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Comment: PREFAB SPROUT Steve McQueen (1985 UK 11-track LP produced by Thomas Dolby including Faron Young When Love Breaks Down & Goodbye Lucille #1 complete with illustrated credits inner. The picture sleeve shows just a little edge wear & the vinyl is Excellent with merely a few faint paper scuffs to highlight play KWLP3)
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Steve McQueen

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  • Vinyl
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Kitchenware
  • ASIN: B0044PGQVO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
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PREFAB SPROUT Steve McQueen (1985 UK 11-track LP produced by Thomas Dolby including Faron Young When Love Breaks Down & Goodbye Lucille #1 complete with illustrated credits inner. The picture sleeve shows just a little edge wear & the vinyl is Excellent with merely a few faint paper scuffs to highlight play KWLP3)

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Well, I was there back in 1985 when this album was a must-have and was played in student halls of residence up and down the country. It was just about perfect then, and still is.

The revelation is the bonus disc of acoustic versions: this on its own would qualify as one of the best albums of 2007, a 're-release' or not.

It doesn't matter if you're not a Sprouts fan: if you appreciate quality music of the sensitive singer-songwriter variety, I can't imagine how anyone wouldn't love this acoustic material. As a huge fan of Elliott Smith and The Blue Nile, this is now one of those indispensable albums of staggering beauty and subtlety.

Still some of the best lyrics every written:

"The sunlight makes a fence out of the forest

But here I am with head inside the bonnet ...

I've lost just what it takes to be honest."

Paddy's voice is exceptional, light and intimate in tone, hitting some rare and beautiful low notes here for a change. The multi-layered acoustic guitars create a detailed fabric of warm sound which, even without a vocal, would be worth a listen on its own.

It's very rare I get this enthusiastic about 'new' music, but this is exceptional. The kind of record you want to tell all your friends about. Makes you want to say God Bless Paddy, and without a trace of irony. Makes you want to swoon ... a lot!
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One of the best song writers ever with a brilliant producer. Only with time and perspective does the true value of this album in its various forms stand up. Re recorded, re mastered or just on the plain compact cassette that i fist played it end to end, endlessly. The craftsmanship, the melodies, the melancholy. I cannot recommend this album highly enough. There isn't a highlight or a filler, there is light and shade. Sadly so often played that I could probably just hear a initial note or chord and play the whole thing on in my head. I recommend you familiarise yourself until you too can do the same. It will be time and emotion well invested.
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i grew up as a teenager in the eighties, while friends bopped to 'a-ha' or rocked to 'status-quo' i quietly pursued the works of Mr. Mcaloon and Co., during these formative years it was he along with Matt johnson (the The) and Morrisey/Marr that taught me the 'rules' of good song writing.
So with great joy i discovered that Paddy had re-recorded a collection of songs from his definitive masterpiece 'Steve McQueen'.
I played the CD of the new workings once, I cried, I played it again, i laughed, I played it time and time again, each time renewing different emotions re-released from a decade long gone. i played it home, I played it in the car, at work, I ran thru the fields naked chanting the lyrics to 'bonny'.....ok slight embelishment...anyhow,
Paddy, thanks for this rework, thanks for eveything you've ever done, no one has ever or will ever compare to you.
you are the Master!!
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Got this for my birthday and am so so pleased. Have loved Sprout since my sixth-form days (quite a while ago...)and have yet to find another songwriter who quite hits the mark the way Paddy McAloon does. Rediscovering much-loved Steve McQueen tracks on the accoustic disk, so creatively and beautifully done, is quite mind-blowing. Paddy's voice is richer and even more expressive these days. For fans who already have Steve McQueen from first time round, I cannot emphasise enough - get this new one. For those who have yet to discover Prefab Sprout - there's a fantastic back catalogue awaiting you out there.
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Not as good as I remembered it being
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Steve McQueen is an album I've been hoping to be re-mastered for years, along with Prefab's other great album, Jordan: The Comeback. Jordan was an incredible album packed with great songs diverse both musically and lyrically. SM was, however, more ethereal in its production with a sound that really has not been duplicated, ever. Most people who listened to their first record, Swoon, are aware that Thomas Dolby, the producer, had an enormous influence on the outcome of SM. Not only is the production different but the structure of the songs is better crafted. Having at first listened to SM as a record, I always felt that the CD version lacked depth. It must be added that the CD version I am used to is the American version of SM (called Two Wheels Good because the estate objected to the title). That version included a fantastic extended version of Faron Young, a great county cover of He'll Have To Go and one more track. When Love Breaks Down is also in an inferior state on Two Wheels Good, being slightly edited and mixed

Now, more than 20 years after its initial release the album has been re-released, re-mastered by Thomas Dolby himself. The extra tracks from Two Wheels Good are nowhere to be found. That is understandable since Dolby had nothing to do with that production and they were also not really part of the original Steve McQueen release. On a brighter note, the better version of When Love Breaks Down is intact.

Although some recent re-mastered versions have improved the sound quality significantly, often it is simply because the transfer to the CD was initially incredibly sloppy. Despite not being satisfied with the sound quality of Two Wheels Good, I cannot say that it was bad.
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