Raw & The Cooked Import
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Fine Young Cannibals ~ Raw & The Cooked
With The Raw & the Cooked, the Fine Young Cannibals broke into the mainstream with their particular soul-injected sound. They were seemingly infatuated with late-'50s and early-'60s Motown, and the musical influences on this album range from boogie ("Good Thing," on which Squeeze keyboardist Jools Holland goes to town with a foot-stompin' piano solo) to poodle-skirted slow dance ("As Hard As It Is," "Tell Me What"), then stretch as far as Prince-like funk ("Don't Let It Get You Down"). Possessing one of the most unusual voices in all of pop music, lead singer Roland Gift gives this album its distinction and the Fine Young Cannibals their identity. About half the songs (including the hit "She Drives Me Crazy") are graced with Gift's steady, crystal-clear falsetto, but it's his swollen-throated lower register, where he sounds like he is singing through a trumpeter's plunger mute, that really makes his voice unmistakable. --Beth Bessmer
Top Customer Reviews
There's so much here - it's like being given the album, a box full of memorobilia/collectible 7", cd singles/12" singles and a different sound system - all for the price of pizza? Sure somebody's favourite this or that is going to be left off (I wish Pull that Sucker Off and the Justin Strauss mix of She Drives were here) but overall track selection is great. I do notice a little variance in sound on disc 2 caused by nature of source materials - but, hey I'd rather a great track with a 'slight' (and it is slight) imperfection than to have those tracks eliminated entirely, this allows a more broad track selection as well.
The set seems to be laid out with disc 1 being the album/a couple great b-sides/some mixes - 2 of Ever Fallen - very pleased with those. Disc 2 is most of the Raw & the Remixed (great album in itself)/another group of later b-side like material (I don't care for this little grouping at all/sounds too American and if this was the direction they were headed in with the next album I'm relieved they stopped when they did - a very wise move) and then a very interesting group of remixes I personally had never run into - I should note remixes are usually just dull, repetitive meanderings to nowhere/these on the other hand have interesting use of voice/vocal acapella/tapes and the way they are structured seems to maintain for the most part the structure of the original.Read more ›
FACT: The video for "I'm Not The Man I Used To Be", released as a single Novemeber 1989, featured a young American dancer by the name of Sean "Puffy" Combs.......
Besides the first two cuts, the torch song "I'm Not the Man I Used to Be" keeps the party going on this album. But the most memorable track remains "She Drives Me Crazy," which has one of the most instantly identifiable openings of the decade and which was used to great effect in an episode of "thirtysomething" when Elliott fantasizes about what Nancy is doing after their divorce. I understand that the snare drum bit from that song is one of the most frequently sampled sounds in music history. Makes sense to me.
"The Raw & the Cooked" sold over 2 million copies and made it to the top of the album charts as well. When people talk about one hit wonders they are talking about artists where you want to have their big song but not their album. That is most certainly not the case with the Fine Young Cannibals. The only reason not to pick up this album would be because you also like some of FYC's earlier work (they only put out two albums) and you end up going with their hits collection "Finest," which has the six singles from this album.
I saw mixed reviews of this reissue - some complaining about missing tracks. I took the plunge and bought it - so glad that I did. Here's a few reasons why you may consider doing likewise:
- Sensitively remastering that brings out the detail which was previously obscured.
- Interesting and comprehensive sleevenotes. FYC sought out former Prince collaborator David Z as part-producer.
- Both FYC albums have not been reissued since the 90s, these are long overdue.
- Good selection of remixes, some excellent - 6 on (non-single) CD for first time.
CD1 - 64 mins
1-10 Original album
11& 12 So-so extra tracks
13 Ever Fallen in Love (John Potoker Extended Mix) 6:21 - 80s dub style with enhanced elements
14 It's OK (It's Alright) (Ploeg Club Mix) 4:35
15 Ever Fallen in Love (Club Senseless Arthur Baker Remix) 9:26
CD 2 79:30 of remixes
Good selection. Highlights are:
- I'm Not the Man I Used to Be (Jazzie B and Nellee Hooper Remix)- even better than the original -enhanced funk factor
- I'm Not the Man I Used to Be (Jazzie B and Norman Cook Remix) 6:39 - soulful intro into enhanced funky beat
- I'm Not the Man I Used to Be (12" Mellow Mix) 4:50 - different vibe with twisted beat
[I will add more annotation if there is interest]
3 tracks are from the `Finest'
1 from `Finest Rare & Remixed'
2 from `Raw and the Remix'
All up a great package that is an essential buy.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
very nice product and very happy with this item and excellent service from the customer with this item.Published 11 months ago by darren barnes
I bought this as my original CD had deteriorated - the sound quality was awful. I did not think to check this CD when it arrived; apart from anything else it was only £2.70. Read morePublished 12 months ago by David Clark
I love the Fine Young Cannibals,and this cd is really good,I know it is an old one but the songs are greatPublished 17 months ago by Mrs. C. A. Spain