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The Height Of Fashion CD

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Product details

  • Audio CD (7 July 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Cherry Red
  • ASIN: B00005N52G
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,046 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Move On
  2. Love Shadow
  3. Streetplayer Mechanik
  4. Dressed To Kill
  5. You Only Left Your Picture
  6. Something In Your Picture
  7. It's Alright
  8. White Stuff
  9. Do You Wanna Make Love
  10. Slow Blue
  11. Mutant Love
  12. Love Shadow Smokey Dialogue
  13. Street Mechanik
  14. Do You Wanna Make Love (At 5.00am)
  15. You Only Left Your Picture

Product Description

Product Description

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.

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Fashion hailed from Birmingham. I remember them in the early 80's as a three piece with the tall and skinny Luke as lead singer. I bought their album...it was so so. But then something happened. Luke left and was replaced by Dee Harris, a real musician/guitarist with a good line in sensual wocals. The overall sound of Fashion changed to be powerful and tighter, more melodic,lush synths with Dee's funky guitar. I think this album was ahead of its time, too sophisticated for the mainstream success they wanted, too lush and european sounding to appeal to the new and emerging indie world of the Smiths. They wore leather, they looked mean, they played mean, each track was "in yer face". This album is a classic of electronica, way ahead of its time. Listen to Streetplayer Mechanik, its use of a vocoder and sweeping electronic brass, synth drums and guitar that hasn't been so funky since Chic and Troublefunk.
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This has always been one of my favourite albums (I still have it on vinyl) it is was just too classy for the likes of radio 1 and all the independent local radio stations and received little attention from them. When you think it was a time of the new romantics and ok I like the sound of Classix Noveaux and Depeche Mode but this was just so much better than all of them it's a shame it never got the attention it deserved.
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.
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Like some of the other reviewers I was always searching for this album using the title of the album.
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!!
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This review is for: The Height Of Fashion (Cherry Red CD)
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.
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I hadn't listened to this album in 20 years, by choice.

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..."
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