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Strange Kind Of Love [Vinyl Single] [Import]

Love & Money Vinyl
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  • Vinyl
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Fontana
  • ASIN: B002DM3EH4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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LOVE & MONEY Strange Kind Of Love (1988 UK limited edition 2-track 7 vinyl single also including Looking For Angeline housed in a glossy gatefold picture sleeve with the lyrics for both tracks printed within. There is a some light edge scuffing but the vinyl remains in excellent condition! MONEY1)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
LOVE and MONEY had popped out their debut album "All You Need Is..." on Mercury Records in 1986 to critical acclaim, but only slight public interest. All of that changed for the Scottish soul rockers with their sophisticated and smart 2nd album.

"Strange Kind Of Love" was UK released on LP, MC and CD in October 1988 on Fontana SFLP 7, SFMC 7 and 836 49-2 respectively. In keeping with the times, both the cassette and the CD carried a lone bonus track - "Scapegoat" - to entice people away from the 10-track vinyl version. It was also produced by GARY KATZ of STEELY DAN fame and carried the then desirable DDD code on the rear (a Full Digital Recording). I picked up on the title track's CD single and have loved the album ever since - even hoping it might one day get Universal's 2CD DELUXE EDITION treatment...but alas.

Which brings us to this Cherry Red April 2010 reissue on CDMRED442. It's the 11-track CD version with a further 6 bonus demos added on (79:21 minutes). This new version features involvement from two principal members of the original band - lead singer and songwriter JAMES GRANT and Keyboardist PAUL McGEECHAN. The booklet's not bad (Halleluiah has been properly spelled as Hallelujah), but disappointingly its 12-pages excludes the lyrics and a few pictures that came with the original issue and although both of the boys and Katz have provided new comments on the album, they're short and strangely uninformative.

But the really great news is the SOUND...

Paul McGeechan has handled the remaster himself using the original tapes and he's done a fabulous job. The original CD (despite being DDD) used to sound ever so slightly subdued - clinically clean even... Well now it has real muscle and on some tracks is hugely improved to a genuinely thrilling level.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Forgotten classic! 29 May 2006
Format:Audio CD
It pains me to say that this gem of an album housed some of the best peices of music from the late eighties that was barely heard by the masses.

True music fans heard the single 'Halleluiah Man' and then set about finding this album. Released in 1988 it was the follow up to 1986's 'All You Need Is..Love and Money' which spawned the much played singles 'River Of People' and 'The Candybar Express'.

This set was obviously more sophisticated, a top producer in Gary Katz was drafted in to bring a more produced sound rather than the raw edge of the debut.

The songs were more melodic and the lyrics more attuned to everyday people's experiences.
'The Shape Of Things To Come' is a beautiful ballad of the highest quality, heartfelt lyrics which depict the absolute helplessness of the heart when without the object of its desire.
'A Strange Kind Of Love', another single is a cracking dance track, not that my local DJ ever played it, he was far too scared that he'd clear the dancefloor, better to stick with the boring manufactured drivvle that was around!
'Axis Of Love' is a clever use of words to describe the turbulence surrounding the struggles of keeping a relationship. On to another single
'Jocelyn Square' where we get the best lyrics " I still think about you, but only really when it rains" In Scotland it rains a lot!
'Walk The Last Mile' is another slow, moody ballad where we find songwriter James Grant in absolute awe of someone, " In your light I crumble" "Your at the centre of everything I do, wherever I go, I'll walk the last mile with you" A modern day poet indeed!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shimmering! 17 Aug 2005
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Format:Audio CD
Strange Kind Of Love was one of my absolute favourite CDs of the late 80's and I still have the original CD release on Fontana. It's nice to see it get a well-deserved re-release, but it's a shame that some of the tracks from the album's singles were included too. More on that later.
Onto the album itself. There are just so many great tracks that's it's difficult to know where to start. The album is certainly helped by the discipline instilled by Gary Katz, who was also Steely Dan's producer. James Grant's voice has never sound sweeter than on this album and I think that has a lot to do with Katz's style.
"Halleluiah Man" kicks the whole thing off and is a superb, swaggering thing of beauty - this was the first single from the album way back in 1988 and it really deserved to be an almighty hit. As with the rest of the album, the lyrics are superb and would stand up on their own without music, which you can't say about too many songs: "I'm the back sheep while the shepherd sleeps, I'll do anything to bring the government down".
There were quite a few singles culled from this album, the aforementioned "Halleuiah Man", the title track, "Jocelyn Square" and "Up Escalator", which I think was one single too far.
These singles featured songs which were absolute corkers and for some reason were left of the album. Tracks such as "She Carved Her Name", "Set The Night On Fire" and "Saint Henry" would have set quite nicely along with "Inflammable" and "Avalanche", which are the two best tracks on the album for me. Both are sparkling tracks with Grant's usual clever lyrics.
I can't recommend this album enough. One of the best "lost classics" ever.
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5.0 out of 5 stars All you need is...
Love & Money, along with Prefab Sprout, Deacon Blue, Orange Juice, Blue Nile & The Waterboys made the 80's a decade worth living through for those of us who enjoy intelligent well... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Lawrie the lush attic
5.0 out of 5 stars On the money
Wonderful update, on one of the best albums of my youth. Halelujah man, Strange kind of love timeless classics. And great demo additions
Published 12 months ago by Dave Ross
5.0 out of 5 stars Love and Money are fab.
Fantastic album, bought off the back of going to see them live the night before, bring on the next gig.
Published 14 months ago by LB
5.0 out of 5 stars Like finding an old friend.
Like others here, had this on vinyl and as a tape in the car for years. Simply a great collection of songs. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars A bit too 80s
This album is so much of its time (& it was a questionable time). I'd give it TWO AND A HALF STARS because it stands above so many of the bad records being made, but time has been... Read more
Published 23 months ago by johnny outlook
4.0 out of 5 stars Underrated
Heard the first few songs on this CD while shopping in a used music store in 1998. I finally asked one of the clerks who it was. Read more
Published on 28 May 2011 by Gregory A. Isaacs
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic albums ... Oh yes!
The quality of James Grant's song writing is simply breathtaking. A music collection without this and the later Dogs in the Traffic album for me is un- thinkable. Read more
Published on 12 Jan 2011 by Phmusic
5.0 out of 5 stars A great album !
This is a great album from Love & Money. Have it on vinyl & CD somewhere but cannot reach them. So bought another with added bonus tracks. Read more
Published on 20 Dec 2010 by gordc
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful to hear again
I loved Love and Money when they first released songs, but have found it difficult to get their material in recent years. Read more
Published on 23 Sep 2010 by Doug
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece - one of the best albums ever released
The is no doubt this album is one of the lost masterpieces in music and still resides in my all time top 10. Read more
Published on 17 July 2010 by Der Hammer
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