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Transportation Original recording reissued

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  • Audio CD (30 April 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: Zeit
  • ASIN: B00005AU0Z
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 440,644 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Transportation :: Originally released in 1988 & Billy Currie's first solo effort, this album has been knowingly and lovingly crafted, taking on a strong theatrical stance.

"Transportation" sums up the whole record - it's vast, majestic, wild and remote. Billy plays the piano with incredible intent here, creating phrases which contrast later with the more subtle parts of the track. An incredible journey, true of the whole album and not just its title track, with some stunning guitar parts courtesy of guest Steve Howe [Yes]. Listen carefully as "Transportation" resolves with a short violin section and you will hear "The Ascent." Ultravox continue to stir the undercurrent of some fast moving waters - Billy's loving relationship with the keys during "Rackaia River" at one point contain traces of "Astradyne."

"Perfect Flight" oozes pure passion - the whole feel of this track has an underlying sexy connotation, and its soulful presence sits well in a swanky New York cocktail bar.

Every track on here shimmers with artistic richness resulting in a work that's both eccentric and adventurous.

Some would say it's extreme, in that it can push the boundary of every musical continent, but I urge you to go the distance - it actually makes for a very workable and memorable round trip.
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Keys and the Fiddle :: The bright cover art available with the download version is somewhat abstract, resembling a 1970's BBC test card. Largely an album of contrast and contradiction it's immensely unpredictable which all makes for very interesting listening.

There are some impressive vintage sounding cuts that appear on this offering. "Riding White Horses" consists of layered synth textures of extravagance - climbing to great heights, and sitting well alongside structured electronic beats. "Sojourn" again is a lively beat driven, vibrant sounding composition, with some shimmering keyboard sounds contrasting nicely with classically styled guitar. "Break Down My Door" holds the key to amplified blues driven guitar sounds which literally cry out courtesy of guitarist Russell Bell.

In summary, Keys and the Fiddle is an innovative work, while giving strong hint to Billy's primary roots.
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By A Customer on 23 Jun. 2004
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This is Billy's first solo effort, although most would agree a lot of what everybody liked about Ultravox was also Billy's solo effort. Currie seems to take a bit of departure on this CD...the songs have a little more "funk" in them if you will and no vocals. Airlift and Transportation are the obvious picks, but Traveller is a great song, and Rakaia River is simply incredible. India is one of those classic building songs that rewards you in the end. A sign of things to come.
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"Transportation" is a unique set of 8 excellent compositions from the man most responsible for creating the sound of Ultravox. The composition and performance input from ex-Yes, ex-Asia Steve Howe has only strengthened an album of already immense personality and added novel variants to the sublime soundscapes therein.
Pretty strong characterizations there.
In fact, Billy Currie himself notes that the album is "in retrospect, a bit over the top!" Inasmuch as the notion has any credibility at all, this album is overcomposed, overperformed, overengineered and definitely overproduced. This is music, however, and it's never fair or desirable to adhere to limits when it comes to art. Politically-correct-wishers may whine about the abundant technology used, but it has been used wisely, in order to refine the sound, to direct it towards places it couldn't have reached otherwise, to make the music more whole.
There is not much subtlety in this record, nor does there seem to have ever been space for any. It harbours no attitude or prestige of any kind. Instead, it relies solely on the artistic quality of its content. "Transportation" is about big, open, extrovert music with so much depth it can take a lot of getting used to before it is readily or easily enjoyed. This is one of its most important traits and, in fact, an amazing feat for a single record to achieve.
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