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4.0 out of 5 stars Moving on?
Not sure why Heaven 17 had to do revised versions of some of their greatest songs. Some are improved but many do not seem to add much to the first time round. Perhaps the tour this year will show us how these tracks work in a live setting. Anyway, it's an interesting, if perhaps not essential, addition to the works of this great band!
Published on 20 Aug 2010 by Mr 80s

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3.0 out of 5 stars Re-recordings great as backing tapes, but not so good for an album
I was very keen to hear what Martyn and Glenn (unfortunately Ian has left the fold) would do to update some classic older H17 tracks with complete artistic control and no label breathing down their necks. There was also the added 'temptation' of two new recordings, "Don't Fall" and a rendition of Associates' "Party Fears Two".

Starting with those two first,...
Published on 19 Jan 2009 by M. B. Wilson


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3.0 out of 5 stars Re-recordings great as backing tapes, but not so good for an album, 19 Jan 2009
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M. B. Wilson "crushtrash" (Bristol) - See all my reviews
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I was very keen to hear what Martyn and Glenn (unfortunately Ian has left the fold) would do to update some classic older H17 tracks with complete artistic control and no label breathing down their necks. There was also the added 'temptation' of two new recordings, "Don't Fall" and a rendition of Associates' "Party Fears Two".

Starting with those two first, "Don't Fall" is not really a H17 song as co-written by Gregory/Uriel, but it is still a pretty good track. Their tribute to the late great Billy MacKenzie is unfortunately not so well executed, very sparse basic keyboards and uncertain vocal...not much else happens during this approx 6 minute long recording. The original had such energy and Martyn and Glenn both worked with Billy later on so the sentiment is there, but the result is sadly rather tedious.

All the other tracks are recorded in their new style, so fairly uncomplicated arrangements. They are very approachable and would work well in a gig, but their edginess is lost a bit as a result.

3 stars for such a mixed bag, but hopefully the guys will now get down to recording some more new stuff, after their recent touring.
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3.0 out of 5 stars a bit of a let-down, 6 April 2009
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This is a disappointing collection. It is far too low-key and seems to lack energy. There is not enough interesting stuff going on for these make-overs of the songs we love.
A souvenir of the live show, perhaps, but not good enough for an album. I still bought it of course (great band!).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Moving on?, 20 Aug 2010
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Not sure why Heaven 17 had to do revised versions of some of their greatest songs. Some are improved but many do not seem to add much to the first time round. Perhaps the tour this year will show us how these tracks work in a live setting. Anyway, it's an interesting, if perhaps not essential, addition to the works of this great band!
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant, 9 Mar 2013
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I absolutely love Party Fears two and Billie MacKenzie had one of the finest voices in the world. I have to say i think Glenn Gregory has done a beautiful version. Stripped back to basics this really show what a quality song it was. Amazing! Well done Mr Gregory - i cant stop listening to it.
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