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The Anvil (Expanded Edition)

Visage Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (17 Mar 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Cherry Pop
  • ASIN: B0013V2UKS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,438 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Damned Don't Cry
2. Anvil (Night Club School)
3. Move Up
4. Night Train
5. The Horseman
6. Look What They've Done
7. Again We Love
8. Wild Life
9. Whispers
10. We Move (Dance Mix)
11. Frequency 7 (Dance Mix)
12. The Damned Don't Cry (Dance Mix)
13. Motivation
14. I'm Still Searching
15. Mind Of A Toy (Dance Mix)

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
It's interesting that Steve Strange stated in his auto-biog that most of the lyrics were thrown together for this album, due to the bands' lifestyle at the time, as only on tracks like "Wildlife" is this apparent. The first 4 tracks (vinyl side 1) work brilliantly together, the harder album mixes of "The Anvil" and "Night Train" being far more coherent than the John Luongo single mixes (although they are also good in their own right). "Move Up" is a personal favourite too, and whilst "Horseman" and "Look What They've Done" are strong tracks the rest of the album is far more low-key.

Having worked through the cassette and vinyl issues I was fortunate enough to get the US 1997 One-Way issue (with the two unrelated bonus tracks) at a sensible price at the time. So what does this CD reissue on Cherry Pop offer the fan, and is it good value?

Value isn't a question here, the US CD goes for silly prices as long deleted, so it's good news for any Visage or 80s music fan that they have reissued the album with additional bonuses. On their website Cherry Red were obviously looking for digital quality sources of "Motivation" and "I'm Still Searching" (plus "Night Train dub"), but not surprisingly they didn't find any, so the b-sides are sourced from vinyl (surface noise is apparent on "I'm Still...", but nothing worse than that).

The first 11 tracks are exactly as per US CD, and don't seem to have been re-eq'd atall (I'm assuming they took straight from that release). As a result the album sounds a little flat, especially compared to the earlier 12" b-side material which is far more punchy. It must be stressed Cherry do not state anywhere that this is a remaster (some naughty sellers are!) and it clearly isn't.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The second album but never second-rate 7 April 2008
By sonik57
Format:Audio CD
The debut Visage album took a lot of beating in terms of the quality of the songwriting, musicianship (even John McGeoch who regarded it as "a joke") and production. The Anvil is two steps further on.

The Damned Don't Cry is one of the finest songs Visage ever wrote: there's just something about Strange's rather wistful vocal and the tight melodic hooks. What else stands out? The Horseman, Midge Ure's strident guitar cutting across the whole thing to compelling effect. Check out Wild Life and the closing track Whispers too - the girls whispering "Wake up...." is just brilliant.

Visage were never this strong again. Ure left after the infamous camel fiasco, Night Train was remixed by "some US guy" (Luongo) and Ure asked for his name to be taken off the credits. Visage as a studio project were rarely in the same place together to write, rehearse and record and Ure and Billy Currie needed to concentrate more on Ultravox who had seen huge success after Vienna hit big internationally.

