio CD
Unavailable on shiny CD for years, decades even, I got reacquainted with this fantastic album recently having shamefully neglected my vinyl version.
I had forgotten about the soulful backing vocals, the wonderfully melodic double bass sound, the drifting sax, the sassy lyrics, the celestial vocals of Green, and the timelessness of the songs.
When I was 16 I played it to death. Now I'm 35 and doing it again. yes, A Slow Soul may have been better on the Asylums In Jerusalem 12", and yes perhaps the 12" version of Faithless should be on here, but they are minor quibbles only.
Trust me. Buy it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Re-issue of a lost classic (corrected version) 27 Jan 2005
Format:Audio CD
I first came across the name Scritti Politti a.k.a. Green Garside" when one of his tracks that makes up this classic album was included on the first tape given away free with the N.M.E. called "Rough Trade C81", (which I still have) as you can probably gather it was a showcase for the acts that were signed to the Rough Trade record label at the time, the time being 1981.

Other acts that are on the tape are the likes of The Beat, Orange Juice, Josef K, and Subway Sect to name a few of the artists that appeared.

Side 1 of the tape started with what would turn out to be the last track on the album, yes the first track I heard was the "Dub" influenced song the "Sweetest Girl" this was enough of incentive for me to look for and buy the album when it became available, about 6 months would pass before "Songs to Remember" became available, if my memory serves me correctly I had to buy the album in an independent record store as the big shops like "Woolworth's" and the like didn't stock independent labels at the time.

I first heard songs such as the opening track "Asylums In Jerusalem" that has hints of 50's do-wop about it on the late night John Peel Radio 1 show, what a difference from the first track I heard, this song has more soul than dub, in fact all the tracks on the album are different to each other.

One of my personal favourites on this album is "Jacques Derrida" with its chorus of "I want it, I want it I want that too, B'baby it's up to you, To find out somethin' that you need to do, Because" it still sounds really funky even today, with the choppy sounding guitar playing of Green punching out the chorus.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best and one of the most underated 28 Oct 2004
Format:Audio CD
Strange this, with the death of Peelie, I went back over all the songs he led me to. And even now, despite a huge change in my musical tastes, The Sweetest Girl is my all time favourite tune of all time. To my eternal shame I passed it off as a poem I wrote to both Joy Grimwood and Shirley Canfield, for all the good it did me! Listening to the whole album on vinyl, not withstanding the skips and jumps, almost all the songs really stand up as great tunes these days. Shame the 12" Faithless version isn't on this, but what a minor niggle. The real highlights are Asylums, Jacques Derrida and Lions but that is probably an injustice to the others. There's something about Green's voice that's both distant and close at the same time. One of only a few albums I can listen to all the way thru without having to skip any tracks along with Marvin's What's Going On and bizarrely (for readers of this review) SOS's It's Better To Travel and Matt Bianco's Whose Side Are You On! Buy it, it's cheap and you'll be very pleasantly surprised!!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Triple, hep and blue
I was lucky enough to be around when was this was new - and I still have the vinyl to prove it. Green did good stuff after (and before) but there is not a duff piece out of the... Read more
Published 8 months ago by PMac
1.0 out of 5 stars Songs to forget
I can't believe the rave reviews this album is getting, sorry it's awful stay well clear, stick to Cupid and Psyche or Provision if you want to hear good music by this band. Read more
Published 8 months ago by A. Thornton
4.0 out of 5 stars A classic under-rated album of its time
This is one of those albums that you can easily forget you ever owned, even though when it first came out it was hardly off the turntable for weeks.. Read more
Published on 19 April 2011 by Mr. D. J. Tyler
5.0 out of 5 stars You dont know the half of it, Jack.
This was an LP that I loved as a 15 year old, amazing tunes, carefully crafted lyrics.
This LP is literally crammed with ideas and it can take a few listens to catch all the... Read more
Published on 15 May 2009 by pureunited
5.0 out of 5 stars Scritti Politti's 1982 debut from Rough Trade...
Originally released on Rough Trade in 1982, `Songs to Remember' was the debut album of Scritti Politti following a series of e.p. Read more
Published on 6 July 2006 by Jason Parkes
5.0 out of 5 stars BUY THIS RECORD!
If this cd cost fifty quid and the only tracks on it were 'Asylums in Jerusalem', 'The Sweetest Girl' and the truly sublime 'Faithless', it would still be a steal. 'Nuff said. Read more
Published on 16 Mar 2004 by "samfrancisco1"
5.0 out of 5 stars Re-issued lost classic...
I personally came across “Scritti Politti” a.k.a. “Green Garside” when one of the tracks that makes up this classic album was included on the first tape... Read more
Published on 29 Jan 2004 by Milt Ingarfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Proof that the 80's were brimming with classics
'Songs to Remember' has finally been reissued- along with a recent feature looking at the alternate 80's in 'Uncut'- it provides evidence that that decade was a lot more than Duran... Read more
Published on 1 Dec 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Deconstructionist masterpiece
This is one of my favourite albums of all time. I would have liked the reissue to have included 12" versions (The 12" mix of Faithless is humongous - something like 10... Read more
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