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Diamonds And Emeralds
 
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Diamonds And Emeralds

23 Jun. 1997 | Format: MP3

£7.99 (VAT included if applicable)
Also available in CD Format
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3:21
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2:51
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3:37
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3:11
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4:32
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2:41
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3:26
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3:32
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3:45
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6:41
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4:28
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2:46
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3:07
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3:30
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3:37
30
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4:15
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4:04
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4:04
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19
3:52
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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 23 Jun. 1997
  • Release Date: 23 Jun. 1997
  • Label: RCA Camden
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  • Total Length: 1:11:20
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  • ASIN: B001ILS912
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 111,806 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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Format: Audio CD
It's a shame that some music only sees the light of day once the people who created it have moved on to greater and better things. Care were an early 80s duo who shared a lot of qualities with China Crisis - lush harmonies, insistent rhythms and simple but unforgettable melodies.
Care were Paul Simpson (Ex-Teardrop Explodes/Wild Swans) and Ian Broudie (Original Mirrors, Big In Japan and scally producer extraordinaire). They had 3 peerless singles in the period 1982-1984 ('My Boyish Days', 'Flaming Sword' and 'Whatever Possessed You') but none of them did well enough to persuade their label to release an LP, although 'Flaming Sword' did make the Top 40. The band broke up with Simpson reforming the Wild Swans with former Swan and Lotus Eater Jerry Kelly, while Broudie continued producing others before forming The Lightning Seeds (no introduction necessary there!)
This compilation probably wouldn't exist if it weren't for Broudies subsequent 90s chart domination with the Lightning Seeds. However, it stands up well after all the lost years, with the singles sounding fresh and majestic in their digital form. Also excellent are some of the 'lost' tracks - 'Cymophane', 'Love Crowns and Crucifies' and 'What Kind Of World', and overall the release serves to highlight how much music from the New Wave era (1979-1986) remains in the vaults of record companies across the UK, never to see the light of day.
If you weren't around in the early 80s but you like the Lightning Seeds, Coldplay or Travis this really isn't a million miles away, and at mid-price you can't go wrong!
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By Coincidence Vs Fate TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 Aug. 2014
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Back in the late 70s and early 80s when I was at school nearly every record I heard or bought seemed to be a classic. There are many bands over the years who "should have been big" and I think Care firmly into that category. The duo featured two Giants of the Liverpool music scene; Ian Broudie who, of course, went on to form the Lightning Seeds and vocalist Paul Simpson of the Wild Swans.

Care were definitely pop with an edge and a quirkiness. You only have to listen to "Flaming Sword" which I seem to recall was a favourite on nighttime Radio One to appreciate their genius. To be fair, they could both write a tune, so together they were maybe not actually dynamite, but certainly a great creative force. Back at the time I bought their only three singles (all included here), the aforementioned "Flaming Sword", "My Boyish Days" and "Whatever Possessed You". I remember at the time there being a snippet in NME (or MM) stating that an album would be released "soon". Well, unfortunately soon never arrived and I had to wait a decade and a half before this CD appeared in the late 90s.

Was it worth the wait? You bet. Care were ignored; seemingly not even worthy of a stitch on the great tapestry of music in the 80s, but their music is well crafted and rich with melody.
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I never thought I would get to hear this short lived collaboration between Paul Simpson & Ian Broudie, but as soon as I realised that their work together had been retrospectively released, I snapped it up. Having fond memories of all that was the post punk Liverpool scene, this combined early Wild Swans and Ian Broudie sounds, forming tracks that seem to swim around your head for an indefinite time. Sadly underrated at the time, at least there was yet more to come from The Wild Swans and The Lightning Seeds following Care's demise.
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