Vulture Culture (Remastered/Expanded) Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
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UK & Europe 2007
2 - Seperate Lives (4:38)
3 - Days Are Numbers (The Traveller) (4:52)
4 - Sooner Or Later (4:24)
5 - Vulture Culture (5:22)
6 - Hawkeye (3:48)
7 - Somebody Out There (4:54)
8 - The Same Old Sun (5:26)
9 - No Answers Only Questions (Final Verison) (2:10)
10 - Separate Lives (Alternate Mix) (4:16)
11 - Hawkeye (Demo) (3:17)
12 - The Naked Vulture (10:42)
13 - No Answers Only Questions (The First Attempt) (2:57)
Top Customer Reviews
Eric Woolfson seems to take the lead frequently on this and on 'Ammonia Avenue', and the second track, 'Separate Lives', is the first of 3 tracks on this album where he does so. Bearing in mind that, on this album, there are only 8 tracks, one of which is an instrumental, Eric seems to be doing an awful lot of lead vocals. It's a fairly up tempo song about the end of a relationship.
'Days Are Numbers' is slower and is a good track. The lowest point of the album follows with 'Sooner Or Later' and the title track. The album picks up again, though. The only insrumental on this album is called 'Hawkeye' and is a lively and enjoyable affair. 'Somebody Out There' features the excellent voice of Colin Blunstone (check out 'Old And Wise on the 'Eye In the Sky' album) who seems to have gone rather paranoid at this point. The changes in tempo are welcome in this song. The closing song is a slower number finding Eric feeling rather lonely on his own but deciding that he'll be okay that way. The album ends with a nice guitar playout from Mr. Paton, as most of the Project's albums do.
It's not the best, but it's not bad. One can't help wandering what kind of album they would have done if, rather than churn out 2 albums in close succession, hold on a bit and release an album of the best cuts from the 2 recording sessions. The best tracks from 'Ammonia avenue' and the best tracks from 'Vulture Culture' would have made a good album, better than 'Ammonia Avenue' and 'Vulture Culture individually. Instead, they both sound as if they're from the same session. But who am i to say? It's worth having, especially if you like their stuff.
As a fanatic of Alan Parsons, I want to love this album. Thing is it just isn't all that great. It's a good album, but not brilliant.
Thing is, there ARE songs that would appeal to most people. Hawkeye is a very fun instrumental. Sooner or Later is a fantastic adult-contemporary style song. Vulture Culture is great fun.
If you're an APP fan, get the album. If you're not, check out the individual songs instead - find the ones that appeal, and get those instead.
'Vulture Culture' was one of the Project's more topical albums, the title neatly reversing the contemporary 'culture vulture' tag to highlight the contemporary issue of predatory greed. 'Vulture Culture' was the first Project album to lack strings, a key ingredient of previous albums - and later offerings (particularly the excellent 'Gaudi') benefited from the return of Andrew Powell's lush orchestration (I can also strongly recommend the Philharmonia's classical take on the Project, conducted by Powell).
To me, this is not one of the Project's very best albums, but this is a strictly relative judgement - most Project albums (including this one) are far, far ahead of most other artists' material, and earlier albums (such as 'Tales', 'I Robot', 'Pyramid' and 'Eve') set an incredibly hard standard to follow. My view is that the earlier albums were best, then, and that the Project peaked with the superlative 'Turn of a Friendly Card'.
'Vulture Culture' might not (quite) match the earlier albums, but there are some great tracks here - I'd highlight 'Let's Talk About Me', the title track and 'Somebody Out There', whilst almost everyone lauds 'Hawkeye'. This remaster, presenting the album in brighter, more immediate and more atmospheric form, is very welcome.
I must emphasise that awarding only four stars is a purely relative judgement - by any standards other than those of the Project's best albums, 'Vulture Culture' would certainly merit all five.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I prefer first APP records with that magical atmosphere and great musical concept. That record it is copy of previous records. I like listen it in the background....Published 9 months ago by Pawel Malawski
If you're an Alan Parsons fan then you'll like it, and probably already have it!?
The re mastering onto vinyl attracted me and Alan's production, like it or not, really shines... Read more
I bought this to complete the set. It is worth much more than the bargain price I paid but it is not one of their classic albums. No one track stands out for me.Published 17 months ago by Jeffrey Smith
I am really pleased to have this on CD - my LP was 'lost' during a house move.
Alan Parsons deserved (and still deserves) greater acknowledgement of his musical expertise.
Everything was ok, the item itself, the timing of delivery, the packaging, etc.Published 24 months ago by Antonio Oller Adam