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This review is from: Phantoms (Audio CD)
What good value for money this long awaited cd release of Alan Hulls 1979 solo album originally recorded on Elton Johns Rocket label is. Also included are the extra tracks that were present on the Radiator album 'Isn't it strange' two years earlier. For those of you confused, let me explain. The albums original format was as the band Radiator and the album came out as 'Isn't it strange' by Radiator rather than by Alan Hull (Alan formed the band Radiator). Predictably the album sold poorly but undeterred it was reissued two years later as 'Phantoms' by Alan Hull except that four tracks were dropped and replaced by four other tracks. This cd release features the running order for 'Phantoms', the four dropped tracks that were on 'Isn't it strange' plus a bonus five demo tracks.
Now onto the music. If you like Hulls work you'll love this album. There are some love songs; 'Make me want to stay' (also featured on Lindisfarnes 'Back and Fourth' album) and 'Love is the answer', some jaunty songs 'Madmen and Loonies', one angry song 'Corporation Rock' and one Hull classic; the simple but beautiful 'Walk in the Sea'. The four Radiator tracks are OK with the bouncy 'Isn't it strange' featuring an amusing fade-out where Hull sings "Isn't it strange" and drops an octave unexpectedly on the word 'strange'. A single release this was but in the 1977 punk heyday stood no chance. Finally the demos. They're pretty good as demos go. One track 'Raw Bacon' was never released and so is unique to this release, 'Evening' appeared on Lindisfarnes album 'The News' (and was sung as a duet by Hull and Ray Jackson) and 'Walk in the Sea' is an interesting take which still sounds fine in demo form.
The packaging contains comprehensive notes, rare photos but sadly no lyrics.
All in all a great addition and an essential purchase for Alan Hull fans.
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Initial post: 26 Aug 2008 14:46:07 BDT
To get things straight, the running order is not the original one. And the sound quality is not that good on some of the tracks. Just compare whith the Japanese paper card edition frpm Air mail - the correct running order and a much improved sound quality!
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