- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Kitchenware
- ASIN: B0044PGQVO
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- 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)
Top Customer Reviews
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!
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!!
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not too bad, but very british and a bit too artsy for my taste. Supposedly a masterpiece, and if you like your pop bright and intelligent it possibly is ;-)Published 4 months ago by Jan Patrik Sahlstrøm
Best of one of the best 80's groups. Cd 2 sound is awesome, great acoustic versions.Published 8 months ago by gehegu
I consider this to be a timeless album - the 'Kind of Blue' of its era - 80s alt pop. Comparable to only a few peers of its time such as The Smith's 'The Queen is Dead', Cocteau... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Raji-san