if youve heard of the chameleons but never listened to them, then buy this cd and your in for a real treat. this cd is a best of compilation,containing songs from there first three and best studio albums.it starts off with moody instrumental silence,sea & sky,then we have the classic swamp thing,with its superb guitar intro this is a stonker of a tune,then onto the first single in shreds a sort of post punk classic ,burgess sings about whores in his bed and noise in his head . the rest of the album is made up of all the crowd pleasers,inc. dontfall,person (a song about getting youre head kicked in),perfumed garden, about friends at school and ladies singing,caution is a mellower sound but ends up being a real powerfull tune with a classic ending. the original version of tears is included ,but this cd would be better with the new version,right in the middle of the track listing is by far (in many chameleons fans opinion)the best song the band have ever recorded the fabulous second skin.buy this cd !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
If this is the same version I have, it contains four extra tracks at the end, the "Tony Fletcher Walked on Water" E.P., recorded a matter of weeks before the band broke up and a suggestion that they had finally found some momentum after years of label disputes. Though more or less a demo recording, it brims with magic and the tension of their best work. Ironically, there's also a sense of optimism in places that gives new colour to the songs--the exhortation in the chorus of "Denims and Curls" the most obvious example: "Where in the world is your inspiration / To say the things you're aching to say / Wherever that turns out to be / Go there this day".
The main part of the album is a band-selected best of, and is perhaps not the most balanced choice of their songs. The oddest inclusions are "In Shreds" and "Nostalgia", recorded with Steve Lillywhite during their ill-starred sojourn with CBS and--so I'd thought--far from being band favourites considering how uncharacteristic they are of the later songs. However, it's a good place to get started and the only way to pick up "Tony Fletcher"; if you like it, move on and buy the three studio albums.