- Audio CD (3 Jun. 2013)
- Collector's Edition edition
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Collector's Edition, Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
- Label: Union Square Music Limited
- ASIN: B00CDKFKBY
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- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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Hello Angel Collector's Edition, Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
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After the success of her 1984 first Rough Trade single, Hand In Glove, on which she was backed by The Smiths, it would be a further four years until Sandie was in position to record an album for the label. Hello Angel, on which most of the tracks were co-written by Sandie herself (augmented by songs by The Waterboys, The Jesus And Mary Chain and others), was the result, her most personally satisfying album project to date and her best work in almost twenty years. The ten bonus cuts round up the single b-sides as well as the tracks Sandie recorded with The Smiths in 1984 and during her short time at Polydor in 1986. The first sign that Sandie had recorded a new album was the release in October 1988 of Please Help The Cause Against Loneliness. The 12-inch single featured two other notable tracks, Lover Of The Century and I Will Remain (also the last track on the album). Morrissey co-wrote the A-side with producer Stephen Street and Sandie was bang on song with her performance. Of course, as any self-respecting Sandie Shaw fan knew, the trick was also to flip the single and listen to the B-sides. And this single was to prove to be no exception. Lover Of The Century, a classy songwriting collaboration between Sandie and Mark E. Nevin, slotted into that laid-back loungecore mood that was popularised at the time by such acts as Everything but the Girl and Swing Out Sister. The quality of Sandie s lyrics powers through many of the tracks here, sufficiently so to make you wonder why Sandie had never been encouraged to write earlier. Her new-found talent for songwriting was certainly no fluke, as I Will Remain in particular demonstrates. There are those who rate this collaboration with old friend Chris Andrews as the performance of her career and it is a lovely way to draw this very accomplished album to a close.
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If your sole knowledge of Sandie is her 60's catalogue of pop gems and her ill conceived foray into Eurovision (why oh why??!) then you may not be prepared for the cutting edge quality of this disc.
Working with Marr and Morrissey really brought ot the best in Sandie. High points are difficult to choose... but for me 'I don't owe you anything' really hits the spot. As does 'Nothing Less than Brilliant' Why she hasn't done anything since this release is beyond me, I guess the pop landscape is littered with glories past... but even if she never records another note this record will remain an undisputed classic and is definitely worth addidng to ANY music lovers collection.
It's great to have Sandie's back catalogue out again on cd
As a fan of everything that went before I so much wanted to like this CD, I hated Hand in Glove in it's original form and Sandie's cover, so nothing was going to change my mind about that track.
On the positive side all the Chris Andrews co writes are great songs (apart from "Take Him" which is absolutely awful on every level), the production has that horrible 80's sound for the whole album including the majority of the bonus tracks, it rarely works.
Kevin Armstrong's involvement is a minus too, I never understood (apart from his playing with Thomas Dolby) how he got so much work over the years, his song writing is underwhelming and his guitar playing merely OK, perhaps he was a good bloke/bandleader.
The most disappointing aspect here is that Sandie spends most of her time impersonating her then "new found mates" Chrissie Hynde and Morrisssey god knows why, she is a better singer than either of them, it's almost heartbreaking to hear the way her voice has been recorded, she doesn't need multiple effects on it, listen to her other work, all they ever used was a bit of reverb, you only really hear Sandie's real voice on a handful of tracks.
I think more guidance was probably needed as a whole, some of the song choices are so wrong and someone needed to be strong and say no, an example being no one was going to better The Waterboys original of A Girl Called Johnny so why try.
Ok negativity over, Salvo do a some of the best re-issues on the market, there are 21 tracks on CD, the real highpoints are the cover of Patti Smith's "Frederick" which is stunning, it's a good 80's sound that just works and her voice is fantastic .
Nothing Less Than Brilliant is exactly that
Hello Angel is another great song
Please Help The Cause Against Loneliness has a horrible production, but that aside is incredibly strong.
I Will Remain could have been a classic but the production is weak, it cries for an orchestra and some counterpoint, some people have said it's Sandie's best vocal performance ever, I can only assume they have never listened to all her material, it's good in so much as it is passionate but the best....never.
Lover Of the Century (a B Side) co written with Mark Nevin is lovely, it's a shame they did not do more work together he is a sympathetic collaborator with a knack for subtlety.
Where Were You is Sandie and Chris Andrews having fun with Soul/Motown, this song was only a B Side too, what a waste
I Don't Owe You Anything is a gorgeous Morrissey/Marr song the production is spot on
The original album consists of tracks 1-11 I think missed opportunity is the best way to describe it, all the right components for making the album were available from looking at all the tracks on this CD it's just no one had the nous to put it all together, it would be very sad if this were the last thing she did.
Now if I were allowed the chance to put an album together with Sandie.......................................
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