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The Very Best Of (UK comm CD)

The Very Best Of (UK comm CD)

1 Jan 2002
4.7 out of 5 stars 56 customer reviews

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  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 2002
  • Release Date: 24 Mar. 2002
  • Label: UMC (Universal Music Catalogue)
  • Copyright: (C) 2002 Universal Music TV, a division of Universal Music Operations Ltd.
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  • Total Length: 1:19:13
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  • ASIN: B001KQAMFG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 56 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,448 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)
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Great to hear all these tracks again now that they've been remastered. The sound is much improved but, I only wish they had included the tracks from their very first single "Mutant Moments E.P.".
I'm not a big fan of remixes of old records.
But, an exception must be made for the 2XS remix of "Tainted Love". Which somehow manages to update but, not spoil the original magic. Whereas Marilyn Manson's take on the song is slow. This (Electronic Drum & Bass-styled) version is faster than the original! I read in a Dave Ball interview that they personally asked them to remix this and loved the results. Always nice to know whether the artist approves i think. Buy without doubt.
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Speaking as somebody who wasn't alive when Soft Cell were at their peak, for me, finding Soft Cell was a case of me searching for them, rather than the music searching for me. Everybody in my generation knows 'Tainted Love' it's the song that your Mum grabs you to dance to at your family weddings, but this album refuses to let the band be defined by that one song, indeed the song is the reason I bought the album, but I must say it's now the one I listen to the least, not because it's bad, but because the other tracks offer you a closer insight to Soft Cell. The album is a delight. On a personal level, it allowed me to look further into the back catalogue of the band and enjoy them, so much so, that I bought their studio albums in the later months. The album highlights 'Memorabilia' and 'Loving You, Hating Me' which were more album cuts that the hit singles that the band enjoyed, in their very short run of pop stardom. The album defies the image of super clean pop stars of the 80's and delves deeper into the seedy and the sublime. I would recommend it to anybody, it's an album that you can put on while you do housework, while you drive, while you do the gardening. It's really worth every penny.
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Soft Cell was an English synthpop duo who came to prominence in the early 1980’s, consisting of vocalist tenor Marc Almond and minimalist instrumentalist David Ball. The duo are principally known for their 1981 hit version of ‘Tainted Love’, although my personal favourite was their hit Torch. In the United Kingdom, they went on to have ten Top 40 hits, and it’s reported that they have sold over 10 million records worldwide.

As you would expect all the popular Soft Cell tunes are here remastered but it would have been nice to also hear some of the great extended versions of their songs. The album is a delight and I won’t go into commenting on the songs as other have already detailed that here far better than I could. Although I will say that some are stronger than others.

The group had at a sort of camp dramatic decadence about them, yet their albums defie the image of the super clean pop stars of the 80's while they delved deeper into the seedy and the sublime. I would recommend this as I feel there is something here for everybody to enjoy. A great trip down memory lane.
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Very often, the 'best of' albums lack some of the vital songs, almost purposefully, in order to sell 'best of No.2' or something, and instead they put some strange songs you've never heard of or a couple of brand new songs - naughty record labels!

But this one is simply great, honest and very satisfying 'best of'. All the good and popular Soft Cell tunes are in it. I would have liked to hear some of the extended versions from the 80s too, but maybe this is too much to ask, so I would just buy another CD that contains all the good extended versions: The Twelve Inch Singles. In those days extended versions were usually played at discos and at parties, and so they were mainly made suitable to dance, instead of just sit down and listen.

Going back to this 'best of' album, if you enjoyed yourselves in the magical 80s, you'd definitely enjoy it and on top of that it's SO CHEAP! Don't think about it, just put it in your shopping basket!

Enjoy it!
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Though this occasionally self-destructive, and sometimes erratic, synth-pop duo looked a lot like a sleazy Sparks tribute act in their early to mid-1980s heyday their songs sold in their millions. This broadly chronological compilation provides an introduction to Marc Almond's marmite tenor and Dave Ball's minimalist electronic soundscapes. Amongst its 19 tracks are their chart-topping cover of Northern Soul favourite 'Tainted Love', and their four other UK Top 5 hits ('Bedsitter', 'Say Hello, Wave Goodbye', 'Torch', and 'What?'). Whilst the likes of unsettling Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret album track 'Sex Dwarf' - the kissing cousin of Throbbing Gristle's 'Hot On The Heels Of Love' - are a reminder they were a very different proposition to their champagne-sipping Thatcherite contemporaries like Spandau Ballet and Duran Duran. Stephen Dalton's short sleevenote also captures their sleazy listening pretty well ("It was Kraftwerk meets Edith Piaf, Suicide meets Judy Garland'), as does the neon-lit sleeve.

However, The Very Best Of Soft Cell doesn't always live up to its title. The two new songs from their 21st century reunion - 'Divided Soul' and 'Somebody, Somewhere, Sometime' don't have quite the same melodramatic sweep as their earlier work, and the milky drum 'n' bass and Eurodance remixes of 'Tainted Love' and 'Say Hello, Wave Goodbye' provide an underwhelming - and frustratingly repetitive - conclusion to this budget-priced CD.
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