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5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless Sound of Early 80s Summers
This is a great album - though it's uncool to say so.
Back in the day (1982) Jazz-Funk was all around, but it ended up being binned as 'musak' and appears to have been scrubbed out of the musical history of the time.
This album has 3 fabulous singles and lots of very good tracks. It has been scrubbed up by Dutton Vocalion and sounds great.
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Published on 15 July 2012 by Vilson

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3.0 out of 5 stars Alternate more poppie sound for Shakatak but still with some good songs
Shakatak do seem to get a bad press for their "select" sound and this albums problem to me is that if you compare it to Drivin' Hard which was instrumental with occasional female backing vocals, this album had a shift in roles, making the female vocalist lead meaning mainly singing as opposed to the earlier funk driven sounds and distinctive keyboards.

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Published on 11 Oct 2008 by Mr. R. Last


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless Sound of Early 80s Summers, 15 July 2012
This review is from: Night Birds (Audio CD)
This is a great album - though it's uncool to say so.
Back in the day (1982) Jazz-Funk was all around, but it ended up being binned as 'musak' and appears to have been scrubbed out of the musical history of the time.
This album has 3 fabulous singles and lots of very good tracks. It has been scrubbed up by Dutton Vocalion and sounds great.
It's good-time music that needs to be taken for what it is - we all need cheering up sometimes. After the passing of over 30 years(?!) it deserves to come back out of the shadows.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the better albums from the 1980s, 3 Dec 2013
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Got this album when it first came out on vinyl, and liked it a lot then. Got sort of forgotten when I packed up my record player about 10 years ago. Hearing it again, this really is an excellent album. The genre is often said to be jazz / funk, but it's really more like jazz / pop. After 30 odd years it's stood the test of time well, better than many of the more successful groups from that era. Good songs, good musicianship and good production shows through.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless, 8 Jan 2013
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Love it way back in the days of vinyl and so pleased when I saw it in MP3. Happy, mellow days.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Alternate more poppie sound for Shakatak but still with some good songs, 11 Oct 2008
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Mr. R. Last "DJ_CUCKOO" (England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Nightbirds (1982) (Audio CD)
Shakatak do seem to get a bad press for their "select" sound and this albums problem to me is that if you compare it to Drivin' Hard which was instrumental with occasional female backing vocals, this album had a shift in roles, making the female vocalist lead meaning mainly singing as opposed to the earlier funk driven sounds and distinctive keyboards.

My personal opinion of the above reviewers thoughts is that he/she bought the CD on a whim and hated it and now spreads the hate to every person who reads it. Not fair really. Obviously hasn't heard of constructive criticism!

The album was the start of Shakatak's more poppie direction but still has some good hits like "Nightbirds" and "easier said than done" even if the lead funky sound was lost somewhere it's disco/funk/pop grooves still appeal and offers an alternative to the popular (yes they were popular) Drivin' Hard.

Not to discredit this album but if you want towards the best of Shakatak get Drivin' Hard and consider this one for the few good hits on there.
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5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT, 21 April 2014
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Saw this group many years ago and they were fantastic. Bought the LP that
came out, which was Night Birds, and absolutely delighted to see it in CD. It
is brilliant music with lovely sounds.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 2 Mar 2014
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I had this on cassette many years ago and wanted to have it again on CD. It is unbelievably good. Love the piano solos.
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2 of 25 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Shakatak? More Like Heart Attack!, 22 Mar 2008
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Stan "notesforyou" (Bishop's Stortford, Herts) - See all my reviews
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It is a shame that this record was reissued on CD as CD's last longer than vinyl which deteriorates and ultimately becomes unplayable. It is depressing to think that this sound will still be around in 100 years time or so with its tinny piano and the thin, feeble vocals. Best avoid this one!
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