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  • Audio CD (28 May 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Bgo
  • ASIN: B0000011OF
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,757 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. J. H. Thorn VINE VOICE on 2 Sept. 2006
Format: Audio CD
I first heard this double album shortly after release in 1984. It was refreshingly untypical for its time, recalling a combination of quality 1970s singer-songwriter material, Graham Parker, Bruce Springsteen, folk and soulful pop. There are a couple of covers in 'Baby Now That I've Found You' and Buddy Holly's 'Learning The Game', otherwise the songs are Clive Gregson's. It starts well with the drive and emotion of 'Open Fire'. Indeed, the first half dozen songs are all fairly catchy, uptempo items. There are, however, several ballad-style songs through the middle of the album and they soon begin to sound much the same. The last few songs pick up the early tempo again but are not as good as the early ones. This is an album full of honesty, care and attention, but while it contains several very good songs, it lacks truly outstanding ones. Not bad, and plenty to go at, but not essential.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ratman on 5 July 2011
Format: Audio CD
I remember playing this album a lot in the car, summer of '84. It still sounds pretty good. If you have heard the early stuff from A.T. but not this, there are one or two gorgeous re-worked covers of earlier Clive Gregson tunes (e.g. including Turning Up The Heat, Playing Bogarts, Yesterday's Love) as well as some newer tunes. Recommended, though it's a shame the Amazon price at time of writing (July 2011) is so high.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. C. Jones on 6 Nov. 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Brilliant
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
voices carry 1 Jun. 2012
By Donald E. Gilliland - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The opening track, "Open Fire," is one of the best songs that Any Trouble ever recorded. Heck, it's one of the best songs that ANY band recorded in the 80s. Really, a great song. The rest of the album suffers in both quality and consistency. There are some very good songs on here, but the arrangements are sometimes overblown or just plain annoying. Whose idea was it to put reggae arrangments on some tunes? Awful. But the fact that Clive Gregson has such a wonderfully soothing voice (think: a mellower, more tuneful Elvis Costello), makes up for some of the weaker material. If you liked "Where are all the Nice Girls" by Any Trouble, you may be disappointed by most of this album. But then again, some of the highlights on here are very, very good, and Gregson's vocals act to elevate everything.
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A Limp Finish 2 Feb. 2003
By Tim Brough - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Any Trouble finally caught a break with a major label after Stiff gave them the heave-ho when the album "Wheels In Motion" fell flat. So did Clive Gregson and company take advantage of the deal with EMI to use and ace producer and polish up their sound so it would find an ear in America?
Nope...they put away the guitars and tried to become Howard Jones. "Wrong End Of The Race" finds the band attempting to stretch out, going as far as re-recording a few of their strongest songs from the first two lp's with more of the moment arrangements. That mistake robbed the songs of their charm, and the album failed to win over the cult that had built around their two Stiff albums or win Any Trouble any converts.
Do yourself a favor. Get the CD of "Where Are All The Nice Girls" or the "Best of The Stiff Years" collection instead.
While this isn't Any Trouble's finest album, it's a strong finish for this underappreciated band led by Clive Gregson 19 July 2012
By Wayne Klein - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
If you're wondering what Any Trouble sounds like imagine Elvis Costello fronting Squeeze but with a better voice and songs equally as good as either one of those artists. Songwriter and singer Cliv Gregson just couldn't get a break--he had a new label and the chance to make a double album featuring a mixture of new originals, remakes of songs that were overlooked from their first couple of albums and covers.

Oh, and while I mentioned that this was their final outing it really wasn't as Clive gathered the guys to make a reunion album that, sadly, sold as well as this one. It just made for a clever headline.

It's a pity that Clive Gregson ended up being at the wrong end of the race quite literally--the album despite guest guitarist Richard Thompson, some sharp arrangements and top notch songs failed to find the audience that they deserved. Disregard some of the less than stellar reviews here--while Any Trouble's swan song (until their reunion on Life In Reverse)did focus on their diversity it also, perhaps, diisplayed their strengths.

Still "Wrong End of the Race" featured enough witty songwriting and strong performances to make the failure of this album to chart well and find wider acceptance frustrating for both the band and fans. The BGO 1995 remaster sounds extremely good with a nice dynamic range and a very sympathetic mastering by John Wood.

While there aren't any outtakes or rarities included on a second disc here we do get a stellar mastering of the album on CD as well as a bootlet written by John Tobler and co-producer Will Birch (formerly of The Records) that discusses the making of the album.

As tragic as their lack of acceptance was at leas their music IS available to fans.

Recommended.
Any Trouble won't give you...Any Trouble listening. 31 Oct. 2001
By John Bennett - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Wow! What a great group. A roommate back in 1984 got me hooked on these guys. I think my favorite song is the remake "BABY, NOW THAT I FOUND YOU", the old Foundations tune from the 60s. Definetly worth buying.
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