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Swagger [Deluxe Edition] [Original recording remastered]

Blue Aeroplanes Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (30 Jan 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI Music UK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 265,880 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Jacket Hangs
2. World View Blue
3. Weightless
4. …And Stones
5. Love Come Round
6. Your Ages
7. The Applicant
8. What It Is
9. Anti-Pretty
10. Careful Boy
See all 12 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. s.t.r.a.n.g.e. (previously unreleased)
2. Love Come Round (hurdy-gurdy version) (previously unreleased)
3. Razorwalk
4. Different Now
5. Big Sky
6. 88 Out (live) (previously unreleased)
7. I Wanna Be Your Lover (live) (previously unreleased)
8. Careful Boy (Nicky Campbell Radio 1 session version) (previously unreleased)
9. What It Is (Michael Stipe version)
10. …And Stones (DJ Bootleg)
See all 14 tracks on this disc

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Having long worn out my tape of this album it's great news that it's back on cd - now with a 14-track bonus cd of related tracks. The Blue Aeroplanes had been around several years by this point, releases such as 'Bop Art', 'Spitting Out Miracles' & 'Friendloverplane' developed that cult audience and saw them get patronage from R.E.M. (whom they supported on the 'Green' tour). Michael Stipe surfaces here on the second disc's 'What It Is' - though looking at the MOR-path he's pursued, I guess this was just hip-slumming like the stuff he did with the Golden Palominos?
The Blue Aeroplanes' had expanded their line-up , vocalist Gerard Langley surviving from earlier line-ups alongside dancer Wojtek Dmochowski (the thinking person's Bez), guitarist/singer Rodney Allen (who sings 'Careful Boy' here and 'Fun' on follow-up 'Beatsongs'), guitarist Angelo Bruschini (who would play on Massive Attack's 'Mezzanine'), guitarist/keyboard player Alex Lee (who would later be in both Strangelove & Suede), bassist Andy McCreeth & drummer Paul Mulreany. 'Swagger' stands out for me as one of the great albums of the early 1990s, and was much more a highlight of 1990 for me than an LP like 'Pills, Thrills & Bellyaches'. 'Swagger' belongs to a series of lesser known gems from 1990 - Fatima Mansions' 'Viva Dead Ponies', Mark Lanegan's 'The Winding Sheet', Bob Mould's 'Black Sheets of Rain' & Ultra Vivid Scene's 'Joy.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By russell clarke TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
I have a list of albums currently un-available on CD which if they were to be released I would be rushing out to the shops to purchase fast as my gangly middle aged legs could carry me. Actually I, d be rushing up stairs to my computer as I don't bother with shops anymore but you get my drift. 'Swagger 'by the Blue Aeroplanes was somewhere near the top of that list. I nearly dislocated my big toe bounding up those stair when I realised this was being re-released in a deluxe edition with lots of extra goodies which I will confess I,ve never heard , for make no mistake this is an absolute classic.
It's also very well named as there is a certain inclavated swagger about the material on this album. It revels in some of the most pin sharp riffs and multi layered guitar arrangements you will ever, ever hear and is produced with pristine clarity by Gil Norton to make best use of that. Some claim eh?'.Entirely justified mind. Don't believe me then listen to 'Love Come Round' which has notes cascading like a meteor shower consisting entirely of diamonds or former single 'Jacket Hangs' where the multi faceted riffs run at odds with each other, one will be playing simple rhythmic chords while the other pirouettes like a ballerina on a gigantic sponge. The playing courtesy of Angelo Bruschini, Alex Lee and Rodney Allen is inspired. Gerrard Langley's vocals if indeed they can be called vocals may perturb those unfamiliar with the work of the Blue Aeroplanes as he doesn't really sing at all, just barks in a vaguely in tune kind of way but the music is so wonderful this doesn't really matter and he more than compensates by being a superb lyricist.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Copy Control Technology Alert!!!!! 2 Feb 2006
By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
'Swagger' is undoubtedly a great album - evenmoreso in this remastered expanded edition. However, be warned as the record company involved EMI have placed 'Copy Control Technology' on the CD. This is something I think should be made clear on this product's page - I would not have purchased 'Swagger Deluxe' had I been aware Copy Control technology was placed on it. My sole prior experience of Copy Control was a cheap Bowie compilation last year which would not play in my car, on my computer - which in turn meant I could not put it on my mp3 player where I listen to most of my music.
'On some equipment...playback problems may be encountered' - Copy Control discs are of no use to me - unless I wanted to tape the album to play where exactly? The thing is, I've got an old tape of 'Swagger' - so I may as well stick with that. The record company have stuck this programme on which inserts alien files onto your computer and a program that plays the disc - you can't play it on any player you might already have on your computer. Or transfer to mp3 player (which I'm sure Amazon are pro, what with selling them!).
I loathe the notion here that the CD isn't really mine - and the paranoid notion that everyone who'll buy it will copy it, pirate it and the like. I buy lots of albums - I don't personally download illegal or legal as I like to have originals in my collection. But I need to play on my mp3 player and/or in my car as I have more down-time to listen to music then. The ironic thing is this Copy Control technology will only create more copying - I can't play this on my computer, my car or mp3 player - not very functional. I'm more likely to illegally download this album as at least that'll be in a format I can play on my computer/mp3 player.
An album I've waited years to get on cd and in its definitive form - am very surprised to be returning it. The hours wasted trying to play/load it weren't the best either - I have better ways to waste my time thanks!!!!
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