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Spartacus Extra tracks


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  • Audio CD (27 Jun 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks
  • Label: Essential
  • ASIN: B000007006
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 341,172 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Alberto from Pavia on 14 Feb 2009
Format: Audio CD
dear richard have you realy listen to the CD !!???, this a CD full of happy and gourgeous music ... FIVE STARS !!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Donovan on 20 Aug 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
What a brilliant album, cannot help but groove away to the beats that are pouring out from the speakers.

Good fun will be had for all who buy this album.
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3 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Richard Self on 14 Jan 2008
Format: Audio CD
If you're thinking of getting this album based on All together now, don't. I did when it was origionally released, I thought groovy train was alright and it is. However over the course of 10 origional songs here you just get bored. Dull arrangments, trite lyrics grind you down to the point of simply turning the thing off. If you're looking for early 90's indie dance rock get the happy mondays, jesus jones or if you want a good compilation get the 2 cd unbelievable set, if you can find it. This is rather poor.
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1 of 7 people found the following review helpful By P. Frizelle on 16 July 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Stone Roses and the Charlatans paved the way. Just as well, Spartacus has little to do with the retro psychadelia of the "Madchester Invasion. Spartacus is the 1991 debut album of Liverpool-based pop group The Farm, released in the height of Madchester. It reached number one in the UK album chart, staying there for a week. Spartacus was dedicated to the parents of former band member Andy McVann, who died in a car chase running away from the police.
The Farm employs a sonic palette far richer than their contemporaries, incorporating a myriad of guitar and keyboard tones, as well as percussion loops, and female vocals. Their arrangements tend to be lengthy, although the grooves are augmented with enough melodic decoration to sustain interest, . sitting uncomfortably some where between Flowered Up, Northside and Jesus Jones, whilst aspiring to be the new The Charlatans.

Academically talent musicians the debut album Spartacus is one of the more ridiculous by-products of baggy, containing all of its rolling, neo-psychedelic grooves and blissfully colorful pop hooks, yet very little of its charm, character, or substance. Since baggy was never about substance, this is particularly damning.

Still, the Farm manages to turn out a couple of goofily endearing singles with "Groovy Train" and "All Together Now," but the group shows no real feeling for dance-club rhythms, or even pop hooks. As an artifact, Spartacus is fascinating, since it demonstrates how far the over the top the entire Madchester phenomenon went, even if the record itself isn't necessarily good listening.

But for £0.01p and £1.24 shipping it's a "might as well" but unnecessary addition to your collection

Gets 2 stars simply because of the Groovy Train
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Good still but a little outdated 20 Aug 2004
By Paul Kendall - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Ah the early 90s, dance bands like Happy Mondays and The Farm were the rage. Funky drums and baggy beats.

The Farm weren't the most talented or original of artists but their music was fun. "Groovy Train" and "All Together Now" hit this craze on the mark but the rest of the CD sounds a little dated.

Still, for a blast from the past "Hearts and Minds" and "Don't Let Me Down" deserve a listen as well.

Good for the occasional trip down memory lane.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A Great Party Album:) 22 Feb 2001
By "bookreader@rocketmail.com" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Such Carefree-fun sounding music:) I especially love 'All Together Now'. I didn't know it was set to the tune of 'Canon In D'LOL. Figures!!(for those who read my reviews,they'll know I'm obsessed with that piece).
Whenever I hear this album, it brings pleasure and times of carefree dancing and fun.
I was actually surprised at the low scores and reviews. Check it out by listening to the samples above.
Rave on 12 Aug 2000
By Patrick Tisseghem - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
What I remember most of this group is a concert that I attented in Brussels almost 10 years ago. We were all into the Manchester hype sitting in with bands such as Happy Mondays, Charlatans, Chapterhouse, Primal Scream, and many more. It was a hell of a party. The CD is now what we call in Belgium ' a bit temps-passé ' (i.e. out-of date) but if you want to get up-to-date with the Manchester rave hype, then you need to buy this one.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
All together now 14 Nov 2005
By Russell Foster - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
All together now is one of the most melodic dance songs. I bought it for that song but there are alot more good songs on it. Groovy train is also a awesome song. I miss this era of music the other groups like them happy mondays soup dragons and stone roses are some of my favorite late 80's music.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Let's Give These Guys Some Credit 20 April 2006
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I know this is house music, but I think The Farm deserves something for the content (though very limited in depth) of their music. Maybe it's because I am an American and the event took place between the English and Germans, but I only first heard of Christmas Truce through All Together Now. They even sing about Nelson Mandela (or Daw Aung San Suu Kyi). It's like dance music for the intellectually curious, or maybe just the curious. I give them 5 stars for not droning on about sex and the usual silly romantic notions.
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