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5.0 out of 5 stars 1986 classic in sparkling expanded form!, 25 May 2010
This review is from: Broadcast (Audio CD)
An addition to the ever-growing Cherry Pop range, this is a remastered and expanded version of Cutting Crew's 1986 million seller "Broadcast". Cherry Red have also given the same treatment to 1989's The Scattering, with a new edition of "Compus Mentus" to follow later in 2010.

Front man and main songwriter Nick van Eede (who still performs live shows as Cutting Crew) has overseen this reissue, contributing in-depth sleeve notes and selecting the bonus tracks. The booklet also includes album trivia, images of original 7" sleeves and band photos. The original European sleeve (with red cover and rubber-stamped images) has been cleverly combined with the Cutting Crew `sawn in half' logo from the 1987 US repackage.

Recording originally began in 1985 after the band (comprising van Eede, Kevin MacMichael, Colin Farley and Martin Beedle) had signed to the Virgin label. Nick recalls in his notes that the band never really fitted into the mid-80s British synth-pop sound, as they were essentially a rock band, with the guitar at its core. "Broadcast" certainly retains a fresh and contemporary sound and is far less dated than many other albums of the time.

The two opening cuts, `Any Colour' and the gloriously uplifting `One For The Mockingbird' (complete with killer chorus), are here in their original US remix form - recent US pressings of "Broadcast" strangely omitted these versions. They were remixed in Hollywood by Shelley Yakus (both feature Hammond organ overdubs by Benmont Tench), the challenge being to come up with even better versions than those on the European release! Extra guitars, keyboards and vocal harmonies were added - the result being a #1 American hit for the other remixed track, the classic `(I Just) Died In Your Arms'. It's the Yakus remix of the latter that is included here, with Tim Palmer's longer 12" remix among the bonus tracks.

Nick van Eede's favourite track here is the ballad `I've Been In Love Before' (a Top 10 hit in the US) which stemmed from the 1985 sessions. A stripped-down and beautifully haunting 1989 live recording of the song from London (previously unreleased) is included as a bonus cut.

Nick says that he remains proud that the band recorded an album that didn't sound like anything else at the time. That said, `Life In A Dangerous Time' (vocally at least) has a Howard Jones feel, while the funky AOR of `Fear Of Falling' bears the same pop-rock sensibilities as some of Mr Mister's output.

Of the final four tracks on the original album, `Don't Look Back' and `It Shouldn't Take Long' are both melodic gems, while the slower `Sahara' (notable for some fine bass and sax playing) demonstrates the diversity of the band's sound. Epic and atmospheric album closer `The Broadcast' sounds, to these ears at least, like Cutting Crew meets XTC with a bit of Tears For Fears thrown in for good measure!

As well as the aforementioned bonus tracks, there's also a live recording of `The Broadcast / Any Colour' (taken from the `I've Been In Love Before' single) and the dreamy soundscape `For The Longest Time' (originally the B-side of `(I Just) Died In Your Arms').

Boasting a crisp remaster from Alan Wilson, this is a superb package which deserves a place in the collection of any self-respecting Cutting Crew / melodic pop-rock fan.
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Initial post: 14 Jun 2012 02:21:19 BDT
So I ask: I've Been In Love Before appears in previous releases with playing time 5:08, and even a introduction piece appears mixed with fades into previous track. But the total playing time not is 5:36, like in the single album. This new pressing present I've Been In Love Before with its total playing time 5:36? This track is mixed with fade in previous track (One For The Mockingbird) or Is it completely separate? Thanks.
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