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Excellent sound quality and some superb previously unreleased mixes
on 6 November 2012
This review is for: Frankie Said (The Very Best Of)
***PLEASE NOTE: This review is for the original CD edition, not the CD/DVD edition***
I was worried following the recent mess made by this record company on Frankie's "Sex Mix" CD with the dreadful sound quality, but I'm pleased to report that the sound quality on this CD is excellent.
The sleeve on this CD has a sticker on which states "The very best of Frankie Goes To Hollywood". I think that is a bit misleading because the standard single version of "Relax" is not included here. Apart from that minor detail, I feel this is a really well thought out CD which really flows well. It gives the casual buyer all the biggest hits (although "Relax" is in a remix and a 12" version). It also gives the fans some great CD exclusives. I was particularly pleased to finally get the "Relax (The Last Seven Inches)" mix on CD. The short version of "Warriors (Attack)" is superb in this version as is the beautiful instrumental version of "The Power Of love". Also on CD for the first time is the Bob Kraushaar remix of "Rage Hard" from the limited edition second single. Here's what you get on this CD:
01) "Two Tribes (introduced by the piano of Anne Dudley)"
30 seconds intro which is a pleasant introduction to the disc.
02) "The Power of Love"
The standard 7"/album version.
03) "Relax (The Last Seven Inches)"
The promo-only 7" Version (a/k/a Warp Mix). A good alternative to the overplayed original mix.
04) "Two Tribes (We Don't Want To Die)"
This is the guitar-driven version from the 7" Picture Disc which is slightly longer than the standard 7" version. I personally prefer this to the standard version.
One of the 12" B-Sides from "Two Tribes". Shorter than the album version. It's a very good cover version of the 1970 Edwin Starr Tamla Motown classic.
06) "Welcome To The Pleasuredome (A Remade World)"
The correct title for this mix is "Welcome To The Pleasure Dome (Alternative Reel)", which comes from the apple shaped picture disc. The picture disc has the words `A remade world' on the A-Side and `How to steady the world' on the B-Side, but the correct mix title is `Alternative Reel'. It is also known as the `Escape Act Video Mix' and used on a limited edition second 7" single.
07) "Ferry `Cross The Mersey"
One of the 12" B-Sides from "Relax". Originally a hit in the sixties for fellow Liverpudlians Gerry & The Pacemakers.
08) "Rage Hard (Bob Kraushaar Mix)"
Great remix from the limited edition second 7" single.
09) "Watching The Wildlife"
The inlay says this is a previously unreleased version, but gives no further information. It's a good mix.
10) "Born To Run (live on The Tube)"
Great live version that shows Frankie were not just an electronic studio band. They really could play.
11) "Warriors Of The Wasteland (Attack - Seven Inch)"
This is a previously unreleased seven inch version of the Attack Mix featuring legendary rock guitarist Gary Moore. It follows "Born To Run" particularly well.
12) "Kill The Pain"
Previously unreleased version of the track from the "Liverpool" album.
13) "Maximum Joy"
Seems to be the same as on the "Maximum Joy" CD, except it fades 10 seconds earlier. Why?
14) "Two Tribes (Annihilation)"
This is the 9 minute original 12" version with the actors playing Ronald Reagan and the public information announcements for the first 5 and a half minutes and the song at the end of the mix.
This is the third 12" version (the one that is best known and most people would have bought while it was in the charts). It is titled here as `Relax (New York)', but that was actually the second 12" version which was an 8 minute edit of the original 16 minutes sex mix. The version included here is generally known as `Relax (U.S. Mix)' (because Trevor Horn mixed it after visiting the U.S. and hearing what was being played at The Paradise Garage) and some copies of this 12" actually had a sticker saying "Special U.S. Remix". Confusingly the record label on all the 12" versions show only `Relax (Sex Mix)' so you had to look at the matrix numbers in the run-out groove on the vinyl to know which version you were getting (I remember confused shop staff giving me furtive glances as I got each 12" out of its sleeve to closely inspect). For absence of doubt, the version included here is the one that is instrumental for the first 4 and a half minutes and similar to the 7" version for the rest of the mix.
16) "The Power of Love (...Best Listened To By Lovers)"
This is a previously unreleased instrumental version with lush orchestration. Really lovely!