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One Of The Best Albums I Own!!!!,
This review is from: Welcome To The Pleasuredome (Audio CD)
On a personal note, I have always known Frankie's standout tracks - 'Relax', 'Two Tribes' and most of all, 'The Power of Love'. Before and during Christmas of 2010, I became infatuated with 'The Power of Love' because it was being played all the time due to its' Christmas 'theme', if you will. Then, I heard about this album and the supposed 'classic' status it was meant to have. So, seeing it on sale in the January sales of last year (at the time of writing), I picked it up and the rest is History!!!!
From that first listen onwards, I was hooked to Frankie. I mean, for a band that was, quite literally, a **** take, they really have created a "Classic" here, and I do not say that often with albums!! Each of the band members were just "lads on the dole in Liverpool", according to lead singer Holly Johnson, before making this record. To think of things that way just leaves me speechless.
The album itself, upon first listen, is "dated" - a real throwback to the '80s. The Nixon/Reagen impersonator on the record should clarify that... but this is an album that I consider to be as fresh today as it ever was back then. There's not a song that I don't particularly like - everything 'flows' together wonderfully. My favourite song is, of course, 'The Power of Love' - "one of the best love songs ever written", Gary Barlow said that, I do believe! A very close second would be the track 'San Jose', simply bliss!
There's also a pretty class cover of Bruce Springsteen's 'Born to Run' on this and a remix/cover of the Motown Edwin Starr classic, 'War'.
Final verdict, Buy This! It may seem "dated" now, but post-first listen, you will not be saying that at all, just my two cents!
Buy it. Money well spent!!
Thanks for reading this. I hope it helps.
Buyer Beware: Just to note, there is a slight problem with the Track listing of this record, especially on iTunes. I can't exactly describe the issue here, but when you burn the disc to an iTunes Library, you should see the problem pretty easily. Just so you, the buyer, are aware of it prior to purchase. In the heel of the hunt, not a big issue at all.
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Initial post: 27 Sep 2012 14:48:54 BDT
Last edited by the author on 27 Sep 2012 16:22:58 BDT
David Leverton says:
Nice to see someone coming afresh to this album! It's a very worthwhile listen I always think, not just for the singles (and The Power of Love is one of my favourite two songs of all time) - the high-voltage cover of Born To Run is great and The Power Of Love sits beautifully in a closing suite with The Only Star In Heaven and the lovely instrumental outro Bang.
I'm not surprised the tracklisting goes haywire on iTunes though: the way the songs are separated or combined (or indeed titled, in some cases) varies across formats or release versions. I have an older release of this on CD from maybe 1998 plus a cassette version that I'd acquired second-hand shortly before that, and on both the first three tracks are all regarded as one thing, i.e. The World Is My Oyster (including Well..., Snatch of Fury), which makes sense as two of those are just momentary interludes - the latter literally being a brief snatch of "Fury", which appears later in the album. The whole lot is basically just an intro to the epic Welcome To The Pleasuredome, anyway. So the '17' tracks listed here are in effect only 15, arguably... which becomes 16 according to my CD because the 30-second spoken-word bit immediately before Fury (impression of Prince Charles, by future Red Dwarf star Chris Barrie, who also voices 'Ronald Reagan'), which appears to just be a coda to Two Tribes, technically is a separate track called (Tag) according to my CD's tracklisting though not according to this release's Amazon listing - but I wouldn't be surprised if iTunes still recognises it as separate, for instance. Also, on the cassette version Wish The Lads Were Here and The Ballad of '32 are bracketed together, as if a two-part song or regarded as a medley, though not on my CD or here on Amazon.
That's not even to mention the slightly different versions/remixes of some songs that appear on different versions, as denoted by their subtitles in brackets - e.g. on the cassette it's Relax (Come Fighting), which is different from the previous single/12" versions although the casual listener used to the normal radio version wouldn't register anything amiss, War (...and Hide) and a shorter Two Tribes (For The Victims of Ravishment). This is exacerbated by the band or whoever's decision to muck around with song titles for no particular reason quite apart from this: e.g. the cassette features "Snatch of Fury (Stay)" and "Ferry (Go)" - the latter is known on the CD as Fury (well, I expect it's probably a different mix), which makes the name Snatch of Fury more logical, though overall the cassette title is a bit less confusing since it's just a short yet otherwise faithful cover version of Ferry Cross The Mersey that fades out halfway through; similarly San José is called San José (The Way) on the cassette and is of course simply a cover of the Bacharach and David classic Do You Know The Way To San José as made famous by Dionne Warwick.
For a band that had such a short career and only two studio albums, Frankie certainly left behind an awful lot of material by way of differing takes and mixes, and a sometimes highly confusing plethora of album tracklisting variants!
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