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The Secret of Association: Deluxe 2 CD Edition Deluxe Edition, Extra tracks

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  • Audio CD (6 Aug. 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Deluxe Edition, Extra tracks
  • Label: Edsel
  • ASIN: B000TJ6AGU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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If you're going to create a 'deluxe' version of an album then I think you should at least have some objective in mind. ie Round up all b-sides and remixes of the period in question. OR include never before released outtakes/demos. OR include a whole live concert of the period.

Edsel, who released this reissue (part of Demon Music Group) have managed to do none of the above.

We get one b-side (Give Me My Freedom) but not for example Broken Man (Live) which was on the 12" of 'I'm Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down'

The sleeve says we get four 12" remixes - Everything Must Change, Everytime You Go Away, I'm Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down and Tomb of Memories - except Everytime you Go Away is the short 7" version - an INEXCUSABLE error.

This edition also OMITS the extended versions of Hot Fun and I Was In Chains even though they were on the original cassette of the album in the 80s!

Edsel did a great job with the 2CD Thompson Twins reissues because they were exhaustive and complete. Here however it's a mixed bag of omissions, errors and missed opportunities.

CD 1 is around 53 mins and CD 2 is around 43 mins. So there is at least 50 mins of additional material that could have been included. Why didn't they round up all the remixes and all the b-sides at the very least?

I emailed Edsel about whether they were going to correct the error where they list Everytime You Go Away as the 12" but actually give you only the 7" version and I got no reply....
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This was the follow up to 'No Parlez' and although the singles were not quite as successful I feel the production worked better. There are certainly many nods to its predesessor, such as 'Playhouse' with the Wet Tarts backing up. Paul Young is looking a bit more serious though overall, and there are many highlights. 'Everything Must Change' with its country slide guitar is my favourite song of his, with outstanding backing vocals from George Chandler and co. This and quite a few tracks were written by Young and Kewley. There are the covers of course such as 'A Soldier's Things', showing just how impassioned Young's voice can be. Other highlights include 'One Step' with its orchesteral back up not unlike Colin Blunstone's 'Say You Don't Mind' and the end track 'I was in Chains'.

This for me was the very peak of Paul Young. No Parlez is definitely worth listening to, even if its production has not stood the test of time quite so well. The next album just lacked spark and was perhaps too serious, highlights rather few I am afraid. Enjoy this though, a great voice being allowed to shine in so many ways.
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This is Paul Young's second album, released in 1985 (his first was No Parlez).
It is a solid effort and includes some good songs, among them the hit singles Everytime you go away and Everything must change. I'm gonna tear your playhouse down was also released as a single, but was not very successfull (and is not as good as the other two songs).
Besides the songs released as singles, the album contains nine other titles, Tomb of Memories being my favorite. I still enjoy the album after 16 years (today as a CD instead of Vinyl:-).
Total Length of the album: 55:43
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An impressive effort where the combination of an excellent production, Young's very powerful voice, the vocal arrangements of his backing dames (called, 'The Royal Tarts' would you believe - they left after this), fine musicians and a perfect choice of songs, all made for a milestone album.

Unfortunately, it was just downhill from here. Get the album with the extended remixes; they're extremely good. And it's worthwhile hearing how Young sings Tom Waits' 'A Soldier's Things' and his own 'Man in the Iron Mask'.

Shame he had to go and sing rubbish like 'Senza una donna'... If only he had stuck to this kind of music. Where is the guy today, anyway?
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WOW!!! it was so lovely to hear all these tracks again.
This is one of my all time favourite albums.
Nice mix of soul and soppy, fun and serious subjects.
If you have any Paul Young albums, this is a must for
your collection!!
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Close your eyes, you could be back in the Eighties. Some great stuff on here (some less great, too) but I just had one of the songs in my head and had to get the album again for old times' sake.
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great, bit thin sounding on some tracks.
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