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Great to have this on CD - Parlophone era only though.,
This review is from: Vicious Pink (Expanded Edition) (Audio CD)
Vicious Pink were one of those outfits that were never really destined for mainstream chart success, and instead intentionally opted for specialist club audiences. However their classic French Extended Mix of "Cccant You See" made it onto a mix tape a mate leant me during a working vacation pre Uni, and that was the only track I played over and over. Later on I managed to hunt down "Fetish/Spooky" and the not-so-good "Take Me Now", by which time the duo had effectively split. There was quite a lot of hype around their 'live' appearances, but that passed me by. Until now their only compilation album was on Canadian LP or cassette, so many thanks to Cherry Pop for getting the rights, a nice digital remaster, and Brian's obviously enthusiastic approval/contribution.
Let's be honest, there are no epic songs here, but that's not the point. What the duo made were some very danceable a-sides and catchy b-sides, and the lightly risque nature, plus vocal delivery by Josephine, make for a highly enjoyable and kitsch experience!
The mastering sounds great, no evidence of vinyl rips, and the liner notes are really worth a read (no mention of Razormaid though, whose early 12" re-edit for DJs gave "Cccan't You See" a real push on the US Club scene). Some new photos too.
Highlights for me, aside from the singles, are "Always Hoping", "I Confess" and the instrumental "8:15 To Nowhere".
The album proper finishes with the Bert Bevan (usually uncredited) Exxx-tended Re-Mixxx, and then we have the bonus mixes and b-side. For some reason we don't get the 12" Dub of "Cccan't", but we do get the rather odd DJ/Master Mix - personally I think an instrumental version would have relieved the risked monotony of so many remixes a bit, but maybe the master tapes were not up to it. Brian does mention the DJ/Master Mix, which splits left and right channels so DJs could balance the elements to create their own 'mix', which explains why it sounds as it does!
Pre-Parlophone material is not included, though Brian mentions it in some detail in his notes, and it would've been great if he could have supplied a demo or unreleased track from the Blue sessions (the proper album they were working on). He does have a MySpace page though, with a few gems in the playlist for real fans. Maybe these will fully surface one day.
A very strong 4 stars, it would've been 5 if they'd included something a bit rare as a tempter. Recommended 80s electro-pop.