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Word Of Mouth - The Very Best Of John Cooper Clarke CD

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  • Audio CD (5 Aug. 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sony Music Cmg
  • ASIN: B000067CHX
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,339 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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A must for anyone who is capable of thought, this collection will stun you on its first hearing (this is normal, it will always happen), the lyrics/poems having a raw power that will make you wonder why you have never been able to write as he can. Scared of no-one, there can be no doubt JCC is fearless in what he does write, but that's not to be thought of as arrogance in any way at all, no, it's observation of the highest order - he has something to say for sure. As for others here commenting on the music accompanying the words, I can only say that the strident/near discordant style actually enhances the tracks for me, in that respect Beasley Street is a tour de force - it's not music plus lyrics, it's music times lyrics. A great collection from an unsung hero.
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It is true that the music gets in the way sometimes - "Evidently Chicken Town" is a case in point - but his poetry is so much better than most lyrics that I am ready and willing to put up with the background noise. And some of the music works just fine.
It may all be a freak of chance - a Mancunian scally wag getting on stage at a time when anyone could, but he is great - he doesn't hold back, so don't moan about his Dylan '66 hair, just open your ears.
Mmmmmm 'Lyrics', 'Poetry' or 'Rap'? It doesn't matter he knocks you out with the bitter & twisted self-deprecating witty truth from the backstreets of a town near you.
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If you were unlucky enough to be born too late and you missed this wonderful man the first time around, now's your chance to get up to speed.

If you've ever wondered what all the old 40-somethings are talking about when this guy's name crops up, buy this album and clue yourself in - you'll love yourself for doing it.

His poems and delivery are unique.

Fans will argue endlessly about what constitutes a Johhny Clarke 'best of' but this offering will bring joy and laughter to anyone who has a funny-bone in their body regardless.

Be nice to yourself...
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There are so many JCC tracks that could go on a greatest hits compilation; the compilers have done an excellent job with this release putting on the tracks that they have. If there is anybody out there who is not familiar with JCC's work, buy this and you will not regret it.
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This is just so brilliant but be warned...laughter is guaranteed; ladies of a certain age would be best advised to invest in pads; high risk of distraction through uncontrollable mirth which will impact on your ability to drive and add extra time to your car journeys to account for the number of times you'll need to pull over into a lay-by...just to regain control...of the car, of your bladder and of your aching cheeks! John Cooper Clarke... genius.
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By Michael Jenkins VINE VOICE on 28 July 2016
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Some great, good and not so good stuff from the great Dr John, seen him twice in the past year and a half and he was on top form.Prefer when his prose is not set to music though apart from Beasley Street that is.
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Buyer beware, there are 2 mp3 versions of this album.

If you're looking at this version (link)
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Very-Best-John-Cooper-Clarke/dp/B001GUE09K/ref=ntt_mus_dp_dpt_1

Amazon offer a link to the CD format (including Autorip), at a lower price.

Looks like a better deal until you discover, the CD (+Autorip) are actually the other heavily censored version of the album which, in my opinion is less desireable.
I was disappointed...
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Alright if you like this sort of thing. Hardly the greatest of voices, but that misses the point, its the lyrics that appeal. Bit old school singing stand up for my taste. The Very Best of John Cooper Clarke is all you need, unless you are a diehard fan of this guy.
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