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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal
  • ASIN: B000057J5Q
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I like this a lot 1 May 2003
Format:Audio CD
A couple of years I went through a stage of buying records mainly by obscure rock bands. I got so into it that if you mentioned any band outside of dance music to me, I could probably give you an entire discography. The problem was is that I had to go mostly on word of mouth and the music press, since such bands were not (by definition) played on the radio. Now the music press give some very medicre 4 and 5 stars out of 5, and as such I now own many dull records by total unheard-ofs. But I did find the odd gem during this phase of mine, and this is one of them.
It followed the general path of every classic in my collection. On first listen, appeared little more than an average rock album. I thought On and On was very pretty, but that the album suffered from a general lack of tunefulness. But, inexplicably, it got stuck in my discman and was all I listened to for quite a while.
It was during this time that I started to hear just how good the vocal harmonies were, how deep the textures of each song were, how soulful Crispin Hunt's vocals are. I also noticed how well the album held up as a whole. There was definitely something about this album, that special thing that no-one quite knows what is, that separates the classics from the merely good.
One of those albums that gets better with each play, in trying to pick my favourite tracks I listed three quaters of the album! Lost myself is so brilliant and I have no idea why, Happy again has the most beautiful chord change in the chorus that I have ever heard, Jesus Christ is one of the best heavy rock song ever, and Over our bodies is an improved, more emotional version of Radiohead's Lucky.
I'd recommend this to anyone, and I don't say that about many albums. I suppose it would particularly appeal to fans of the radiohead/pavement scene, but anyone really into music would like it given time.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well, it's in my top five albums of all time... 18 Nov 2001
Format:Audio CD
Sorry, this is another sycophantic review...
From the opener "Lost Myself" to "On & On" to the emotionally gob-smacking finale "Jesus Christ", this album does not put a foot wrong. I bought it a few months after it originally came out, and can honestly say it's one of the best albums I own. The music press compared it the Radiohead's "The Bends", a universally recognised classic album, but personally I think the Longpigs debut is the better record. Rather than wallow in mauldlin sentiments (which "The Bends" can be accused of at times), "The Sun Is Often Out" expresses a masive range of emotions which leaves you stunned at just how well this album achieves it's aim of making you sit up and recognise this is one the 'great' debuts.
The album is beautiful, raw, sexy and original, which is in itself is a rariety nowadays. In Crispin Hunt the band have (or had, since they've all now gone their separate ways) one of the most expressive and affecting vocalists I've had the pleasure of hearing, with no other vocalist I've experienced able to trip between heart melting sweetness to emotion shredding explosive bombast in the space of one song.
If all these reviews seem suspect in their overwhelming positivity, it does tend to suggest there's something there. Buy this album. It really is that good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Milestone in Popular Music History 22 Aug 2000
Format:Audio CD
What do we say about this recording. It amazes where the inspiration for this came from. This is RARE quality on a grand scale. This album is one of those very few albums that you remember exactly where you were when you first encountered it and upon every subsequent listening, you are stirred back to those Happy (or perhaps not so happy) feelings generated by the Longpigs somehow mysterious emotional extraction. This album must have Voodoo qualities. Dont be fooled by rash "I love this" reviews....they are all correct!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What can I say?? 23 July 2006
Format:Audio CD
There aren't too many albums in my collection that I can listen to from start to finish without thinking there is a "duff" track or two thrown in just to get the thing overwith and on the shelf! But this is one of them (and I own a few!!)

The combination of Hunt and Hawley is truly a force to be reckoned with... even compared to the likes of Lennon & McCartney or Morrisey and Marr! Every song takes you on a journey to a place where, you might not actually want to go, but you go all the same and come out at the other end not knowing what's just happened but it felt so good you want more!!

The songs aren't pretty, or epic.... just brutally honest! Looking at life, their environment and interpersonal relationships in a manner of objectiveness that has only surfaced again recently with the arrival of the Arctic Monkeys!!

However, their fellow Sheffield outfit Arctic Monkeys could only be described as a "naughty postcard" in comparison with a band that have the eloquence, knowledge and downright honesty of Paxman, Darwin and Clarkson put together!!

Why do all the best bands never get the credit they deserve??

If I had one cd to listen to forever...... this would be it!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Forgotten Genius! 22 Aug 2005
Format:Audio CD
I, like many reviewers dug out this album from my mid 90's Britpop CD collection only to find a beautifully timeless debut album which ranks up there among the best! Crispin Hunt's vocals and completely bizarre lyrics dominate this LP which throws up classic tune after classic tune. The Longpigs never really fitted into the Britpop niche thrust upon them, being dazzlingly imaginative with an eclectic quality that sits more at home with celebrated genius such as Radiohead. Any fans of Muse and the Cure should check this out to see a band that transcend genres while spawninig infectious pop tunes such as "She Said". Every track sounds like a single and are more memorable and familiar than most bands these days seem capable of managing. Standout tracks include "Sally Dances", "Jesus Christ" and "Far" among many others, unfortunately the band disolved in 2000 in a blizzard of cocaine and egos, but not before releasing a long awaited 2nd album "Mobile Home". Rumours of note include the Longpigs being given the American tour support slot of a U2 tour (a similar deal which broke Radiohead in the US.) but losing it due to lead singer Crispin Hunt calling Bono a c**t! And who hasnt wanted to do that? Respect and salutations to a before their time classic British group. P.S. After seeing them on tour during their promotional "Mobile Home" tour i have to say that while their 2nd album doesnt quite reach the heights of their stellar debut their performance hinted at what couldve been. Crispin, where are you now?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Criminally underated band and album
Where to start? This album is stunning. The Longpigs were a band i saw numerous times during 95 - 97, sometimes headlining, but mainly supporting other bands grouped together under... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Adam J Clegg
3.0 out of 5 stars Wish they were still making music together
Great indie record - She Said is a classic.
Love this band however, their 2nd record, Mobile Home, is a better record with every song a hit. Only my opinion though.
Published 13 months ago by Jim
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album from a Lost Band
Found this band for the first time accidentally while watching a rockumentary and sought out any music by them. 2 Albums made in the 90's this one is far superior. Read more
Published 14 months ago by lee jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent album
All the songs are fantastic and the CD was in perfect condition.
I would reccommend this to fans of rock especially Britpop. It's worth adding your collection. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Nico Rebel
5.0 out of 5 stars Blast from the past
Did not listen to this group in its heyday but came across them via Richard Hawley. This is a very good album and worthy addition to any collection.
Published 18 months ago by PKG
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
This was the first "proper" indie sounding band I heard back in 1996. A sort out of my CD collection was in order and I realised I didn't have this on my iTunes, so here I am at... Read more
Published on 9 Dec 2010 by ek01
4.0 out of 5 stars on and on and on
My brother copied this for me to tape years ago. I loved it then and now that Ive rediscovered it, I love it again. Read more
Published on 16 April 2009 by R. morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless, classic, intelligent, passionate
As far as I'm concerned, the Longpigs were never really a part of the Britpop phenomenon -- their debut album is too savvy and intelligent to be pigeon-holed like that. Read more
Published on 11 Nov 2007 by Monkey Magic
5.0 out of 5 stars STILL........
Still, after 11 years this album graces the speakers of my car, house and Mp3. I've come on here hunting the rare and much dismissed second album, but felt I could not pass... Read more
Published on 2 Nov 2007 by Michael A. Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars I hope by reading this review...
I hope by reading this review you are persuaded to take a chance and buy this amazing album.
For me it has many memories being the first album I ever really 'got... Read more
Published on 3 Mar 2006 by Edward Pugh
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