Roddy Frame burst onto the music scene courtesy of a small,independent Scottish Record Label called Postcard,and for a brief moment,was championed as a teenage prodigy with talents way too many for such a bairn....The early songs certainly show an emotional depth and tug at the heart strings here and there...Sadly,this was the 80's,and progress, unfortunately,meant getting in big name producers and spending weeks/months achieving big drum sounds! Quality and the special touches get blown away by the sheer gloss and polish of the production...A crying shame,but it has its moments...
you must buy this album because this 4 songs,are truly gems: -Somewwhere in my heart -Oblivious -Pillard to post -Walk out to winter when I wake up in the Morning I put this 4 songs and fill me of positive good vibrations for the rest of the day.
Discover the very underrated Aztec Camera with this best of album with tracks from his group career with the sublime Walk out to Winter and Pillar to Post to later classics such as How Men Are.Terry Wogan played him-find out why!
One of the many talented singer song writers of the 80s roddy frame and aztec camera have produced some of the best sounding songs on many albums from the early 80s to the early 90s influenced by country; folk ; and jazz music. on this cd album The Best of Aztec Camera I think you will find there is somthing here for all tastes young and old Sit down relax and listen to the sound that is Aztec Camera
Rather like the work of Prefab Sprout, Aztec Camera's output is neither forward thinking nor particularly adventurous, just wide-eyed songs of love and other important things like that. Both bands are essentially also projects based around one artist; in Aztec Camera the main protagonist being Roddy Frame. Unlike Prefab Sprout though, Aztec Camera's albums have been patchy so it is welcome that a compilation exists such as this which cherry-picks from his career so far. From the early part of his career there are timeless, catchy gems such as 'Pillar To Post', 'Oblivious' and 'Walk Out To Winter' all written before he turned 20 and he would struggle to follow these up. Sensibly Frame decided to write more mature, reflective songs such as 'Somewhere In My Heart' and 'How Men Are'. 'Working In A Goldmine' is as good as any great white-soul single ever recorded whilst the doleful cover of Van Halen's 'Jump' is slowed down to the pace of an Elvis ballad and shows a wry sense of humour. Much of Frame's work sounds rather dull because of its unspectacular arrangements but thankfully this compilation is a more than adequate reminder that he could write genuinely affecting heartfelt songs.