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  • Audio CD (17 Nov. 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: One Little Indian
  • ASIN: B0000V1D3C
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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This would have been his great comeback album- perhaps. Mackenzie had signed to Nude and appeared to be on a creative flight equal to the 80-83 period from 'Affectionate Punch' to '18 Carat Love Affair'. He even considered these new songs under alternate monikers- the torch songs would be Winter Academy, the electro-industrial Case and so on...
Nude rejected some of the more electronic tracks for this release- such as 'Falling Out With the Future' or '14th Century Nightlife'. Even in death it seemed Mackenzie's work was being rejected in a 'Glamour Chase'-fashion. Strange that songs like 'When the World Was Young' & 'The Soul that Sighs' should have been overlooked- though we have the subsequent 'Memory Palace' & 'Eurocentric' albums now.
Bizarrely I was getting into the Associates shortly before his death- hearing 'Partyfearstwo' on the radio lead me to a 2nd hand copy of 'Sulk'. The Barry Adamson album 'Oedipus Scmoedipus' had a smart Mackenzie track ('Achieved in the Valley of Dolls') and I had fond memories of listening to the original 'Affectionate Punch' and the single 'Breakfast' at a friend's house in 1990. Then I found a tape of 'Perhaps' and Apollo 440's 'Electro Glide in Blue'- which featured Billy's final vocal on the heartbreaking bluestblues 'Pain in Any Language'.
'Beyond the Sun' was released in Autumn of 1997 and recieved great critical reviews- but little commercial interest (Embrace were considered more meaningful- still their career is over now...). Ex-Cocteau Twin, Simon Raymonde, mixed several of these tracks- and give them the quality akin to his This Mortal Coil collaborations.
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The shock of Billy MacKenzie's suicide and the surprise of the release of this album came at the same time for me. Hearing this music and instantly falling in love with it while knowing it would be more or less the last of Billy's recording career was difficult indeed. Maybe it's selfish of me to mourn the end of Billy's music, but that's what he meant to me and scores of others: music so breathtakingly beautiful and unique that you just know in your heart no one else could achieve it. Equally important on this album is the incredible work of Billy's new instrumentalist and co-writer, Steve Aungle, who I hope will continue his own recording career in some other incarnation. Meanwhile, we have "Beyond the Sun" and "Eurocentric" and the rest of Billy and the Associates' body of work that make listening to music a whole new experience.
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sums up his career excellent, from the Associates albums "Fourth drawer down", "Affectionate Punch" "SULK; "Perhaps", "Wild & Lonely" to solo album "Outernational". A
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beyond the sun is beyond compare. Beautiful lyrics sung by an amazing, & massively underated man.
T he legend that was billy mackenzie.
Do yourself a favour & buy all his back catalogue & truly appreciate this man's extraordinary talent.
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This is a must listen for any fan of Billy and/or the Associates. This is how he matured, darker, harder to appreciate with more sophisticated depths, flavours and tones - the Mackenzie equivalent of a cask conditioned 25 year old single malt rather than the younger, brasher blends of the Associates or even Wild and Lonely.

Many of the old collaborators are present and their influence on specific tracks discernible; Paul Haig and Alan Rankine for starters, both major contributors to Scottish music over the last 30 years, play homage to the man. But this is an album made by and for Billy's voice and vocal dexterity. Velvety, genderless, limitless in range and dreamworking. Its only flaw is that the album never got his final seal of approval: is this how he wanted these tracks to sound? Regardless, one listen and you will drink your fill again and again.

You may be gone, Billy, but never forgotten.
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God he was good wasn't he? I've recently been buying up all the Billy CD's that I missed over the years and this was one of them. His voice made some sort of connection with my soul when I was in my 20's and listening to this... that hasn't changed. Had Billy lived I'm convinced this would have become one of those 'must have' CD's - but it needed him to be present, appear on all the chat shows, sing the material and generally charm the world like only he could - without Billy around to promote it, it gained critical acclaim but didn't sell much or get any real airtime. Heartbreakingly sadly he killed himself before it was released. I've listened to this over and over since I got it - along with Auchtermatic - and I can't get enough. What an amazing talent, and what a beautiful man. Billy continues to charm me and make me happy and make me cry.
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