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Should have been better,
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This review is from: [100 Hits Legends] Showaddywaddy (Audio CD)
All of Showaddywaddy's tracks recorded over their 37 year career are already out on CD. This should have been a compilation of the best 100. However it's obvious that the band or any fans had no input into the track listing of this compilation whatsoever. For example, legendary tracks such as "Paint Your Picture" and "Lost" are missing, but iffy b-sides such as "Rock 'n' Roll Man" and "Teenage Love Affair" are included, (crackles and all - some original master tapes were lost, and no remastering has been done for this release).
This could, and should have been so much better. It is advisable to get the original albums that have been re-issued, and of course the band's fantastic and latest "Sun Album" in its entirety.
The main reason I bought this was for the sleeve notes by Dave Bartram, which are, as ever, an interesting read.
Maybe I am being too harsh as there are a lot of great tracks that have found their way onto these CDs. Showaddywaddy are a brilliant band, but this compilation has just been thrown together without much thought.
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Initial post: 1 Jun 2011, 20:26:55 BST
Mr. D. Hickman says:
Huge,Huge respect for Paul he is and hopefully will always do an amazing job with the showaddywaddy web page It is Brill. I to as with many long standing fans since the very first Hey R&R showing on
Posted on 10 Jul 2011, 23:22:11 BST
Agreed, although there are some great tracks on here not often heard (or more like long forgotten by me after 30+ years!) including some excellent self-penned songs, the compilation seems rather hap-hazard and random. As you say, there does seem to be a fair few tracks mastered from vinyl, even album tracks which seems strange. I've detected the odd crackle or pop on songs like I Wonder Why & 68 Teenage Queen as well as the few odd B-sides. Oddly enough, the later tracks seem to suffer from this while some of the earlier album tracks sound much better. Maybe the record company didn't take much care of the master tapes later on in their career, when chart success started to become harder! Record companies aren't always the best at appreciating or taking care of what they have.
It's a shame the band picked up a reputation for being just an old rock 'n' roll covers band, when their first few albums were mostly original songs, as I thought they were capable of much more. I haven't seen them since 1982 but they were certainly a cracking live band back then.
Posted on 30 Apr 2013, 22:09:07 BST
Mr. P. Fixter says:
Just to reply to my own review - there is (at the time of writing) a brand new DELUXE box set coming out in June 2013 (again on Demon), but using original master tapes and with unreleased rarities from the 70s and beyond. This is being released for Showaddywaddy's 40th anniversary and will be much, much better than the '100 Hits' release - can't wait!
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