- Audio CD (20 Mar. 1999)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD
- Label: Universal / Island
- ASIN: B000026E2X
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 134,857 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Top Customer Reviews
Baby I don't care - A great barn stormer of a track. Lyrics that really cut through a wonderfully heavy guitar riff.
The only one - another brilliant tune that has a great tune. Full of the classic TV raunchiness.
Landslide of love - A medium paced song with Wendys voice cutting through with that delightful clarity.
Falling for a goldmine - A slow moving song with lots of breathy lyrics and a wonderful chorus.
Down on you - a heavy guitar and synth song with piercing lyrics. Superb.
Song to the stars - a delightfully silly piece thats nice and slow!
Kiss their sons - a really heavy track with guitars and synths and those cutting lyrics. Brilliant.
Born to be sold - quiet (compared to the rest of the album) ditty with superb lyrics and good tune with a good twangy guitar in the chorus.
Pay the ghosts - Good heavy drums with a lighter guitar on top - pure joy.
Bad valentine - a slower ditty with the wonderful breathy voice of Wendy - oooh sexy!
Velveteen - All I can say about the title track (which is the last track on this album) is that it is 9 min 51 seconds of pure genius. Velveteen is a surprisingly complex song comprising of quiet parts and the bit about 2:49 into the track is absolute magic. Its worth buying this album for the title track alone. Exquisite - the best track of all time.
First the extra tracks:
Baby I don't care - Abigail's party mix
The only one - Extended mix
Landslide of love - Extended mix
These versions of the songs are fine, but for myself I would have much preferred an extra demo or live track, than remixed or extended editions of the songs,
Sex Kick - Demo (B-side of Baby I don't care)
Saturn 5 - Demo (Baby I don't care CD single)
The demo of Sex Kick is pretty close to the version that appears on Pop Art, but Saturn 5 is as far as I can tell a pervious unreleased track, an up tempo indie punk song, similar to Revolution Baby, good stuff.
Down on you - Live version (B-side of Born to be sold)
Last time - Live version (B-side of Born to be sold)
Recorded live at Glasgow, Barrowlands by Radio Cylde Mobile, 21st June 1989
Demonstrating that the band could cut it on the live circuit, it's the Stones version of "The Last Time" but with a nice punky guitar riff, if you going to do a cover of a famous song you should try and mix it up a bit, instead of a Karaoke-cover, which TV achieve.
Time for change (B-side of Baby I don't care)
Strings of my heart (B-side of Baby I don't care)
The Mystery song (B-side of The only one)
Love me (B-side of The only one)
W11 Blues (B-side of Landslide of love)
Hardtime (B-side of Landslide of love)
He's the only one for me (B-side of Landslide of love)
Kiss me (B-side of Born to be sold)
Excellent selection of non-album songs, with a lot of them having a more stripped down feel, which gives a nice balance to the big production sound of the album tracks.Read more ›
Once again,you may wonder if there is much point getting this re-release if you own the original,again the answer's a very enthusiastic yes.
Here we have an album that kind of starts of where POP ART was going,those opening bars to the animalistic yell from WENDY letting us know they are here again to sink their teeth into us and show us a thing or 2 about their version of rock 'n' roll.
Again unashamedly infuenced by so many big artists from the past,this is something to behold,adding there own magic into the mix.
This album makess it clear the band were learning and evolving all the time,trying new things and getting a harder edge,some times getting a little dark with it,all ending with the epic VELVETEEN,what a finisher!
Once you've finished playing VELVETEEN on disc 1,pop in disc 2 for some brilliant b-sides and mixes.
Originals such as TIME FOR CHANGE and STRINGS OF MY HEART give further proof they'd grown and gained knowledge,nicely sung and played. The somewhat squeeky vocals of SATURN 5 are amusing and the catchy track soon has you singing away,THE MYSTERY SONG and LOVE ME are something a little different and work brilliantly. There's more,as other mixes leave you praying for even more and the hard edged WII BLUES and dark and breathy HARD TIMES lead on to the more poppy HE'S THE ONLY ONE FOR ME and the sexy KISS ME. It ends with two brilliant live offering,with DOWN ON YOU giving a different,harder feel to the original album version,then onto the brilliant cover of LAST TIME,this may have some ROLLING STONES wishing they hadn't,but i love it,rocking good stuff.
Well there we have it,the second re-releaese and once again,with the same booklet treatment as POP ART,articles some of us will remember reading some years back. sometimes re-releases are very welcome,with these 2 gems,with all their extras,being welcome back in my stereo any day.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A superb album by Transvision Vamp. Purchased to replace a broken cassette copy. Much under-rated bandPublished 3 months ago by Jane H.
I have the original on cassette from the 1980s so am familiar with all these classic tunes. This extended album also includes new tracks and remixes on CD2 in addition to all the... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Mr. Bryan Fermore