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TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 3 September 2011
Many people don't remember the second Frankie Goes to Hollywood album, which isn't surprising as it could never live up to the hype and success of Welcome to the Pleasuredome. Signs for the album were good before release - Rage Hard, the first single, was classic overblown bombastic Frankie, even though it stalled at number 4 in the singles chart, and then.... well, actually quite a good album appeared. Warriors is Frankie doing heavy metal, Is There Somebody Out There is every bit as good as 1984's The Power of Love, and Lunar Bay, with its driving rhythms, has echoes of the title track of Welcome to the Pleasuredome.

Forward 25 years, and the album has aged well. This anniversary edition contains the original 8 tracks remastered, and the normal variety of B-sides and rare tracks that are customary on this sort of re-release. This is where things fall down slightly, and why I have only given this 4 stars. Most serious Frankie fans will already have just about everything included in the extras, which includes the CD/cassetted mixes of Warriors and Watching the Wildlife, which are pretty hard to get hold of these days. However, things on this second disk are quite patchy. 'Waves', the B-side to Watching The Wildlife, is touted as the last song Frankie recorded, but frankly isn't very good; and, frankly, an instrumental version of Rage Hard just isn't very exciting. I'm sure there were more interesting things to be found in the archives.

The typically pompous sleeve notes almost bring this back up to five stars, but four stars it is - great album, not quite so great extras, and a welcome celebration of the fact that Frankie were more than just a few T-shirts and the three number one singles.
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on 15 August 2011
If you already have the standard edition of this album, as I had, you're probably most interested in the bonus mateial. If you haven't, but like Frankie, there's really good value for your money here. The second disc alone was worth the purchase for me, as it is full of previously unreleased material, especially if you don't have those old cassettes. Even if you have, it's nice to get it in this great quality... don't forget that half of CD1 is bonus material as well :-) And in a nice packaging to.
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on 9 December 2014
I LOVE FGTH. this is a great album. We need more....
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on 27 November 2014
ahead of there time glad i had them when i did
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on 16 April 2015
great thanks
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on 21 May 2016
all good a++++
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on 16 August 2016
Arrived early in mint condition to cool to have this back in my music collection ive missed it !!!
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on 30 November 2011
Criminally over-looked and slated when it first came out- for what one can only think of as bitchy reasons on the part of a British music press that was at the height of being so far up itself- this is a wonderful, coherent and affecting album.

The bonus material here is good but all your really need are the original eight tracks that were on the album when it was first released. It is unashamedly a 'concept' album, with it's honest take on Frankie's home city of Liverpool during the 80s recession, when it suffered perhaps more than any other from a beating with Thatcher's big stick. The tracks are rockier and harder edged than those on Welcome to the Pleasure Dome, but still hang together in a poppy and always intelligent sequence. The consistency of the music is impeccable but there are particular highlights; the wonderful scouser outro to the end of Lunar Bay and to my mind, the top track, For Heaven's Sake, the most direct commentary on the album of the 80s recession and the wonderful plee to Thatcher: '...she should stop the pain, stop the pain, and buy us all a drink...'

Simply sublime, and in our own recession-striken times, the sentiment of that track and this album as a whole, is shockingly fresh and familiar, as if to prove over the past thirty years, despite the brief illusion of wealth many of us had for a while [whilst clutching a credit card], nothing has really changed.

So if you want a slice of real, quality 80s music you could do far worse than pick this up. It's a shame that FGH split after this, as [supposedly] rock and disco interests of the various band members proved too difficult to resolve. You wouldn't know that listening to this album though, which fuses pop, rock and dance into one seamlessly enjoyable experience. One can only wonder what they may have achieved if they'd managed to stay together. What a shame.
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on 18 July 2008
The first album, Welcome to the Pleasuredome had the title track, Relax, Two Tribes and The Power of love, all of them massive hits. However, much of the rest was filler, though Black Night and Only Star in Heaven are quite pleasant.

At the time this album seemed rather disappointing, with a more dark and murky feel and less gloss to it. Personally I prefer it - it sounds more like a real band and there's hints of anger and frustration in the songs. The two main hits Rage Hard and Warriors of the Wasteland are actually very good songs that suffer because they are not Two Tribes etc.
The rest of the album is also fine. Personally I don't like Watching the Wildlife too much, but Maximum Joy makes up for that.

"We're rats in a cage"..."They make the masses, kiss their asses
Lower class jackass, pay me tax take out the trash"..."Just give us some money
Our life could be sunny too".."She should buy us all a drink
She should buy us all a drink
She should stop the pain, stop the pain
She should buy us all a drink"

Random lyrics.
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on 20 May 2014
The sound however did survive over time. It is not the greatest music but it was well produced. In this format it has bonus material that makes it worth the purchase.
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