- Audio CD (1 Oct. 2007)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Format: Box set
- Label: U.M.T.V.
- ASIN: B000VRVTSO
- Average Customer Review: 55 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,561 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
Radio 1 - Established 1967 Box set
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Radio 1 certainly isnt short of detractors these days and all but the most vehement Moyles groupies would probably agree that its glory days are now a matter solely for historians. But out of the nostalgia whipped up by their 40th birthday celebrations came one fine idea that could only really have been pulled off with the aid of their unique clout (and, of course, the licence fee)-40 of todays biggest acts covering tracks from each of the stations 40 years in existence, and building on the popular Live Lounge franchise in the process. The Raconteurs bash at infamous Peel favourite "Teenage Kicks" has gusto and a genuine southern twist, Lily Allens "Dont Get Me Wrong" is sweet and suits her talk-to-the-hand nonchalance, Editors version of The Cures "Lullaby" is endearingly brooding, Foo Fighters "Band on the Run" is as effective and Foo Fighters-esque as you might expect and Maximo Parks slick reworking of Justin Timberlakes "Like I Love You", as strange a premise as that might sound (and thus key to this albums appeal), just works. On the downside some contributions are inevitably pedestrian; Razorlights "Englishman in New York" is anaemic and unfeeling, The Streets utterly misjudged "Your Song" is room-clearing karaoke playing to none of his strengths and what exactly is the point of The View covering The Libertines anyway!? But all in all it's a unique collection from a station still in a unique, if no longer important, position. --James Berry
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Ok, so some of the songs aren't as great, I could live without hearing KT Tunstall doing 'Let's Stick Together' again, but this album has some great moments. Shame everyone else seems to have lost their sense of humour!
Lots of the biggest artists from 2007 are featured like Kaiser Chiefs, Foo Fighters, James Morrison, Stereophonics, Razorlight and The Fray. Everyone's going to have their own different favourites, so I won't bother to list my own stand out tracks (although I must write that the brilliant Paolo Nutini has made me suddenly become obsessed with 'It Must Be Love', originally a hit for Madness), but I will say that just under half of them have made their way onto my iPod. It's good and bad in almost equal measure guys, but at the bargain bin prices that you can now pick 'Radio 1 - Established 1967' up for - you can't complain.
I found that most didn't really give it any thought and just plodded through their performance. Razorlight is a prime example, Johnny Borell's vocals are so weak. Stereophonics slowly rambles through and then ends up doing some fast guitar rubbish that don't fit the song!
The Fratellis are the best on the album. It's a difficult one to cover and do it justice, but they did with ease. Keiser Chiefs are also great, but then the song they are covering is rather cool anyway!
The other moan I have is, who selected these tracks? Why are the biggest bands not covered here? Where are OASIS during the 90's? Where are Duran Duran or Adam & the Ants cover songs for the 80's?
If you are torn between this and the Live Lounge CD's, then please get the Live Lounge! So much better, then the artists would have to be, they are playing live to an audience of millions aren't they!
The problem as I see it is that there are musicians and artists here with true talent and passion for their craft (Foo Fighters, Kylie, Keane, Robbie Williams, Kaiser Chiefs for example), they have attention to detail and the drive to do the best they can. Then there are The Fratellis who sound like they're reading the words from the back of an envelope while a guitarist tries his best not to feel intimidated at covering a Hendrix song (practise doesn't appear to have really been considered here)...or The Twang who seem to have decided to smoke too many ciggies, and drink a few before going for a karaoke session.
This album is well worth getting because of the gems on here from the Foo Fighters, Mutya, and even Robbie Williams. There are also some interesting takes on popular and not so popular songs (see Stereophonics, Klaxons and The Streets), but one thing that becomes blatantly obvious from listening to this album...talent shines, but turds...well, they just stink (go home Fratellis, go home Twang, go home Maximo Park, we don't need you anymore).
I was intrigued when Radio 1 first announced this project. Over a two week period they played four of the songs from this album each day to celebrate their 40th birthday and thus, there is one song for each year. Like others have said, sometimes the song choice is questionable when there were so many better songs in the year (2005 anyone?).
That said though, there's some real good stuff on here. The early Kaiser Chiefs, Robbie Williams, Franz Ferdinand/Girls Aloud tracks are charming while the Sugababes and Kylie's versions are sophisticated and classy updates of classics. On the whole, i think the more recent songs on the second disc work better. In fact, i'd even go as far to say that some of them aren't just good, but great.
Girls Aloud's version of Teenage Dirtbag is pop at its best while the Twang's Drinking In LA is hauntingly beautiful and Maximo Park's Like I Love You is awesome. Ironically, one of the songs i was most scared about hearing was Natasha Bedingfield's version of Madonna's Ray Of Light - probably one of my favourite songs of all time - is actually one of the best covers on here. It might not match the original but it's an extremely good attempt.
I think overall, those covers that stay most faithful to the originals are the best on here, the Klaxons and Keane being prime examples. The Keane version of Under Pressure especially is amazing, another true highlight of this album.
Of course, this album has a lot of faults too. Many of the covers are simply average and forgettable and many are outright bad. Prime examples is the awful Mika/Armand Van Helden dance version of the Police and the Streets version of Your Song is just a complete and utter joke (probably the worst one on here). Just Jack's Lovefool and Calvin Harris's Stillness In Time are pretty rubbish too.
And then of course there's the Hard-Fi version of Britney's Toxic - this had the potential to be amazing and there are elements of it which work but overall it again comes across as a jokey low-fi version, which is a real shame.
On the whole, the album is above average to good. Yes, there's a lot of duff tracks on here and people who aren't open to covers will despise this but i think for a project it makes for an interesting compilation and is worth buying for the tracks which work well.
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