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  • Audio CD (6 Sep 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner
  • ASIN: B000026HBA
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,317 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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CD WEA, 9031-71694-2, 1990 9 Track

Amazon.co.uk review

Stray is the fourth album that Roddy Frame recorded as Aztec Camera. Having been accepted into the pop mainstream with the polished soul confections of the 1987 hit album Love, a lesser act would have hurriedly knocked together a variation on the same theme. Not Roddy Frame, a talent rarely any easier to pin down than a hyperactive housefly. He took three years out before re-appearing with Stray, a Paul Weller crop, leather trousers and an apparent determination to pick up where the Clash left off--even to the point of drafting Mick Jones in to duet on the state-of-the-nation address "Good Morning Britain".

Stray almost sounds like the work of a man who has only just realised that you can plug in a guitar and is determined to make up for lost time. "That's How It Is" remains Frame's most explicitly rock & roll moment, and "The Crying Scene" was a deftly executed summation of everything that had made previous Aztec Camera records great--a way with melody, lyric, vocal and guitar apparently as effortless as it was unarguably peerless. --Andrew Mueller

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Neil on 13 Dec 2000
Format: Audio CD
The first time I heard this - coming as it did a couple of years on from the classic High-land Hard Rain I was dissappointed but I was amazed to find that it sneaks in under your radar and before I knew it I realised that at least half the tracks here are as compelling as Roddy has wrote.
The obvious favourite is the Crying Scene with its 'You only get one hit' chorus and lyrics bursting with life, but before you know it you are rocked by Get Outta London, smooched by Over my Head, moved by Notting Hill Blues and charmed by the final sucker punch of Song for a Friend [hear Roddy and Eddi Reader's [Fairground Attraction] version if you can].
Deceptively charming, eclectic and, as always lyrically fascinating - it's very good value at the price - even if you aren't already a Roddy convert.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Keith M TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 29 May 2013
Format: Audio CD
This 1990 album by Roddy Frame's Aztec Camera is a well-constructed and diverse set of songs and, whilst it is often unfavourably compared by band aficionados with the band's first three (arguably more obviously commercial) albums, it is an album which, for me, has grown in stature over the years to rank close to their High Land, Hard Rain debut.

Almost as if to challenge the listener's perceptions, Frame opens the album with (arguably) one of its least commercial songs, but the title song's extended ballad format proves to be a real grower, revealing a hauntingly laid-back love song (and with some nice piano to boot). This opener certainly provides a stark contrast with next up (and one of my favourites), The Crying Scene, something of a rocker, but also featuring a tinkling opening guitar riff that Johnny Marr would be proud of (for me, calling to mind the apocryphal story of the young Marr seeking inspiration to try to recreate something as good as Frame's Walk Out To Winter). The Crying Scene also features a great guitar break (of the type you probably wouldn't hear from Marr) and lyrically provides an interesting take on 'life impersonates the movies'.

The other main contender for top 'rocking' number here (and a contender for album opener I would have thought) is Good Morning Britain with its vibrant throbbing beat, and as profound a set of lyrics as I've read from Frame, providing a succinct summary of Britain's ineffective policies on diversity and racial equality (I guess the question is has anything changed in the intervening 23 years?). The song also features a nice moment of duelling guitars between Frame and guest Mick Jones, as well as their infectious vocal sparring throughout.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A reader on 21 Jan 2011
Format: Audio CD
In my opinion, Aztec Camera/Roddy Frame creates albums of unpredictable quality. Some albums are excellent, others mediocre. This is one of the excellent ones. In fact, it is one of my favourite albums in my entire collection of almost 600 CDs. Like another reviewer said, you might not be impressed with the album on first listen, but it grows on you and you will realise that there isn't a single bad track on it. This album is pop perfection.
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A personal favourite (that I'd given away once) I don't know if it's everbodies Aztec's best loved album,but it's certainly mine."Over my head" would grace any jazz classics album.The strongest and opening track "the Crying Game" sets the tone for the rest of the album.
The product itself arrived in excellent idea and promptly.The seller here being of good reputation.
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By nigel on 6 Aug 2012
Format: Audio CD
Nothing conjurs up life in London at the time this was released in the 90s. The laid back soft songs 'stray', 'over my head', 'gentle kind' ( and the beauty of 'song for a friend') coupled with the pop of ''the crying scene' and the mick jones duet 'good morning britain' are nostalgic. But timeless. Shifts one into another gear. Beautiful musicianship here sure but great songwriting. Richard Curtis might have ruined Notting Hill Gate with his misdirected squelchy movie but Roddy Frame wrote the soundtrack. London never sounded better. And this from A scot born in South Lanarkshire. He joins the tradition of those who find success away from Scotland in a new homeland. I would say this is essential along with your Lloyd Cole and Edwyn Collins records. Nice on vinyl this.
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