- Audio CD (16 Dec. 2013)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Import
- ASIN: B000006SM3
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,175 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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WEA, 242202 2, Track listing: Deep & Wide & Tall 4:02 How Men Are 3:38 Everybody Is A Number One 3:25 More Than A Law 4:39 Somewhere In My Heart 4:00 Working In A Goldmine 5:36 One & One 4:10 Paradise 4:29
Love was the third album Roddy Frame recorded as Aztec Camera. If--and this is an "if" so big that most would be reluctant to scale it without sherpas, yaks and oxygen--Roddy Frames career has been characterised by anything, it has been a determination to do, at any given moment, roughly the last thing that was expected of him. Having already done the ragged acoustic troubadour (High Land, Hard Rain) and prematurely aged balladeer (Knife) bits while still in his teens, Frame relocated to New York for Love and made as pristine an album of Philadelphia soul as could reasonably be expected from a Clash fan from East Kilbride.
Love is largely remembered for Aztec Cameras biggest hit--the exuberant "Somewhere in my Heart", in which Frame pronounced, against a backdrop of immaculate studio sheen, that "The closest thing to heaven is to rock and roll"--but deserves better. The dizzy Motown pastiche "Deep and Wide and Tall", and "More Than a Law" are both as good as Roddy Frame gets praise indeed and the closing track, the rueful lament "Killermont Street", sets a surely unbeatable standard in the hitherto under-subscribed category of great songs about bus stations. --Andrew Mueller
Top Customer Reviews
Edsel, who have previous in this department it has to be said, have sadly made a right mess of this wonderful album from 1987. Reissuing the Aztec Camera catalogue is a noble idea, and a very welcome one, but despite the glossy hardback packaging there is very little to recommend any of the titles in the series.
Love was originally released on 9th November 1987 by WEA, 9 songs clocking in at a little over 37 minutes. CD1 of this new edition is identical, both in content and - to these ears - sound. It bears all the hallmarks of an 80s-mastered disc, much quieter than today's fashions dictate, and a very flat sound that only those who grew up with will be used to. While it's perhaps a blessing that the album hasn't been a victim of loudness for loudness' sake, it means the bonus material on the second CD really has to justify the price-tag for owners of the original.
Unfortunately, the second CD is where the biggest problem lies. The listed "Sax Mix" of Working In A Goldmine has been erroneously replaced by the same version of the song which is on the first disc. The "Breakdown Mix" of Deep & Wide & Tall sounds highly compressed, as though taken from an inferior source. Vinyl, quite probably, but any clicks have been removed. The 12" version of Somewhere In My Heart is really the only bonus track to sound bright, sharp and not crudely edited.
So, for the price of a brand new album, you get the same version of a very short CD released 25 years ago, plus barely 40 minutes of extra music including a repeated track by mistake and some mixes which sound rather murky.
Not good enough at all. What a shame.
A little history about Aztec Camera, well they were formed back in 1980 by Roddy Frame and were a Scottish group that originated from East Kilbride. But you'd hardly notice the Scottish accent coming through on the songs, the lead singer has a powerful, enhancing voice which will have you crooning away to!
The other members are Campbell Owens (bass) and Dave Mulholland (drums) and David Ruffy, Bernie Clarke (keyboards) They were signed to Rough Trade Records when they moved to London in 1982. The album Love was released back in 1987, unbeliveably, some sixteen years ago now. Which featured two UK hit singles How Men Are reaching number twenty five in the charts and the well-known song Somewhere In My Heart reaching number three. Whilst the album itself climbed to number ten in the UK album chart list.
Their first album was Highland Hard Rain in 1983. The band toured Europe and America and later on in 1984/85 touring the world
1984 saw their second album 'Knife" then in 1987 'Love'
The album was a small one, with just nine songs, but most if not all ballads, whereas Somewhere in my heart would be the most well-known hit on the album, the others are well worth a listen to and easy to sing or croon along to!Read more ›
When Demon announced that they would be remastering Aztec Camera i was glad in a way but not in another, because i have brought remastered reissues in the past and they have been a hit or a miss ie using mp3 or a vinyl version etc.
When i received this i played the first cd which sounded brilliant but noticed that on the 2nd cd wrongly named track and so on.
I got intouch with Demon who were aware of the issue and had my name and address off me and sent me the very next day a corrected cdr of cd2 and they told me that once it gets redone they will send me a proper 2nd cd.
The cdr sounds brilliants and correct track versions, so if you are afraid of buying this cd, buy it then get intouch with demon they send a replacement cd that will fix the problem.
Perfect dinner party soundtrack or just for solo listening...you won't be disapponted.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this CD as I remembered it being one of my favourite in my teenage years. Took me right back there, love Roddys voice and amazingly once I started the CD all the words... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Nick
I had originally purchased one of the Greatest Hits collections for the hits (obviously) and the nostalgia but fell in love with every track,so decided to put my toe in the water... Read morePublished on 23 Aug. 2013 by DavyA
I've been awaiting a special edition, remastered version of this album for years. One of my favourite albums from the 80s, I am especially partial to "Somewhere in my Heart" which... Read morePublished on 14 Aug. 2013 by DEATH (Leics Branch)
I'm only writing this to bring the rating down and to alert people to Edsel/Demon's shoddy reissue policy. Read morePublished on 28 Sept. 2012 by ippudo