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4.0 out of 5 stars Good updated edition, but could have been better, 10 Aug 2013
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This review is from: Maid In England (Expanded Edition) (Audio CD)
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The album is enjoyable camp Hi-NRG pop, lightweight and fun. What we have here is a very straight-forward reissue of the previously released edition, now adding 3 bonus 12" mixes; "You Think You're A Man", "I'm So Beautiful" and "Walk Like A Man". The sound quality on these 3 tracks is noticeably improved from previous CDs. However, with the inclusion of these 12" mixes it would have made more sense to drop the two edits of "You Think You're A Man" and "I'm So Beautiful". Both of these are identical versions only with the intros crudely chopped off. "You Think Your A Man" is 8:02 with a 2:16 intro on the full 12" version, edited to 6:59 with a minute of the intro chopped off on the shorter version. "I'm So Beautiful" is similarly edited from 7:53 to 7:08. So effectively these 2 tracks are included twice and take up disc space that could have been otherwise utilised. The reclaimed 15 minutes of disc space would have allowed for the 12" version of "Hard Magic" and/or the 7" mixes of the singles; "I'm So Beautiful" and "Walk Like A Man". None of these tracks have appeared on CD so far. It is of course possible that the master tapes no longer exist. One thing I especially like in the booklet is that photographs of all of the single covers are included and given a full page for each. That's a nice touch.

Here is the track list with the track timings, so you can see exactly what is included:
01) Divine's Theme 2:10
02) You Think You're A Man 6:59
03) Give It Up 2:45
04) I'm So Beautiful 7:08
05) Show Me Around 3:17
06) Walk Like A Man (Remix) 5:27
07) Twistin' The Night Away (Remix) 5:34
08) Good Time '88 3:45
09) Hard Magic (Magic Mix) 3:22
10) Little Baby (Remix) 6:15
11) Hey You! (Remix) 5:42
12) Divine Reprise 0:56
Bonus tracks:
13) You Think You're A Man (12" Mix) 8:02
14) I'm So Beautiful (12" Mix) 7:53
15) Walk Like A Man/Man Talk (12" Mix) 7:44

I can also recommend "The Hit Collection" for the earlier Bobby Orlando produced tracks. I have also reviewed that CD.
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Initial post: 8 Sep 2013 12:58:13 BDT
Last edited by the author on 8 Sep 2013 12:58:41 BDT
DJ Control says:
Hi,Cherry Pop have been notorious in the past for using vinyl rips on their cd compilations.Any tracks off vinyl here? Good review btw.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Nov 2013 17:59:28 GMT
Mr. D says:
No vinyl rips. Excellent sound quality, particularly on the 12" mixes. I compared them to a few other CDs (including "The Cream Of Divine") and they sound much improved, particularly "Walk Like A Man" which sounds awesome.

I bought this at the same time as The Weather Girls "Success". Unfortunately that one has 2 nasty clicks in the album version of "It's Raining Men". The clicks are not present on the same version of the song on The Weather Girls "Super Hits" CD though.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Nov 2013 18:59:53 GMT
Last edited by the author on 30 Nov 2013 19:00:17 GMT
DJ Control says:
Thanks for the info. I've been after some good sounding Divine.
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