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Word Gets Around [CD]

Stereophonics Audio CD
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Stereophonics release their eagerly awaited new album ‘Graffiti On A Train' on March 4th on their own Stylus Records label.

Kelly Jones has been in this London pub before. But that’s probably not surprising seeing that Jones, and his band Stereophonics, have been nearly everywhere before.

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  • Audio CD (1 July 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Commercial Marketing
  • ASIN: B000024TKT
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,376 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. A Thousand Trees 3:020.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Looks Like Chaplin 2:310.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. More Life In A Tramps Vest 2:190.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Local Boy In The Photograph 3:210.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Traffic (Album Version) 4:530.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Not Up To You 4:360.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Check My Eyelids For Holes 2:410.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Same Size Feet 4:000.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Last Of The Big Time Drinkers 2:450.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Goldfish Bowl 3:020.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Too Many Sandwiches 5:000.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Billy Davey's Daughter 3:450.99  Buy MP3 


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After the release of Word Gets Around, the Stereophonics blistering debut album, word did, indeed, get around, and rightly so. Firm adherents to the philosophy of "write what you know", Kelly Jones escaped the rural Welsh village of his upbringing and unleashed his remarkable songwriting talent on a world outside the valleys. The album title encapsulates its content perfectly--canny small-town observations rooted in real-life experience and drama. The setting is so insular that the rumours, gossip and stories have nothing to do but buzz round from lip to lip, reverberating off the surrounding mountains. Whereas contemporaries such as Super Furry Animals or Oasis may have exuded a more escapist vibe in their early songs, Jones immerses himself in the everyday events of small-town life and admirably demonstrates an unconditional love for the place he grew up.

Possessing an ability to say so much with so few words, his songs are as emotive as they are mosh-inducing, nowhere more aptly demonstrated than in "Local Boy in the Photograph"'s "He'll always be / Twenty-three / Yet the train runs on and on / Past the place they found his clothing," delivered with the kind of rusty-hacksaw vocal that belongs to Satan himself. Balancing this seriousness is a fine line in subtle humour, as displayed on the customer-service frustrations of "More Life in a Tramp's Vest".

However, the closing salvo of "Billy Davey's Daughter" (a song based on a story that, after its release, turned out to be nothing more than a rumour, thus perfectly capturing the very essence of the album) is a wonderful acoustic outro to a solid rock record. The Stereophonics have never bettered this, and it's their cross to bear that they probably never will. --Ben Johncock

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1 x CD Album
UK 1997

1A Thousand Trees3:03
2Looks Like Chaplin2:32
3More Life In A Tramps Vest2:20
4Local Boy In The Photograph3:22
5Traffic4:53
6Not Up To You4:36
7Check My Eyelids For Holes2:42
8Same Size Feet4:00
9Last Of The Big Time Drinkers2:45
10Goldfish Bowl3:03
11Too Many Sandwiches5:01
12Billy Daveys Daughter3:45

