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The Height Of Fashion CD


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  • Audio CD (7 July 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Cherry Red
  • ASIN: B00005N52G
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,916 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Move On
2. Love Shadow
3. Streetplayer Mechanik
4. Dressed To Kill
5. You Only Left Your Picture
6. Something In Your Picture
7. It's Alright
8. White Stuff
9. Do You Wanna Make Love
10. Slow Blue
11. Mutant Love
12. Love Shadow Smokey Dialogue
13. Street Mechanik
14. Do You Wanna Make Love (At 5.00am)
15. You Only Left Your Picture

Product Description

The CD features all their best loved tracks from their 'heyday' with the cult singles ‘Streetplayer-Mechanik’, ‘Move On’, ‘Love Shadow’ and ‘Something In Your Picture’ included. Other essential Fashion tracks on the CD are ‘Do You Wanna Make Love’, ‘White Stuff’ and ‘Love Shadow Smokey Dialogue’. Fashion still enjoy a strong reputation for their pioneering recordings that paved the way for many other artists in the 80's. They together with cult German record producer, Zeus B Held made recordings that influenced many recording giants
including Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Trevor Horn, Depeche Mode and many more. Their music still sounds fresh today and will appeal to a whole new audience.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Aug. 2001
Format: Audio CD
Fashion hailed from Birmingham. I remember them in the early 80's as a three piece with the tall and skinny Luke as lead singer. I bought their album...it was so so. But then something happened. Luke left and was replaced by Dee Harris, a real musician/guitarist with a good line in sensual wocals. The overall sound of Fashion changed to be powerful and tighter, more melodic,lush synths with Dee's funky guitar. I think this album was ahead of its time, too sophisticated for the mainstream success they wanted, too lush and european sounding to appeal to the new and emerging indie world of the Smiths. They wore leather, they looked mean, they played mean, each track was "in yer face". This album is a classic of electronica, way ahead of its time. Listen to Streetplayer Mechanik, its use of a vocoder and sweeping electronic brass, synth drums and guitar that hasn't been so funky since Chic and Troublefunk.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Markyp on 31 July 2003
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This has always been one of my favourite albums (I still have it on vinyl) it is was just too classy for the likes of radio 1 and all the independent local radio stations and received little attention from them. When you think it was a time of the new romantics and ok I like the sound of Classix Noveaux and Depeche Mode but this was just so much better than all of them it's a shame it never got the attention it deserved.
From the funkiness of streetplayer to the late night and totally chilled out Slow Blue this is one of the definitive stand out albums of all time. So glad I was just searching Amazon and for some strange reason Fashion popped into my head as one of those albums that just screams buy me on CD.
This one's going to go permanently onto my Minidisc as well.
Buy it or miss out on a real musical education.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Cool Knight on 7 Jan. 2003
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Like some of the other reviewers I was always searching for this album using the title of the album.
I have now found a much missed classic, I used to have it on good old trusty cassette tape which had the full album on one side and fab re-mixes on the other (which was not available on vinyl), that went missing many years ago.
Why change the title? A much missed classic album which far ahead of its time.
Play LOUD and SPREAD THE WORD!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By David N. Williams on 11 Oct. 2002
Format: Audio CD
When I bought my first CD player in the late 80s, the first thing I did was to write a list of indespensable albums that I should immediately buy in the new format. One of the first on this list was Fabrique by Fashion, one of the most criminally overlooked masterpieces of the early 80s. Year after year, it remained on my shopping list, ignored by all the reissue specialists such as Repertoire & See For Miles. Then at last Cherry Red have the foresight that others lacked. But what do they do to thwart me? They change the title so that every time I enter Fabrique in the search box on any of the many music sites..........nothing. Eventually, I was browsing on AMG and decided to look up Fashion, only to discover that the CD entitled The Height of Fashion was in fact Fabrique + a few remixed bonus cuts and what's more (and this hurt), it had been released over a year ago!!!!! AAAAArrrrrrrrrgggggggggghhhhhhh!
Anyway, it sounds every bit as good as it did 20 years ago, yes it really is that long. What style and what a superb blend of styles. And as for the mind bending production by the terminally loopy Zeus B Held, absolute magic. Better late than never.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Nov. 2001
Format: Audio CD
Yikes 1982 - moody stares, cheekbones, and black pointy boots. When spelling Mechanik with a "k" felt like a radical act, we knew we were in a disposable era.
I remember seeing Fashion live on Chris Tarrant's late night "Tiswas" spin-off, absolutely blasting through Streetplayer - it sounded like nothing else you'd heard, just blew away all those wimpy synth-pop boys in argyle sweaters.
Today I don't think Fashion are on anyone's radar but if you buy this CD you might get a pleasant surprise. You'll get a nostalgia kick, plus it's actually listenable in its own right.
This was still the time of "Bands", and electronic music could belong to gangs of mates who wanted to write songs, rehearse, get local gigs and form a 'following' - like many others Fashion put in some slog to get their sound together and it paid off on their one great album (Fabrique) here re-released under a different title.
They were hard, and posed like they meant it (which they probably did), got into scrapes, and wrote songs about coke. Bring back bands!
The record is funk guitar but with a rock edge, chunky basslines, tight grooves; leaving aside the daft 'no cymbals' rule, all tracks have glossy luxurious intros, superb synth textures (the famous Mulligan, where is he know etc.?), heavy riffing and a really dark clubby feel.
Top tune by a mile is Love Shadow, deep and moody, also Do You Wanna Make Love is a hoot. Streetplayer is a brilliant song let down by slightly weedy production.
The other most interesting track is Something in your Picture, super-deep Moog bass, a wonky backwards groove, odd electronic tango feel.
Weirdly De Harris sings like Phil Collins on most tracks. It really was a strange time.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Hopkins on 26 Feb. 2002
Format: Audio CD
A fantastic hybrid of everything that was good about the 1980's..sadly not recognised at the time.
Buy this CD and tell your friends about it. Dee Harriss was (is) a great songwriter and the band arrangements are uniformly excellent. They had the tunes and they had the image....what the **** went wrong?
Fashion is one of those well kept secrets that so few people actually cottoned on to at the time. It's not too late.....join the club.....now!
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