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RE-PRESS: CD ORIGINALLY RELEASED IN 2006 Classix Nouveaux was one of the first new romantic acts in England. Cherry Red Records revisit their third and final studio album here with the release of 1983's 'Secret'. Although Classix Nouveaux's more guitar-heavy sound separated them from the mostly synthetic rhythms of Japan and Ultravox, the group's appetite for stylish fashion and danceable keyboards had them quickly associated with the new romantic movement. Formed in 1979 with Sal Solo (vocals), Mik Sweeney (bass), BP Hurding (drums), and Jak Airport (guitar), Classix Nouveaux originated in the punk underground, namely from the ashes of the controversial X-Ray Spex. After banshee wailer Poly Styrene departed from X-Ray Spex, the remaining members held auditions for a replacement singer. The charismatic Solo won the approval of Styrene's former bandmates and they went on to record the album 'NIGHT PEOPLE'(1981), followed by 'LA VERITE'(1982). SECRET(1983) turned out to be a very appropriate title for most of the world, as this final album was Classix Nouveaux's best kept secret. With top American producer, Alex Sadkin, at the helm Classix veered between the artistic experimental of Peter Gabriel and the synthy pop of the Thompson Twins. However if you are Polish, then this is THE Classix Nouveaux album as far as you are concerned, since it yielded massive hits with 'NEVER NEVER COMES' and 'HEART FROM THE START'. The release coincided with Classix's first tour of Communist Poland. Few Western bands had been there, but the band arrived at Warsaw airport to hordes of screaming fans. Something akin to Beatlemania followed them there over the next three years.
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Two singles were released from Secret, neither of which performed very well on the singles chart. That being said, they are some of the strongest songs. 'Forever and a Day' does bridge that line between catchy and overblown, but it is a really good single. 'Never Never Comes' is a haunting song that displays Sal Solo's very soothing baritone vocals. It should have been a major hit.
The long-overdue CD reissue is a total disappointment. Not only have Cherry Red rushed through it without including a single bonus track, but the remastering is a TERRIBLE transfer from an old vinyl LP. Unfortunately, this CD was released when Cherry Red were destroying their reputation with way too many cost cutting shortcuts, i.e. not willing to pay EMI for a proper transfer of the original studio master tapes, as they had done on their two previous Classix Nouveaux reissues. Oh well, what can you do but write an Amazon review...
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