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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 30 August 2013
This is a review for the 2013 expanded edition of Velveteen.
First the extra tracks:

Baby I don't care - Abigail's party mix
The only one - Extended mix
Landslide of love - Extended mix

These versions of the songs are fine, but for myself I would have much preferred an extra demo or live track, than remixed or extended editions of the songs,

Sex Kick - Demo (B-side of Baby I don't care)
Saturn 5 - Demo (Baby I don't care CD single)

The demo of Sex Kick is pretty close to the version that appears on Pop Art, but Saturn 5 is as far as I can tell a pervious unreleased track, an up tempo indie punk song, similar to Revolution Baby, good stuff.

Down on you - Live version (B-side of Born to be sold)
Last time - Live version (B-side of Born to be sold)
Recorded live at Glasgow, Barrowlands by Radio Cylde Mobile, 21st June 1989

Demonstrating that the band could cut it on the live circuit, it's the Stones version of "The Last Time" but with a nice punky guitar riff, if you going to do a cover of a famous song you should try and mix it up a bit, instead of a Karaoke-cover, which TV achieve.

Time for change (B-side of Baby I don't care)
Strings of my heart (B-side of Baby I don't care)
The Mystery song (B-side of The only one)
Love me (B-side of The only one)
W11 Blues (B-side of Landslide of love)
Hardtime (B-side of Landslide of love)
He's the only one for me (B-side of Landslide of love)
Kiss me (B-side of Born to be sold)

Excellent selection of non-album songs, with a lot of them having a more stripped down feel, which gives a nice balance to the big production sound of the album tracks. It's interesting that "The Mystery song" & "He's the only one for me" were written by Dave Parsons (he also wrote a couple of B-sides for "little Magnet..) & if he'd had written with Sayer, could have brought an extra dimension to TV's music, which could have been the way forward for the band, but guess we'll never no.

Whenever a band or singer release a great record, as a fan, on one hand your want them to evolve & take some risks, but on the other hand, you want your favourite act to record exactly the same record again. Thankfully TV chose the forma, recording a more mature, well-crafted record, more commercial than Pop Art, & the final epic track Velveteen does cast a long shadow over the rest of the record.
But I think all bands that want to create a successful second album, should use Velveteen as a template.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on 2 March 2002
This album is easily in my top ten albums of all time. It is surprisingly varied and represents Transvision Vamp at their peak. I'll try and give you a brief track by track precis of this brilliant album;
Baby I don't care - A great barn stormer of a track. Lyrics that really cut through a wonderfully heavy guitar riff.
The only one - another brilliant tune that has a great tune. Full of the classic TV raunchiness.
Landslide of love - A medium paced song with Wendys voice cutting through with that delightful clarity.
Falling for a goldmine - A slow moving song with lots of breathy lyrics and a wonderful chorus.
Down on you - a heavy guitar and synth song with piercing lyrics. Superb.
Song to the stars - a delightfully silly piece thats nice and slow!
Kiss their sons - a really heavy track with guitars and synths and those cutting lyrics. Brilliant.
Born to be sold - quiet (compared to the rest of the album) ditty with superb lyrics and good tune with a good twangy guitar in the chorus.
Pay the ghosts - Good heavy drums with a lighter guitar on top - pure joy.
Bad valentine - a slower ditty with the wonderful breathy voice of Wendy - oooh sexy!
Velveteen - All I can say about the title track (which is the last track on this album) is that it is 9 min 51 seconds of pure genius. Velveteen is a surprisingly complex song comprising of quiet parts and the bit about 2:49 into the track is absolute magic. Its worth buying this album for the title track alone. Exquisite - the best track of all time.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 4 October 2002
For a period in the late '80s, Transvision Vamp seemed to be everywhere in the U.K. Mainly, it was lead singer Wendy James and her sex kitten image on the magazine covers. Velveteen was the band's second release of their Blondie-like bubblegum rock. It will never go down as a great album, but Velveteen has its own definite charms. James' vocals are hardly impressive, but they are endearing in a childlike manner. It's a style that fits the simple fun of the lyrics on the stomping "Baby I Don't Care" and the new wave rocker "Kiss Their Sons." It's hard not to want to scream along with the choruses. "The Only One" is hyperkinetic with a slight disco touch. The lack of ideas catches up to them as the second half starts to sound familiar, but they close things strongly with the epic-length title track. Strings lend a bit of drama to a song that shifts from pummeling, tribal rock to dreamy pop to garage band rock to quasi-lounge music with James giving one of her better vocal performances. Velveteen is an enjoyable and effortless listen.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 16 November 1999
An absolute class act, in their time. This is not a cheesy rock album in fact it is a lot more I really think that the title song on here 'Velveteen' has as much construction and originality as a lot of the great songs of our time. They have pretty much been forgotten about today however this album is definitely a favourite of mine.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 9 December 2010
had this album for christmas 1989! on tape liked it then 21 years on got it on cd now i love it sent me back to my childhood days
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 25 March 2013
So we have the 2nd brilliant album giving the loving treatment this music deserves.
Once again,you may wonder if there is much point getting this re-release if you own the original,again the answer's a very enthusiastic yes.
Here we have an album that kind of starts of where POP ART was going,those opening bars to the animalistic yell from WENDY letting us know they are here again to sink their teeth into us and show us a thing or 2 about their version of rock 'n' roll.
Again unashamedly infuenced by so many big artists from the past,this is something to behold,adding there own magic into the mix.
This album makess it clear the band were learning and evolving all the time,trying new things and getting a harder edge,some times getting a little dark with it,all ending with the epic VELVETEEN,what a finisher!
Once you've finished playing VELVETEEN on disc 1,pop in disc 2 for some brilliant b-sides and mixes.
Originals such as TIME FOR CHANGE and STRINGS OF MY HEART give further proof they'd grown and gained knowledge,nicely sung and played. The somewhat squeeky vocals of SATURN 5 are amusing and the catchy track soon has you singing away,THE MYSTERY SONG and LOVE ME are something a little different and work brilliantly. There's more,as other mixes leave you praying for even more and the hard edged WII BLUES and dark and breathy HARD TIMES lead on to the more poppy HE'S THE ONLY ONE FOR ME and the sexy KISS ME. It ends with two brilliant live offering,with DOWN ON YOU giving a different,harder feel to the original album version,then onto the brilliant cover of LAST TIME,this may have some ROLLING STONES wishing they hadn't,but i love it,rocking good stuff.
Well there we have it,the second re-releaese and once again,with the same booklet treatment as POP ART,articles some of us will remember reading some years back. sometimes re-releases are very welcome,with these 2 gems,with all their extras,being welcome back in my stereo any day.
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on 3 August 2015
It doesn't sound as good as the tape I bought when it first came ...

It doesn't sound as good as the tape I bought when it first came out. Unfortunately I don't have a sound system that plays tapes and I no longer listen to the CD.
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on 2 May 2014
Excellent album a classic in fact from one of the most under rated bands of the 80s, Wendys lush seductive tones sound amazing especially on the standout track for me Landslide of love, buy it you won't regret it
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on 13 September 2011
Wendy James was every young mans' dream girl in the early/mid-eighties, even better than Debbie Harry! This album is great and has to be played loud, especially the opening 2 tracks. Brilliant.
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on 18 August 2014
I bought this for trip down memory lane and the mad crush I had on Wendy James back then. TVs music is just as great as I remember it and the bonus CD is worth the extra money.
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