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on 15 June 2008
Now,I bought Ghosts of Princes etc , on vinyl and on cd when reissued by dojo mid 90s , the Mick Ronson production is awful sounds muddy with no top end at all , so I was mighty pleased when taking a sub £5 gamble paid off. Now it has been cleaned up it sounds really good. The extra tracks tacked on to the end of the studio album are a bit take it or leave it. If you ever owned previous incarnations and were dissapointed, this puts it all right. Buy this disc.
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on 7 September 2015
Power pop Princes

by Rob Jones

The Rich Kids personnel are central to the Sex Pistols tale. Lead singer Midge Ure was a choice as vocalist, prior to Mr. Rotten; guitarist Steve New auditioned for the Pistols-& Glen Matlock played bass for the original Pistols (as well as being at the core of the songwriting). After Matlock left the Pistols in ‘77, he joined forces with New, Ure & Rusty Egan to form one of the finest new wave acts to grace planet power pop! The Rich Kids cutting edge is crystal clear on the Mick Ronson produced ‘78 LP-'Ghosts of Princes in Towers'. This prototype was the lead to blend punk & pop with kudos!
The late, great Steve New was dubbed as ‘The man who invented the Manics in ‘78’-so, GOPIT (+ 11 bonus songs) is a dynamite disc in the form of 'Best of The Rich Kids' (EMI). The 'Burning Sounds' meld a 70’s assault with a nod to the decade before, especially the genius of The Small Faces (ironically, Ian MacLagan assists with keyboard duties). The Rich Kids lasted just over a year; and, the extra tracks featured display that the quartet had more tricks up their sleeves. The old adage of musical differences split an act who deserve more credit for their potent and palatable product. Salivate over the high tempo drive, but also admire the sonic skills of songs that supersede their debut disc. 'Only Arsenic', 'Precious', 'Ambition' and 'Twisted' prove that these new wave nuggets should never be undermined!
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on 7 September 2014
Would be a 5 star for the original album and b-sides. However, from Don't Give Me No Lip onwards, I feel that output, which at the time was readying for a second album, is quite weak in my opinion.
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on 9 November 2014
Perfect and beautifully sung power-pop.
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on 1 July 2015
Well, well, well. I was a Rich Kid fan way back when they were knocking this stuff out, and saw them at The Nashville Rooms, and their original last ever gig, at Wembley, supporting David Essex.
Having read the customer reviews I thought I would buy this as it was remastered and considered by some of your reviewers as superior to the original Mick Ronson production job, which was legendarily muddy.
Oh, how wrong could a collective bunch of opinions be. All that has been done here is some bottom has been taken off and twice as much top added. So it has now gone from muddy to lightweight with no backbone to speak of. Where is the drive of Matlock's bass? The thump of Egan's drums? Where, indeed.
So, its back to the original vinyl for me, and I will accept some muddy waters from Bowie's main man as a little eccentricity on an otherwise fine, if a little dated, rock record. This CD, however, just gives me ear ache.
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on 29 June 2010
soft punk with an echo chamber and fuzz box, meaningless, this is an xmas present for ageing punks to give to their sons, they should not be brainwashed, they all sound the same only variance is speed, re-cycle. anyone wanting a start point for punk should try never mind the bollocks and clash first album.
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