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A Woofer In Tweeter's Clothing
A Woofer In Tweeter's Clothing
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £24.95

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Early Sparks, 30 Aug 2006
I wasn't sure whether three or four stars was appropriate, but since this is Sparks after all, I'll err in their favor.

While many of the songs are great on this album ("Girl From Germany" and "Here Comes Bob" are the standouts), most of them are merely good. (The same can be said of their first album). Ron Mael had the 'weird' part of the equation, but not the 'hooky' or 'poppy' side. Russel wasn't singing in a faux-british accent (though he does do a faux-German!) quite as much as he would on their first two albums for Island.

But this is an album to own. If you like Sparks' Island stuff, this isn't too far removed. (Much closer than the stuff on their Todd Rundgren-produced debut). My only real 'complaint' with this edition is that it could have included the original guitar-version of "I Like Girls", a song that later ended up on Big Beat. (You can hear the original version I speak of on Rhino's 2CD Sparks Compilation, "Profile: The Ultimate Sparks Collection."

Adventures In Modern Recording [Plus 3 Bonus Tracks]
Adventures In Modern Recording [Plus 3 Bonus Tracks]

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Something Special, 11 April 2003
If you're looking at this album for another "Video Killed The Radio Star," forget it, because there isn't one on this album. While it's true the songs on this album are a bit less memorable than their debut, this is still a wonderful cd to own and, I think, well worth the high import price.
This album was going to be another Geoff Downes/Trevor Horn album, but early on in the recording process Geoff Downes left to form Asia with Steve Howe, leaving Trevor Horn (and those who would become longstanding Horn collaborators, including Bruce Wooley) to complete the album without him. In a sense, this is more of a Trevor Horn solo album than a Buggles album. And what a great solo album it is!
If you liked the first Buggles album's quirky lyrical themes, stylish arrangements and (of course) Trevor Horn's singing, then get this album. Standout tracks include the jazzy "Vermillion Sands," "Lenny" (a song about Leonardo Da Vinci), and the prog-rockish "Rainbow Warrior." The B-sides are even good this time around; both "Fade Away" (a blatant reference to Buddy Holly's "Not Fade Away") and "Blue Nylon" are enjoyable on repeat listenings.
One last thing: the production values of this album are absolutely breathtaking, and is more "audiophile" than anything else from this time period, period! To hear this album on vinyl is stunning; on cd, even more so. This is what bumped my rating from 4 stars to 5. Aspiring record producers/recording engineers start here!

Shake Some Action
Shake Some Action
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Price: £11.77

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Absolute Classic, 7 Oct 2001
This review is from: Shake Some Action (Audio CD)
Shake Some Action by the Flamin' Groovies is probably one of the best albums you've never heard. At the time it came out in the mid-seventies, it had to compete not only with other "power-pop" albums by artists such as Badfinger and Raspberries, but also with bands and artists representing the then-popular "California Sound" of Jackson Browne, The Eagles, Linda Ronstadt, etc. Besides, music hadn't sounded like this for about ten years. The Groovies' music has always been about ten years behind the times, thus insuring their place in cult rock history. However, few "retro-rock" albums are quite this stunning: paired with Dave Edmunds (one of rock's great traditionalists), the Groovies created one of the best British Invasion album of the 60s, ten years after the fact. The album is split pretty evenly between covers and originals, with standouts being the anthemic title track, "Please Please Girl", "You Tore Me Down", and the album closer "I Can't Hide", but these are just icing on the cake. It's unfortunate, then, that this album seems to have gotten lost in the shuffle.

The Age Of Plastic
The Age Of Plastic
Price: £5.95

28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!, 29 Sep 2001
This review is from: The Age Of Plastic (Audio CD)
I'll admit, I bough this album for "Video", only to discover that the entire album is excellent. Standouts of course would include "Clean, Clean", "Elstree", "Plastic Age", and of course "Video Killed the Radio Star". It should be mentioned that although Amazon's review mentions drum machines, all the drums were actually played by a real drummer (none other than Ultravox's Warren Cann), though Trevor Horn and Geoff Downes wanted him to sound like a drum machine ('cause they didn't have one at the time)!

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