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'Great Album - Great Extra Disc',
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I remember as a kid eagerly awaiting the top forty rundown and hoping that 'Europe After The Rain' from the original version of this album had gone up. I was so disappointed when I realised that, in fact, the single had dropped out of the chart altogether having reached just no 40. Ever since those days, I guess I'd viewed that single and this album as somewhat of a 'my gain and everyone else's loss' kind of record. To see the original album re-released with a bonus disc of extra tracks is therefore a 'bit of a result ' for me.
The original album still sounds good to these years even now and 'Europe..', 'Dancing Like A Gun' (the second flop single), 'You Were There' et all provide a 'very arty but enjoyable' listen so this collection is still worth buying even if you are not interested in the extra disc.
If you ARE interested in the extra disc however, you will be delighted with it. Not only does it include some worthwhile unreleased material (the atmospheric instrumental 'Fog' and the more organic sounding 'Dance with Me (early version)' being especially good) but it collates together a number of the little heard (or little played in my case) b sides from singles, including both sides of the non-lp single 'Miles Away' (which, incidentally is about as Gary Numan as John ever sounded). A lot of the second disc is experimental or instrumental but it is obviously 'of the period' and thus makes an interesting diversion to listen to if you don't fancy another bash of the original lp. The sound quality is great on both discs and the colour booklet has all the lyrics AND a smaller version of the booklet that came with the vinyl Lp at the time.
A great re-issue and one that will surely enhance Foxx's standing.
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Initial post: 28 Mar 2011 18:02:32 BDT
frankie's owner says:
Anthony - you are not alone... I still remember being baffled too. I'd seen JF on TOTP and he was Number 40 - thought the song was just fab... and then.... it went down??!?!?
Why did JF never achieved big time commercial success when his sound was just the best new romantic sound around?
I went to Florence soon after this record came out and Europe was in my head the whole trip....
Posted on 10 Dec 2011 12:48:49 GMT
Yup, I remember solemly listening to the Top40 countdown that week and being slowly stunned that "Europe After the Rain" had dropped out. After that wonderful TOTP performance as well, with flailing guitar and busts on piano (not a reference to the lady playing I should add).
A wonderful album, quite unlike any other.
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