- Audio CD (6 Oct. 2008)
- Deluxe Edition edition
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Deluxe Edition
- Label: Edsel
- ASIN: B001DXKNE6
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
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The Garden Deluxe Edition
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*Following the success of last year's re-issue of "Metamatic", Edsel is proud to announce the release of the other three of John Foxx's groundbreaking albums for the Virgin label in newly-expanded 2 CD Editions with non-album tracks and previously unreleased material from the album sessions, newly re-mastered from the original tapes by Foxx himself.
*John Foxx formed Ultravox! in 1975, and the band recorded three influential albums for Island (one produced by Brian Eno), before Foxx decided to go solo in 1979.
*"The Garden", his second solo album, released in 1981, charted at number 24 in the UK, and was preceded by the singles "Miles Away" and "Europe After The Rain", both included here.
*Disc Two includes twelve bonus tracks: non-album a- and b-sides, rarities as well as 4 previously unreleased tracks. The booklet contains all of the beautiful "The Church" booklet that came free with initial copies of the LP along with lyrics to all the songs as well as rare photos and the singles sleeves
Top customer reviews
The original album still sounds good to these years even now and 'Europe..', 'Dancing Like A Gun' (the second flop single), 'You Were There' et all provide a 'very arty but enjoyable' listen so this collection is still worth buying even if you are not interested in the extra disc.
If you ARE interested in the extra disc however, you will be delighted with it. Not only does it include some worthwhile unreleased material (the atmospheric instrumental 'Fog' and the more organic sounding 'Dance with Me (early version)' being especially good) but it collates together a number of the little heard (or little played in my case) b sides from singles, including both sides of the non-lp single 'Miles Away' (which, incidentally is about as Gary Numan as John ever sounded). A lot of the second disc is experimental or instrumental but it is obviously 'of the period' and thus makes an interesting diversion to listen to if you don't fancy another bash of the original lp. The sound quality is great on both discs and the colour booklet has all the lyrics AND a smaller version of the booklet that came with the vinyl Lp at the time.
A great re-issue and one that will surely enhance Foxx's standing.
John Foxx is an under appreciated talent. After moving from the proper Ultravox! (before it converted into electro pop), John Foxx produced the superb Metamatic.
The Garden is far removed from the stark, bleak, electronic sound of Metamatic. Having stuck the stake in the ground from which the likes of Gary Numan had to aspire to, Foxx's second solo album is more thoughtful, rich in texture with a tendancy towards the sound of proper Ultravox!. I had waited along time to hear something as monumentally good as Hiroshima Mon Amour and eventually came The Garden.
There are some excellent songs on here but nothing stands out as much as the title track, The Garden. Beautifully orchestrated synthesiser sounds that evoke great atmosphere, this 7 minute track alone should be enough to make people buy the album.
If you had this on vinyl, get it now on CD - it sounds even better.
If you have never ventured into the world of John Foxx, treat yourself and do so with this album.
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