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on 10 August 2013
This review is for: Maid In England (Expanded Edition)

The album is enjoyable camp Hi-NRG pop, lightweight and fun. What we have here is a very straight-forward reissue of the previously released edition, now adding 3 bonus 12" mixes; "You Think You're A Man", "I'm So Beautiful" and "Walk Like A Man". The sound quality on these 3 tracks is noticeably improved from previous CDs. However, with the inclusion of these 12" mixes it would have made more sense to drop the two edits of "You Think You're A Man" and "I'm So Beautiful". Both of these are identical versions only with the intros crudely chopped off. "You Think Your A Man" is 8:02 with a 2:16 intro on the full 12" version, edited to 6:59 with a minute of the intro chopped off on the shorter version. "I'm So Beautiful" is similarly edited from 7:53 to 7:08. So effectively these 2 tracks are included twice and take up disc space that could have been otherwise utilised. The reclaimed 15 minutes of disc space would have allowed for the 12" version of "Hard Magic" and/or the 7" mixes of the singles; "I'm So Beautiful" and "Walk Like A Man". None of these tracks have appeared on CD so far. It is of course possible that the master tapes no longer exist. One thing I especially like in the booklet is that photographs of all of the single covers are included and given a full page for each. That's a nice touch.

Here is the track list with the track timings, so you can see exactly what is included:
01) Divine's Theme 2:10
02) You Think You're A Man 6:59
03) Give It Up 2:45
04) I'm So Beautiful 7:08
05) Show Me Around 3:17
06) Walk Like A Man (Remix) 5:27
07) Twistin' The Night Away (Remix) 5:34
08) Good Time '88 3:45
09) Hard Magic (Magic Mix) 3:22
10) Little Baby (Remix) 6:15
11) Hey You! (Remix) 5:42
12) Divine Reprise 0:56
Bonus tracks:
13) You Think You're A Man (12" Mix) 8:02
14) I'm So Beautiful (12" Mix) 7:53
15) Walk Like A Man/Man Talk (12" Mix) 7:44

I can also recommend "The Hit Collection" for the earlier Bobby Orlando produced tracks. I have also reviewed that CD.
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