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5.0 out of 5 stars Even the leftovers are wonderful
What we want is a new album and a new book... but the re-issued 1980s book, the recent DVD compilation and this collection of Martin Hannett's informal recordings are all marvellous for those of us who have grown up with JCC. Please, John, allow someone to organise you enough to get the new stuff together!
Published 18 months ago by Mikewhym

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2.0 out of 5 stars Poor sound quality, a few gems
Slightly better sound than Volume 1, but still poor (to be kind). A couple of tracks are still worth listening to as they are different to other releases of the same tracks: Nightclub, the two "Monster from outer space..." versions, Aberdeen Angus, Readers wives and Fiesta Letters. Have a listen to them and buy them separately if you like them.
Published 15 months ago by Per G. Olsson


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2.0 out of 5 stars Poor sound quality, a few gems, 10 May 2013
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This review is from: Evidently John Cooper Clarke (The Archive Recordings Volume 2) (Audio CD)
Slightly better sound than Volume 1, but still poor (to be kind). A couple of tracks are still worth listening to as they are different to other releases of the same tracks: Nightclub, the two "Monster from outer space..." versions, Aberdeen Angus, Readers wives and Fiesta Letters. Have a listen to them and buy them separately if you like them.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Another disappointment from OZit, 16 Jun 2012
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This review is from: Evidently John Cooper Clarke (The Archive Recordings Volume 2) (Audio CD)
This really is a bit of a mess, being a 44 minute random mixture of studio and live, solo and accompanied (the usual dubious Martin Hannett stuff). While 27 tracks are listed, several are only a few seconds long, while others are incomplete, repeated or mis-titled. Sound quality varies from good to almost unlistenable. Nearly all the tracks are available in better versions elsewhere. It's expensive by current standards. It's not as dire as OZit's Captain Beefheart offerings, but not very good. If you're a die-hard JCC fan you'll need to own it, but otherwise seek out the best JCC album, the brilliant "Walking Back to Happiness" which unfortunately has never appeared on CD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Even the leftovers are wonderful, 5 Feb 2013
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Mikewhym (Herefordshire, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Evidently John Cooper Clarke (The Archive Recordings Volume 2) (Audio CD)
What we want is a new album and a new book... but the re-issued 1980s book, the recent DVD compilation and this collection of Martin Hannett's informal recordings are all marvellous for those of us who have grown up with JCC. Please, John, allow someone to organise you enough to get the new stuff together!
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5.0 out of 5 stars insight into early John Cooper Clarke, 26 May 2012
This review is from: Evidently John Cooper Clarke (The Archive Recordings Volume 2) (Audio CD)
About time there was a cd of his early work with Hannett and Ryan Carter. This is John Cooper Clarke at his best just the poet by a mic with a tape machine running. An insight into his early career, a real curate's egg, studio tracks that are obviously under construction back then, rare live takes recorded by Hannett, short quips from JCC as he wittily comments on all sorts of things for example " I remember when they had ventriloquists on the radio". Quality varies from track to track as it is all archive stuff but a fantastic collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic punk JCC document, 11 July 2012
This review is from: Evidently John Cooper Clarke (The Archive Recordings Volume 2) (Audio CD)
At least somebody has had the forethought to release some of the archive Hannett recordings of John Cooper Clarke- yes its haphazard but so was John's life and Hannett's life at the time of these recordings. The sleeve images are great, the sleeve notes interesting- there are short snippets of tracks and longer tracks- titles often taken apparently off Hannett's notes on the tape box so not always correct but it makes the whole audio document interesting.The negative reviewer here says to buy a John cooper Clarke album that has been out for decades- we,ve all got it mate in a couple of formats, at least this Evidently CD is material or versions not issued before. Well done Ozit Morpheus for releasing it - definitely worth getting
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