The Height Of Fashion CD
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The CD features all their best loved tracks from their 'heyday' with the cult singles ‘Streetplayer-Mechanik’, ‘Move On’, ‘Love Shadow’ and ‘Something In Your Picture’ included. Other essential Fashion tracks on the CD are ‘Do You Wanna Make Love’, ‘White Stuff’ and ‘Love Shadow Smokey Dialogue’. Fashion still enjoy a strong reputation for their pioneering recordings that paved the way for many other artists in the 80's. They together with cult German record producer, Zeus B Held made recordings that influenced many recording giants
including Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Trevor Horn, Depeche Mode and many more. Their music still sounds fresh today and will appeal to a whole new audience.
Top Customer Reviews
From the funkiness of streetplayer to the late night and totally chilled out Slow Blue this is one of the definitive stand out albums of all time. So glad I was just searching Amazon and for some strange reason Fashion popped into my head as one of those albums that just screams buy me on CD.
This one's going to go permanently onto my Minidisc as well.
Buy it or miss out on a real musical education.
I have now found a much missed classic, I used to have it on good old trusty cassette tape which had the full album on one side and fab re-mixes on the other (which was not available on vinyl), that went missing many years ago.
Why change the title? A much missed classic album which far ahead of its time.
Play LOUD and SPREAD THE WORD!!
This is an essential purchase which I would recommend. The music is worth 5 stars and this is without doubt one of the best albums of the 80s. The reason for dropping a star is due to the sound quality being less than perfect and anomolies with the cover artwork.
I bought the original 1990 Arista CD of "The Height Of Fashion" long ago, which includes the B-Side of "Something In Your Picture" by mistake. I knew the Cherry Red edition had corrected this error, but I was hoping that following the reissue of Fashion's "Twilight Of Idols" that "Fabrique" might also get the same treatment, so I waited. As time goes on, it is looking less likely, so I have succumbed to buying this CD.
I was hoping for remastered sound quality on this CD, but alas fairly loud tape hiss is evident particularly on the intro of "Move On" and some other tracks, just the same as on the Arista CD from 1990. But to get the full "Fabrique" album on CD without errors at last was great.
It was always strange how this release was called "The Height of Fashion" when it is basically the original "Fabrique" album with bonus tracks. The first 10 tracks are the original album, then the last 5 tracks are from the limited edition cassette (some tracks were also single B-Sides). Hopefully at some point someone will see fit to reissue "Fabrique", because not only would it benefit from remastered sound, it could also include the 12" A-Side mixes, which are still as yet to appear anywhere on CD. "Move On" and "Streetplayer - Mechanik" are both particularly essential in their 12" mixes.Read more ›
When I was a kid, Fashion's fabrique really moved me, it was my favourite music -by miles, and it probably opened my mind to the joy that music can give, more than any other other music has ever done since. But after growing up and putting it into the past, I decided not to listen to it again, because in all honesty I was worried it would be disappointing.
A few friends started talking about our youth, and this was my soundtrack to those days. I've still got it on vinyl but had no way to play it any more, but then I learned that the 'height of fashion', is actually really just 'fabrique', and finally took the plunge.
I'm not sure if I can verbalise the feeling of hearing it again, everything came flooding back, the songs put shivers down my spine, and I realised that rather than disappoint, it sounds even better than I ever remembered. Personally I don't re-hash music from the 80's because it often sounds dated to me. But not this, Now I can see that this was decades ahead of its time, a unique, moody fusion of soul, electronic, rock, funk and dance.
The album that preceded this, and the one that came after really didn't do much for me, but this album is just perfection, every single track, I used to put the extended tape on repeat and just let on loop on and on into the night, because this is proper late night music.
I managed to pick up the CD new for about ten quid, but I'd honestly pay the £65 they want now if that's what it took. I probably won't write another review on Amazon, but I had to do my part and give this album the 5 stars it deserves.
"...and turning the knife, you smile to the camera..."
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have two of the original copies of Fabrique album both signed by all the band, saw them twice at The Odeon in Birmingham a long time ago when they had gigs then! Read morePublished 8 days ago by mark smith
Have waited a long time to get hold of this again even if it has the extra track , just a shame it wasn't still titled fabriqePublished 2 months ago by Mr. Dw Berrington
I forgot how good this band was, they slipped me by in the 80,,,s. They werePublished 3 months ago by tomtom
Thank you for this delivery of which was good, packaging good,
The music is nostalgic of the early 80's, not a high quality recording but good enough. Read more
Glad to finally get this on CD but it does sound to me like it's been mastered from a cassette copy rather than a master tape. Masses of tape hiss and not the crispest of sound.Published 8 months ago by porcupine 83
I well remember this lineup from 1982. How I heard of this new band Fashiøn I do not recall but since getting this on CD in 2004, I've listened to it constantly and proudly added... Read morePublished 13 months ago by McRonson
Just plain brilliant. Brings back some memories from a group that was so far ahead of the game at he time.Published 16 months ago by Mr Taylor