- Audio CD (19 May 2003)
- Limited Edition edition
- Number of Discs: 2
- Format: Limited Edition
- Label: Sony
- ASIN: B00008IUVU
- Other Editions: Audio CD
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
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Evolution is a collection of Dead or Alive's singles for Epic, including their debut "Misty Circles"; their first hit, the KC-cover "That's The Way (I Like It)"; their trans-Atlantic Stock, Aitken and Waterman-produced smash "You Spin Me Round"; and several poorly received late-1980s offerings including "Come Home with Me Baby" and "Turn Round and Count 2 Ten" (the last two having been given a righteous 2003 freshen-up). As expected, the early hits, frantic pop updates of Giorgio Moroder's lush arrangements and insistent sexual rhythms still stand out. As do frontman Pete Burns' wit and flamboyance, which made him a major star in Japan years after the UK scene had so foolishly left him behind. --Dominic Wills
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Dead Or Alive began life in the late 1970's, and 'Evolution' covers much of the last 20 years of their career, seamlessly melding the classics 'brand new lover', 'something in my house', 'that's the way (i like it)', and of course the perfectly formed eternal pop song 'you spin me round (like a record)' in it's original stomping form, and the soon to be massive all over again 2003 remix! with some modern classics, perhaps unfamiliar to the UK music scene - 'hit and run lover', 'isn't it a pity', and 'sex drive' are all fantastic examples of a pop band doing what it does best - crafting swirling, bursting with energy 3 minute masterpieces.
A Dead Or Alive record is a non stop erotic cabaret, a booming thunderclap from the heavens, dripping with saucy lyrics, and resplendent in the gravity defying, earth shattering vocals of Pete Burns.
On the evidence of this fantastic collection, it is easy to see why after a 13 year exile from the british music scene, sony were so quick to sign up this band 23 years into their long and glittering career, and 2003 will surely see a renaissance of the band with more character, personality, and charm than anything currently squeezing into the charts.
For anyone who has found themselves spinning on the dancefloor at a wedding, down the youth club disco, or in the uber-clubs of the capitals. This is the perfect introduction to a band who are going to be very big all over again - starting with the release of this greatest hits package, preceeded by the single 'you spin me round 2003' and soon to be followed by a dvd project and a whole new album of brand new Dead Or Alive material!!!
Welcome back Pete Burns & Dead Or Alive - how did we get by without you all these years !!!
The original version of You Spin Me Round (Like A Record) that sold millions of copies on vinyl is not even here. It's replaced by the Murder Mix, the Alternative Metro Mix and Mark Moore's Mix but surely we all want the one we danced to a thousand times? Well I do.
Dead Or Alive made some of the best three minute pop songs of the 80s. Unfortunately, sometimes these were stretched into six or seven minute remixes and outstayed their welcome, such as the one of Brand New Lover here.
The same goes for a pedestrian My Heart Goes Bang and Hooked On Love. I thought I'd remembered it all wrong but then I got my seven inches out (!) and I was right. The single mixes were faster and better.
There's an unnecessary 2000 remix of a once perfect Something In My House but Turn Around And Count To Ten survives the 2003 remix and still shines.
Happily, In Too Deep is unblemished and intact but on the whole this is a CD spoilt by someone trying far too hard and I suspect it's not Pete Burns.
The CD itself is beautifully packaged with some wonderful photographs. It's just such a shame that this is not the best of Dead Or Alive that it should have been. The post-1990 stuff is not really worth including and many of the great songs are ruined by remixes. My heart goes OHHH!
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