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on 13 September 2007
Everybody now knows Edwyn Collins for his massive hit "Girl like you" but the album from which its from is hardly known. This is a shame because every other song is just as good with keenly observed lyrics and witty insights. In any world with justice this would be an essential album in any cd collection.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 18 April 2012
Edwyn Collins' 1994 album Gorgeous George is a magnificent collection of some of this most talented songwriter's best work, both musically and lyrically. Featuring Collins on many of the instruments, long-time collaborator and ex-Sex Pistols band member Paul Cook on drums and ex-Orange Juice member Clare Kenny on bass, this album is full of infectious pop tunes, and ranks along with the albums I'm Not Following You and Losing Sleep as my favourite of Edwyn's solo work. The album also features Collins' long-time friend and collaborator Vic Godard (leader of the band Subway Sect) on backing vocals on a couple of the songs.

The album opens with the stunning The Campaign For Real Rock, probably the least accessible (certainly the least poppy) song included here, but for me the album's highlight. This song shows Collins at his lyrical best, producing a scathing attack on the music festival scene with lyrics that any of Mark E Smith, Morrissey, Nick Cave or Luke Haines would be proud of. The song is (structurally) reminiscent of Bowie's Memory Of A Free Festival, but there the similarities end, as Collins clarifies who his targets are with the brilliant lyric, 'The overrated hit the stage, overpaid and over here, and their idea of counter-culture's momma's charge account at Sears'. The accompanying (and atypical) feedback-infused guitar and repeated closing chanted vocal really transform this song into a veritable masterpiece.

The other album standout song for me is Out Of This World. Starting with a throbbing repeated motif, before breaking into a sublime verse/chorus refrain, backed by extra-terrestrial sounding electronic effects, and with Collins' vocals sounding particularly ominous and vibrant, this song is one of Collins' very best.

The album also contains a number of beautifully melodic slow or medium tempo songs such as the well-known single hit A Girl Like You along with Low Expectations, If You Could Love Me, North Of Heaven (with its brilliant 'Guns `n' Roses lyric') and Make Me Feel Again. The title track is also musically of a similar nature, but lyrically is another satirical attack, this time on ex-tory MP, Scot George Younger (not George Galloway, as one might suppose). I've Got It Bad is another somewhat atypical song, slow-paced but with some brilliant guitar playing from Edwyn, as he laments over an obsessive relationship. Also worth a mention is the album's bonus track, The Moron Song, which finds Collins at his most humorous, with its repeated refrain, 'This music won't take you higher unless you're a moron', reminding me somewhat of Jilted John's 1978 single with its similarly repeated line, 'Gordon is a moron'.

As you can tell, there is not really a duff song here. An essential album for the collection.
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on 26 February 2010
Awesome album. Never met is one of the more accessible tracks but the album is superb. Damn good guitar work. Great lyrics.
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on 17 December 2011
A truly great albumn; Cannot fault one track; This fella needs more publicty to show off his really great talent . A must for anyone that likes great music Quality !!!
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on 20 February 2015
Brilliant album, as you'd expect fron this genius. Delivery and condition were spot on too.
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on 24 August 2013
I used to have this on tape, so was very pleased to get it on Cd, it is really good.
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on 22 September 2015
Fantastic, and thanks for the very fast and so efficient service. Great
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on 7 August 2000
Fantastic album, but beware ; most of the songs don't sound like the hit-single "a girl like you"!
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on 21 August 2015
Excellent
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on 6 September 2014
one song is not enough for an album not my cup of tea
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