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I Do Not Want What I Have Not Got [VINYL] Import

4.7 out of 5 stars 41 customer reviews

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  • Vinyl (12 Mar. 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Ensign/Chrysalis
  • ASIN: B00006ZXRB
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  Mini-Disc  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 497,265 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
There's a lot on here - and not on here - so let's get to the details...

The 10 tracks of Disc 1 (51:13 minutes) are the LP "I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got." originally released on Ensign Records CHEN 14 in March 1990 in the UK and Ensign 21759 in the USA (it reached Number 1 on the charts in both countries). Produced by Sinead and Nellie Hooper and Engineered by Chris Birkett, unfortunately the original CD was always a lacklustre affair sound-wise - but this April 2009 Limited Edition 2CD remaster by ADAM NUNN at Abbey Road Studios is 'so' much better - warm and clear - and huge in places.

Listening to the now upfront drums and bass of "I Am Stretched On Your Grave" is wonderful (Steve Wickham of The Waterboys plays Fiddle on it). The very quiet "Three Babies" is now beautiful too - the strings arranged by Sinead and Nick Ingman acting as a powerful backdrop to the melody - her vocals emotional and real. "The Emperor's New Clothes" features ANDY ROURKE of THE SMITHS on Bass (he's also on "You Cause As Much Sorrow") with blistering guitar work from MARCO PIRRONI of Adam Ant's backing band - it's a punky little number that still rocks. "Black Boys On Mopeds" was arranged by KARL WALLINGER of WORLD PARTY (ex Waterboys) and ends Side 1 of the original LP in acoustic style - the remaster bringing out its quiet power and heartfelt lyrics about "...police who kill black boys on mopeds..."

The opener of Side 2 - Prince's stunning "Nothing Compares 2 U" changed her life. I remember the video to this day - like a fist in the solar plexus - and here it still has that same visceral punch - great stuff and an undeniable masterpiece.
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I recently bought this to replace an old vynil copy that went missing. This is a true jewel of a work: Sinead O'connor's voice is incredible mixing strength and fragility into a perfect emotional blend. Nor is the disc 2 dimensional, each track has its own texture and can stand on its own if required (no fillers). This is a must have.
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By A Customer on 25 May 2003
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I bought The Lion And The Cobra (Sineads debut album) a few years back on the strength of Troy (an absolute classic) but avoided getting I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got as I suspected it wasn't as good. Yes, Nothing Compares 2U is great but I had my doubts about the rest. Then someone gave me a tape with the track The Emporers New Clothes on it, and I finally gave in and bought the cd.
Very pleasantly suprised - the quality is as good as her debut, very well written songs and Sineads voice is amazingly powerful and full of emotion. Maybe one of these days I'll get around to trying her later albums, but for the moment this is permanently in my cd player (PS if you haven't already guessed, The Lion And The Cobra is a must-have too!)
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This album along with Pink Floyd's 'The Final Cut' are possibly the finest pieces of music to listen to when frankly the world becomes unpleasant to be in, I found them being played during times of emotional upheaval and in that respect represent soem pretty big markers in time. So put the razor blades away, open that bottle of wine kick back and drown in a haze of blurry angst and emotion; tomorrow always then seems much better than you might reasonably expect.
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By A Customer on 20 Jun. 2000
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Nobody sings the way Sinéad O'Connor does. Her voice is fragile yet aggressive, her lyrics are poetic yet controversial. Her mind is sad yet aware.
Each song on »I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got« (such an uncommercial album title would only work out for Sinéad) has its own soul, its own story, its own sadness. Beautifully sung by the Irishwoman, and in a way that no cover version will be able to keep up with the depth that she has put into it all.
A unique album that is very hard not to be touched by. It will always stand as a legendary album.
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By A Customer on 30 Dec. 2001
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Sineads best - sung straight from the heart with a haunting voice.
An album well worth having.
So much more than Nothing compares 2 U.
It took me about 3 plays to get really into it but it was worth the patience.
You will play this for years to come.
Emotion in music.... heart felt songs..... you cant beat it...
Play it loud, in the dark & lose yourself in it.
Buy this ...
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I got this out of my CD collection after 5 or maybe even 10 years - wow, it really does stand the test of time.
Wonderful, powerful, distinctive singing style, controversial but nevertheless excellent lyrics, strong stuff.
And I think many people owe her an apology - she was much hated and reviled, but at times she was a voice of truth in the midst of untruth. A strange and damaged person but a lot of talent.
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I heard this album in Singapore and I didn't even know that nothing compares to 2, had been released in the uk as a single. I have never heard an album like this before and it reflected similar relationship difficulties i was having at the time. maybe that's why this album will always be special to me, but maybe not, I think there is more here, its an album of truth, heartfelt vocals, and true artistry
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