on 29 September 2001
Terrorvisions final album (so they say) is the best best of.. compliation album you will find. Opening with perserverance, and ending will oblivion, this is a remarkable album. If you don't own any TV albums, then this is the one for you. Including the likes of some people say, alice whats the matter, fist of fury ( the single version that was never realesed), celebritly hit list and discoteque wreck (the only song on the album thats not a single) makes it perfect. They are certainly ending with a bang. Cheers!
on 22 January 2015
Early 2001 was a dark time for fans of British rock. Terrorvision, the self-proclaimed "best band from Bradford starting with a T" announced that they were to split up later in the year, following a farewell tour and the release of a Greatest Hits album. Not having missed either a tour or an album by the band in years, I made sure to get my hands on both.
"Whales and Dolphins - the Best of Terrorvision" isn't a great album for the fans. It was put together by EMI, who had dropped the band a couple of years previously in an attempt to reclaim some of the money they'd lost in the band, it was done virtually without the input of the band. In real terms, what this means is that the inlay card is badly designed and doesn't give an overview of the band's career, written by a music journalist, as does nearly every other "Greatest Hits" albums around, and also that there are no new tracks on the album, providing nothing extra for the fans who were devoted to the band throughout their career.
There's not a great deal of variation with Terrorvision. Very early on, they worked out that they were best suited to performing bouncy rock tracks with a pop edge and catchy choruses and that's more or less what they stuck to doing. Whilst it does make for a decent listen, it can get a little repetitive over an album such as this, with 18 tracks and a running time of slightly over an hour.
Given that there's no new material here, fans of the band may find better value in buying the double CD and DVD of the band's final concert, which at 27 tracks long, offers a much better listening experience for the fan. However, this is the perfect album for someone who already has one of the band's albums, knows they like them a little and would like a little more. It may also appeal to those with a passing interest in the band or in decent rock-pop music generally.
For a fan, there are some wonderful songs missing and a lack of new material which makes it less worthwhile than most "Greatest Hits" albums are for fans of the artist. For people willing to take a chance on new music, the album is perhaps a little too expensive to be worth taking a completely blind risk on. But for those caught between these two camps, or for fans of the Wildhearts or Dirty Americans, it's an hour of quality rock-pop music that you'd be a fool to miss.
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on 22 August 2001
This is it folks... the boys from Bradford are hanging up their boots, gloves and flat caps. Whales and Dolphins, a singles compilation, covering their 14 year, 5 album existence from a band that put so much into their live performances and made friends all over the world through their countless festival appearances, Brit-rock will never be the same again.Gone is Tony Wright's cheeky grin, Mark Yates' tartan trousers, Leigh Marklew's crushed velvet and Shutty's psychotic drumming.
The album starts with Perseverance (from Regular Urban Survivors) but after that the album reads like their live set list concluding with the most infectious song ever... Oblivion. In between we get treated to Alice What's The Matter, Bad Actress, Josephine, Fists Of Fury and the hectic D'Ya Wanna Go Faster (both from their Good To Go album) and of course not forgetting the excellent Pretend Best Friend, Discotheque Wreck and My House.
If their is one criticism it's the inclusion of the poor radio dance version of Tequila - (the album version was so much better) and the absence of tearjerker From Out Of Nowhere which became Terrorvision's 'lighter song' at the twilight of their career.
But, (sniff), as they face their final curtain, no one can deny that Terrorvision definitely did it their way and this is a fitting end to their cheeky chappy existence which brought happiness to so many and put Bradford on the map.
on 17 March 2006
because fans will most likely own the albums the songs originally appeared on, and many people will know the content well.
Sowhy bother to release it or review it? simple, a comilation of hits is a known product, and can be appealling to newbies to the band.
why review it? why not. Its good music and if you are a newbie to terrorvision it is a good place to start. that said the singles released off their last two albums don't do the band justice. overall worth it for completists and newbies.
and if you never heard of them?
give it a go.