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Virgins And Philistines [Extra tracks]

The Colourfield Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (22 Mar 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks
  • Label: Cherry Red Records
  • ASIN: B0035KGDXA
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 80,054 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. THINKING OF YOU
2. FAINT HEARTS
3. CASTLES IN THE AIR
4. TAKE
5. CRUEL CIRCUS
6. HAMMOND SONG
7. VIRGINS AND PHILISTINES
8. YOURS SINCERELY
9. ARMCHAIR THEATRE
10. SORRY
11. THE COLOUR FIELD (A-SIDE SINGLE)
12. MY WILD FLAME (B-SIDE)
13. PUSHING UP THE DAISES (B-SIDE)
14. WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND (B-SIDE)
15. SORRY (B-SIDE)
16. LITTLE THINGS (B-SIDE)
17. YOU LOVE WAS SMASHING (B-SIDE)
18. CAN'T GET ENOUGH OF YOU BABY (B-SIDE)
19. MY WILD FLAME (EXTENDED VERSION) (B-SIDE)
20. THE COLOUR FIELD (EXTENDED VERSION) (B-SIDE)

Product Description

CD Description

· This long overdue reissue is the first time the album has been released on CD in the UK. This release presents the original UK vinyl track list plus an additional 10 hard to find b-sides from the four singles."

· After the demise of The Fun Boy Thee in 1983, Terry Hall formed the The Colourfield with ex-Swinging Cats member Toby Lyons and Coventry bassist Karl Shale.

· They released two singles in 1984, `The Colour Field' and `Take', before the release of `Thinking of You' in January `85 took them into the UK Top 40, reaching number 12.

· Following the success of `Thinking of You' the band released this, their debut album, to critical acclaim from the music press. It has since become a collectable and cherished album amongst fans.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Usual Cherry Red standards = bad re-issue 14 Sep 2013
By Andy
Format:Audio CD
Enranged by what Edsel has been doing with some of my favourite music (Aztec Camera, Robert Palmer) I have decided to re-post a "review" for this Cherry Red re-issue of one of my favourite albums from the 80s.

In short: bad sound, one chopped song and at least two tracks sourced from mp3. This is how Cherry Red operates. No quality control.

I wish they had simply reprinted the previous Japanese edition which is now quite hard to find.

In the last couple of years it has been really painful to see these re-issue labels go from one disaster to the next. Salvo, Cherry Red, Edsel: please go away. Soon.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beatnik Love Affair 2 Feb 2010
Format:Audio CD
Originally released in 1985, Virgins And Philistines was the first vinyl album from The Colour Field. They had formed from the wreckage of two bands signed to 2Tone Records, namely The Specials and The Swinging Cats. The line up was Terry Hall (who had recently left his first post-Specials group Fun Boy Three), Toby Lyons (The Swinging Cats) and Karl Shale, a musician friend of Lyons.

I specify vinyl album because this has never previously been released on CD in the UK. This issue with bonus tracks will be released roughly one month before the original album's 25th anniversary.

Subsequently released on CD in America in the 80s and Japan in the late 90s, both CDs have sold for incredibly high amounts, but neither have ever quite captured the wonder of Virgins And Philistines. The American CD was mainly based on tracks from singles and single mixes and had a very different track order. Yes it has sufficed for years, but only for those few of us lucky enough to own it.

So onto the music: Take is regarded as one of Terry Hall's finest songs, with a bitter lyric delivered with the perfect level of spite. Castles In The Air is another one many thought was destined for greatness when released as a single, but despite a majestic arrangement it remains largely unknown. The one real breakthrough hit was Thinking Of You. Terry's infamous duet with Katrina Phillips struck the right note with pop fans and record buyers and propelled the band into the top 20. I say infamous because it is hard to this day to tell if the couple are together or apart. The duplicity in the lyric meant it just had to be a duet.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars It's the sound 26 Mar 2010
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Sadly, not many people will be looking at this re-issue on spec without existing interest, but for those of us that love this fantastic album, just my view.

The music and performance is sublime, as we know.

And if you want to listen on MP3, pc, iPod or in the car it sounds great.

But if you want to listen through a decent cd player et al don't buy it. It's been mastered for radio/download/pc and, sad to say, it's horrible. I know this album note for note beacause I've been listening to it since it was released on the original vinyl. Which I will keep playing, as this is very poor on cd players.

As Neil Young says, "sound matters". And the sound on this is nowhere near what this treasure deserves on conventional cd players.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good to bring this music back to my ears 23 Mar 2012
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It is great that this is now on CD. Quality tunes from my youth without the grainy cassette niose in background.
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