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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the great British albums of the last 30 years, 24 Dec 2012
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''The Story of the Blues Pt. 1'' and ''Come Back'' would both feature in my top singles of the '80s. ''Come Back'' in fact is probably my favourite single of 1984 and incredibly hasn't dated one iota; but it doesn't stop there, I still can't understand how ''Weekends'' failed to crack the Top 75 - amidst the Frankie fever, the single release must have just got lost. There's not much to add that over reviewers haven't already commented on here other than if you're a fan of real music that stands the test of time, fork out for this (now deleted) remastered edition and let it sit side-by-side your other great albums because that is where it deserves to live out its days.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Music to the ears, 16 Oct 2012
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Oh yes - the Mighty Wah! So great to hear this again after many years, especially The Story of the Blues. Why don't they play tunes like this on the radio more often? Pete Wiley - a real legend and a very welcome addition to my collection
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5.0 out of 5 stars I always come back to Wah! Lifts you up, 28 Jun 2012
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I keep returning to Come Back and Story of the Blues - truly life-affirming. Pete Wylie in all of his incarnations, always inspires.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Some great songs, 9 Mar 2011
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Pete wylie's voice comes over as powerful and raw with emotion. "The story of the the blues" and "comeback" are classic songs that
have stood the test of time. Well worth a listen
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fifty Five Wahs! To Lose Your Lovers !, 14 Nov 2000
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Where does the humanity of Pete Wylie end and the genius begin ? If God is reading, then don't ever let us know. Forget the usual opening paragraph with the reference and comparison Cope and McCulloch. Who else but Wylie could essentially take a handful of tunes and stretch them into an album of consequential greatness ? Lady Luck may have been a fickle mistress with regards to the Liverpool Lip but Father Time has bestowed a magical quality and patina on this classic from 1984. Nothing Orwellian about Pete in this electric epistle, just the usual collection of gems, such as "Weekends" and "The Lost Generation", in which the Mighty Wah! redefine the limits of nascent pop genius in their usual roguish, carefree manner. In truth, Wylie is the great undiscovered, unheeded icon of British pop music yet he should be revered as a national treasure and his music should a core piece of the national curriculum. Still crazy after all these years, Wylie is churning out songs that would destroy the Westlifes and Spice Girls of this world but, if truth be told, Wylie is not of this world. His ability to pull gems from the ether that is his genius is staggering &"A Word To The Wise Guy" is proof irrefutable of this. Beg, steal or borrow. At some point in the very near future this album will regarded as a work of incandescent beauty.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "god gave us this leisure to enjoy", 22 Jun 2002
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...is the motto of the city of liverpool. a city which, in 1984 when this record was made, was having unwanted leisuretime forced upon it in the form of mass unemployment as well as suffering urban decay, riots and industrial strife, all of which galvanised a face-off between the city council and thatcher's centralised rate cappers. out of this emerged one of the most remarkable records of its era. helplessness and defiance, frustration and rage, bitterness and, ultimately, optimism and reaffirmation are all here in a concept album which has reality and truth at its heart, not elves, wizards and dragons. pete wylie commited commercial (but not artistic) suicide with these truely political songs. "weekends" eloquently observes the irony of having leisure time but no means to enjoy it, "i know there was something" dips into the meaningless inertia of a crumbling relationship and "come back" somehow mixes anger, defiance, motown, hope, guitars and self-belief in the most thrilling of ways. all this interwoven with eugene lange's vitriolic scouse proto-rap rants. weller, bragg, strummer and jones and dammers cannot touch this record. magnificent.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "god gave us this leisure to enjoy", 22 Jun 2002
This review is from: A Word to the Wise Guy (Audio CD)
...is the motto of the city of liverpool. a city which, in 1984 when this record was made, was having unwanted leisuretime forced upon it in the form of mass unemployment as well as suffering urban decay, riots and industrial strife, all of which galvanised a face-off between the city council and thatcher's centralised rate cappers. out of this emerged one of the most remarkable records of its era. helplessness and defiance, frustration and rage, bitterness and, ultimately, optimism and reaffirmation are all here in a concept album which has reality and truth at its heart, not elves, wizards and dragons. pete wylie commited commercial (but not artistic) suicide with these truely political songs. "weekends" eloquently observes the irony of having leisure time but no means to enjoy it, "i know there was something" dips into the meaningless inertia of a crumbling relationship and "come back" somehow mixes anger, defiance, motown, hope, guitars and self-belief in the most thrilling of ways. all this interwoven with eugene lange's vitriolic scouse proto-rap rants. weller, bragg, strummer and jones and dammers cannot touch this record. magnificent.
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