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  • Audio CD (24 Oct. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Deluxe Edition
  • Label: Sfe
  • ASIN: B005K2SJII
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 78,984 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Mariposa (Butterfly)
2. Carribean Winter
3. Easy On The Onions
4. Sunset
5. Flying High
6. Roller Chase
7. First Love
8. Finale
9. Anti-Freeez (12" Version)
10. Mountain Man
See all 15 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Keep In Touch
2. Stay
3. Hot Footin' It
4. Flying High (1984 Remix)
5. Anti-Freeez (1984 Remix)
6. Alone (1984 Remix)
7. Southern Freeez (1984 Remix)
8. One To One (1984 Remix)
9. Fly By Night (1984 Remix)
10. Roller Chase (1984 Remix)
See all 14 tracks on this disc

Product Description

* The first ever release on CD of the full debut album from Freeez first released in 1981 (UK #17); 'Southern Freeez' includes the two hit singles 'Southern Freeez' (UK #8) which was recently covered by Beverley Knight and 'Flying High' (UK #35).

* Freeez were the UK's leading new wave jazz-funk band of the early 1980's, and this 2-disc expanded edition includes all their early pre-album tracks and singles as well as a complete package of all known remixes including the whole of their 1984 'Anti-Freeez' electro-tinged remix album.

* Of interest to fans too is the inclusion of a couple of completely unheard and competent demos from the period that demonstrate the virtuosity of their jazz-funk credentials.

* This edition includes a fully illustrated 16 page colour booklet with reminiscences by original founding members John Rocca and Peter Maas.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By andy on 8 Nov. 2011
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It was with deep deep joy that i found this Cd listed on Amazon recently. I had been wanting this album on Cd for the past 25 years. In fact a few years ago i purchased digital remastering software and recorded the vinyl plus all the singles i had onto Cd so i could listen to them in the car....
Anyway, here is the real thing at last and playing this instantly creates a feel good vibe.
What amazes me about this album, (the original 9 tracks) is that it still sounds as fresh as the day it was released. The band unknowingly created a set that is timeless, although very much of its time. The instrumentation is flawless and highlights the skills of the musicians. Every track is played to perfection.

Freeez can be likened to Level 42 in that both groups had amazingly talented bassists, amazngly talented keyboard players and drummers and great songs that transmitted the 'sound' or identity of that group. Both recorded a critically acclaimed first album and toured it, both were British Jazz-funk groups with real credentials and both recorded a great deal of instrumental stuff.
Level 42 took the jazz-funk baton and ran with it, developing their sound, and eventually took it to greater success, in the process building a solid fan base and having at least one hit single off each of their first few early albums.
But Freeez stalled with a series of jazz funk follow ups that they tried to repeat the success of Southern Freeez the single with; they tried to focus on vocal hit singles and went away from instrumental jazz funk which was in hindsight, a mistake.
It would have been better if they has concentrated on being an album band like Level 42 and had developed their sound over several albums. I am sure hit singles would have emerged and cemented their success.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Henrik C. Nielsen on 5 Dec. 2011
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I gladly join the group of other reviewers here, who are extremely pleased that SFE have decided to finally release these treasures from the golden age of Britfunk, or as freeez called their very unique and original take on the genre `new wave jazz funk'. Contemporaries such as Level 42, Shakatak, Central Line - who have a great compilation out: The Collection, Hi-tension, Incognito, Light of the World; recommended listening: Anthology -Addicted to.. , Beggar & Co., RAH Band, UK Players, Linx (recently re-released): Intuition, Atmosfear En Trance, Morrissey Mullen, yes even Galaxy and Paul Hardcastle's Direct Drive & First Light Time Machine - The Best of 1981-83 made the years 1979-83 a treasure box of funk, jazz and dance releases. Freeez' only contenders for the 1st place as most original and unique sounding of these bands were perhaps Atmosfear.

I agree with the other reviewers that these first incarnations of freeez were far more interesting than the Gonna Get You-version, although I still love `We've Got The Juice/We Got The Jazz' and Freeezin'. Also, it would be nice to see a CD-release of Peter Maas and Paul Morgan's edition of freeez with their 1985 album `Idle Vice'.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By DJ C on 15 Oct. 2011
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"Southern Freeze" is one of the greatest Jazz Funk tracks ever made and to find it here with the Vinyl B side version, plus the "84 remaster" is sublime. Well worth the download just for these three versions of this track.
"Flying High" has a superb, mind bending, raw funk bass line. Here it is remastered and again the album contains the excellent "84 remix."
"Flying High" does not loose it's funk integrity, merged with the 80's "Max Head Room" stutter and samples, full on drum machine, pump funk sound. If anything the bass is pumped up with steroids and sounds even more raw. The synth strings sing and the drums really bang on to punctuate the bass. Love them both.
Other tracks like "Caribbean Winter" sound almost live in the original, you can hear the bass player working overtime in real time. Just divine.
The "84 Remixes" and remastering polish these tracks, adding to the original sound not detracting from it.
Some of the best Jazz Funk tracks ever laid down, a few little gems and tasty remix remastered versions.
You HAVE to buy this album!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By INGRID MANSFIELD-ALLMAN on 27 Feb. 2013
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I`m the featured vocalist on Southern Freeez, which I originally
recorded in 1980-the single reached #8 in the national charts in 1981. It was great to be able to finally get it remastered on CD. Thanks
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Morrison Thomas on 16 Nov. 2011
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If you are a fan of freeez, then best not wait to buy this CD; copies shall not be around for ever ;-)! Freeez's first album on CD, fantastic, and no doubt soon to be a collectors item! The original recording has been remastered to the highest quality and it sounds great. The package is complete with the original album artwork plus a complete overview from John Rocca on how this album was conceived and produced. Peter Maas also provides a few paragraphs covering his memories (It is a shame not to have additional points of view from Peter imo...). Listening to this CD is frustrating 30 years on; there was so much potential in this young London band that would seem to have completely gone to the dogs during 4 years; my guess is primarily due to people ego's (John Rocca puts it down to excessive Testosterone in his linear notes ;-)!! The ideal line up? In my opinion they found it early on and gave it up too easily. John Rocca and Ingrid Mansfield Allman on vocals, Peter Maas on bass, Gordon Sullivan on Guitar, Andy Stennett on Keyboards and Paul Morgan on the drums. Add a good flute and sax player and a solid producer and they had it made. It wasn't to be! Two last points i'd like to mention. Firstly, Peter Maas on the bass, great sounds, great feel, great ideas, from a fellow bass player and fan; Peter you were cookin! Secondly, I just dig the photo of the band on a 3 up 2 down suburban street! It may have been taken on the street in front of one of their homes, and for me I just identify with it. At the time we were probably thousands of young teenagers that watched Grange Hill then did our homework in our bedrooms in such houses all across the country ;-)! Great memories, thanks for the CD reissue
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