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Real Life

Real Life

5 Mar 2007
4.7 out of 5 stars 37 customer reviews

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  • Original Release Date: 5 Mar. 2007
  • Release Date: 19 Mar. 2007
  • Label: Virgin UK
  • Copyright: ℗ 2007 The copyright in this compilation is owned by Virgin Records Ltd © 2007 Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. 2007 EMI Records Ltd
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  • Total Length: 55:04
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  • ASIN: B001HY57UQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 37 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,628 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)
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all the greats
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It came as some surprise to see Magazine performing "Shot By Both Sides" on "Top Of The Pops". First, because the record wasn't in the top forty; secondly, because it didn't fit in with the "Pops" uniform output of bland soul; thirdly, because I'd never heard either of the band or of the supposedly legendary Howard Devoto; fourthly, because it was utterly brilliant.
It came as a greater surprise to hear "Real Life" when my best friend invited me to his house to listen to it. I wasn't expecting a new version of "Shot By Both Sides" (and, to be honest, I still prefer the single version); neither was I expecting the synthesizer or the subtlety.
"Definitive Gaze" remains one of the great album-openers of rock history and served at the time as a strong warning that this band was not just a more intellectual version of the Buzzcocks. Barry Adamson's funky opening bars lead into a tutti crescendo that quickly makes way for Dave Formula's simple but brilliantly effective synth melody, which reappears at regular intervals throughout the song. Devoto enters - "Got this bird's-eye view and it's in my brain//Clarity has reared its ugly head again//So this is real life: you're telling me//And everything is where it ought to be" - and Magazine's memorable debut album is under way.
As "Definitive Gaze"'s closing echo fades, the superb "My Tulpa" confirms that this isn't a one-hit album. Adamson and Martin Jackson keep up the funk while John McGeoch's guitar makes its first major contribution, giving an taste of the great things he would achieve with Siouxsie & The Banshees.
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The official review from Amazon reads: "Real Life--Magazine's debut album--has not weathered the passing of the years all that well. By far the best thing on it is the anthemic single "Shot By Both Sides", and it is of somewhat dubious parentage, credited to Devoto/Shelley. The rest of the album--with the arguable exception of "The Light Pours Out Of Me"--bears the unmistakable awkwardness that comes of being created by people whose ambitions, at this early stage, are beyond the grasp of their abilities"

You know those moments when someone says something that is so far removed from your perception of realtity that you are completely bemused? Just experiencing one now. This album sounds as brilliant to me now as it ever did.
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This record broke conventions when it came out. It was about not being restricted by usual boundaries of punk, post punk or new wave. Devoto (singer & ex-member of the buzzcocks) and John Mc Geoch (brilliant guitarist who later worked with Siouxsie & the banshees ) both created an original music sound. And still today, the cocktail works very well : shimmering guitars, inventive basses lines, strong drumbeats, all this linked with atmospheric keyboards.

From "Definitive Gaze", the tone is given. The basses offer a heavenly introduction and then the groove really begins and one is under the spell. All the other songs are strong and I guess it's difficult to not succumb to the luminous "the light pours out of me".

On this record, I particularly love the groovy riffs of the guitarist John Mc Geoch which shows here for the first time a part of all the good things he's gonna create after with Siouxsie & the Banshees (on the albums "Kaleidoscope", "Juju", and "A kiss in the dreamhouse").

Howard Devoto showed with the buzzcocks that he was able to compose catchy short pop songs. With Magazine, he succeeded to become a remarkable arranger, able to create unique sounds.

This album is really a must.
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Following the key 'Spiral Scratch' e.p. and the material subsequently released as 'Time's Up', Howard Devoto decided to jump ship and left Buzzcocks just at the point when they might have made it a la the Sex Pistols. The retirement didn't last long, Devoto returning with a new outfit called Magazine, whose initial line-up included Devoto (vocals), Barry Adamson (bass), the late/great John McGeoch (guitar), Bob Dickinson (piano/keyboards) and Martin Jackson (drums). Jackson would later be replaced by John Doyle, while Dave Formula would replace Dickinson and give Magazine another key factor alongside Adamson's bassplaying, McGeoch's guitars, and Devoto's Devotoness.

'Real Life' was released in 1978, like the first PIL album and 'The Scream' by Siouxsie & the Banshees, it was an early "post-punk" release - coming out before anything by The Cure, Echo & the Bunnymen or Joy Division. Magazine weren't exactly punk, though the bonus tracks include the single 'Touch and Go' and b-side 'My Mind Ain't So Open', which are closer to (The) Buzzcocks. Magazine's cover of Beefheart's 'I Love You Big Dummy' is pure punk rock too, a song they performed in the Buzzcocks and became the flipside to 'Give Me Everything.' A word on the bonus tracks, er...huh? What was the thinking behind them, since they don't match the era completely and appear to have been spread out more - whilst their inclusion advances on the previous CD versions, their presence on the 'Scree'-compilation and the 'Maybe It's Right to Be Nervous Now' box-set may well elicit the response, "...but I've already got these...twice!!" Maybe it's all in the remastering then...
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