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5.0 out of 5 stars Phenominal World- But Whats in The BOX??,
"ORIGINAL ALBUM SERIES" contains
Five original albums in a card box.
The CDs themselves are housed in miniture replica album sleeves with the original art.
Now some people hate them but I love them they are easier to store and at this price they are a steal.
(AT the time of writing there was no track listing on Amazon- they have finally got around to it which makes the following a bit redundant)
I thought a track listing would be handy to compare them to ones you may have to see if there are any extra tracks or remastered versions.
From experience I have often found that many of the other sets from different artists are in actual fact the remastered versions with additional tracks or at the very least a mixture of the two.
Still an amazingly cheap set with the neat cardboard sleeves- heck someone has got to love them like I do??
If you spot any mistakes just add a comment and I will rectify it Toot Sweet
(and yes I know it's not spelled that way!!)
Includes the albums High Land, Hard Rain (1983), Knife (1984), Stray (1990), Dreamland (1993) and Frestonia (1995). Rhino Records release.
02 The Boy Wonders
03 Walk out to Winter
04 The Bugle Sounds Again
05 We Could Send Letters
06 Pillar to Post
08 Lost Outside the Tunnel
09 Back on Board
10 Down the Dip
12 Orchid Girl
13 Queen's Tattoos
01 Still on Fire
02 Just Like the USA
03 Head is Happy (Heart's Insane)
04 Back Door to Heaven
05 All I Need is Everything
06 Backwards & Forwards
07 The Birth of the True
02 The Crying Scene
03 Get Outta London
04 Over My Head
05 Good Morning Brtain
06 How It is
07 The Gentle Kid
08 Notting Hill Blues
09 Song for a Friend
02 Safe in Sorrow
03 Balck Lucia
04 Let Your Love Decide
05 Spanish Horses
06 Dream Sweet Dreams
07 Pianos & Clocks
08 Sister Anne
10 Valium Summer
11 Belle of the Ball
01 Rainy Season
04 On the Avenue
07 Beautiful Girl
08 Phenomental World
09 Method of Love
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent pop,
I have followed Aztec Camera from the early days. Roddy Frame, from what I can make out essentially 'the band', is an interesting singer/songwriter able to subtly move across musical genres (an out-and-out pop song one moment, a jazz tinged ballad the next) with real skill. His lyrics are well crafted (listen to 'Let Your Love Decide' from Dreamland) and intelligent. There isn't an album in this collection (a real bargain by the way - 5 great CDs for £15!) that doesn't contain a clutch of fantastically melodic songs that would stand comparison with many more well known bands of the 80s and 90s such Prefab Sprout or the Bluetones. When listening to all 5 I'm also struck by the consistency of this band's output - you'd expect to find a duff one amongst nearly a decade and half's output but that's not the case here. Start at High Land High Rain (1983) and go through to Frestonia (1995), and all you'll hear is just song after song of beautiful music. I wonder what Mr Frame is doing now?
5.0 out of 5 stars His last album 7 Dial is probably his best work.,
Roddy Frame is a genious. This is a collection worth every penny. The cardboard covers don't bother me. I prefer them to the dreadful jewel (why the hell "jewel", it's bloody plastic) box. If you have bought it, go and buy all his solo stuff. He is one of the most underrated songwriters. It's a pitty, he doesn't get the recognition he deserves. His last album 7 Dial is probably his best work.
5.0 out of 5 stars The brilliant Roddy Frame!,
Already have all Aztec Cameras back catalogue,but wanted these again! Neat set,all signable when I next see the brilliant Roddy Frame. Roddys solo work,particularly Surf & new release Seven Dials are never out of my CD player
5.0 out of 5 stars Roddy Frame is a Genius,
One of his best solo albums in my opinion is 'The North Star' though everything he does is magical. Can't wait to see him again playing live,somewhere near Wirral. Soon!
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Value Collection.,
Five Aztec Camera Albums for a fantastic price.
An opportunity for the casual fan to hear some Roddy Frame melodies other than the mainstream pop songs.
9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Genius,
Roddy Frame is , in my humble opinion , a true musical genius who can write beautiful music and lyrics whenever he feels like it . Aztec Camera (his band) were one of the very best and every album has many (if different ) charms .
All the cd's in this box set are superb but i take a star away because they are here in their basic form , still amazing but long overdue some remastering and a reissue programme with new sleevenotes and bonus tracks etc.
If you're a newcomer or just want to replace old classics fair enough but if you want newer takes on these albums you're out of luck .
PS A previous reviewer wonders what Roddy Frame is doing now , well the answer is that he's still making superb music but under his own name ! Be sure to check out his 3 solo albums but especially the second one "SURF" which is a true masterpiece and possibly the best he's ever made.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars,
great albums from a clever band of the eighties
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent,
5 absolutely brilliant albums that take you back a bit when Scottish indie music was world beating. Only bought onr of these when albums came in record form but I'm sure we all heard a good few of the tracks from a decent radio DJ
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