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4.0 out of 5 stars a true 80's pop classic!,
This review is from: Faith (Audio CD)h20 appeared in the heyday of spandau ballet, duran duran, heaven 17 and a flock of seagulls..and the sound is very similar..yet after the underated success of "i dream to sleep" they faded away and the original release of the album went largely unnoticed.
now repackaged with sleeve notes and bonus tracks it has stood the test of time and any fan of the 80s will love this!
apart from the timeless classic "i dream to sleep" which hit the top 20 and is totally unforgettable..the rest of the album is confident and well polished
"success" sounds like early spandau,
"who'll stop the rain" is another hidden pop gem and is an instant favourite!
"just outside of heaven" was the follow up single and although strong maybe it wasn't the best choice of a follow up single!
"its in you" is another great track that would have made a great single!
as well as remixes of "just outside of heaven" rare tracks have been added!
a stunning album that captures the feel of the 80's new romantic sound!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It`s about time !!!,
This review is from: Faith (Audio CD)I have been trying to source the vinyl album of this cd since early 90`s coz someone `borrowed`it ! Nearly fell off my chair when it was released on cd. This album is brilliant,a real forgotten slice of the 80`s that doesn`t sound out of place at all,even now.H2o only put out one album which is a shame,tho` they definitely got it right with this offering.most people may remember `dream to sleep`but be safe in the knowledge this album delivers as well as the popular single did.All in all a fantastic gem of 80`s music that should have been given more rcognition... More from H2o would have been nice too ...
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Missing song,
This review is from: Faith (Audio CD)Only thing that's wrong with this cd is
& its about time too ,that it's missing the HOLLYWOOD DREAM, song, WHY????
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Patience is finally rewarded,
This review is from: Faith (Audio CD)This CD is going to be for those who loved the vinyl at the time or for those that have been trying to get Dream to sleep on CD. A great early eighties pop album.
5.0 out of 5 stars Memories,
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This review is from: Faith (Audio CD)Saw this Band 1980 in Glasgow, they were good then,Changed line up of band members, songs well played.if i could roll back the years.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars H2O - Faith (CD-reissue).,
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This review is from: Faith (Audio CD)Bang in the middle of a 1980's phase in Brit-pop chart history, particularly during 1979-late 80's, most UK bands [but not The Smiths(*)] were making some very powerful and dynamically sounding 12" singles on my British made record deck [a JBE3 Direct Drive model] 12" extended versions (5-6 mins). They were always derived from album tracks supplying 7" singles (3-4 mins) of which many were absolutely brilliant.
This synth-pop (not much in the way of any obvious guitar sounds) album by a much underrated wee Scottish band "H2O" featuring six member wee Scots-persons.! The music is VERY good indeed and is much much better than music in the OCC-charts today (2011) to suit people with mature brains.
A-wee debut album called Faith originally on RCA[now Sony/BMG], Laddie. No relation(ship) to any other bands (several examples from other genres) from 1990/2000's also called "H2O", the chemical symbol for water, by the way.
Music very similar to/reminds me of Simple Minds/Flock of Seagulls in style terms. Vocals definitely north of Hadrian's wall (soft brogue) a bit like The Proclaimers (very strongly gaelic) only softer. Cannot tell if it (this CD) is remastered but producer Tony C. and engineer Dave B. do a splendid job with this band.
Originally released only on vinyl/cassette (no CD release back in 1984 from RCA) in 1984/5 as maybe CDs had only just begun a year earlier in 83. A possible lack of confidence in this band by RCA records as fellow label mates Bucks Fizz had their albums released on CD format in 1984 by RCA?
Faith album is virtually impossible to locate these days on either (LP/TC) format(s) despite 2 [out of possible 4(on LP)+1(non-LP)] charted + TOTP'd (on youtube) singles. German pressing exists on LP. Japanese pressing LP ?
RCA could have released THREE more singles from the Faith sessions. Viz:
LP-track-7: "Sundays are blue" and LP-track 10 "It's in you" as 2 more singles from actual album. (Gross missed opportunity). Also, CD-track-13: Turn back in anger is wasted as a 7" B side. LP-track-6 "Action" is live (odd!) and should have been recorded in the studio.
Now out as a CD reissue w/(only)/8 page sleeve notes on CherryRed CD reissue specialist label with not nearly enough text and background information.
Track 16 is so similar to track 15 (same song with 2 different extended versions) that it, 16, could have been left off in favo(u)r of other choices. [See below].
CD Clock time is 61:36 so plenty of unused spare (18m23s) time left over which could have been better padded out with more music (out of a possible 79m59s).
Missing from CD:
(a) FOUR x 12" extended tracks (only on 12"-Vinyls) were (i) "Dream to sleep"; (ii) "You take my breath away"; (iii) "All that glitters"; (iv) Who'll stop the rain". [see below].
(b) later on a (also equally scarce) 5-Track-EP CD-single before the band imploded. No follow up album. 1985 session well away from Faith album sessions. Not quite as important as previous remark. [see below].
Sleeve notes are very spartan for this superb band. No complete (short) list of all 5 singles (7"s and 12"s) ie the bonus tracks' origins. And a complete singles list with catalogue nos listing all 7/12-A/B sides should have been included.
Less significantly though, there was another previous CD reissue (15 tracks) version of this album with the 5-track-EP as a bonus material but that time with no bonus B sides/7"/12" mixes from Faith sessions as seen in Tower Records in London Piccadilly circus a few years ago just before Tower folded. Did Ian Donaldson get a free copy? Must have been a very-wee (1,000 only copies) pressing on an unknown CD reissue Brit-label. Artwork on CD was very different causing some confusion.
Nevertheless it is recommended. Marks out of 10: a (very) generous 7/10 (3.5 stars/5) due to FOUR missing 12" extended versions of all singles from Faith sessions plus one non-LP single "You take my breath away". If they had all been included then I'd have give it a resounding 10/10.
Even more (bonus) marks would have been awarded if CherryRed/Pop had included 1981 hard to find single "Hollywood dream"/"Children" (on Spock label, cat no."Para2") 7" single on Spark.
As soon as CherryRed lose the rights to this album in about 3 years time (2008+3=2011) another specialist indie CD reissue record label SHOULD do a 2nd version of this Faith album (but Remastered) with all the missing from CD tracks I have identified. Just for once (usually CherryRed are very reliable at this sort of project) this CD reissue could have been a lot fuller and thus superior.
Would someone please contact band-leader Ian Donaldson with my comments above or does he check this web regularly himself. Both CherryRed and Amazon have my telephone number.
NB: Little known fact: apparently, generally speaking, 2"- & 1/4"-master-tapes have (i) an annoying habit of sometimes accidentally going missing [lost?] in the pop music industry from some studios [nothing to do with any blatant theft(s) from recording studios!] and (ii) recording studios have to or are obliged to sometimes 'bin' (presumably on the relevant record label orders beforehand) master-tapes of albums+singles by some groups to clear out [housekeeping] tape-cupboards to make room for new master-tapes to fill them all over again, according to a well known producer of my acquaintance.
So maybe if all the Four 12" extended-mixes are actually missing but then they could been sourced from mint copies held by British Library's Music Dept in Euston Road, Central London and then dubbed from vinyls with cedar anti-noise software. Such a shame if a re-reissued CD never appears in the near future.
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