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The Best Of Aztec Camera [CD]

Aztec Camera Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (26 July 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B0000258WO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,547 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Somewhere In My HeartAztec Camera 4:02Album Only
Listen  2. ObliviousAztec Camera 3:100.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Good Morning BritainAztec Camera 4:020.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Working In A GoldmineAztec Camera 5:440.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. How Men AreAztec Camera 3:410.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Birth Of The TrueAztec Camera 2:420.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Pillar To PostAztec Camera 4:010.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Walk Out To WinterAztec Camera 3:240.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. All I Need Is EverythingAztec Camera 5:440.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Deep And Wide And TallAztec Camera 4:070.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. JumpAztec Camera 2:490.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Killermont StreetAztec Camera 3:170.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. The Crying SceneAztec Camera 3:340.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Spanish HorsesAztec Camera 4:340.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Reason For LivingRoddy Frame 3:170.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. We Could Send LettersAztec Camera 5:450.79  Buy MP3 

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deep & Wide & Tall - Not Big, but very Clever 12 April 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
It's getting on for 20 years now since Roddy Frame burst onto the scene with High Land, Hard Rain, a refreshing blend of poetry set to a jazzy latino-folksy soundtrack, full of angry young man nous and laden with punk attitude. The album (which includes Oblivious, Pillar to Post, Walk Out to Winter and We Could Send Letters) thrust Frame into that unenviable group of artists who would be destined to never repeat the brilliance of their explosive debut. But that does not detract from the fact that Frame went on to deliver a catalogue of subtle, consumately brilliant music.
This 'best of' collection reflects a changing style and gradual maturing: from the early angst, through the most perfectly constructed song-writing and production of 1987's 'Love', and into the 90s with 'Spanish Horses' (an homage to Barcelona and 'Guadi's soft confusion'). My only criticism would be that to fully reflect the progression of Roddy's musical style, the playlist should include at least another dozen songs, and a whole lot more from the excellent jazz-cool and Sakamoto-inspired Frestonia.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Don't get me wrong, I think Aztec Camera (and also Roddy Frame's solo work) are wonderful. After hearing John Peel playing 'Pillar to Post' back in 1982 (I think) I bought anything of theirs I could find. High Land Hard Rain definitely ranks among the very greatest debut albums and few would deny that Roddy Frame never bettered it (personally, I blame Mark Knoppfler for his smothering production on the second album, 'Knife') - indeed, I would argue that High Land Hard Rain is much more deserving of the title "The Best of Aztec Camera" than this assortment is. This collection has one or two too many tracks from 'Love' , only a couple from 'Stray', just one from 'Dreamland' and nothing at all (!) from the underrated 'Frestonia'. Ideally, a new 'best of' would now include many tracks from Roddy Frame's excellent 'Surf' album.
However, track selection is not my real gripe here. What really chokes me is the version of Van Halen's 'Jump': I saw Aztec Camera live in London in 83/84 and Roddy finished with his totally over-the-top guitar-god version of Jump which ripped the proverbial out of the original. They had the good sense to record a similar version for the b-side of the 'All I need is everything' 12" single. Although I already owned all their other CDs I rushed to buy this album purely because I saw that it contained 'Jump'. I cannot exaggerate my disgust at finding that they have faded out the last half of the track... THE BEST BIT!!! Fortunately, I have since been able to source the glorious full version, but I still cannot bear to play this CD.
My advice: Buy Hard Land Hard Rain (and Surf). Borrow Frestonia, Dreamland, Stray, Love, North Star and (if you must) Knife to see which suits you. Then steal (or obtain by any method possible) the FULL version of Jump.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A solid career overview with only minor glitches 16 May 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Overall, I was pleased with this disc; all the hits are here, and all the classic tracks. However, I was highly disappointed that they opted to use the album version of "All I Need Is Everything," as opposed to the single mix. The album version goes on forever and doesn't know how to end. Dig up a copy of the 45 (if you can) to hear a great example of classic 80's pop.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heaven 13 Sep 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
One of my old favourites. Realised my ex took it so replaced it. One of the best bands in my catalogue of music
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgic buy 12 May 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I bought this for 2 tracks only - Somewhere in my heart and Oblivious - and pleased I did. Catchy tunes from my youth.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Growing up in a snap-shot.... 30 Mar 2000
Format:Audio CD
Roddy Frame burst onto the music scene courtesy of a small,independent Scottish Record Label called Postcard,and for a brief moment,was championed as a teenage prodigy with talents way too many for such a bairn....The early songs certainly show an emotional depth and tug at the heart strings here and there...Sadly,this was the 80's,and progress, unfortunately,meant getting in big name producers and spending weeks/months achieving big drum sounds! Quality and the special touches get blown away by the sheer gloss and polish of the production...A crying shame,but it has its moments...
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