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Stereophonics Album 19 July 2005
Format:Audio CD
If you're new to the Stereophonics, you may not have heard their debut. They didn't get huge until 'The Bartender and the Thief' came out. If you haven't heard it, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it as its by far their best album.
Its quite a raw and rocky sound, but the phonics have never been able to match the raw energy of this album. The songwriting is open and honest and guitars loud. Anyone who saw Live8 will testify that 'Local Boy in the Photograph' went down a storm and thats the kind of album this is.
If you've ever liked a Stereophonics tune and you don't have this buy it now.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest 2 Sep 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This collection of songs is undoubtedly one of the greatest compilations of inventive guitar based songs. Every track on this recording has feeling, power, and emotion in the lyrics backed up by some of the most original sounds in recent years. This album should have been heralded a classic and the 'Phonics forever immortalised but unfortunately most people only started noticing after Performance and Cocktails (another great album) Listen to songs such as Traffic and Billy Davy's and you'll realise how slow ballads should be written.. And what can i say about all the rest How about awesome! I'm leaving the best to last though as i don't think there's ever been a better song written than Same Sized Feet which is absolutely spectacular as are the last three songs on the album. If you don't already own it...buy it...NOW!!!!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Back to Front 25 Aug 2005
Format:Audio CD
To really appreciate the Stereophonics, you need to listen to their later albums, fall in love with them and then come back to their roots. It's not that the later albums are bad, just that this album is very, very good, and the band change where they're coming from over time.
If you listen to this first, you'll expect them to always be highly-energetic and insightful rock. But they change, Kelly Jones maturing and writing more about immediate personal experiences (such as the last, very sad tracks of "You Gotta Go There To Come Back", full of regrets). Here, he's writing from a younger perspective, but in tracks like "Billy Daveys Daughter", you can see the sheer poetic and empathic talent of the man.
If you *DO* come to this album from the later ones, stick with it: it will grow on you. If you go forward, don't expect them to write the same material; they don't. That's why the Stereophonics are one of the greatest bands of our time. Take them for what they are: very, very good.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Welsh are coming! 27 Sep 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
These Cwmwman boys prove that Wales isn't all choir boys and Tom Jones! Vocalist and Lead Guitarist, Kelly Jones penned the lyrics for this album whilst he worked on a fruit and veg store in his home town, overhearing conversations and observing people from all walks of life passing by. The grittiness of the lyrics combined with Kelly's gruff vocals are truly amazing - but it's not all indie/rock. The album is a fine mix of up-tempo and slow-tempo songs, 'Tramps Vest' will have you jumping up and down but if you want something more mellow 'Traffic' has to be one of the best Rock Ballads of all time. It's one of those albums where it is hard to pick a favourite song because they are all so damn good - so add this album to your collection, you definately won't regret it.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb! Simple as that! 12 Jan 2005
Format:Audio CD
When i purchased this album it took me about a year before i got round to listening to it. I simply put them down as another band on the post-britpop bandwagon that would simply sound like everybody else. All i can do now is apologise as i realised after finally giving it the time of day that this album is simply, a cut above the rest in terms of what was being released then and now.
Every track is phenominal, kelly jones' voice so distinctive yet brilliant, and the whole album contains a power and aggression that neither of their next 3 albums was able to match. I will always and forever put this album in my top 3 of all time just on the basis that there really is not a bad song on it.
There are so many reviews out there that blow smoke up average bands releasing mediocore albums but please do not even dare to class this as one of them considering i'm probably the most sceptical person on the planet in terms of music.
All i will you leave you with is how the hell this album didn't make the phonics the biggest rock band on the planet will forever remain a mystery to me!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yet To Be Bettered - A Classic 26 April 2003
By D. Winchester VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Redemption at last. Every new Stereophonics album has enhanced their popularity and sales, while the actual content has sharply declined in quality. Tired third album Just Enough Education To Perform (2001) led to them being hailed as one of Britain's biggest bands, with the UK top 5 success of singles 'Mr Writer', 'Have A Nice Day' and the sensitive cover of Rod Stewart's 'Handbags and Gladrags'. Apart from the quality of a few tracks, Just Enough Education... was an exceptionally poor output from a band who proved their worth on this dazzling rockfest. Second album Performance and Cocktails (1999) was initially held as their best, most accessible collection to date - but recent opinion has shifted considerably. Although accomplished in its own right and an admirable sister album to the debut, Performance and Cocktails is firmly overshadowed by the enduring appeal of Word Gets Around, which holds all the unpretentious components that make The Stereophonics one of Britain's best bands of the last decade.
Just Enough Education... did what so many British bands have been tempted to do: to deliberately 'Americanize' their style to tap into the lucrative market across the lake. So it was successful for Bowie - what then? Name-checking San Francisco and being the latest to ponder Kennedy's assassination does not good music make, as the 'Phonics have found to their dismay. Word Gets Around's success bred on regional nostalgia for their small town Welsh home, with profound yet hardly world-changing local incidents the themes. One can't help but feel the grief of Billy Davey as 'Phonics lead singer Kelly Jones chronicles his daughter's tragic death (in 'Billy Daveys Daughter'): it is hardly on the same worldwide level as Kennedy's death, and so much the better.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Liked Stereophonics for years but never got around to buying any cds. Putting that to rights now and enjoying listening to some great standards.
Published 2 months ago by PKG
1.0 out of 5 stars misguided guidence
I bought this album after buying graffiti on a train and I have to say what a disappointment. even my young daughter felt the same way.
Published 3 months ago by Boots Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Tall Dark and handsome,trendy and musically gifted
i got into rock and metal because i have the musical instruments too play that type of music so i started watching kerrang and that is where i first heard and saw stereophonics
Published 4 months ago by nivek_drof
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I was completely happy and satisfied with the product. The product is everything I imagined and I was pleased with the price and packaging. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Sarah Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Briliant
We have all the Stereophonics CDs now!!! I love this band they are fantastic, one of the best around and well worth seeing live if you ever get the chance!
Published 9 months ago by Mrs K Crocken
4.0 out of 5 stars Jury Still Out
Have always admired Stereophonics from afar ... decided to try out x3 albums ... and am not disappointed !!! lol
Published 10 months ago by David Fraser
5.0 out of 5 stars whats up with people crazy
This album is genius anyone saying it's not needs to really go to the hospital sometimes in life music is simple most music is think of all the great bands there first albums are... Read more
Published 10 months ago by azman
4.0 out of 5 stars Word got around
Typical stereophonics. enjoyed every song.Not their greatest but still listenable. No awe inspiring track this time so down marked for that reason
Published 11 months ago by Budgie
5.0 out of 5 stars Good quality second hand album
In the process of replacing albums that have either walked out of my house on their own or not returned when lent out, or when they were returned they weren't in the best of... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Roadrunner
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
This is one of the best albums I have ever bought. Absolutely brilliant from beginning to end. If you don't already own this then you should!!
Published 19 months ago by Neilo
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