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Private Revolution
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 30 August 2007
First, I want to share my annoyance that this great British debut should only be available as an American import. Secondly, I want to entreat everyone who digs classic British songwriting to check out this album. Kart Wallinger, sometimes wearing his influences on his sleeve (Beatles, Stones, Dylan), has crafted an accomplished debut which just brims with great songs.

Unfortunately, World Party were one of those bands (House Of Love being another notable example) who were swept aside by the shift in taste and sensibilities which produced the acid house and Madchester scenes of the late 80s. Consequently they have remained under-appreciated.

A re-evaluation is well overdue.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Little did we know in 1986 that this CD signalled the start of a rather special band built around ex-Waterboys keyboardist Karl Wallinger. This debut finds Wallinger finding his feet away from the Waterboys and, although some of the synth patches sound a bit dated (worst offender is the opening title track), there are strong songs here. "Ship of Fools" has been mentioned elsewhere, but "Ballad of the Little Man" and "Hawaiian Island World" are very decent too. "It Can Be Beautiful" finds him using the floaty falsetto that would return with devastating effect on "Goodbye Jumbo". All in all, a strong and interesting debut that hints at greatness to come.

In my usual whingeing way, what we need now is a CD re-issue that rounds up the lovely B-side "Holy Water" and other tracks dating from this period.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 20 November 2014
If ever an album needed re-mastering this was it. Needless to say, the music is terrific but the vinyl singles of some of these songs always sounded so much better than they did on the original CD issue. Also, the volume discrepancies between the tracks (particularly the first two) always irritated me. The re-master sounds terrific and finally does this underrated masterpiece justice. I know some reviewers suggest that it is not up to the standard of Karl and his chums' other albums but I disagree. It’s just not as commercial as the ones that followed. And hey, it has ‘Ship of Fools’ on it – one of the greatest singles of all time. That alone is worth the cost. Go on, treat yourself. But make sure you get the 2004 ‘enhanced’ edition which not only has the improved sound but also some fun videos included.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 12 December 2000
Like many artists, the first album is often fairly raw and Private Revolution is no exception. If there's one track that gets shouted for when they play live it's "Ship of Fools" which was a peek of the lyrical style we were to hear more of in Goodbye Jumbo, which for me is the best of their albums.
There's a couple of short stocking filler lamers on the album which is why I'd like to give the album 4.5 stars.
On the whole this album is very, very good. You should buy Goodbye Jumbo and Private Revolution at the same time and listen to them both as soon as you can. Then buy all the others (including the "World Party EP" and accompanying video if you can find them - very Beatles).
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Karl Wallinger, half of the original Waterboys line up had decided to go solo and produce this excellent, and overlooked album, full of eco-warrier lyrics, a great cover of Dylan's "All I Want To Do" and Sinead O'Connor on backing vocals to "Hawaiian Island Girl". However, the highlight of an album full of highlights is the fantastic "Ship of Fools" (which is not a dodgy cover of the Erasure track by the same name). A cross between traditional AOR, Irish Folk Music (a la Fisherman's Blues (2006 Digital Remaster)) and great guitar based pop ("Ship of Fools").

Wallinger had taken a risk by stepping out "solo"; if only all solo efforts resulted in rewards like this.

The sound on this great album was to evolve and improve for his next offering Goodbye Jumbo which reached even greater heights, adding influences as diverse as the Beatles and Motown into the mix along with even further eco-warrier messages, which are probably as relevant today as at the time of (original) release.

I understand this album has been difficult to get for some time now, and this re-release is most welcome, and should be included in any collection of people with a serious interest in music.
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on 11 January 2015
why should u listen to this album? because u haven't bought the bands' previous album. DO, AND GET ANGRY! DEAD EASY, ASK WHY ARE'NT YOUR FOLKS ANGRY,
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Good album, a few stand out tracks.Quick and smooth transaction, good price.
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World Party, how can I say no?
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on 28 April 2015
spot on...
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2 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 9 January 2001
I've got the other three albums, but this one did'nt do anything for me. A couple of good tunes, but the album hasn't aged very well and sounds dated. Too much wailing about trees and dolphins, not enough guitar.
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