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great if you especially like Underpass
on 25 October 2010
There are quite a few John Foxx compliations out there, and if you want a decent overview of his singles and studio songs, this isn't perhaps the one for you. But if you like hearing Underpass four times, you'll be happy! Disc 1 misses out too many early classics like Plaza and Europe After the Rain, simply because the man's back catalogue is now so extensive. The focus here is very much on cementing his credentials as the synth pioneer that he is, though it doesn't neglect some of his later stuff with Louis Gordon such as The Noise, Broken Furniture and Drive. Nice to hear the extended original version of Underpass, which I don't think I've heard on CD before. Disc 2 is half concert recording (from a 2008 Australian tour) and half remixes and unreleased mixes, including a sleek updating of Underpass by Mark Reeder (slightly reminscent of Gary Numan's 90s makeover of "Cars") that's well worth the price of entry. But the best is saved for the DVD: a (very) selected collection of promo videos and some other films. These include some live footage of The Noise and Shifting City, with LG bouncing around at his keyboard like some mad muppet, and one of the Tiny Colour Movies films (Smokescreen). Nice to see the black and white version of the Underpass video, which looks like it was made on a shoestring, but still oozes urban alienation and isolation, and there's also a colour version to accompany the Reeder remix. Pity there aren't more vids from this period of John's career like Dancing Like a Gun off of "The Garden". I felt a little short-changed in the end, and those vids are out there only on a VHS collection dating from the late 80s. Still, a reasonable price for a 2xCD/DVD set and quality packing, as one expects from Mr F.