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Steve McQueen

Prefab Sprout Vinyl
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  • Vinyl
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Kitchenware
  • ASIN: B0044PGQVO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)

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PREFAB SPROUT Steve McQueen (Classic 1985 UK 11-track vinyl LP produced by Thomas Dolby including Faron Young When Love Breaks Down and Goodbye Lucille #1 picture sleeve with illustrated credits inner. The sleeve shows just a little lightedgewear and the vinyl is near mint KWLP3)

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Sonic and Musical Masterpiece 19 April 2007
Format:Audio CD
Steve McQueen is an album I've been hoping to be re-mastered for years, along with Prefab's other great album, Jordan: The Comeback. Jordan was an incredible album packed with great songs diverse both musically and lyrically. SM was, however, more ethereal in its production with a sound that really has not been duplicated, ever. Most people who listened to their first record, Swoon, are aware that Thomas Dolby, the producer, had an enormous influence on the outcome of SM. Not only is the production different but the structure of the songs is better crafted. Having at first listened to SM as a record, I always felt that the CD version lacked depth. It must be added that the CD version I am used to is the American version of SM (called Two Wheels Good because the estate objected to the title). That version included a fantastic extended version of Faron Young, a great county cover of He'll Have To Go and one more track. When Love Breaks Down is also in an inferior state on Two Wheels Good, being slightly edited and mixed

Now, more than 20 years after its initial release the album has been re-released, re-mastered by Thomas Dolby himself. The extra tracks from Two Wheels Good are nowhere to be found. That is understandable since Dolby had nothing to do with that production and they were also not really part of the original Steve McQueen release. On a brighter note, the better version of When Love Breaks Down is intact.

Although some recent re-mastered versions have improved the sound quality significantly, often it is simply because the transfer to the CD was initially incredibly sloppy. Despite not being satisfied with the sound quality of Two Wheels Good, I cannot say that it was bad.
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74 of 76 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
How do you improve on perfection? The original release of Steve McQueen was the crowning achievement of both Paddy McAloon (the Sprouts' resident genius) and producer Thomas Dolby. The fact that the album is remastered to an immaculate finish is enough to thrill any fan. It's a masterpiece that reveals just how powerful great composition can be when coupled with exquisite production. But the "expanded" segment of this release is what will overwhelm listeners. Paddy, in stark solo acoustic performances, manages to reinvent eight of the 11 songs on the original album.

Now, I must admit, I didn't have high expectations when I heard Paddy's long awaited next project was an acoustic rehash of old material. It has been long reported that Paddy is hoarding a cache of songs (maybe a dozen albums or more). For much too long, those compositions have remained cellared like aging wine, leaving fans to wait in tortured anticipation of their release. The eight remakes in this expanded edition of "Steve McQueen," however, are so radically reconceived that it's like hearing new material.

The acoustic performances highlight not only the clarity of Paddy's vocal cadences, they isolate Mac's precise chording and his mastery of guitar. The mix is so intimate, the sound so warm, you can almost feel Paddy's breath on your ears. The stripped down sound of Prefab Sprout's "The Gunman" album is pretty much duplicated here.

So drastically are these songs rearranged that they seem to take on entirely new meanings and dimensions. "Appetite," surveying the pitfalls of sexual desire, is less harsh in acoustic form. Without the whip-like percussion of "Faron Young," in its original incarnation, the song takes on a more serene edge with dollops of richly enchanting calliope sounds.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The revelation of beauty 23 April 2007
Format:Audio CD
Well, I was there back in 1985 when this album was a must-have and was played in student halls of residence up and down the country. It was just about perfect then, and still is.

The revelation is the bonus disc of acoustic versions: this on its own would qualify as one of the best albums of 2007, a 're-release' or not.

It doesn't matter if you're not a Sprouts fan: if you appreciate quality music of the sensitive singer-songwriter variety, I can't imagine how anyone wouldn't love this acoustic material. As a huge fan of Elliott Smith and The Blue Nile, this is now one of those indispensable albums of staggering beauty and subtlety.

Still some of the best lyrics every written:

"The sunlight makes a fence out of the forest

But here I am with head inside the bonnet ...

I've lost just what it takes to be honest."

Paddy's voice is exceptional, light and intimate in tone, hitting some rare and beautiful low notes here for a change. The multi-layered acoustic guitars create a detailed fabric of warm sound which, even without a vocal, would be worth a listen on its own.

It's very rare I get this enthusiastic about 'new' music, but this is exceptional. The kind of record you want to tell all your friends about. Makes you want to say God Bless Paddy, and without a trace of irony. Makes you want to swoon ... a lot!
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5.0 out of 5 stars DURHAMS FINEST (got a little bit finer!) 29 April 2007
By Mr. Nathan Armstrong VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
From a little sleepy village just outside of durham came a songwriter whos purity and simple yet clever lyrics still send a shiver up and down my spine! langley park is a simple place...easy going and uncomplicated..simple and homely and reflected in paddys lyrics! (advertisement for a visit to durham over!)

the album received so much acclaim and hung around the charts for months without ever having a huge hit but 1984 was the time of culture club, duran and the new romantics and the pure guitar based pop only evolved later in the 80s with texas, the kane gang and such like!

it was a masterpeice beyond its time and still sounds as good today over 20 years later..from the rockabily/country pop of "faron young" and "when the angels" to the perfect pop of "appetite" and "goodbye lucille" to the heart stopping classics like "when love breaks down" "bonny" and "desire as".

cd 2 is paddys acoustic set and the songs arrangements put a whole different sound to the songs on the first album.."desire as" is amazing!

weather you are looking to revisit the pureness of your youth..analyse the amazing vocals and lyrics or simply was an amazing feel good summer album to play in the car this cd is a MUST HAVE!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent intelligent pop.
Outstanding record: one of the great works of its time.
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J'avais la K 7and now with CD i can sing loudly in my car (when I'm alone) cause I know (par cœur in french) all the songs.
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Remember loving this back in the day, and am delighted on revisiting it today just how great it still sounds. Songs that get into your head and stay with you all day.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection
I first heard them live on 'The Tube' on Channel 4, I was blown away. This album is the best thing they ever did. Jordan... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Memories
Bought this as a gift for my partner. As good as we remembered it to be when it was first released!
Published 14 months ago by Lisa Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars good music
A group I have liked from day one music that most people get lost in and enjoy what MORE CAN YOU SAY REALY GREAT
Published 15 months ago by robdor
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Brilliant
One of the best albums, ever. Needs a proper listening to though, this is not pop as most know it but beutifully crafted songs well sung amd well produced. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Kborom
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
Still sounds good after all these years. Prefab Sprout were much cleverer than they were given credit for and deserved greater success.
Published 17 months ago by Smithismund
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Nostalgia!
This is what my son requested as part of his Christmas goodies bag! So, I'm sure he'll love it! He'd better!!
Published 20 months ago by Madznana
5.0 out of 5 stars The masterpiece made better
The Prefab Sprout masterpiece that is STEVE McQUEEN is well known by now by those who seek intricate yet accessible pop songs with intelligent lyrics with a startling poetic... Read more
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