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5.0 out of 5 stars Mad as the ...., 7 Oct 2002
This review is from: A Darker Bloom: The Blue Orchids Collection (Audio CD)
Christ, this appears to be a fairly comprehensive re-release of the Orchids catalogue, which is a relief, since my vinyl 33 -- The Greatest Hit (Money Mountain) -- has a serious warp -- and the one 45 in my collection -- Agents of Change -- has spots of green paint from an earlier exisitence.
For those who don't known, the Orchids are a dreamy slice of post-punk perfection. This is The Fall with melody and class (the "a" prenounced as in "agony") -- literally, in the sense that Martin Bramah (vocals,guitar) was Mark E Smith's music machine during the early days of The Fall and I suspect Una Baines (keyboards) was also from The Fall in some respect. Anyway, the whole lot of them were professional brit Northerners.
So look, this CD appears to kick off with single stuff (circa 80/81, i think). Work in particular is spectacular. It then moves through the album, the Greatest Hit(1982), which includes brilliant numbers like Dumb Magician, Hanging Man and Bad Education. Inexplicably, tho, the CD misses an epic from the album -- "Mad As the Mist & Snow." Then its thru the 45 12 incher, which is actually called "Agents of Change" not agents of chance as per the Amazon listing. It's very good stuff. Final four tracks I don't know. But trust me: if they are in the same consistent league as previous stuff, you will not be disappointed.
Don't expect: high grade, note perfect, techno production values
Do expect: Something that will make you're mates ears prick up as they ask, "Who's this?"
I first saw them as a London college band around 1981. The crowd threw plastic beer mugs; the Orchids just turned up the level and played the tightest music set I have ever heard/seen.
I wonder what they're doing now. I'm bloody 40 next week, and I suspect they were a tad older than me. Its time for a mid-life crisis. Murphy.
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