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  • Audio CD (11 Aug. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Metamatic Records
  • ASIN: B00L4AKHIU
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 70,573 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Product Description

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This 5CD box set covers the 4 albums John Foxx released between 1980 - 1985 - Metamatic, The Garden, The Golden Section & In Mysterious Ways - plus B-sides and out-takes from the sessions which have been added as bonus tracks after each original album, and on a fifth CD, Fusion/Fission. The Virgin Years includes a new analogue master of Metamatic , along with re-masters of the B-sides - 'This City', 'Film One' etc. The black box also houses five postcards with the artwork for the singles 'Underpass', 'No-One Driving', 'Europe After The Rain', 'Endlessly' and 'Stars On Fire'.

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While this is packaged in much the same way as many recent low-budget "Complete" box sets, Virgin Years comes close to being a properly comprehensive box set.

As can be gathered here and elsewhere, you will find Metamatic, The Garden, The Golden Section and In Mysterious Ways along with a fifth CD, Fusion/Fission included. All are encased in a clamshell box with some high quality printing on the exterior. The discs are housed in cardboard envelopes that are of decent thickness and with high quality printing on each. No booklet or credits are included (which is a shame), but what IS included are several CD liner note sized cards that reproduce the artwork of several period singles. An odd inclusion, but a neat collectors' piece.

Now, the real question is: will this set be worth it to those who have already collected the 2008 2-disc editions of these albums? As near as I can tell, the answer is a resounding "no." You already have everything included here.

The real fun is for people who missed out on some or all of the 2008 editions. As of this writing, the 2008 edition of In Mysterious ways is going for multiple hundreds used and ALL of the album and bonus cuts from that edition are present here. In fact, given a quick scan, there are only three tracks from the four 2-disc 2008 editions NOT included either on the relevant album disc or on the bonus disc.
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An excellent value, compact box set.
There's no booklet, just picture sleeves for the albums and a handful of (one sided) repros of single covers.
As far as I know, only Metamatic uses a newer master than the 2007/8 Edsel 2CD sets this box is clearly derived from.
Almost all the tracks from those sets are reproduced here (the fifth CD wraps up most of the extras not on the album discs).
The three exceptions are;
Miles Away (alternative version)
Endlessly (extended mix)
Running Across Thin Ice With Tigers (extended mix)
A good value box, but to be honest most of the fans will have the previously mentioned Edsel sets and I'm not sure many others would be interested.
A pity as there's lots of great, overlooked music herein.
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I big fan of Ultravox back in the late 70s and early 80s, I was only able to see the band once. I was living in New York, and they played a small club on the Vienna tour. I really wish I had seen them with John Foxx, because the music was so much better in the first three albums.

In the early 80s, I bought all of John Foxx's solo stuff - LPs and singles - and I still have some of them, but I don't listen to vinyl any more. I did have the first two albums - Metamatic and The Garden - on CD, but they were poorly mastered.

So I was delighted to spot this release, which includes his first four solo albums, plus a collection of alternate takes and b-sides. It's interesting to listen to this music now. Sure, it sounds totally 80s, yet it doesn't sound dated like a lot of music from those early electro-pop years. There are lots of great songs, b-sides that I remember almost wearing out when I played the singles back in the day, and some alternate versions that are great to hear (but not necessary). At the price - only £16 when I bought it here - it's a steal.
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As you can see i have given this box set 5 stars and every one of them deserved.All the classics are there plus remixes of what are great songs anyway. Plus many songs i did not know.For the price i paid it was a steal plus free digital down load.So if you are looking for a great box set of the ex front man of ultravox this is it
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all of the virgin Foxx albums in mini sleeves
plus a bonus cd of rarities, in a strong box
most if not all of these tracks have been available before
this is one for the uninitiated
strong electronic rock and dreamy theme music
think Roxy with more balls
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Classic John Foxx albums and more.

Weird how Metamatic (the first album) still sounds new and fresh whilst the later albums have really badly dated.
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