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5.0 out of 5 stars This is more like it!, 15 Mar. 2010
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I agree whole-heartedly with Mr P.A.Lawrie. This remaster is brilliant and far superior to the somewhat disappointing "Journeys to Glory" flawed remaster. Spandau Ballet had a great knack of doing the 12" thing proper when others were knocking out lame extended and tampered with versions of otherwise great songs. A Spandau 12" somehow felt like the definitive whole story and this release includes these sonic gems alongside a very interesting handful of live tracks and a song I'd forgotten about called "Gently" which was great to hear again.
I love the fact that when on vinyl the a-side of this album had a clubby brit-funk feel then as the you get settled into the b-side it goes off into experimental ethnic territory proving what an interesting creative force the band had become at this point. I recall them performing a live rendition of "Pharaoh" on "Swap shop"(British kids tv programme)and thinking"what's this?It's brilliant and very strange". They obviously thought nothing back then of making such a bold statement as to play an obscure album track on a teenybop show.
I urge anyone with a fleeting interest in Spandau Ballet to do yourself a favour and buy this CD. It captures a band when they were still in their cool/cult phase which to my tastes was their superior phase.
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Initial post: 17 Mar 2010 00:43:30 GMT
Is the song Man With Guitar any good? Never heard of it before!

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Mar 2010 18:33:25 GMT
Hi Thomas. I'd never heard "Man with guitar" before purchasing this CD either but it turns out to be a sparse stripped down version of "Paint Me Down" which hilights Gary Kemp's funky guitar motif.It really works quite well as an alternative version.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Mar 2010 19:58:37 GMT
Ok, thanks. Sounds interesting. The guitar motif of the original is very cool.
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