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The Sound Of ... McAlmont & Butler [CD]

McAlmont & Butler Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (27 Nov 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Hut / Virgin
  • ASIN: B000024KD9
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,718 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Yes (Full Version) 4:530.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. What's The Excuse This Time? 4:130.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. The Right Thing 6:130.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Although 4:210.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Don't Call It Soul 3:050.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Disappointment / Interval 8:570.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. The Debitor 5:110.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. How About You? 4:100.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Tonight 5:020.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. You'll Lose A Good Thing 4:250.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. You Do (Full Length)11:090.99  Buy MP3 

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Vocalist David McAlmont and guitarist Bernard Butler made an odd couple--McAlmont, dreadlocked and openly gay, Butler floppy-fringed and guitar-obsessed. However, The Sound Of McAlmont & Butler stood singularly out in the mid-Nineties for its grandiosity and ambition. McAlmont's falsetto vocals, whipped up into a sweet-and-sour cream of estrangement and infatuation, found a perfect vehicle in Butler's arrangements. His use of big guitars and epic strings on "Yes" and "Disappointment" reminded of a lost pop tradition harking back to Phil Spector and Al Green's "Hi-Sound" of the early Seventies. An antique pop sound to be sure but one which could have been developed in a Nineties context. Sadly, however, the pair duly fell out after this album, which stands as a single glimpse of what might have been. --David Stubbs

Product Description

Mid-price reissue of 1996 album features 11 tracks including full length versions of Yes & You Do. EMI. 2004.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A work of Pop-Art 22 Jan 2004
Format:Audio CD
I re-discovered this glorious piece of music recently whilst thumbling through tapes when stuck in traffic. How glad I was to be stuck in traffic because this is a complete gem... a lot of people who do know of McAlmont and Butler will know of them because of the massive hit, 'Yes', but thats the first track and only the start of something very special indeed. Bursting with highlight tracks and standout moments, 'Whats the excuse this time?' and 'The Debitor' are both splendidly imaginative groovers, while 'Dissapointment', with its soul-funk feel gradually builds into respectable pop-anthem status. The highlight for me has to be the simply wonderful 'How About You?' which has a soaring summer melody capable of breaking many a heart, but the whole consistancy and mood of the album is a credit to 2 fantastic artists in their own right in a fascinating collaboration.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect Pop moment 25 Feb 2001
Format:Audio CD
David McAlmont's vocals and former Suede guitarist Bernard Butler combine beautifully to make this album a special pop moment - on songs like 'Yes' and 'You Do', the pair make the best music of either of their careers. Personal differences led to their split very soon after this album, making this a once-off opportunity. If you've never heard it, get hold of it - its really not to be missed. Magic.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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99% of my cassettes are in a big box in the cupboard, only a few of them have lasted from the time I bought my CD player. One of them is the first Portishead album and the other is this masterpiece.
Starting on a high with 'yes' the album continues for an hour with some of the best music you will ever hear.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Guitarist of the '90s & Best Vocalist 8 July 2008
By Gerald
Format:Audio CD
Again, as always, I owned this on tape in the '90s and binned it. Bought it the other day and it's still stunning. I was mortified when they initially fell out, but glad they patched things up, although I never did hear the follow-up record.

Make no mistake, there are a few absolutely astonishing tracks on this CD that are worth it's purchase alone; Yes, You Do, Although, etc.

It's a work of beauty and will be on my ipod and hifi for years to come. I still can't get my head around McAlmont's vocal range and Butler's playing. Plus the '60s slightly Spector-ish production. Oh it's a dream.

Buy it & treasure it, especially at that price.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pure class 26 Aug 2013
By ClareDP
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I loved McAlmont & Butler first time round & they haven't lost their appeal. David McAlmont has a fantastic voice & I never tire of listening to him. "Yes" sounds as good now as it did in 1995.
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5.0 out of 5 stars McAlmont & Butler 28 May 2012
By Jill
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I bought this CD for just one song - Yes! Pleased to find a couple of other songs which have definitely grown on me. Brilliant as always.
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