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5.0 out of 5 stars The Most to Gain, 2 Sep 2010
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This review is from: Attack Of The Grey Lantern [3CD] (Audio CD)
I've had this album on tape for many years and was looking for a good excuse to buy it on CD and this is a really great package! The original album, to those who don't already know, was a bit of a landmark in British indie music. From the sweeping string section on 'The Chad Who Loved Me' (a nod to James Bond and their lead guitarist) through the wonderful indie/Beatles/club music of 'Taxloss' it's an absorbing listen that intrigues and impresses at the same time as never taking itself too seriously (just listen to 'Egg Shaped Fred').

However, I imagine most will want to know if it's worth parting with a bit more money to get the two extra discs that come with this version. In short, yes it most certainly is. Mansun, as others have pointed out, knew their way around a quality b-side. The b-sides (EP tracks), like with many a great band, serve to show the bands musical progress. From the punky/cheeky 'Take It Easy Chicken' and the (almost) Oasis sounding 'Ski Jump Nose' to the shimmering guitars and paranoia present on 'Things Keep Falling Off Buildings'- Mansun knew what they were doin'. Paul Draper describes 'Flourella' as "Led Zeppelin with loops. Led Zooplin" in the liner notes, which comes close to describing the unhinged genius of this track. Paul also reveals that he swore never to write a love song (spare from the obvious- 'Mansuns Only Love Song') so the songs topics/lyrics are always interesting. Personal favourite 'No One Knows Us' seems to be about an imaginary friend called Scruffy ("Me and Scruffy , we float above the crowd. Scuffy's birthday, balloons are all around"). Another highlight is the track they co-wrote with Howard Devoto of Magazine, the drunken, propulsive 'Everyone Must Win'. Oh, and 'Closed For Business' and 'The Worlds Still Open', both from the same EP, are just awesome- huge, Bowie-esque pop songs! The acoustic versions scattered through the two bonus discs are also pretty great and in the case of 'The Impending Collapse Of It All' surpass the original...

Mansun went on to release the insanely brilliant 'Six' album (which is pretty different from '...Lantern' but well worth a look!), followed by the strangely under-par 'Little Kix' then called it a day- a fantastically underrated band (even though this album did go to the number one spot back in the day!). Smashing stuff!

If you like fellow outsiders Magazine and The Teardrop Explodes and aren't familiar with Mansun then this is an ideal introduction...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars As good as I remembered, 13 July 2010
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Andyjm (Northampton, UK) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Attack Of The Grey Lantern [3CD] (Audio CD)
I used to love this album many moons ago upon it's original release. Having lost my copy I decided, excitedly, to buy this 3 disc edition, mainly for nostalgia but also hopeful for the two bonus discs.

The album itself is still superb and hasn't suffered too badly at the hands of time. As for the bonus discs, well, in my opinion they are a little repetitive and don't add too much for the none hardcore fan (who probably has most of the tracks anyway). There are a couple of gems on there but by and large it is more filler than killer.

Still a classic album though!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A must for any Mansun fan, 26 Jun 2010
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Tom Martin (uk) - See all my reviews
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I`ve been a Mansun fan for years now. Even though they ended years ago and on a bad note with an incredably weak album they still had a few fantastic years. This really does the first part of the Mansun story some justice. Every Mansun fan knows that their B-sides were just as good as the A-sides were, the only other band that i know of thats like that is Blur. The Paul Draper notes are a pleasent read and the booklet inside is nicely put together. The Re-mastering unfortuently isn`t that great but it didn`t really need it to be honest, I`m not even sure if the B-sides have been remastered? The acuoustic tracks are ok, but nothing amazing. But overall a really good package well worth getting just to remind yourself how good they really were when they were in control of their music. Interesting to see if they do this to Six.
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5.0 out of 5 stars superb package, 13 Aug 2010
This review is from: Attack Of The Grey Lantern [3CD] (Audio CD)
Brilliant cd package from Mansun. I have all these recordings but spread over tapes, 7" and single CD's. These cd's are destined for the car so that I can play them continually. Insightful and interesting notes by Paul Draper make this a great addition to my Mansun collection. Amazon always delivers with efficiency so I was never worried about a prompt delivery.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Deluxe Edition of a Classic of the '90s, 21 July 2010
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Andre Joron (Mississauga, Ontario) - See all my reviews
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One of the best debut album of the '90s gets the full deluxe treatment with tons of demos and extra tracks. Too bad the US and Canada missed on this one...they were too busy with the end of grunge-rock and paving the way for the Britneys and Aguileras to come.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An indie rock symphony, 17 Oct 2013
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This review is from: Attack Of The Grey Lantern [3CD] (Audio CD)
Just to put things in perspective, and to qualify what I am about to say, in current terms I own about 1.5TB of music. My attic/office is filled with at least 20 storage boxes full of CDs and LPs (for all you kiddies under 20 out there that means Long Player).

However, to get to the point, the release of this 3CD set has prompted me to write this brief testimonial. 'The Attack of the Grey Lantern' is without doubt one of the greatest albums ever released and is in my top 10 greatest albums of all time.

Beatle-esque in its scope and construction, it flows from one brilliantly memorable track to the next. At the time of its release (for a change) the UK music buying public agreed and it was briefly a massive seller. However, Mansun currently seem now to be largely forgotten. Hopefully, at some point they will receive the reappraisal they deserve. Great, sorry, wonderful band.
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