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Musings from a fan inspired by the music and lyrics of ATF,
This review is from: Der Kommissar (Audio CD)
It was great to hear these sounds again and to realise what we have been missing all these years. It was a sad day at the Dominion to hear about the split, but this CD brings back the good times. Sadly One Rule For You, Dancing in the Shaddows, and Starflight are not the originals but Andy's recordings made after the band split. Good all the same. Andy's bass intro to Laser Love excites the spirit of every true die hard ATF fan. The blend of the with Pete's distinctive synth, Ivor's drumming and John's guitar produces a contained New Wave sound. Pity it couldn't have continued with the original One Rule which sounds as if it's from the remnant from the last days of the New Romantic movement. Dancing in the Shaddows is a good re-recording and follow up to the Der Kommissar hit. It was interesting to hear the dub version for the first time. Strange, but unmistably ATF. How much more has this true fan yet to hear?
Other tracks appear on this CD for the first time. Sometimes, Sailing Ship, and Cary Me Home. They sound as fresh as ever and upon hearing them again one wonders why these songs, especially Sometimes were not released as singles? The rock and pop tensions begin to emerge in these songs which ultimately led to the premature breakup of the band. Only two tracks make it from the 80F album. Love will Always Make You Cry, and 1980-F. The latter being one of the best instrumentals of the 80's and should be acknowledged as so, as Joy is one of, if not the best instumental of the 70's and was regularly played on BBC1 on a saturday night. (Tell the vicar that I want this song to be played at my funeral) The music itself produces this in biblical proportions. At least in my heart. The tracks blend well together and some sound fresher then many other rereleases of recent times. It only serves to remind ATF fans that this band was indeed Too Hot To Handle and didn't really get the support from radio that they richly deserved. My only complaint is the sleave notes may not be too accurate. They miss John Russell out of the songwriting credits on Sometimes and say that Ivor Twidell replace Pete King, when it was the other way round. Still, this album results as the best buy that this ATF fan will buy. Unless of course someone releases the full catalouge. Surely that must be.