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  • Audio CD (19 Feb. 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Paradox Records
  • ASIN: B000002G4M
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
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THE BLUETONES Expecting To Fly (1996 UK 11-track CD album featuring their classic debut album which spawned the singles Bluetonic Slight Return and Cut Some Rug issued in the original clear Bluetones stickered jewel case with picture booklet inlay BLUECD004)

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After The Stone Roses impressed few with the terminally mediocre Second Coming, The Bluetones were hailed as the successors to their jangly indie throne. Four London boys that carried themselves with the sense of lofty expectation that was so central to the Stone Roses' mystique, their debut Expecting To Fly surfed the exultant wave of nostalgia that was all too prevalent in the wake of Blur's Parklife and Oasis' Definitely Maybe. It's no surprise, then, that today Expecting To Fly sounds like a rather excellent Britpop period piece. Breakthrough single "Slight Return" kicks its heels with adolescent glee, and "Vampire" and "Things Change" are delivered with an chipper enthusiasm that neatly skirts Britpop's more pompous excesses. --Louis Pattison

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This is great. I hadn't listened to The Bluetones since I was at university bouncing around the Student Union on "Indie Night". I was only familiar with two songs - Slight Return and Bluetonic - as I never bought the album. As the years went by - as with many bands of the period - I forgot about The Bluetones. In the last year I have been buying a lot of CDs from the mid-to late 90s for bargain prices second hand on Amazon including Gene, Kula Shaker, Verve, Supergrass and recently Expecting to Fly by The Bluetones. I think it it is a great "re-discovery" and I am really enjoying listening to it. Putting Out Fires stands out for me at the moment along with Slight Return and Bluetonic. I paid pennies for it. So worth it. So much better than contemporaries such as Oasis. There is a real untapped treasury of music from 20 or so years ago that it waiting to be re-discovered. Thanks for reading.
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I bought this album about 6 years ago and am still not tired of it, every single track is absolutely brilliant and it is without a doubt their best album. The first half of the album is more upbeat than the second half with tracks such as Slight Return and Bluetonic stealing the show. The slower tracks on the second half are more likely to grow on you over some time; Putting out Fires standa out particularly as just a beautiful piece of music. This album was a hard act to follow, and it is a shame that the other albums are not as good because this is entirely brilliant from start to finish.
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I am currently buying a lot of albums that I originally bought on cassette and this is one of them....

I think that this album has, to a large extent, held up to the ravages of time.

The Bluetones are often just thought of as being your usual Brit Pop band but I have really enjoyed listening to this album again.It has a joyous feel to it.....

There are a lot of good tracks that I can still sing along to quite happily in the car today......so if you loved a "Slight Return" or "The Fountainhead" then buy this album....its dead good!!
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By A Customer on 21 Mar. 2002
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This album is truely the best work from the bluetones. From the start of the album, right to the end, you won't reach for the skip button at all. The whole album unfolds into one of the most beatiful pieces i've ever heard. The pinnacle of the album has to be Putting Out Fires, which is probably the most moving track on there. Every song on the album tells a story, and i'm sure most people will relate to them, i know i do. Well worth a buy, much better than the other two excellent albums. This is one you *won't* tire of.
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By A Customer on 14 Nov. 1999
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This album, released in early 1996, is one of those magnificent pieces of work that hardly ages and seems as fresh now, as the day it was released. The album is full of songs that, although would be unlikely to hold their own in the singles chart, as a whole fit together in a charming melodic style. The two stand-out tracks are undoubtedly "Bluetonic" and "Slight Return". Both ooze style and quality and point towards great things. A first listen may result in either instant joy, or a slight let down feeling, but after a few listens, it is hard not to fall in love with the clever lyrics and the wonderfully melodic tunes. The album is littered with pure genius and each song cannot help but raise a smile on your face and the hidden delights of "The Fountainhead" and "Vampire", just lie there waiting ot ensnare you. A breathtaking album, surely one of the best of the britpop era (although they would probably be unhappy at being grouped into that category), unmissable, just simply brilliant.
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Great to hear these songs again. Definitely one. of their better albums , and even today though music has changed in a variety of ways, they still sound great. which is a sign of good material. I think `Slight return` has to be one of their best.
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I really like this album because of the guitar sound used it is Overdriven rather than distorted so the music comes through and it is much more versatile for it. they can do Hard rocking out parts and jumpy jingly jangly parts too. The music on this album is supported by a good concrete foundation of jaunty bass and thumpy tappy drums and fresh vocals which are varied in both texture and performance. The drums are very playful and are mixed in some songs with subtle hhints of percussion. The Songs themselves are well written and concise not going on for too long and yes have the Energy, variety and fun to keep you listening. This is a pretty good rock album. Them Jangly guitars on cut some rug are nice example of some of the effects that the band use too adding some phaser to give the song a slightly menacing sound. The song Things Change is aptly named because it is the first song on the album that takes a change in timbre it drops out the overdriven guitar for jingle jangle guitar, Tambourine and some very bouncy rhythms and fun basslines with a top little messy solo in the middle too. The album is a Joy to listen too
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I have owned this since the week it was released, it is still one of my albums I listen to most.

Still in love with the 'tones, even after they have split.

Buy this, you need it.

Top tunes, talking to clarry, Vampire, putting out fires.
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