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The Correct Use Of Soap [VINYL]

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  • Vinyl (11 Nov 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: UMC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,663 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Because You're Frightened
2. Model Worker
3. I'm A Party
4. You Never Knew Me
5. Philadelphia
6. I Want To Burn Again
7. Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)
8. Sweetheart Contract
9. Stuck
10. A Song From Under The Floorboards

Product Description

Continuing with celebrating 40 years of disruption of the Virgin Records label, we’re pressing a very limited number of the some of the labels land mark albums as single and double vinyl LPs.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. G. C. Stone VINE VOICE on 12 April 2009
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
So we've had chance for time to diminish this masterpiece, for other pretenders to produce their best and make it fade - but this still stands in the pantheon as one of the truly great albums. There are flashes of brilliance here in every track - a turn of phrase, a sneer, a tune, a riff, a great base line - take your pick. Highly intelligent, highly wrought, yet catchy. Sing along and you'll soon be humming "I know the meaning of life, it doesn't help me a bit". OK, this doesn't fit in any category - it's not heavy on the guitar, it's not punk, it's just an intellectual poseur grappling with love and paranoia and life backed up with supremely original musicians. Yes, I do believe that this is my 'favourite' album - and I use album carefully - this is a collection, not a couple of good tunes stuffed out - all of these wonderful ditties belong together. Must go now, I think I'll hunt out my original vinyl copy. The whole thing is so perfect that even the sleeve design tells you all you need to know about the delights it contains.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Dr. D. B. Sillars VINE VOICE on 29 Mar 2007
Format: Audio CD
Rightfully regarded as the bands best album. There is not doubt they were at their creative peak. The writing and playing is tight and confident. Then there is the production by the legendary Martin Hannett. You just know it's him. No one made drums sound the way he did. His production technique was crucial in defining the sound of the likes of Joy Division and A Certain Ratio. Just listen to the intro of the bonus track, a re-recording of "The Light Pours out of Me"!

"The Correct Use Of Soap" is a classic recording and was one of the first crucial albums of the 80's. Things are set in motion immediately with the opening stab of "Because Your Frightened", manic and punishing with Devoto spitting out lines like "look what fears done to my body". The catchy, poppy "Model Worker", underlying it's Brave New World air of drudgery! But the general themes throughout is paranoid distrust and romantic self-harm like on "I Want To Burn Again", with a rare acoustic guitar intro by John McGeoch. But the highlights for me are "Philadelphia", powered by Barry Adamsons fantastic propulsive bass, the uneasy, bubbling funk of "Thank You..." and the best for me is "Stuck". That has some of the greatest bass playing ever! The whole album ends with one of the best singles of the 80's "A Song From Under the Floorboard". Magazine had reached perfection here and there was nothing more to do. After this the band started to fragment.

Like all the re-issues in this series, the remastering is pretty good, a definite improvement over the original CD. Where these re-issues are let down is in the packaging. On "Correct..." all credits are reproduced and the essay like all the others is pretty informative. But where did the horrible green hue of the sleeve come from!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Fennessy on 14 Jan 2010
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A magnificent album, one I criminally ignored at the time but its relative lack of commercial success shows I was not the only one sadly. Could it be partly because of Howard Devoto's reputation for being a bit pretentious or a difficult interview at the time that the band did not get the credit they deserved? Could it be that we were more easily entranced by the more accessible surface swagger of the many other brilliant bands and artists exploding out of Britain at the time? Not as brash as The Jam or The Clash or dark as The Cure or Joy Division, Magazine slipped through the cracks...or out of our hands like wet soap. Whatever - a time for reassessment, a time to acknowledge we got it wrong and this should rightfully have been a chart-topper and blasting out of every radio (in the days before cds, dvds and mp3s....) And I'm sure Howard knew it all along! This is a great package as it expands the ten excellent original album tracks with four more key songs to complete the picture of singles and b-sides of the time. And as an added bonus, the album ends with another version of The Light Pours Out Of Me, one of their earlier classics. This album lyrically and emotionally evokes literary giants like Dostoevsky, Joyce and Kafka but unites them crucially with killer pop tunes. This certainly is not depressing and gloomy, rather shiny and bright as a newly polished sheet of glass in the blazing sunlight, the dark mood of the words leavened by the funky guitar, drum and keyboards, with use of reverb by producer Martin Hannett that sometimes recalls his work on Unknown Pleasures. The sly inclusion of the Family Stone's Thank You Falettinme Be Mice Elf Again is a clue to the musical landscape to be admired here. And the echoes of this influential music can still be heard in contemporary bands like Radiohead, Blur and The Killers. Its irritability keeps it alive and kicking under the floorboards, so listen to these notes from underground. Essential.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on 15 May 2007
Format: Audio CD
Getting acquainted with MAGAZINE is a two stage process. First, you have to adjust your ears to music that does not simply pander to the eardrums, and second, you have to adjust those ears yet further to accomodate - in the singing voice of HOWARD DEVOTO - the aural equivalent of a Gerald Scarfe cartoon. But once those hurdles are overcome, the wonderful return on that investment will last you a lifetime.

THE CORRECT USE OF SOAP, Magazine's third album, is their finest 39 minutes. Ten perfect songs, fully-formed and as individual as the creative minds behind them, this is a defining pop product and, quite simply, beyond improvement. BECAUSE YOU'RE FRIGHTENED gets things off to a racing start with guitars and drums matching each other in grim intensity, but the pacing is deliberate as evidenced by tracks three and four, (I'M A PARTY and YOU NEVER KNEW ME), where the brakes are on for over seven minutes during which Devoto delivers two knockout vocals. Moving on, PHILADELPHIA is a superb rocker and I WANT TO BURN AGAIN exudes atmospheric eccentricity via swirly organ interludes and warped accoustic guitar.

Keyboards are reigned in from the previous two albums' pole positioning and the benefit in letting the other instruments breathe a little is key to the overall sound. This subtle re-alignment of DAVE FORMULA's pivotal contributions allows for no less than the best from colleagues ADAMSON, McGEOCH and DOYLE and the production by Martin Hannett is both punchy and dramatic. Just one listen is enough to know that peaks have been reached here.

Yes, there's an intellectual leaning to this music, not pretentious exactly, but you just know these boys "got an education" (SWEETHEART CONTRACT).
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