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4.0 out of 5 stars Very welcome, but with a little more care..., 7 Mar. 2010
This review is from: The Face - The Best Of Visage (Audio CD)
A long over-due, and very welcome, return to CD for Visage, but again far from a definitive set.

I have to agree about missing out Beat Boy - the 7" edit would easily have fitted with removing anything here - after all, Tar was never a hit, and the album remix of that is present here.

Most of the tracks sound the best they ever have, except those from The Anvil album itself - I'm beginning to wonder if there's an issue with the availabilty of the original masters.

The obvious mistakes have already been pointed out, such as that LP edit of Night Train instead of the 7" remix, again. I'm suspecting this could well have been the single version until Rusty brought in John Luongo to do that excellent remix after Midge had left the group.

It's great to have some of early 12"s in one place at last, although I'm hanging onto 2000's The Damned Don't Cry compilation for the Frequency 7 and We Move 12"s, but the CD as a whole is neither a complete album of remixes or a complete singles set either. Still, it is nice to get the full 1983 mix of In the Year 2525 again - the earlier The Damned Don't Cry CD actually used the 1979 demo, taking it directly from the 1983 long-play cassette version of the original vinyl fade To Grey - The Singles Collection, which used different versions of many of the songs on the cassette. It was also a segued, continuous program, hence the fade in of The Anvil as the song played out.

Anyway, full marks for the nicely designed booklet, although a few minor factual errors have crept in to the text. That coupled with the mistakes on the tracks used here is why I couldn't give the album five stars either.

It's the perfect time to have released this, so I hope it sells well, if only so that their original albums can be expanded and re-mastered properly at last. Visage was a fun band and deserve to have their work represented on CD as well as most of their contemporaries now have, such as the exemplary Ultravox re-masters of late, for instance. Buy it today!
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Initial post: 13 Jun 2011 22:57:13 BDT
SirChutney says:
Hi Robin

Have to agree with you here. My main interest in Visage was the Ultravox link.
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