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The Raw And The Cooked

The Raw And The Cooked

1 Feb 1989
4.6 out of 5 stars 43 customer reviews

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Firstly, and as I always find with Edsel, the sound quality is amazing. This music truly benefits from the whole 'remastered' thing - differing tones of percussion jitter and shoot off everywhere, guitars trill and vibrate like mandolins in Greece, rubbery synths and compelling bass sounds lure you in.

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.
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13 years on, this album still sounds remarkably fresh. Each track is different from the last, yet the album gels in one unique whole. Taking more traditional soul ("As Hard As It Is", "Tell Me What", "Good Thing"), jangly pop ("Don't Look Back", "Ever Fallen In Love?") and what was at the time contemporary dance ("She Drives Me Crazy", "Don't Let It Get You Down", "I'm Not The Man I Used To Be"), this album is a great collection of tracks, and highly recommended to anyone who likes good music. It took the band 2 years to produce, and there never was a follow-up but the results were worth it.
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.......
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The minor complaints would be that "The Raw & the cooked" has only ten songs and about 35 minutes worth of music. The bigger complain would be that the Fine Young Cannibals never put out another album as good as this 1988 effort which had its first two tracks, "She Drives Me Crazy" and "Good Thing," hit #1 on the Billboard Pop chart. FYC consisted of sing Roland Gift with a pair of former Beat members, guitarist Andy Cox and David Steele on keyboards/bass. Pegging the songs on this album into even a couple of niches is difficult because you will hear bits of everything from Motown and R&B from the past to punk and disco from the "present" in these ten songs, all fused together in a distinctive and enjoyable sound. Credit must be given to producer David Z, who had worked with Prince, Billy Idol, and others out of Minneapolis. Most of the songs were released as singles in the U.K.
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.
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This was the cannibals best work in my opinion, and will surely not disappoint! All the classics like "She drives me crazy" , "good thing" are here! Put this in the car and DRIVE!
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Great album of edgy power pop from 1989 which I have always loved. It's a good upbeat album to play before going out!
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.

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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]
Previously released:
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.
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