High Land, Hard Rain [VINYL]
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IMPORTANT UPDATE: Domino US is releasing a double CD version of this album. It contains EVERYTHING here, PLUS the "original single version" of "Pillar To Post," the 7" version of "Walk Out To Winter," two "live on CFNY" tracks ("Back On Board" and "We Could Send Letters"), a four-song Kid Jensen radio session ("Walk Out To Winter," "Down The Dip," "Back On Board" and "Release"), an *unreleased* single version of "Walk Out To Winter" and a SECOND remix of "Oblivious." That's what, ten extra tracks?Read more ›
Here, the (then) youngster (18 years old at the time of recording?) peppers his songs with poetic tales of lost love, adolescent uncertainty, just a hint of politics and the odd reference to past influences/heroes ('Faces of Strummer’), but, most obviously, a sharp pop sensibility which has rarely been matched since (perhaps only by his contemporary, compatriot and friend, Edwyn Collins). It’s also interesting to note that, despite the fact that Aztec Camera were often described as a 'new wave’ band (probably due to this debut album being recorded under the auspices of Rough Trade), this music is what I would call timeless pop, it simply doesn’t date. So, even if a couple of the ballads here don’t quite cut it, these are minor blemishes among the many gems, namely the intoxicating single Oblivious, (the album title song) The Boy Wonders, We Could Send Letters, Pillar To Post, Back On Board, Down The Dip and, perhaps best of all, the song which apparently had Johnny Marr dumbfounded by its brilliance (given that it was written by a 16-year old Frame), Walk Out To Winter.
Sorry, Edsel, but this is not good enough - so when is it going to be repressed properly?
How can a re-issue campaign start with a CD that contains such a bad glitch on one of the tracks? Even if the original master for the single version was not available it would have been easy to simply correct a few samples in the digital file and remove the glitch.
Sloppy job Edsel. These re-issues must compete against a 5 CD boxset of the Aztec Camera albums currently priced at less than £10. If the quality is not there, what is the selling point against the cheaper option?
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I literally can't play this record anymore having lived with it on repeat when it first came out..... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Richard Clark
How can I give it anything less. Classic album I had on vinyl, but not able to play that in my car. A bit of overkill on second CD with Walk Out to Winter. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Mr James A Citrine
2014 Domino remaster is amazing! Sound quality is top notch with a great bass tone.
Extra tracks are high quality and glitch-free on this 2014 version, authorised by... Read more
Fantastic album that didn't disappoint my memory of it. Great tunes and perfectly played.Published on 10 July 2014 by A. P. O'Brien
These reviews above relate to the Edsel version, not the Domino records 2CD version released in 2014 as a 30th anniversary edition.Published on 11 April 2014 by Chris Ditchfield
A record that sounds as fresh and vital now as thirty years ago. Terrific tunes from start to finish....Thirty years ago?!Published on 14 Feb. 2014 by Gareth Edward Jones
You have to give this album 5 stars. It is one of the best first albums ever. As with so many of these recent reissues it is a missed opportunity for the completist, but you have... Read morePublished on 9 Dec. 2012 by H. Smith
I have fixed the stupid glitch in the Oblivious 12" version. It now plays correctly.
If you would like it please drop me a line @wondermouse on twitter or suggest... Read more