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on 14 August 2000
This sounds like a bargain too good to miss....
not content with including all Alison's singles, plus some Yazoo tracks and a totally unreleased track, those lovely people at Sony have included a TOTALLY live CD into the bargain, plus an extra booklet....
And this live CD? It's awesome....
Although I was never a really big fan of Love Letters,the totally revamped version on here positively smokes... what a clever re-interpretation of a song, a great way to still sing songs Alison herself may not be too keen on, but making them sound fresh, and adding her own personal modern day touch... it works so well, it hurts, to my old ears, it shows a terrific musical insight....who could have imagined it sung this way? As does the reworking of All Cried Out which SWINGS, turns a mournful ballad into a sassy fingerclicking number, a slow foot-tapper, and marred only (in my humble view)by ropey backing singers who don't quite sound into the tune at all. Or maybe it's just THAT voice overshadowing all the others.....
Great faithful renditions of Dorothy (still can't believe this wasn't the first single from Essex) and the trippy late-era-Beatles psychedelic wondrousness that is Falling, then another old Yazoo track, Ode to Boy which I still can't bring myself to enjoy like the original, available on Yazoo's You and me Both album...
By-numbers renditions of Nobodys Diary and Is This Love follow, the latter sounding dated and in need of an overhaul, I reckon, and it also sounds like Alison's doing this one 'just for the crowd'. When you consider what this wonderful woman has done to both All Cried out and Love Letters, both songs I could never have imagined as anything else but how they were originally recorded.....Diary and Is this love could have suffered the same fate. In fact, both songs suffer more from the pedestrian band rendition - Alison's in fantastic voice on both. Great rendition of Whispering Your Name, and the stunning finale...There are Worse Things I could Do, Rizzo's 'big' Grease song, another track that Sony should have culled for a single.... breathtaking...the pause where Alison sings 'I could hurt me'....goosebumps time, and the sheer exuberance of her voice as she sings 'I could stay home every night'...that soaring, incredible wall of sound she creates... All in all, this album's a MUST HAVE, no question, and with Alison's new material, working in Bristol with the people behind the Portishead sound, looking likely at the end of the year, this is a great trip down memeory lane, a reminder of how singers should sing....a good refresher into one of music's more maverick musicians.
...And as the cover proudly displays....NO OVERDUBS, TOTALLY LIVE. And.... UTTERLY ESSENTIAL.
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on 21 August 2000
Alison Moyet is a singer and songwriter of rare talent and has graced several genres in her career to date. Using her voice almost as an instrument, Alison adds real warmth to three Yazoo tracks. Velvety smooth on the Vince Clarke-penned pop gem 'Only You' and her own composition, 'Nobody's Diary'. Zesty and feisty on 'Situation', a song she co-wrote. I can't think of another singer who was able to humanise electronic music in quite the same way.
The middle section of the album covers Alison's first two solo albums ('Alf' and 'Raindancing'). Commercially, this was her heyday and she was feted as the best pop singer around and rightly ruled the UK charts. Pop gems like 'Love Resurrection', 'All Cried Out' and 'Is This Love?' will put a nostalgic smile on many a face.
Artistically, her best work was yet to come and the 90's singles really show the woman off. Her refusal to compromise may have slowed her chart performances a bit but the quality is most definitely there. Listen to 'It Won't Be Long', 'Ode To Boy', 'Falling'.... Gritty, powerhouse vocals over genuinely intelligent lyrics. We're talking colour, verve and imagination. The gorgeous ache of her own composition, 'This House'... The real-world romance of 'Wishing You Were Here'.... The campy Broadway disco of 'Whispering Your Name'.... The passion in her guitar-led version of 'The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face' will lift your soul. I'm telling you, this is great stuff!
Make absolutely sure you get this special edition with the 11-track live CD. Subtitled 'No Overdubs', this bonus collection showcases a REAL singer who can pull an audience along with her no matter what. The sheer beauty of 'Dorothy' and the earthiness of 'Getting Into Something' really deliver the goods. Moyet also takes a smattering of cover versions and makes them utterly her own: the smoky late-night jazz of 'Love Letters'... The down-home blues of 'Chain of Fools'... And listen to how she commandeers 'There Are Worse Things I Could Do', wiping the floor with the 'Grease' original......
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on 13 December 1999
From the outset of her career Alison was always determined to be her own person and this compilation of her singles to date demonstrates this beyond any doubt.
Alison voice on the record takes in many styles to stunning effect from the lazy jazzie "That Ole Devil" to the wonderfully indie demented "It Wont Be Long" where Alison voice was so liberated.....
So much has been said over the years about alison voice and few could dispute the fact she has an amazing voice but little has been written about her songwriting respect please long overdue.
Check out her own songs on Singles:
Winter Kills Nobody's Diary Ode to Boy This House Solid Wood
Here's looking forward to 2000 and the eagerly awaited new album......
Love and respect to you alison xxxx.
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on 18 June 2001
This womans boive is phenomenal. She is the ONLY singer to make me actually go weak at the kness when I turn THAT voice up.
This album is fabulous, as always, but personally, I prefer the divine Essex with lyrics that are so amazing I can only sit and wonder.
Do I sound obsessed? I am, but at the same time, from a purely technical point of view, the lyrics and music on this album is so wide in scope, so deep in feeling and so powerful to hear that Alison should never be overlooked as a chart flop. Genius is rarely recognised until it is too late!
Songs such as This House are so melancholy and soulful, yet things such as Ordinary Girl apply to us all. Alison writes lyrics which are both dealing with deep issues such as a broken heart and lost love - expressed in a much more subtle way than ANYTHING any other woman or male singer has done before or since - and she deals with everyday, common issues, adding her own masterful touch.
This album is a a collection of genius, but I'd also check out Essex and Hoodoo, unfortunately out of production.
Certainly a piece of musical and emotional mastery.
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on 27 June 2013
What a voice, bought the CD as it was a combination of Alison's singles didn't even notice the live disc, both are great and haven't been out of the car CD player since arrival. Think even the dog knows the words now!
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on 1 December 2015
Live thus cd, and great price, brill!
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on 12 June 2016
Great collection builder.
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on 3 September 2014
Excellent CD as expected.
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on 15 February 2015
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on 24 October 2015
Fast service. All as promised. No complaints whatsoever.
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