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The Platinum Collection CD

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  • Audio CD (5 Dec. 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Warner Platinum
  • ASIN: B000BZPRYI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 237,617 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Bang Bang
  2. Knocked It Off
  3. To Be Or Not To Be
  4. Kool In The Kaftan
  5. Hold Me (with Maggie Bell)
  6. Gonzo For My Girlfriend
  7. Eat Your Heart Out Sandy Nelson
  8. Fallin’ In Love
  9. She’s A Beezer
  10. Man Or A Mouse
  11. Goosebumps
  12. Bully For You
  13. Flight 19
  14. Dart Vader
  15. Maggie
  16. Growing Old’s Unhealthy
  17. Hey Presto
  18. In The Bar At the Munich Hilton
  19. Turn The Volume Down
  20. Home Sweet Home

Product Description

Catalogue number 5101-11881-2 on the Warner Platinum label with the following tracks: 1> Bang Bang [3:19], 2> Knocked It Off [3:24], 3> To Be Or Not To Be [3:19], 4> Kool In The Kaftan [3:31], 5> Hold Me (with Maggie Bell) [2:54], 6> Gonzo For My Girlfriend [2:40], 7> Eat Your Heart Out Sandy Nelson [2:01], 8> Fallin' In Love [3:01], 9> She's A Beezer [2:45], 10> Man Or A Mouse [2:22], 11> Goosebumps [2:31], 12> Bully For You [2:46], 13> Flight 19 [3:36], 14> Dart Vader [3:36], 15> Maggie [2:36], 16> Growing Old's Unhealthy [3:18], 17> Hey Presto [3:14], 18> In The Bar At the Munich Hilton [3:44], 19> Turn The Volume Down [2:53], 20> Home Sweet Home [2:56].

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Every week sees the re-release of some old toss that was best left in the past. So you can imagine how I feel to see that they've FINALLY gotten around to an artist long deserving of a CD release (I think there was a German release yonks ago but long out of print). BA, he of the witty lyrics and good tunes, has always been successful whether it was working for Disney or Mike & The Mechanics, but his early 80's solo stuff was packed full of gems too. I recommend his literate, sometimes tongue-in-cheek work to pretty much anyone with a working pair of ears.
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... a compilation for one of the finest pop song writers of the late 1970's and 80's.
Like any compilation there will always be room for argument as to what should have been included (where's Saint Saens? Sci-Fi? Hot Shot?) but this is a decent starting point worth it for "To Be or Not To Be", "Fallin' In Luv", "Flight 19" and "Maggie" alone.
Warner Brothers should now do the decent thing, get the finger out and release all the original albums.
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At last, a collection of some of the wittiest pop songs ever recorded. I was really looking forward to buying this. It wasn't to be. The album must have been available for oh, about half an hour, before being deleted. Now prospective purchasers have to try their luck in the second hand market and with copies reaching £50 or £60 on ebay, that just isn't about to happen. So come on WEA re-release this album, or better still a more comprehensive collection of B.A.'s music - the original albums and singles collected perhaps. And review the policy of deleting albums before the public even knows that they are available - it's a cynical ploy that can only benefit bootleggers and - ooh dare I say - big record companies too keen to maximise profits.
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Just one look at the hairstyle on the cover (not to mention the equally suspicious clobber) and you know you're headed back to a place and a time, namely the early eighties. Belonging to B.A. ROBERTSON, this underrated Scot fell off the radar after a fairly brief spell in the limelight and, really, he's due for a bit of a reappraisal.

And even if this compilation were easily available I'd still be muttering where on earth his best number had disappeared to. SAINT SAENS and FLIGHT 19 are classic pop songs with great hooks and melodies - but the former ain't anywhere to be seen on the tracklisting, so thank God for the latter.

Okay, BANG BANG (where north of the border becomes south of the Thames, accentwise), TO BE OR NOT TO BE and KOOL IN THE KAFTAN demonstrate the guy was a quirky individual with a good sense of humour and a neat turn of note, but it's a shame he didn't enjoy a more significant and memorable time at the top; he definitely had more to offer, even as a semi-regular on saturday morning kids tv.

Some of the contents on this cd are pretty disposable, but the above - which account for the star rating - are well worth adding to your back-catalogue. Reaching a peak with the excellent album BULLY FOR YOU (currently unavailable, sadly), B.A. Robertson deserves better than being just an historical footnote in pop culture. I like to think a more considered compilation will be released one day, with lots of sleevenotes and stuff - though probably best not to hold our collective breaths too soon. Either way, check him out on YouTube, see what you think.

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How fantastic to hear some of BA's best, released (at last) on CD. Great pop combined with a dry wit, BA is part of a forgotton gem in a "hard to classify" genre. If Kirsty MacColl does it for you, then give BA a listen....you won't be disappointed.
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B.A. Robertson's "Flight 19" track was actually the initial inspiration for my novel "A Matter of Time" which dealt with the Bermuda Triangle and the loss of "five US Navy bombers" as described by B.A.'s lyrics. Having got the original on vinyl some years ago, it took me a lot of searching before I came up with the track again on this CD.

Luckily, it was also accompanied by another favourite of mine "The Munich Hilton Bar", complete with slinky spy music and wonderful background sound effects. The lyrics on every track on this album are extremely witty and well thought out. It really pays to sit back and listen to them in depth, rather than to have them as background music.

A great album, well written, well played and (thanfully) now available on CD.
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I have been listening to B A on vinyl and cassette for many years and would like to know how hard it can be to make a CD of his songs. When record companies are churning out and selling mournful meaningless tripe, he had produced a mixture of music with amusing lyrics telling stories about real and fictional people and their lives. I won't bore you with an analysis of his work but would recommend you listen to some tracks and make up your own mind. Please make the CD available soon as no longer have a record deck or cassette player and the only Robertson I can enjoy at present is in a jam jar!
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Don't know what this'll do for the extortionate prices being asked for this hens' teeth CD, but having got my hands on one at last, and anticipating a wallow in music I grew up to (which could account for a number of my peculiarities...why wasn't I listening to Costello, Cope, Scary Monsters, The River, etc??), I was at first slightly surprised and then a bit miffed that some tracks are not the lovingly memorised versions from "Initial Success": Man Or A Mouse is a live recording; Fallin' In Luv is what I think they'd market as an 'alternate take' with stripped out harmonies; and Kool In The Kaftan is the 7" version, losing 20 secs off the album outro (and that was an album rife with entertaining outros - at least Knocked It Off is still intact).

Then there's the holes (which on a CD that runs 61 minutes is a bit bizarre...unless, of course, the label was planning to release the complete albums at a later date [hah! don't hold your breath...]): where's Saint Saens? And surely there has to be another track or two worth reviving/preserving from "R&BA", his third album?

So okay, I know I sound like an obsessive nutcase - guilty as charged, not only for moaning about a six-year-old deleted product, but for criticising one that digitizes the bulk of two fantastic intelli-pop albums otherwise as unobtainable as a local rate equivalent for an 0844 number (UK reference there, for the RoW). But I care about my BA (not that he needs caring about, he's doing just fine without us). I even treasure the special connection I imagined we had because I bought my first flat from the guy who took the photographs for his album covers (send me down, I said I'm guilty).

I just wanted to share the pricey comedown I've experienced, to forewarn anyone else shelling out. But until you're offered Asylum CDs of "Initial Success", "Bully For You" or "R&BA" in full (and not vile-sounding vinyl rips), this compilation'll have to do, imperfect as it turns out to be.
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