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Life's Hard And Then You Die
 
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Life's Hard And Then You Die

1 Mar. 2003 | Format: MP3

6.99 (VAT included if applicable)
Also available in CD Format
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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 Mar. 2003
  • Release Date: 1 Mar. 2003
  • Label: Virgin UK
  • Copyright: (C) 1986 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 1986 Virgin Records Ltd
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  • Total Length: 1:03:13
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  • ASIN: B001JQSF74
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,626 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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Format: Audio CD
It's Immaterial represent a brilliant musical dead-end. No-one bought their records, no-one copied them and so what could have been the beginning of a fine tradition of English song fizzled out with their second album. I remember hearing them perform 'Driving Away From Home' on the Tube TV programme and thinking it was a nice ditty but a bit of a novelty record. Listening to it now I'm struck by how fresh it still sounds. But I think what tempted me to shell out my 5.99 in Our Price 15 years ago was the dead-pan title and the bleak smiling clown's face. I didn't know what to expect but what I got was a jewel of an album that packs a Ken Loach film into four or five minutes time after time after time. Razor-sharp lyrics, a singer-cum-actor on the vocal, and an eclectic mix of musical influnces from skiffle to salsa to songs that don't sound like anybody else in the slightest (like Space). If Morrissey wrote from the perspective of a persecuted young artist struggling with his sexuality, then It's Immaterial wrote songs about being an impoverished young dad in his twenties, about travelling salesmen "Ahh me/ I need a lucky break/ And I won't hesitate", about cramped housing and crampled ambition. Then just when you thought you understood where they were coming from, off they go with a bestial trumpetty funk of Ed's Funky Diner. I still think it's one of the BEST songs to play EXTREMELY LOUD when you're getting ready to go out to a party and you're trying to drum yourself into a positive mood.
It's Immaterial could and should have sired a branch of British music but they spawned no immitators. I've no idea what became of them, but their second album 'Song' was even better and if anyone wants to gift me a copy I'd be eternally grateful as mine is lost. If Edith Piaf had grown up playing guitar and living in Birkenhead in the 1980s with some talented musician friends she might have come up with something like this.
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Format: Audio CD
I wasn't in any way expecting what I found on this Album when I bought it in 1987, but to say it's one of my Top 20 favourites of all time would slightly understate the case. There is something indefinable about the music here that both captivates and unsettles, with the chart-entering 'Driving Away From Home' bearing litle resemblance to the rest of the selection.
This is an intelligent and extremely well-realised Album that belies its simplistic origins. For those of you who are genuinely moved by soaring harmonised vocals (courtesy of The Christians), rolling Spanish guitars and tongue-in-cheek meanderings, I would seriously recommend this to you. It's TheThe, Alanis Morissette and World Party all combined, and has a humour that is slightly left-of-centre.
It's Immaterial undoubtedly knew they'd produced a winner for Siren Records, but in the same way the album is produced they would have just winked and acknowledged it all with a wry smile. Recommended.
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By A Customer on 16 Aug. 2001
Format: Audio CD
As the other reviewer hinted, It's Immaterials first album was a truly 'lost' 80's gem. Songs like Space, Better Idea, and Lullaby pointed at an English sound that few others were producing at the time, and that dated so much better than all the other pompous bollox that was firing out of those late eighties speakers. But it's their second album, 'Song' that was even better, being both bleaker and more melodic than their first offering. Homecoming and Heaven Knows are beautiful 'Blue Nile meets Black' melancholia, and still sound as sad and almost suffocating as they did when this album was first released. Nice cover too. Grab it if you see it.
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Format: Audio CD
Disc One: Original Album Remastered, plus B-sides & single versions

1. Driving Away From Home (Jim’s Tune) [4.12]
2. Happy Talk [5.28]
3. Rope [3.34]
4. The Better Idea [5.41]
5. Space [3.58]
6. The Sweet Life [4.38]
7. Festival Time [3.52]
8. Ed’s Funky Diner [3.04]
9. Hang On Sleepy Town [4.20]
10. Lullaby [6.25]
11. Washing The Air [3.23]
12. We’ll Turn Things Upside Down (The Enthusiasts Song) [4.29]
13. Only The Lonely [3.46]
14. A Crooked Tune [3.40]
15. Trains, Boats, Planes [3.49]
16. Hereby Hangs A Tale [4.07]
17. Kissing With Lord Herbert [2.59]
18. Driving Away From Home (Jim’s Tune) (single version) [3.51]
19. Space (single version) [4.04]

Disc Two: Peel Sessions & Remixes

1. Space (John Peel Session) [3.47]
2. Hang On Sleepy Town (John Peel Session) [4.10]
3. Festival Time (John Peel Session) [3.30]
4. Rope (John Peel Session) [3.30]
5. Ed’s Funky Diner (The Keinholz Caper) [5.53]
6. Washing The Air (Rub A Dub Mix) [5.29]
7. Driving Away From Home (Wicked Weather For Walking) [7.11]
8. Ed’s Funky Diner (Friday Night, Saturday Morning) [8.05]
9. We’ll Turn Things Upside Down (When The Revolution Comes) [4.06]
10. Driving Away From Home (I Mean After All It’s Only ‘Dead Man’s Curve’) [6.29]
11. Space, He Called From The Kitchen [7.10]
12. Rope (Extended Mix) [6.07]
13. Space (Instrumental) [4.02]
14. Jazz Bo’s Holiday Transatlantique [4.47]
15. Driving Away From Home (Original 4-Track Demo) [3.13]
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