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The Best Of The Flying Pickets

The Best Of The Flying Pickets

6 Mar 2006

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 6 Mar 2006
  • Release Date: 6 Mar 2006
  • Label: Virgin UK
  • Copyright: (C) 2006 EMI Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 2006 EMI Records Ltd
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  • Total Length: 58:53
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  • ASIN: B001IT4Y86
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,497 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By jerry.gamble@cwcom.net on 17 Feb 2000
Format: Audio CD
I originally ordered this album because I needed a copy of the track "When You're Young And In Love" which, try as I might, was nowhere to be found online as an MP3, so when I discovered that Amazon had this CD in store, I ordered it straight away on the Saturday, and received it on the Monday.
The album is compiled of a mixture of studio recordings and a few live ones, demonstrating how excellently the Flying Pickets interact with their audiences. Being a member of a mixed voice choir myself, I can appreciate the necessity of 'getting it right first time', whereas with a studio recording technical quality is not always quite so important, due to the ability to record as many retakes as are required. In my mind, the best measure of true musical excellence is how well an artist can perform live.
I only hope that the Flying Pickets will get back together sometime as I would love to catch them sometime in concert.
My one and only complaint about this album is that after having it on repeat play all day, I have a very sore throat from singing along - something that is extremely difficult to avoid doing.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 25 April 2005
Format: Audio CD
Pop music history is full of unlikely success stories but I was really taken by surprise when the Flying Pickets had the UK Christmas number one of 1983 with their cover of Only you. This song, a UK number two hit just a few months earlier for Yazoo (with Alison Moyet as lead singer), should not be confused with the similarly-titled Platters hit of the fifties, though both are great songs.
The Flying Pickets, as their name might suggest, originally came together when they were among the performers at a political musical, which toured theatres all over Europe for two years. After that, they refined their act performing live in the UK on the club and cabaret circuit before eventually landing a recording contract, which got off to a great start with Only you..
Although they followed Only you with a top ten hit - a cover of When you're young and in love (Marvelettes), they were unable to maintain their success. Their third and last hit (Who's that girl - a Eurythmics cover) just scraped into the lower end of the UK charts. Clearly, the British record-buying public regarded them as a novelty act although they remained popular live performers for a number of years.
This compilation contains their hits as well as their distinctive covers of I heard it through the grapevine (Marvin Gaye), Tears of a clown (Smokey Robinson and the Miracles), You've lost that loving feeling (Righteous Brothers), Sealed with a kiss (Brian Hyland), Only the lonely (Roy Orbison), Space oddity (David Bowie), Grooving (Young Rascals), I got you babe (Sonny and Cher), Summer in the city (Loving Spoonful), Get off of my cloud (Rolling Stones) and Higher and higher (Jackie Wilson).
I do not agree with their politics but it's the music that counts - and it's brilliant. The only other a-capella group I am familiar with is the Swingle singers. I like them too but I think that the very upbeat music of the Flying Pickets is more instantly appealing.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A. Herkes on 4 Dec 2007
Format: Audio CD
Frankly, I hate their politics so enough of that because I want to talk music.

If you like singers who can sing in harmony but not in a singy-songy singalong style then this is one for you. If you are a bit of a silver oldie, this is for you. If you like to sing along, this is for you. If you like quality songs this is for you.

If you like samey, thrash or boom music save your money, this is not for you. This is no Frank Sinatra/ usual choral/harmony group style either.

They have beautiful, entertaining voices that create a wall to wall, pleasurable, sound experience. Not pretentious just really good singing.

The variety of songs and treatments is wide and it is difficult to pick a favourite. I have one but yours may well be different.

This is a treat.

Their public performances were magnificent. Come back boys re-work the magic.

Meantime I recommend you buy this CD and enjoy that magic.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Aremess TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 Dec 2011
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My title says it all. A good album which shows off the group's vocal expertise. My only gripe is that, if the producers want to add in 'live' performances, why put in ones that the listener needed to be there to appreciate what was going on. The final track in particular (Higher and Higher) was a real 'audience participation' version which left a listener out in the cold as to what was going on. In a similar vein, the 'Coral Island' section of the track 'Coral Island/Summertime' is lost on someone purely listening (if you, like me don't like it, and you use iTunes, set the track to start at 2.44 ['Get Info; Options; Start Time'] and the track commences just as 'Summertime' starts (which is brilliant by the way). The other 'live' tracks are fine as the listener can appreciate them as well sung tracks.

I would have given this 4 stars but for these tracks.
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By Robert Limb on 16 Dec 2007
Format: Audio CD
My brother introduced me to the Flying Pickets years ago, and having found an old cassette, I got on to Amazon to see if a CD was available. The kind of a cappella singing I'm involved with is more likely to be Handel or Poulenc, but the FP's are fantastic.
PS : there is a video of them singing "Only You" on the internet - which you can also hear sung by a Spanish choir - I think in Spanish. Unusual.
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