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Tom Tom Club - Deluxe Edition Box set, Deluxe Edition, Extra tracks, Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (18 May 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Box set, Deluxe Edition, Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Commercial Marketing
  • ASIN: B00265BCXQ
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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The Tom Tom Club are ex-Talking Heads husband and wife team Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth. The band's stunning debut album from 1981 has been digitally remastered and expanded with five bonus remixes, including the Top 10 hit "Wordy Rappinghood". The second disc contains, for the First Time on CD, the band's second album Close To The Bone which features the club hit, "The Man With The 4-Way Hips" and has also been expanded with four bonus remixes.

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Finally this album gets the CD it deserves! Not only that but this package contains the follow up Close to the Bone as a second disc, both with all the bonus tracks you'd hope for, that were on single B-sides. This is a treat as I have not heard Elephant (an instrumental version of L'Elephant which more strongly features Adrian Belew's guitar) for about 25 years. That track was only ever on the 12' single version of Wordy Rappinghood.

The other great disappointments, up until now, were 1) The quality of the CD of Tom Tom Club was so poor. I bought that CD quite early on in my transfer of my music collection to CD and it was one of the real disappointments and a real example to be used by those who said that vinyl was better than CD. This new version shows that it is not the technology itself that creates the inferior sound it was its sloppy application in early transfers that lead to unfavourable comparisons being made 2) The track listing in the first CD edition was different from the original with some god track being left off when it was changed to include Under the Boardwalk despite the increased capacity that CD gave 3) Close to the Bone has not been available on CD until now. This was a shameful way to treat such a wonderfully upbeat album. Little wonder that Chris and Tina mighthave felt a bit neglected in the aftermath of the demise of Talking Heads and it is about time that this fittingly complete version of their first two albums was released.

I was in Fopp record, Rose Street Edinburgh just after the release of this when I heard the beautifully clear intro to On On On On... and it was like meeting an old friend who I had not seen in year!
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2 pieces of context which should be borne in mind if you're reading this review - 1. I came to the Tom Tom Club late and so heard "Close to the Bone" before discovering the first album in the mid-80s, hence CTTB has always been a personal favourite, and 2. Despite all the "Island 50" celebrations, it's hard nowadays to imagine just how cool Island Records were in the late 70s and early 80s - the B52s, Marianne Faithfull's Broken English, Grace Jones in her prime, The Slits, Bob Marley... they could do no wrong. Tom Tom Club's Island recordings fitted into this lineage perfectly.

So, the Tom Tom Club album sounds magnificent and as well as the hits sounding superb on this remaster, the less well-known tracks are punchy and bursting with sunshine. L'Elephant and On, On, On... sound excellent. The bonus mixes and "Under The Boardwalk" are a slightly mixed bag; I've always loved the funky feel the band gave to Under The Boardwalk, but less keen on the smoothed-out remixes of Lorelei and On, On etc. The B-side of Wordy Rappinghood also seemed more of a novelty to me then, and still does now. Nevertheless a life-affirming album done justice at last.

Close To The Bone on CD is of course a real catch for those that love the album. I got almost scared to play the vinyl album in case I damaged it, but now it's here and sounding wonderful. Aside from the long, dance-y tracks (1 and 5 on the CD), the shorter songs are all consistently punchy and still great fun - despite the reported change of 'vibe' during the recording sessions. "Bamboo Town" is one of *the* coolest reggae tracks, and a must for a long, sultry summer's day. "Never Took A Penny" is chunky and solid, "Measure Up" disguises grown-up lyrics behind the usual saccharine-coated vocals of the Weymouth gals.
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This deluxe edition finally does justice to this project and every tracks sounds wonderfully clear and brings the spirit of Compass Point studios and the sunshine of the Bahamas into your living room.

A 2CD package with a very extensive booklet covering the whole history of the band along with numerous photographs and artworks; the music covers their first two albums as well as dub versions, extra tracks and B sides. It's all got that infectious groove that pervaded everything Island records and Chris Blackwell did in the period - for example, Sly and Robbie were next door with Grace Jones Private Life: The Compass Point Sessions [2CD].

The music developed out of Talking Heads and the groove-based tracks they started exploring in Fear of Music and this album comes after Remain in Light. Chris and Tina were drummer and bass player and much like Sly and Robbie, anchored the band - but here they introduce Tina's sisters for a unique contrast in the vocals. Rap meets Everly Brothers harmonies - meets funk and reggae dub beats.

It's all well-known now and has been sampled and covered by many newer bands and artists - but the unique sound of this collaboration deserves a package like this and it is worthy of a place in most collections.
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Unusually for these products, Tom Tom Club themselves (or at least Chris Frantz) supervised this reissue. It shows in the attention to detail. Both albums sound full, unlike previous issues, and the slew of extras are manna for any fans wanting to hear obscure remixes and instrumentals. The Tom Tom Club story is detailed by Ian Gilchrist, with plenty of rare pix. Finally, these idiosyncratic albums, so much a product of their place and time, can really shine.
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