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Product details

  • Audio CD (1 Nov. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Yep Roc
  • ASIN: B0040MGPEY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 77,250 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Give It to the Soft Boys
  2. The Pigworker
  3. Human Music
  4. Leppo and the Jooves
  5. The Rat's Prayer
  6. Do the Chisel
  7. Sandra's Having Her Brain Out
  8. The Return of the Sacred Crab
  9. Cold Turkey
  10. Skool Dinner Blues
  11. Wading Through a Ventilator

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Format: Audio CD
I've given the album 5 stars because it deserves it - despite a few niggles about the mixes - something very strange seems to happen in "Do the Chisel" for instance - but it's still an out and out classic. The Soft Boys' mix of post-punk savvy with Syd Barrett style psychedelia creates a much darker sound than you might expect. However, anyone expecting a cd with a stack of bonus tracks, as I was, will be disappointed. The cd has no bonus material on at all, and such bonus material as there is exists only as downloads, which would be fine (as long as you have internet access) if the instructions contained in the scrap of paper inserted in the album sleeve actually worked! I haven't managed to get hold of it yet, and am waiting to hear back from YepRoc. I'm cursing, now; I could have got the whole lot as a download album for much less than the cost of the cd, and had less trouble! OK, 5 stars for the album; 0 for the bonus tracks, because they aren't on the CD!
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I am in full agreement with many of the sentiments in previous reviews. As a fairly recent fan of the band I have slowly collected the majority of Soft Boys recordings. But I am still slightly confused by how many different versions, mixes, takes actually exist. I have The Soft Boys release 1976 - 1981, this Yeproc re-release of Can of Bees and still don't have the original recording unless I seek out the original vinyl release!!! Other than that gripe I am pleased with the release overall, however I prefer many of the versions\ mixes available on The Soft Boys 1976 - 1981 release and highly recommend diehard fans get their hands on a copy.
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Back in the late 1970's a band of like thinking souls could be found in Cambridge pubs and halls peddling their tangential take on rock and psychedlia with a smear of folk sensitivity as an accompaniment. A Can of Bees (dreadful play on words) was recorded in 1978 and featured the band's first 'long playing' venture, following the 'Give it To...' ep. Recorded at Spaceward and augmented by live tracks from an evening at the Lady Mitchell Hall, this is a decent representation of their live set of the time. The lp suffered from being slightly inconsistent and recorded without any sophistication whatsoever, but this was the age of DIY releases and the songs themselves remain entertaining enough. There have been numerous releases of this album - I think I'm right to say that the only CD that actually captures everything is the 1990 Two Crabs release which includes the original album plus six additional tracks which may or may not have graced variants following the original lp's release. The real gem, Underwater Moonlight' was to follow but this debut is essential for afficianados and collectors.
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