This album takes me back. I'll of still been at school when it was originally released (1986 if my memory is correct). Their debut album 'Rhythm & Soul' was very poppy with a slight Motown influence but this their second album 'No Lumps Of Fat Or Gristle' (or 'Down Two' as it was called in Germany) had much more incommon with the Medway garage band The Prisoners than the other power pop Mod bands from the mid 80s.
At the time of it's release Stiff Records had gone bust and with Makin' Time signed to Stiff's offshoot lable Countdown Records they found themselves putting out this album themselves. Listening to this album now it's hard to understand why Makin' Time never made it… Read more
The people who miss out on this album are the ones that have lost.
I've been a fan now of Amsterdam's frontman Ian Prowse's songs since hearing his old band Pele back in the early 90s. This is Amsterdam's second official studio album (or 4th if you count the 2 internet only albums 'Attitunes' & 'The Curse') and is easily their best to date. In fact I'd go as far as to say this album features Prowsey's best songs todate, and that includes the Pele stuff.
Ok, there's a few old songs on here ('Lonely Boy','Hatred Is Wasted' and 'Feels Like Growing Up') but all have been updated and re-recorded and sound all the better for it. 'Arm In Arm' also includes a great acoustic… Read more
This album is brilliant and was released in October 2005 despite many hurdles which would have brought a lesser band to it's knees. It is strong, heartfelt, upbeat, down-at-heel and most of all it does what it says on the box - it's a musical Journey, and one which I urge you to take at the earliest opportunity. This album is the best few pounds you'll ever spend. But don't just take my word for it take a look at what others have said about the band - 'Amsterdam are incredible' Elvis Costello, 'Genuine greatness' The late great John Peel, '* great band' THEE Mick Jones.