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Criminally ignored pre-Lightning Seeds gem from Ian Broudie,
This review is from: Diamonds And Emeralds (Audio CD)
It's a shame that some music only sees the light of day once the people who created it have moved on to greater and better things. Care were an early 80s duo who shared a lot of qualities with China Crisis - lush harmonies, insistent rhythms and simple but unforgettable melodies.
Care were Paul Simpson (Ex-Teardrop Explodes/Wild Swans) and Ian Broudie (Original Mirrors, Big In Japan and scally producer extraordinaire). They had 3 peerless singles in the period 1982-1984 ('My Boyish Days', 'Flaming Sword' and 'Whatever Possessed You') but none of them did well enough to persuade their label to release an LP, although 'Flaming Sword' did make the Top 40. The band broke up with Simpson reforming the Wild Swans with former Swan and Lotus Eater Jerry Kelly, while Broudie continued producing others before forming The Lightning Seeds (no introduction necessary there!)
This compilation probably wouldn't exist if it weren't for Broudies subsequent 90s chart domination with the Lightning Seeds. However, it stands up well after all the lost years, with the singles sounding fresh and majestic in their digital form. Also excellent are some of the 'lost' tracks - 'Cymophane', 'Love Crowns and Crucifies' and 'What Kind Of World', and overall the release serves to highlight how much music from the New Wave era (1979-1986) remains in the vaults of record companies across the UK, never to see the light of day.
If you weren't around in the early 80s but you like the Lightning Seeds, Coldplay or Travis this really isn't a million miles away, and at mid-price you can't go wrong!