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  • Audio CD (6 Mar. 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000EGD22S
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
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I originally ordered this album because I needed a copy of the track "When You're Young And In Love" which, try as I might, was nowhere to be found online as an MP3, so when I discovered that Amazon had this CD in store, I ordered it straight away on the Saturday, and received it on the Monday.
The album is compiled of a mixture of studio recordings and a few live ones, demonstrating how excellently the Flying Pickets interact with their audiences. Being a member of a mixed voice choir myself, I can appreciate the necessity of 'getting it right first time', whereas with a studio recording technical quality is not always quite so important, due to the ability to record as many retakes as are required. In my mind, the best measure of true musical excellence is how well an artist can perform live.
I only hope that the Flying Pickets will get back together sometime as I would love to catch them sometime in concert.
My one and only complaint about this album is that after having it on repeat play all day, I have a very sore throat from singing along - something that is extremely difficult to avoid doing.
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Pop music history is full of unlikely success stories but I was really taken by surprise when the Flying Pickets had the UK Christmas number one of 1983 with their cover of Only you. This song, a UK number two hit just a few months earlier for Yazoo (with Alison Moyet as lead singer), should not be confused with the similarly-titled Platters hit of the fifties, though both are great songs.
The Flying Pickets, as their name might suggest, originally came together when they were among the performers at a political musical, which toured theatres all over Europe for two years. After that, they refined their act performing live in the UK on the club and cabaret circuit before eventually landing a recording contract, which got off to a great start with Only you..
Although they followed Only you with a top ten hit - a cover of When you're young and in love (Marvelettes), they were unable to maintain their success. Their third and last hit (Who's that girl - a Eurythmics cover) just scraped into the lower end of the UK charts. Clearly, the British record-buying public regarded them as a novelty act although they remained popular live performers for a number of years.
This compilation contains their hits as well as their distinctive covers of I heard it through the grapevine (Marvin Gaye), Tears of a clown (Smokey Robinson and the Miracles), You've lost that loving feeling (Righteous Brothers), Sealed with a kiss (Brian Hyland), Only the lonely (Roy Orbison), Space oddity (David Bowie), Grooving (Young Rascals), I got you babe (Sonny and Cher), Summer in the city (Loving Spoonful), Get off of my cloud (Rolling Stones) and Higher and higher (Jackie Wilson).
I do not agree with their politics but it's the music that counts - and it's brilliant. The only other a-capella group I am familiar with is the Swingle singers. I like them too but I think that the very upbeat music of the Flying Pickets is more instantly appealing.
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I'd give it 5/5 for just the two hits achieved by the group..........Considered a 'Novelty-Act' the group were
formed by lead-singer 'Brian Hibbard' who was also an actor, remembered for his dress-sense 'Teddy-
Boy' and impressive sideburns.
The 'Acappella' style brought them a Christmas number with 'Only You' in 1983, though they did achieve a lower
order hit with 'Who's That Girl' in 1984 the groups only other big-hit was, also in 1984 'When Your Young And
In Love' which charted at number '7'
Along with the hits there are many interesting versions of some of the great-pop/rock numbers down the years
including 'Space Oddity' 'You've lost that Lovin' Feeling' 'I Heard it through the Graipevine' and 'Get Off
of My Cloud' among them.
They actually disbanded in 1986, 'Brian Hibbard' and 'Red Stripe' (David Gittins) formed a duo, with little in the
way of success.
Though 'Brian Hibbard' did take up a role in Coronation Street as mechanic 'Doug Murray' he also had parts in
TV shows such as 'Emmerdale' and 'Doctor Who'
Sadly 'Brian Hibbard' died in 2012 aged 65.
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Frankly, I hate their politics so enough of that because I want to talk music.

If you like singers who can sing in harmony but not in a singy-songy singalong style then this is one for you. If you are a bit of a silver oldie, this is for you. If you like to sing along, this is for you. If you like quality songs this is for you.

If you like samey, thrash or boom music save your money, this is not for you. This is no Frank Sinatra/ usual choral/harmony group style either.

They have beautiful, entertaining voices that create a wall to wall, pleasurable, sound experience. Not pretentious just really good singing.

The variety of songs and treatments is wide and it is difficult to pick a favourite. I have one but yours may well be different.

This is a treat.

Their public performances were magnificent. Come back boys re-work the magic.

Meantime I recommend you buy this CD and enjoy that magic.

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This takes me back, I saw The Flying Pickets many years ago. So long ago that I had forgotten half of these!
At first listen it seems a bit "samey" but having listened 2 or 3 times back-to-back in the car, I remember just how good they were. Even songs I don't like, such as "Buffalo Soldier", I will very gladly listen to.
One track in particular is being played over & over - "Who's that Girl?". Harmonies, just Lovely!
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