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2 By 2
2 By 2
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5.0 out of 5 stars Available at last, 3 Jan 2014
This review is from: 2 By 2 (Audio CD)
This is a long awaited reissue for 80's pop fans of Blue Zoo's only album. Blue Zoo are from the new romantic second division and only scored one top 40 hit; 1983's infectious 'Cry Boy Cry'. This song is not that typical of the rest of the album but what one does get is a strong collection of varied and sometimes quite bizarre early 80's pop. I think of Blue Zoo as a harder, edgier Kajagoogoo but fans of Duran, Scars, Japan and other new romance/post-punk bands of the era will not be dissapointed. 'Two by Two' is certainly a minor classic of its era that is really quite essential for 80's pop geeks.
I do think that some reviewers on here have been a bit hard on this Cherry Pop reissue and here is why. Firstly, yes the tracks are in a different order to the original LP with one version replaced entirely by another. However, the sleevenotes indicate that this is an artistic decision on the part of the band and so Cherry Red are not to blame on this front. All the original tracks are present (minus the original album version of 'Love Moves in Strange Ways') In terms of other tracks that might have been included such as 12 inch versions. It is possible that Cherry Red could not source the original tapes or a good vinyl source for these. What this reissue does have is a generous 19 tracks so it also possible that there was not any space left on a single disc reissue.
Finally on that issue of 'loudness' I have heard albums that were mastered too loud such as the now infamous Spandau and Duran debut reissues a few years back and I could only concur that these albums were badly remastered and sounded too loud. However, to my ear this remaster sounds fine.
This is a great album. Perhaps it does fall short of some fans expectations but with good sleevenotes and a generous helping of bonus material there is still plenty to enjoy!

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4.0 out of 5 stars Much better than Death in Vegas, 6 Mar 2010
I must agree with the previous reviewer that more tracks could and should have been included here. My only other criticism is that the colourful sleeve design seems to belong to another album and fails to reflect the arty gloom of Five or Six. It would in my view have been far more fitting to use one of the bands moody black and white sleeve images. This minor gripe aside, the music on this CD is very good and well worth the attention of music fans interested in early indie and experimental post punk who have already explored many of the more obvious exponents of these genres.
The only other track apart from 'Portrait' that listeners may be familiar with is 'Another Reason' as it was heavily sampled by Death in Vegas on the smash hit 'Dirge' in the late 90's. We can only hope that a more comprehensive collection from Five or Six will appear in the future, until then we have this fascinating concise document of their music on CD.

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