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Shack Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (5 Nov 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Red Flag
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 391,396 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sgt Major
2. Neighbours
3. Stranger
4. Dragonfly
5. Mood Of The Morning
6. Walter's Song
7. Time Machine
8. Mr. Appointment
9. Undecided
10. Hazy
11. Hey Mama
12. London Town

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Robbie Fowler of indie music. 30 Nov 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Shack are a Liverpool band who, due to one problem or another (drug addiction, studio fires, misplaced tapes)never achieved the success they deserved, when in truth they had tunes to challenge the likes of Oasis and the Stone Roses. This is a fine album of melodic, soulful folk-rock melding age old but well worn influences such as The Beatles, Love, Simon and Garfunkel, and even some punk sounds. It's every bit as good as 'Definitely Maybe' or other celebrated '90s albums, and worth buying.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a brilliant record. I bought Zilch 22 Oct 2014
Format:Audio CD
This is a brilliant record. I bought Zilch, their debut, when it first came out which despite its over production had some great songs on it. So many years later and in a post Stone Roses world came this. Gone is the over production but 'for keeps' is the song writing acumen. Songs that pay their respects to Love and the Byrds far more than any merseybeat sounds. A natural progression from 'I know you well' which very much did pay homage to 'you know who'. All of gods children gotta have their freedom but this is such a better record than the later HMS Fable which to me was a huge disappointment with Shack trying to chase the Burnage boys when they really didnt need to. Arthur Lee would still be proud of them now. Buy it. Oh yeah, how come Cherry Red hasnt re-released it?????
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply, The Best. 13 April 2008
Format:Audio CD
In retrospect, the early 90's was a great time for music. The 80's obsession with electronica had faded and the post-punk punks were maturing into sophisticated middle age. The time that gave us The Stone roses and so much more, also gave us another masterpiece, greater still. That was this album, Waterpistol.

Unfortunately, due to a catalogue of disasters which stand to prove that truth can be stranger than fiction, Waterpistol didn't see the light of day for nearly 5 years and then only as an obscure release from a tiny German label. Available now as a re-issue, It stands out from record label formulated crowd as a truely fantastic example of the genius that is Mick Head.

If you have stumbled on this review whilst browsing for stuff to buy, go no further. If you don't believe me, try and find a bad review of this album anywhere. If you can't (and you will not) then buy it. Listen to it 3 times and then tell everyone you can get to listen, that the finest album ever made is Waterpistol, by Shack.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
as you can see from the other reviews, this album is a genuine lost classic... 12 gorgeous and gritty songs penned by ex Pale Fountains songsmith Michael Head, with augmentation from his guitarist brother John and future Cast bassist Pete 'Huxley Pig' Wilkinson...
the theme of the songs take in the gritty liverpudlian streets, a ray of whisky fuelled light amongst the bleakness of the late 80s/early 90s (when this LP was written and recorded, despite its 1995 release date)...
worth purchasing for the majestic ''undecided'' alone... influential, inspirational... and under-rated...
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential.... 25 Jan 2004
Format:Audio CD
It's hard to say whether this could be Shack's finest hour as each record is invariably brilliant and invariably different from the previous one. Waterpistol is packed full of songs that will grab you and knock you around - Neighbours probably is Shack's finest hour, whilst Dragonfly rolls along on a psychedelic back beat that Lee Mavers would only envy. For those who enjoy the quieter side of Shack such tunes as Hazy and London Town fill the gap admirably. Nodding at Love, The Byrds and of course the Beatles every atep of the way and yet still sounding original, Shack have made one of THE perfect guitar records of all time. If you don't have this - get it instantly or you will kick yourself ever after. A classic.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless 3 May 2008
Format:Audio CD
Reissue of the long overdue and well regarded CD originally put out on the German Marina label in about 1995. Shack don't make bad albums - this one is probably the high point so far. Stunning.
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