- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Import
- ASIN: B00E0NZ2FG
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
Liverpool (1986, YUG) / Vinyl record [Vinyl-LP] Import
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Top Customer Reviews
More of a straightforward album than "Pleasuredome" it delivers eight infectious rock/funk/disco tracks. Recorded at a time when the band were split in terms of musical ambition (Holly wanting more of a disco sound, The Lads wanting a rockier sound) the songs hold together surprisingly well and have a style of their own.
Some classics here : "Rage Hard", "Warriors Of The Wasteland" and the under-rated "Watching The Wildlife". The highlight for me has to be the beautiful closer "Is There Anyone Out There?"
a fitting swangsong from a much missed band.
The bonus material here is good but all your really need are the original eight tracks that were on the album when it was first released. It is unashamedly a 'concept' album, with it's honest take on Frankie's home city of Liverpool during the 80s recession, when it suffered perhaps more than any other from a beating with Thatcher's big stick. The tracks are rockier and harder edged than those on Welcome to the Pleasure Dome, but still hang together in a poppy and always intelligent sequence. The consistency of the music is impeccable but there are particular highlights; the wonderful scouser outro to the end of Lunar Bay and to my mind, the top track, For Heaven's Sake, the most direct commentary on the album of the 80s recession and the wonderful plee to Thatcher: '...she should stop the pain, stop the pain, and buy us all a drink...'
Simply sublime, and in our own recession-striken times, the sentiment of that track and this album as a whole, is shockingly fresh and familiar, as if to prove over the past thirty years, despite the brief illusion of wealth many of us had for a while [whilst clutching a credit card], nothing has really changed.
So if you want a slice of real, quality 80s music you could do far worse than pick this up. It's a shame that FGH split after this, as [supposedly] rock and disco interests of the various band members proved too difficult to resolve. You wouldn't know that listening to this album though, which fuses pop, rock and dance into one seamlessly enjoyable experience. One can only wonder what they may have achieved if they'd managed to stay together. What a shame.
Forward 25 years, and the album has aged well. This anniversary edition contains the original 8 tracks remastered, and the normal variety of B-sides and rare tracks that are customary on this sort of re-release. This is where things fall down slightly, and why I have only given this 4 stars. Most serious Frankie fans will already have just about everything included in the extras, which includes the CD/cassetted mixes of Warriors and Watching the Wildlife, which are pretty hard to get hold of these days. However, things on this second disk are quite patchy. 'Waves', the B-side to Watching The Wildlife, is touted as the last song Frankie recorded, but frankly isn't very good; and, frankly, an instrumental version of Rage Hard just isn't very exciting. I'm sure there were more interesting things to be found in the archives.
The typically pompous sleeve notes almost bring this back up to five stars, but four stars it is - great album, not quite so great extras, and a welcome celebration of the fact that Frankie were more than just a few T-shirts and the three number one singles.
This cut was lambasted by the critics upon it's release and it was never really going to get the tricky tag of 'the difficult second album syndrome' removed from it. It's certainly not up there with FGTH's epic double-album Welcome To The Pleasuredome from 1984, but it most definately has its moments, not least in the hit singles Rage Hard, Warriors of the Wasteland and the album's key moment, the brilliantly subtle Watching The Wildlife, which is worth the price of admission alone. These single cuts don't really compare with the band's era-defining 1983-1984 releases such as Relax, Two Tribes and The Power of Love, but they are worthy songs/tunes in their own right.
The band went their separate ways after this unfortunately ill-fated venture into second album territory (Holly Johnson enjoyed some shortlived solo success in 1989-1990) but this was a lot stronger than what most of their contemporaries (the rapidly fading former New Romantic bands who were quickly reverting to the 'big hair' look) were producing back then, that's for sure.
Not that bad at all, and well worth a look.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Arrived early in mint condition to cool to have this back in my music collection ive missed it !!!Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is my favourite Frankie album,its great that its got a new vinyl release, long overdue,ok no relax or two tribes but as an 80s music lover I do get tired 😫 of hearing the same... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Scott mclaren
What a pity the whole outfit, including producer, couldn't hold it together for another repeat of the quality in Pleasuredome - ah well. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Digeridoo
Hearing it again reminds you what a great talent they used to be.
Lots of good mixes.
Trevor horns production still shines