Shrine: Deluxe Edition Deluxe Edition, Double CD
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Singer Dee C. Lee enjoyed a prolific solo career in the mid-1980s in parallel to her role as a vocalist in The Style Council. Dee enjoyed huge success with the 60s-styled ballad See The Day , which reached No. 3 in late 1985. In addition to See The Day , the package also includes her minor hit Come Hell Or Waters High . Style Council/Paul Weller fans will enjoy the CD debut for Dee s beautiful performance of The Paris Match (credited to The Council Quartet and featuring Weller) and the live version of Luck (which again boasted performances from Style Council members).
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Firstly, two A-sides are completely absent. Selina Wow Wow and Yippee-Yi-Yay! The B-sides from these tracks are here. The 12" versions of these tracks are here. The instrumental/dub mixes of these tracks are also here! But not the actual 7" singles which charted. For me, that's very disappointing... orphaned singles should take presidency over instrumentals and such, surely?
Secondly, rather bizarrely, included here is one orphaned 7" A-side, Don't Do It Baby, which originally appeared in succession with Selina Wow Wow and Yipee-Yi-Yay... so why one and not all three?!
Finally, and the most infuriating, is the fact that each CD has a playing time of just over an hour. There's almost 40 minutes of playing time available across both CDs... and the missing 7" A-sides would total 7 minutes! Why leave out two 7" A-sides?! Madness! This was almost Dee's entire 80s solo output. Such a shame it's not complete.
Must Buy for 80's fans
Dee C Lee was born Diane Katherine Sealy in south London, 1961.
She tried a bit of modelling after leaving school and by 1982 was a backing singer with Wham!
By the mid 80s Dee was performing with Paul Weller's post-Jam, jazz/funk/soul outfit, The Style Council.
Dee also released a series of singles for CBS with 1985's See The Day reaching number 3 in the Autumn of 1985. The album Shrine was released the following year.
In all honesty, this reissue will probably only appeal to die hard Style Council fans. Shrine's a fairly unremarkable album and has dated as badly as most overproduced pop albums released that year.
It's highly unlikely that the release of this CD guarantees we'll soon see the reissue of Dee's other, long deleted, albums.
I was tempted to knock a star or two off for the fact that Camden gives us nothing more than the original 10 song album. The remaining CD space could have been filled out with B sides and 12" versions.
So, why do I give this CD a full five stars? Simple really. I'm a huge Style Council fan and was always a bit sad to see Dee's career diminish after splitting with Paul in the mid 90s.
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Great album. She sings fantastic speicaly on the paris match song. I recommend this album as a great listening time never better!Published on 16 Dec. 2013 by Clara Sharman