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  • Audio CD (16 Jan. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Virgin Catalogue
  • ASIN: B006697AGQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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2011 REMASTERDISC 11. FOUR ENCLOSED WALLS (2011 - REMASTER)2. TRACK 8 (2011 - REMASTER)3. PHENAGEN (2011 - REMASTER)4. FLOWERS OF ROMANCE (2011 - REMASTER)5. UNDER THE HOUSE (2011 - REMASTER)6. HYMIEand#039;S HIM (2011 - REMASTER)7. BANGING THE DOOR (2011 - REMASTER)8. GO BACK (2011 - REMASTER)9. FRANCIS MASSACRE (2011 - REMASTER)10. FLOWERS OF ROMANCE (INSTRUMENTAL) (2011 - REMASTER11. HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS (2011 - REMASTER)12. ANOTHER (2011 - REMASTER)13. FOUR ENCLOSED WALLS (2011 - REMASTER)14. TRACK 8 (2011 - REMASTER)15. PHENAGEN (2011 - REMASTER)16. FLOWERS OF ROMANCE (2011 - REMASTER)17. UNDER THE HOUSE (2011 - REMASTER)18. HYMIEand#039;S HIM (2011 - REMASTER)19. BANGING THE DOOR (2011 - REMASTER)20. GO BACK (2011 - REMASTER)21. FRANCIS MASSACRE (2011 - REMASTER)22. FLOWERS OF ROMANCE (INSTRUMENTAL) (2011 - REMASTER23. HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS (2011 - REMASTER)24. ANOTHER (2011 - REMASTER)

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"Four Enclosed Walls' Middle Eastern drums and Lydon's muezzin wail set the scene for an LP's worth of mindboggling non-popular pop music. There's hypnotic beauty in Track 8's motorick rhythms and babbling vocal."
-- Q - February 2012

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By Guy on 10 May 2003
Format: Audio CD
This is a fantastic album - this is from when PIL were quite experimental and quite unlike their rock period of the mid-late 80's. When i was about 13 i was a huge fan of PIL's rock period ('Album', 'Happy' etc) and bought both 'Flowers Of Romance' and 'Metal Box' on the strength of what i had heard - lets just say that i was quite scared and freaked out by these 2 albums! However, over the next couple of years and after repeated listenings i came to love them. In particular, 'Flowers Of Romance' is something very special and owes a lot to the percussive efforts of Martin Atkins - as Metal Box owed a lot ot Jah Wobble's basslines. It feels quite abrasive, even by todays standards, but shows just how different PIL were at the time - which other reletively mainstream (supposedly) band was doing this back then? Well worth a listen and many repeated listening after that.
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After schorching our minds with the fearful, terrific (I mean to use that word in two ways: both terror inducing and great) "Metal Box" album (aka "Second Edition"), Public Image Ltd underwent a period of change. Bassist Jah Wobble, whose bass work defined the mood of the first two albums, left and John Lydon and Keith Levene regrouped with drummer Martin Atkins and created "Flowers of Romance."
With Wobble gone the music took on a heavily drum reliant sound, Lydon continued to wail as he had done on the previous album whilst Levene's guitar work was hidden in the depths of the millitant beats. Whereas in "Metal Box" the dense sounds fused to create a nightmare soundscape, here the sound was distinctly minimalist, with Lydon's melancholic tinged lyrics providing a vein of angst for him to vocally exorcise.
The standout tracks on the album, for me at least, have to be "Four Enclosed Walls," "Flowers of Romance," "Under the House," "Banging the Door," and "Go Back." The other tracks are good, but those were the ones which lingered in my mind after listening to it.
The CD comes with three additional tracks, an instrumental version of "Flowers of Romance" and two b-sides dating from the time and mood of "Metal Box": "Home is Where the Heart is", complete with Dub-reggae style production, funky bass and vitrolic lyrics, whilst "Another" adds Lydon's haunting, wailing vocals to the "Metal Box" instrumental track "Graveyard".
All in all it is worth listening to, though some may argue that it is a let down after the brilliance of "Metal Box", simply because it sounds like nothing else PIL ever did.
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By Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 31 Oct. 2010
Format: Audio CD
The bass player left and the bottom end dropped off somewhere on beachyhead then this became something of a soliloquy. A big feverent banging of drums, keeping the whole edifice shuddering together. Without the beat battering the whole concoction would split at the seams. Lydon built layers of the surreal in compressed fragments as Atkins and Levene's basic hallucinogenic foundations grew taller. Finally drawing on Levene to structure the musical madness on the desk whilst he kept himself intact through a daily heroin insertion.

Drawing middle eastern mystical melodies with found objects the whole thing is a glorious descent into a fevered nightmareworld where elements rise and fall in tempo with Martin Atkins banging the beat. It became the template for modern Swans who drew searing guitars on a thrash band primeval adrenaline drum blast.

It rubs shoulders with Pere Ubu's New Picnic Time for off kilter madness, The Pop Group's first and the Germanic experimenters for taking found elements and looping them into a structure.

This was the time when Lydon could bring anything to the table and it would be heard with delight. It was when he discovered structure he become less meaningful. Love Song and the collaboration with Afrika Bambaataa TimeZone aside the potency diminished with each Rise was a further descent.

This album needs to be heard in entirety, late night blasted in a car on earphones or out in the country. It is eerie, jagged, discordant and has an internal magnificence. Then it will at last create a dark picture of inner dreamworlds of claustrophobia when pounded into the ground.
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By EB. on 10 Jun. 2015
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The usual fantastic, amazing, weirdo and powerful music of the great PIL! I bought all the remasterized CDs and the sound is much better, clean and clear. And the New covers and internal parts in the case are just great! Amazing music with Johnny Lydon!
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By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME on 26 Feb. 2006
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
PIL, or Public Image Ltd. as they had become by this point in 1981 had started off as an abrasive project - debut single 'Public Image' perfectly encapsulating this. In many ways, 'Flowers of Romance' is patchy like the debut LP - but still compulsory listening that surrounds the wonderful 'Metal Box/Second Edition'(it's also short like the debut!). Things had been getting dark for Lydon and co - as the later chapter on PIL in Simon Reynold's post-punk classic 'Rip It Up & Start Again' details, drugs were having an effect on the band. Added to this arguments over money and paranoia from Lydon's bunker in Gunter Grove and it's unsurprising that 'Flowers of Romance' is one of the most sinister records made. I wouldn't be surprised if it's used in rendition techniques by the US government, sometimes listening to it I've felt not far from a panic attack - like Scott Walker's 'Tilt', Nico's 'The Marble Index', John Cale's 'Music for a New Society', The Pop Group's 'We Are All Prostitutes' & The Fall's 'Perverted By Language' it has a claustrophobic atmosphere that offers a tunnel at the end of the light..
Jah Wobble exited just before this album, over conventional financial disputes, seeing through the veener of the PIL-corporation, a feeling that Keith Levene dominated 'Metal Box' & his dub-style reworkings of PIL-material 'The Legend Lives On...Jah Wobble in 'Betrayal' lead to his exit (ironically Levene's exit would partly hinge around a similar reworking of PIL tracks 'Commercial Zone').
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