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The Virgin Years (1980 - 1985) [Box set]

John Foxx Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (11 Aug 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Metamatic Records
  • ASIN: B00L4AKHIU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,968 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Plaza
2. He's A Liquid
3. Underpass
4. Metal Beat
See all 20 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Europe After The Rain
2. Systems Of Romance
3. When I Was A Man And You Were A Woman
4. Dancing Like A Gun
See all 17 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. My Wild Love
2. Someone
3. Your Dress
4. Running Across Thin Ice With Tigers
See all 17 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Stars On Fire
2. Lose All Sense Of Time
3. Spin Away
4. Enter The Angel II
See all 16 tracks on this disc
Disc: 5
1. Cinemascope
2. To Be With You
3. Like A Miracle (Alternative Version)
4. Fog
See all 17 tracks on this disc

Product Description

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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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent box, but is there a market? 14 Aug 2014
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars To relive some great music from the early 80s 3 Sep 2014
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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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars uninitiated 18 Aug 2014
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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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for Foxx fans 3 Oct 2014
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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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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great 26 Aug 2014
By Maz
Essential John Foxx collection. A fan of the 80s who does not own it is missing out by not owning this great package.
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A note for those who already have the 2CD versions of these albums 0 14 Aug 2014
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