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4.5 out of 5 stars
Working Nights (2CD Deluxe Edition)
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on 23 October 2012
When Working Week released their first single "Venceremos" back in 1984, with memorable vocals from Tracey Thorn and Robert Wyatt, it felt like a breath of fresh air. While a lot of the so-called "nu jazz" crowd who cluttered up the pages of The Face and iD looked like glorified clothes-pegs, WW seemed like the real deal. Their early shows with huge line-ups were manic fusions of Funk, Latin and Jazz performed with a frantic post-punk, dancefloor-friendly energy.

By the time of their first album, Working Week had evolved into one of the classiest jazz-soul acts in Britain at the time. Although they'd simplified the group - Simon Booth and Larry Stabbins (both ex-Weekend) and singer Julie Roberts - to concoct something more akin to a smoky jazz cellar than their earlier carnival romps, the album came with a bonus 12" of the amazing "Stella Marina" with electro beats and a rap from Jalal fromthe Last Poets. Two sides of the same coin, then? Songs like the pre-album single 'Storm Of Light' (with Julie Tippetts), the gorgeous 'Sweet Nothing' and the jaunty "Who's Fooling Who" just oozed class. They even pulled off a cover of Marvin Gaye's "Inner City Blues" - a brave choice.

Working Nights has been out-of-print on CD for some time so Cherry Red should be commended on reissuing the album, complete with a whole bonus disc of B-sides, two previously unheard live tracks and fresh input from the band in the sleeve-notes. The sound quality is noticeably improved and there's even talk of them playing live again to tie in with their 20th anniversary next year. Doesn't sound like work, really!
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on 20 November 2012
When I first heard this album in 1985, I was spellbound. It had the instant effect of making everything else sound flat and dull. My favorite track, "I Thought I'd Never See You Again," starts quietly, and carries you along as it builds to an intoxicating blend of horns, strings, percussion, and Juliet Roberts' rich vocals--then the band explodes into a shocking, ferocious Latin dance. It's every bit as thrilling now as it was then. The whole album is filled with fantastic performances, and the band sounds truly dangerous throughout.

The original Virgin CD didn't do justice to the music, burying the arrangements in muddy sound. But I never thought such an obscure CD (at least in the US) would be reissued.

I would have been happy with just a remaster of the original CD. But this package, incredible for even existing, is over the moon in every way. The original 9 tracks have been expanded to 23, across 2 discs. The set includes b-sides never before available on CD, and 12" versions, which are not remixes, but longer, solo filled recordings. After listening to these on scratchy vinyl for more than 20 years, it was wonderful to hear clean versions. The remastering throughout is excellent, adding detail and clarity to the dramatic arrangements. More? Two 7 minute plus live tracks are included: new songs, previously unissued! Even the packaging is gorgeous, with lots of pictures and liner notes, written by Larry Stabbins and Simon (Booth) Emmerson.

This is exactly how a reissue should be done. Cherry Red's 2-CD package equals the quality of the music on "Working Nights." Excellent.
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on 2 December 2017
A jazz standard many years ago.
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on 6 August 2017
A great album by a great collective. A must-have for any music lover.
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on 18 April 2016
I love this albulm. Had it on vinyl previously. Four stars as there are some tracks where the sound dips down very low during playback. Happens both when streaming and downloaded
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on 23 February 2016
A corker from the 80s pop jazz era. Juliet's vocals are top grade along with the arrangements of Stabbins. A more than impressive cover of Inner City Blues rounds off the album nicely.
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on 22 October 2015
Lot of fillers on here. The sound is not as good as when on vinyl as many of the tracks sound a bit "thin", but most of it is from the 80s!
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VINE VOICEon 4 November 2007
I still own the original early 80s vinyl version of this album and fervently believe it's time Working Week were revived so we can enjoy their back catalogue in its glorious entirety (still looking for their magical recording 'Never Forget His Name', but that's another story.)

In case you aren't familiar with this jazzy supergroup, like the Monkees before them they were thrown together by their record label - the velvety voice of Julie Roberts to front the dynamic musical, arrangement and production talents of guitarist Simon Booth and saxophonist Larry Stabbins. Much of this, their first album, was recorded when the musicians had barely met, let alone formed the close liaison you would expect from listening to Working Nights.

In fact, you'd think they had been playing together for 10 years to listen to this magical collection of songs. Although they cover a wide range of tempos and styles, there's not a weak link to be seen anywhere, from the haunting opening chords of Inner City Blues onwards. Almost unfair to single any track out, but with due deference to the gorgeous voice of Julie, my favourite is the instrumental No Cure, No Pay. This is latin-jazz par excellence - the ensemble playing from the horn section is as fine as you've heard anywhere, with brilliant solos from Annie Whitehead and Harry Beckett, backed by Kim Burton's rhythm piano (listen also for the chilling solo too, sent a shiver down my spine!) Absolute perfection and worthy of much wider appreciation.
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on 22 June 2014
This is a good album and I have the tape form from my youth. The MP3 download didn't have the second disc of music attached, strangely. I haven't listened to all of the second disc yet.
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on 9 August 2013
I cannot really add much to the reviews already posted. Such a superb album. I am so happy after all these years to be able to buy a deluxe edition.

My problem is that the autorip version is the original album plus Stella Marina, NOT the 2 CD deluxe edition! Why???
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