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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Reminder Of My Youth !!!
Contains all the Hits from this wonderfullt innovative band. They really did inspire the look of people such as Michael Jackson (Leee John in particular with his wonderful flamboyant style). For originality and flair that shaped a generation, in my view Imagination are right up there with Adam and the Ants and Spandau Ballet. They were also around at a time when such...
Published on 24 Feb 2001

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3.0 out of 5 stars Good album which I have had for years
Good album which I have had for years, but I wish they wouldn't keep re-hashing the same old stuff, how about a definitive best with all the singles, Inc the later classics, Found My Girl, Sunshine, The Last Days Of Summer, The Last Time, the 6 later singles from Instinctual onwards and Lee's solo single from 1984 I think, which I have had on 7 inch for years, but what's...
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46 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Reminder Of My Youth !!!, 24 Feb 2001
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This review is from: The Very Best Of Imagination (Audio CD)
Contains all the Hits from this wonderfullt innovative band. They really did inspire the look of people such as Michael Jackson (Leee John in particular with his wonderful flamboyant style). For originality and flair that shaped a generation, in my view Imagination are right up there with Adam and the Ants and Spandau Ballet. They were also around at a time when such artists as Shannon (remember "Let The Music Play"?) and Fonda Rae. Thgis is a definite "must have" for anyone with a half-de4cent 80s collection!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars 'Not Far From A Definitive Best Of', 28 Oct 2009
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Antony May (East Sussex, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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When Imagination and 'Body Talk' first exploded onto the 80's soul scene, for a few years thereafter the combination of the group and their producers Jolly and Swain proved as powerful a hit making combination as Lennon and McCartney, Morrissey and Marr and Jagger and Richards. You may well laugh at this statement but I was working in a record shop in Hastings in those days and there was always a buzz about the new Imagination single. In those days, Soul and R&B artists were very much singles artists - you could rarely give away their albums. Imagination did not fall into this category and we sold loads of 'Body Talk' and especially 'In The Heat Of The Night' (their best album).

Wisely, this collection focusses its attention on those early years of the band and pretty much all their best tracks from their golden period are here. Personally, I could not accept a 'best of' without 'The Last Time' but that is a minor quibble seeing as the groups best ever ballad 'I'll Always Love You (but don't look back)' has been included - something that is sadly unusual. Also of interest, is the inclusion of two non-Imagination songs! 'Soul Street' and 'Backtrackin'' are actually by Jolly and Swain and were released as an unsuccessful single 'back in the day'. Still, they are in the style of the group and may have been included here as a bonus for collectors of the 'R&B' sound - 'its got to be about the product', remember!

Don't think for a minute that Imagination never made another good record after say 1985 - they were just never as innovative or unique again. With declining sales and the failure of the 'Sunshine' single, The 'Trilogy' album was shelved. Thereafter, most of the bands latter years were spent 'searching' for a producer with a 'sound' that could bring back the 'Music And Lights'. Sadly, they never found one but with this collection and a hatful of hits under their belts they have left us quite a legacy...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it, 29 May 2013
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This is a great album, many old times hits, but the sound is still current and cool...
The CD arrived super fast- way faster than I expected,
I was so pleased!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Nostalgic, 13 Jan 2013
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Mrs. L. Ives "ladylinda" (United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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I absolutely love this CD. It took me back in time to when i used to listen to their music, in the late 70's early 80's. Very pleased with the album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oooh Oooh Ooh Arraaahhaaa, 10 Dec 2012
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Just spledid for hoovering and dusting in the campest possible way. A must for any fan. Treat yourself today! Enjoy
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5.0 out of 5 stars turn up the bass, 1 Jun 2009
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Neil Cowmeadow "The Guitar Maven" (shropshire, uk) - See all my reviews
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go for a cruise down amnesia drive and enjoy the massive contrast between the deep fretless/synth bass and the pliers-in-the-trouser-pocket falsetto vocal. Catchy pop tunes from out of the way-back machine. Groovey.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good album which I have had for years, 27 July 2014
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Mr. Adam Stiles "Upfrontbear74" (Derbyshire UK) - See all my reviews
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Good album which I have had for years, but I wish they wouldn't keep re-hashing the same old stuff, how about a definitive best with all the singles, Inc the later classics, Found My Girl, Sunshine, The Last Days Of Summer, The Last Time, the 6 later singles from Instinctual onwards and Lee's solo single from 1984 I think, which I have had on 7 inch for years, but what's name I forget.
But if your a casual fan its a good place to start.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic, 8 Dec 2013
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Fab album-took me back to my youth!! If you like Imagination would be a great addition to anyone's collection! Buy it:)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gift for husband, 12 July 2013
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Bought as a gift for my husband. He loves it. Songs of his youth & all that! All his favourites included
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4.0 out of 5 stars almost the real 'best of', 10 Oct 2011
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Their earlier material was their best. However to the purist, the only obvious ommision is 'the last time'. This apart, the album is very good.

Charismatic and flamboyant, this band had a hat full of hits in the early 80s. Super smooth ballots like 'in the heat of the night' and the amazing 'body talk', dance floor club classics such as 'flash back, 'music and lights' and the brilliant 'just an illusion'.

There are other quite catchy album tracks here as well. All in all, even now, this is pretty good stuff.
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