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Reproduction
Reproduction
Price: £4.99

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars weird and wonderful sounds from a very under-rated act, 9 Mar. 2007
This review is from: Reproduction (Audio CD)
amount of tracks:9
excellent:6
v.good:0
good:3
fair:0
poor:0

the period between late 79 and 82 saw the birth of what came to be known as the new romantic period. this featured bands (and they were REAL bands unlike the studio-created pretenders of today) like spandau ballet,visage,soft cell, depeche mode,joy division,simple minds, tubeway army etc. as 1983 kicked in all these bands moved into pop mainstream and embraced the horrendous production values that permeated all recorded music for the next 7 years. the human league were no different. they hired two girls and went mainstream pop. you cant blame these bands of course, they obviously smelt the £ and they all made very nice careers. but the music suffered as a result and consequently people forget about the earlier period when all the above named were making some very interesting music indeed and that particular couple of years saw pop at its very darkest.
the league were a prime example. two albums were released during this period, travelogue and this one, reproduction. bear in mind that this was real music, regardless of the fact it was made on synth. it was long before the days of sampling and pro-tools where any idiot who knows a couple of chords on the keyboard can make himself sound much better than he/they really are, as per 'groups' nowadays. this was still very organic and extremely clever and inventive stuff. taking their cues obviously from bands like kraftwerk, tangerine dream and bowie, the human league came up with a great little album here full of very intriging songs, including a truly weird version of 'youve lost that lovin feeling' preceded by 'morale', a kinda spoken word intro. when i first heard it i went 'what?!' but it actually works in a demented kind of way! the real highlights however, are the first three tracks plus the single 'empire state human'(havent heard the bonus tracks on the remaster so cant comment)'circus of death' and'path of least resistance' especially are simply little masterpeices and pop never really got any darker than this. even in their full on pop years(which still had some great moments), oakey still came up with some very deep and dark stuff, especially on the b-sides of singles which kinda showed where his true feelings still laid. all in all, this was a great little group and phil oakey is a very under-rated and talented writer. if you like substance in your pop music, look no further than this album


It'll All Work Out in Boomland
It'll All Work Out in Boomland

5.0 out of 5 stars Another unrecognized classic, 9 Mar. 2007
amount of tracks:4
excellent:2
v.good:1
good:1
fair:0
poor:0

this is a fantastic slice of psychedelic rock from 1970, which was probably rock musics greatest year. very heavy, wild stuff but very melodic too. a band that released two albums then dissappeared from view. a great mystery as to why they never made it through to a higher level. maybe band politics, who knows? its certainly not through lack of quality of material cos this really is top notch stuff and still sounds ultra-powerful all these years later. where are these guys now? and especially whats become of 17 year old guitarist keith cross? amazed that he didnt go on to bigger things. i guess theres some stories to be told about all this. i would like to be enlightened! anyway - if youre a serious rock musicfan, i urge you to get this. you definately wont be dissapointed


London Calling
London Calling
Price: £4.67

16 of 88 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars weedy album from a weedy band, 24 Feb. 2007
This review is from: London Calling (Audio CD)
amount of tracks:12
excellent:0
v.good:0
good:0
fair:2
poor:10

i wrote a review of this before but it mysteriously vanished. maybe it got some complaints and amazon, in their wisdom, took it offline? ok - i'll try another, without resorting to inflammatory content(!), hard as it may be. here goes.
this album? well, just like all this bands albums, this is spineless,tinny and pretensious fare. a hopeless mish-mash of cod-white boy reggae, godawful attempts at rockabilly, hints of doo-wop.the majority of the time its just pop. but its not even good pop. its pop-punk by numbers. the kind of stuff that jonathan king mightve come up with as a punk joke! at no time whatsoever does this album ROCK. and as for punk, well this has none of the attitude,power or sincerity of real punk albums like offerings from the pistols,the damned,the adverts,sham etc. in fact none of their albums do. and why? because the clash were always pretenders. middle class art school pub rockers who jumped on the bandwagon and declared themselves as the 'peoples band' - and the people bought it! just like they bought u2 and oasis! talk about the great rock and roll swindle! this band WAS it.
i say it again. weedy, tinny, passionless, souless dirge from one of the most over-rated bands of all. they dont deserve the place in punk history that journalists and the public alike heap on them. wake up!
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Tears Laid in Earth
Tears Laid in Earth

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an overlooked masterpeice, 17 Feb. 2007
This review is from: Tears Laid in Earth (Audio CD)
amount of tracks:11
excellent:3
v.good:4
good:4
fair:0
poor:0

i picked this up purely by chance roundabout the time it came out, intrigued by the bands name which implied something other than heads down metal. was very pleasantly shocked and surprised upon hearing. what we've got is very unique, sprawling epics which fall somewhere between wagner and pink floyd with black sabbath undertones! - though i must stress this is not a true description, its about the closest i can find. at times it is very heavy - though its never metal. the vocals are truly fabulous throughout, the girl has a beautiful voice and this album pre-dates the kind of stuff laid down by the likes of nightwish,lacuna coil etc. it IS kinda one-paced, but it doesnt detract at all from the overall feel of the album, which has a kind of soundtrack,concept vibe - i cant recommend this enough - its powerfull , evocative stuff. one track in particular, 'trial of past' could be the ultimate in 'battle metal' - conjuring up visions of vikings sailing across the north sea, swords in hand. Really! if you doubt me, crank it up and try it for yourself! - i went out after buying this and got a few more of their albums, and whilst interesting, there was nothing that matched this one. they peaked here for sure - and i believe the incredible singer here left soonafter. not sure if this band are still going. but man, what an overlooked classic album this is. if you are into epic, heavy but intelligent and melodic music - this is for you. trust me!


Fanny Adams
Fanny Adams
Offered by music-discount
Price: £12.39

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars dont miss!, 1 Nov. 2006
This review is from: Fanny Adams (Audio CD)
amount of tracks:7
excellent:7
v.good:0
good:0
fair:0
poor:0

if youre a serious rock fan, whatever you do, i urge you to seek out a copy of this album. i first came across it on vinyl about 20 years ago in a bargain bin. i bought it because the lyrics looked good on the b-side and it was recorded in 1971 - a good sign - however, i wasnt expecting much. what i got when it hit my record deck was 45 minutes of near flawless rock music. its heavy,its melodic,its got it all. every song is a gem and the playing and singing is spot-on throughout. talk about a lost classic - i tried lookig for information about this band on the net but couldnt find alot except that they were australia-based and one of the members worked session for the bee gees at some time. apparantly the band folded almost straight after the album was released, which is a real shame cos this is a masterpeice of an album and i cant recommend it enough. think free meets lynyrd skynryd meets zeppelin and youre on the right track though at the end of the day the band have their own sound going on. i didnt even know this was out on cd, but if you see it, buy! buy! buy! and tell all your pals too as well. as for the band members, if youre out there and happen to read this, thanks for making such a great album, and how about a reunion!


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