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The Very Best Of (UK comm CD)

24 Mar. 2002 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 2002
  • Release Date: 24 Mar. 2002
  • Label: UMC (Universal Music Catalogue)
  • Copyright: (C) 2002 Universal Music TV, a division of Universal Music Operations Ltd.
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  • Total Length: 1:19:13
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  • ASIN: B001KQAMFG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,666 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By chris gehringer on 19 Jan. 2004
Format: Audio CD
Great to hear all these tracks again now that they've been remastered. The sound is much improved but, I only wish they had included the tracks from their very first single "Mutant Moments E.P.".
I'm not a big fan of remixes of old records.
But, an exception must be made for the 2XS remix of "Tainted Love". Which somehow manages to update but, not spoil the original magic. Whereas Marilyn Manson's take on the song is slow. This (Electronic Drum & Bass-styled) version is faster than the original! I read in a Dave Ball interview that they personally asked them to remix this and loved the results. Always nice to know whether the artist approves i think. Buy without doubt.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marco Rossini TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Aug. 2012
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Very often, the 'best of' albums lack some of the vital songs, almost purposefully, in order to sell 'best of No.2' or something, and instead they put some strange songs you've never heard of or a couple of brand new songs - naughty record labels!

But this one is simply great, honest and very satisfying 'best of'. All the good and popular Soft Cell tunes are in it. I would have liked to hear some of the extended versions from the 80s too, but maybe this is too much to ask, so I would just buy another CD that contains all the good extended versions: The Twelve Inch Singles. In those days extended versions were usually played at discos and at parties, and so they were mainly made suitable to dance, instead of just sit down and listen.

Going back to this 'best of' album, if you enjoyed yourselves in the magical 80s, you'd definitely enjoy it and on top of that it's SO CHEAP! Don't think about it, just put it in your shopping basket!

Enjoy it!
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Though this occasionally self-destructive, and sometimes erratic, synth-pop duo looked a lot like a sleazy Sparks tribute act in their early to mid-1980s heyday their songs sold in their millions. This broadly chronological compilation provides an introduction to Marc Almond's marmite tenor and Dave Ball's minimalist electronic soundscapes. Amongst its 19 tracks are their chart-topping cover of Northern Soul favourite 'Tainted Love', and their four other UK Top 5 hits ('Bedsitter', 'Say Hello, Wave Goodbye', 'Torch', and 'What?'). Whilst the likes of unsettling Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret album track 'Sex Dwarf' - the kissing cousin of Throbbing Gristle's 'Hot On The Heels Of Love' - are a reminder they were a very different proposition to their champagne-sipping Thatcherite contemporaries like Spandau Ballet and Duran Duran. Stephen Dalton's short sleevenote also captures their sleazy listening pretty well ("It was Kraftwerk meets Edith Piaf, Suicide meets Judy Garland'), as does the neon-lit sleeve.

However, The Very Best Of Soft Cell doesn't always live up to its title. The two new songs from their 21st century reunion - 'Divided Soul' and 'Somebody, Somewhere, Sometime' don't have quite the same melodramatic sweep as their earlier work, and the milky drum 'n' bass and Eurodance remixes of 'Tainted Love' and 'Say Hello, Wave Goodbye' provide an underwhelming - and frustratingly repetitive - conclusion to this budget-priced CD.
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Speaking as somebody who wasn't alive when Soft Cell were at their peak, for me, finding Soft Cell was a case of me searching for them, rather than the music searching for me. Everybody in my generation knows 'Tainted Love' it's the song that your Mum grabs you to dance to at your family weddings, but this album refuses to let the band be defined by that one song, indeed the song is the reason I bought the album, but I must say it's now the one I listen to the least, not because it's bad, but because the other tracks offer you a closer insight to Soft Cell. The album is a delight. On a personal level, it allowed me to look further into the back catalogue of the band and enjoy them, so much so, that I bought their studio albums in the later months. The album highlights 'Memorabilia' and 'Loving You, Hating Me' which were more album cuts that the hit singles that the band enjoyed, in their very short run of pop stardom. The album defies the image of super clean pop stars of the 80's and delves deeper into the seedy and the sublime. I would recommend it to anybody, it's an album that you can put on while you do housework, while you drive, while you do the gardening. It's really worth every penny.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Rpj Mullin on 5 April 2002
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Having heard all of the tracks when they were originally released in the early 80's, these songs were, and still are innovative.
The new material on here, still have an up to date sound in their own unique way, and though the new songs on this collection are not to be released as singles, i believe the new album due out in the summer, will once again spawn chart success for the pioneering synth elecro punk /pop/soul duo,
and not before time.
Chemical Bros etc... move over
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME on 30 Mar. 2002
Format: Audio CD
This is a good best of- basically a tarted up version of 1986's 'Soft Cell Singles' with some great new songs & some filler remixes. The 12" Singles box-set remains a much sounder purchase...'Memorabilia', produced by Mode/Normal man Daniel Miller remains a wonderful debut (and is much better than the horrible 1991 makeover). We had to have 'Tainted Love/Where did our Love Go?'- but Soft Cell are/were more than that...'Bedsitter' is a sublime classic, as is the original 'Say Hello, Wave Goodbye' (again, the 1991 remix is horrid, almost as bad as the abortion that is David Gray's cover). Great to see 'Sex Dwarf' on here- which along with 'Youth' is a classic early song. Isn't it nice?...'Torch' is another one of those perfect pop songs, the full version has to be heard to comprehend: too right!...B-side 'Insecure Me' gets madeover & is not too bad- but a curious choice ('Fun City' would have been better). 'What?' is still vile- there is a difference between pap and pop (though the video is great)...'Where the Heart Is' is another sublime moment- domestic trauma and sweeping synths. Could it get any better? (Yes...). 'Numbers' is toyed with- why mess with a classic (think Lou Reed gone electro). Cancelled single, 'Loving You,Hating Me' is a wonderful song about "the other side of love" (very Ferdinand Celine). The guitar is classic- the lyrics precede the self-hate of The Smiths, the S&M of 'Master & Servant' and the bondage games of Buffy & Spike...We just get the singles from 'This Last Night in Sodom...'- the industrial meltdown that is 'Soul Inside' and the Jack Hammer percussion-heavy 'Down in the Subway'. Pity tracks like 'Surrender', 'The Best Way to Kill' and 'Disease & Desire' were looked over...Read more ›
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