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5.0 out of 5 stars Definitive Singles Collection with added rare tracks for fans, 24 Mar. 2014
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Another superb Fox release from Cherry Red. This 2 disc set collects the singles A and B sides on the first disc, giving us the joyous "Silk Milk" and "Are you Sure" on CD for the first time. The version of "Only You Can" is the single version rather than the album version (which is the first time on CD.) Along with a selection of album tracks from the three albums, the second CD includes a number of unreleased recordings which were issued on the strange and rare "Only You Can" Netherlands compilation a few years ago and it is good to have them here, although a superior version of "strange ships" on that CD is not included here.
The only things which could have improved it would have been the inclusion of Kenny young's 1974 GTO single "Love Ship" with his version of "Silk Milk" on the B side. This was in effect the first Fox single (all the same musicians but before Noosha joined on vocals.) It is rare and its inclusion would have made me very happy. The sleeve notes are typically enigmatic, telling us nothing new. Given the inclusion of the unreleased material, it would be interesting to know when these tracks were recorded and what had been intended for them. They sound like they are from the 1972 Kenny Young "Silverworld" recordings. And how did "Electric people" come to be released a couple of years after the split? The sleeve notes could have given the answers. Still, It's a 5 star release for sure. Thank You to Kenny Young and Cherry Red for compiling it and releasing it.
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Initial post: 24 Mar 2014 20:01:43 GMT
S. Woodward says:
Good to know Only You Can is the correct 45 version, but what about Georgina Bailey? That's yet to appear on CD either.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Mar 2014 08:45:30 GMT
Noel Leahy says:
'Georgina Bailey' is the same version we've heard on CD before - NOT the single version. And to my ears; 'S-S-S-Single Bed' and a couple of other tracks sound like vinyl rips... ...I was quite underwhelmed by this release after really looking forward to it.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Mar 2014 10:02:08 GMT
S. Woodward says:
Thanks Noel.

I half hoped Georgina Bailey might be correct after reading about Only You Can.
Glad I didn't pre-order (I was sorely tempted).

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Mar 2014 14:17:30 GMT
Last edited by the author on 26 Mar 2014 14:37:53 GMT
gmrfrye says:
Great to see another Fox compilation coming out but once again the sound is disappointing on the tracks from the Blue Hotel album, also Silk Milk, Are You Sure, Pretty Boy and Only You Can single version. All these sound like vinyl rips, not really decent cd quality - you do hear crackles, fuzzy/scratchy distortion especially on vocals and muffly sound to varying degrees. I thought after listeners' comments on the Blue Hotel cd from 2005 that some of these tracks might have been improved/remastered but they are the same. It does spoil your enjoyment of this great music especially on headphones. The roughness and metallic fuzz on some of these transfers makes your ears burn. And Georgina Bailey still goes straight into the vocals and sounds like the intro has been shaved off. Disappointing package overall. The Fox and Tails Of Illusion cds sound fine but you're still better off getting near mint second hand vinyl of Blue Hotel and the B sides if you can find them.

Posted on 28 Mar 2014 10:30:32 GMT
J. Mead says:
This is all very useful to know - and means I shan't get the CD! Such a shame about Georgina Bailey. The single version is so much better than the one appearing on CD. It is not just the matter of the introduction. On the single version, the mix is different, there are additional instrumental overdubs, more backing vocals and I think (although very similar) the main vocal is a different take. In short, the CD version sounds half-finished and really suffers as a result.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Mar 2014 14:36:46 GMT
Last edited by the author on 28 Mar 2014 17:37:24 GMT
gmrfrye says:
Don't let me put you off! I wish someone would release a cd of Noosha's solo tracks, don't think I've ever heard the single version of Georgina Bailey, there seems to be some doubt as to exactly where the version comes from that they keep putting on cd, I think someone said it was taken from a TV show, some very odd sources used on some of the Fox reissues, I don't know if the master tapes have been lost or damaged over the years, would be interesting to hear some comments from Kenny Young but unlikely I guess

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Apr 2014 16:25:35 BDT
J. Mead says:
You can find the single version of Georgina Bailey on Youtube (posted by someone with the id of daveinprogress3). I think you will notice the difference if you haven't heard it before!

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Apr 2014 06:58:38 BDT
bobby morrow says:
They got me with the 'Blue Hotel' CD some years ago. A hideous vinyl rip that remains the worst CD I've ever had the misfortune to hear. I'll steer well clear of this.
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