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Dubs Unlimited
Dubs Unlimited
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5.0 out of 5 stars Manchester or Jamiaca?, 21 April 2013
This review is from: Dubs Unlimited (Audio CD)
This is up there with any of the classic dub albums in my collection. Fundamentally it never strays too far from the dub blueprint but layered on top are a cornucopia of musical delights. Has been on heavy rotation since I bought it and is truly breathtaking.


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4.0 out of 5 stars Another Factory Milestone, 14 Sep 2008
This review is from: Bummed (Audio CD)
The Mondays' second LP is memorable as it sees the return of Martin Hannett to the Factory fold on production duties. Hannett had previously produced the two Joy Division albums with devestating effects. He conjures up mixed results here, while The Mondays may have progressed significantly since their debut the sound here is strangely claustrophobic and murky.

As for the songs Country Song, Moving in With and Lazyitis are great efforts while Mad Cyril, Performance, Wrote For Luck and Do It Better are classics. The remaining three Fat Lady Wrestlers, Brain Dead and Bring A Friend are a bit run of the mill but by no means bad. This album swaggers and is so care free it could have only come out on Factory Records.

Squirrel And G-Man Twenty Four Hour Party People Plastic Face Carnt Smile (White Out)
Squirrel And G-Man Twenty Four Hour Party People Plastic Face Carnt Smile (White Out)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Portentous Debut, 11 Sep 2008
Squirrel & G-Man was the Monday's debut released on Manchester's Factory records in 1987. John Cale (Velvet Underground) is on production duties, presumably because of the Velvet's drug history going hand in hand with the Monday's renowned intake.

The album displays a crude funk reminiscent of post punk funksters such as Gang of Four and A Certain Ratio. Cale concentrates on developing the funk by bringing the drums and bass to the front. What sets this album apart is the Ryder brothers Paul & Shaun. Shaun's guttersniping one-liners are well known and deserve all the credit they get but older sibling Paul's bass lines make the record listenable.

A couple of tracks let the side down but Tart Tart is as good as anything they have produced since. Kuff Dam (spell it backwards) is an inspired choice as LP opener dragging the listener into the warped Mondays world paving the way for council estate tales and casual drug references.

More interesting work was to come from the Mondays but this remains a good buy and a hugely underrated if not flawed debut.

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5.0 out of 5 stars perfect technique, 18 Jan 2004
This review is from: Technique (Audio CD)
The pinnacle of New Order's recording career so far. Possibly the finest pop/rock/dance album ever made. Starting with the lecherous acid tribute Fine Time, also featuring vital pop gems like Round & Round, All The Way and Vanishing point.
Run features some of Barney Sumners most wigged out guitar playing ever, Lp closer Dream Attack is simply a perfect song.
Lyrically and production wise this is New Order's best album, a must for every serious record collection.

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