If you only ever buy three Visage albums, buy Visage, The Anvil and the best of (or even the Singles Collection if you can find it!) as they represent Visage at the height of their powers. As for Beat Boy, don't get me started!!!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An underrated 80s Classic 13 Jun 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Although famous for the "Fade to Grey" single, this is Visage at their best. The album contains two singles "The Dammned Dont Cry" and "Night Train" which met with some success, but the album as a whole is just great. With the help of Ultravox members including Midge Ure, this goes down as the best album of its kind. However it has taken me years to find this album on CD, but my long search was over when I found 1 copy in a famous London Record shop. The CD contains some bonus tracks which are ok, but its the original album that demands your attention. If your a fan of bands like Ultravox, OMD etc, then give this a listen (if you can get a copy!), you will not be dissapointed !!!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a fantastic 80's album 6 Mar 2008
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I couldn't believe my luck when i saw that this album is being releashed i have seen copies on some web sites that want as much as 400.00! so i am very pleased! Anyway enough said. For me everyone associates Visage with fade to grey and the first album. Personally i think the second album 'the anvil' is far better and consistently at a higher level to the first album. If you like Ultravox, john foxx, duran duran etc... you know the type of music. Then this will be a real treat. For me this is one of the all time great 80's albums.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars New Romantics Revisited 26 Oct 2008
By P. Winn
Format:Audio CD
Iam glad this Visage album has finally been released, this was an excellent album for the time and captured the New Romantic Movement at it's best. Sound on this album is good if not excellent. The extra tracks are great especially Damned don't cry 12" and Mind of a toy 12". Brings back some nice memories. This abum is heavily influenced by Midge Ure/Boys and almost sounds like Ultravox in some parts,Steve Strange adds the glitz and polish to the overall production. Sleeve notes are very informative also, pity Polydor could'nt of done the same years ago, as this is a major album from the 80's era. Great Purchase for 80's fans.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Graceful and Flowing, Sensual and Glowing 5 Jan 2010
Format:Audio CD
Originally released in 1982, "The Anvil" was an altogether more polished affair than Visage's 1980 debut album. Not that there was anything wrong with the first album, but by the time of "The Anvil", the band's personnel had become more accomplished and successful outside of their part-time Visage project. Most notable were Midge Ure and Billy Currie who had by then achieved tremendous success with Ultravox (particularly with "Vienna"), and brought the same cinematic sound with its lush, cool synthetics and echoing piano to Visage. Steve Strange himself, whilst never the best singer in the world, was now a bona-fide trendsetter rather than just another Bowie/Bolan/Ferry wannabe. Famed for his cutting-edge sartorial style, he was both pop star and fashion icon, a combination which made him a more prominent and glamorous frontman for a band made up of more seasoned musicians. In addition to his parallel career as a leading nightclub impresario, he was the king of hip - at least for a while anyway since the likes of Duran Duran were already nipping at his heels and Boy George was waiting in the wings, ready to steal his crown.

Only two tracks were released as singles in the UK, the atmospheric "Damned Don't Cry" and the bold, vivacious "Night Train". The latter was remixed for its release as a single and it's a shame that neither the single version, or the superior 12" extended dance mix, were included here since they have more pizazz than the original album version. Although both of these songs were perfectly fine as singles, the album contains even better material. "Again We Love" is simply the finest Visage song ever. Yes - it's even better than "Fade To Grey". With its glossy, elegant production, it does what Visage do best by blending moody atmospherics with new wave disco.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 17 days ago by pauline
5.0 out of 5 stars Forgot How Good This Was
I have never written a review before so here goes. I remember when I first bought this album, I am sure it was before Night Train was released, so was very surprised they used that... Read more
Published 13 months ago by MR D J F SILVE
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic
In my opinion, this is Visage's best album. Their debut was good but this is darker and harder. Night Train, The Horseman, Anvil, Damned Don't Cry are all perfect and even the... Read more
Published 14 months ago by bookerman
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it more the second time.
When I purchased this on LP at the time of release I wasnt sure to be honest. Visage, "Visage" was, in my opinion a better LP for lots of reasons. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Mainsy
5.0 out of 5 stars The quintessential New Romantic album from the best New Romantic Band
This album, along with Ultravox's Rage in Eden, are the Best New Romantic Albums of all time. Beautiful, atmospheric syth soundscapes and electronic dance beats, epic structures. Read more
Published on 27 April 2011 by truant billy
4.0 out of 5 stars At last..!
It's good to finally find this album on CD, which was less experimental than the first (Visage-Visage), more polished, rounded and even as an album. Read more
Published on 6 Sep 2010 by mechanimal
2.0 out of 5 stars Without rose-tinted specs, not great
As a former New Romantic, I've got fond memories of Visage, as a lot of people of a certain age do. I remember loving "The Damned Don't Cry" and "Night Train", and used to have... Read more
Published on 24 Aug 2009 by Darren Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Visage At Their Best!
Well Being An 80"s " Fan " When " Visage" And "The Anvil" Came Out In 81/82 Originally, On Vinyl Of Course!! ............... Read more
Published on 21 Jan 2009 by Mr. P. Keighley
5.0 out of 5 stars I didn't realise how much I'd missed this
I know I harp on about having my record collection stolen years ago, and it has taken me a long, long, time to replace most of it on CD. Read more
Published on 22 Jun 2008 by JSL
4.0 out of 5 stars don't buy this for the bonus tracks
Of course, Nothing to add to the positive review of "the Anvil" as an album of his time. I only want to warn people who may already have the US CD Release from 97 that the added... Read more
Published on 2 April 2008 by Arnaud De Bonald
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