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Our Friends In The North 64-95

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Genre: Compilation / Artist: Various / Soundtrack / Audio CD released 1997-08-08 at Telstar Records

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      02.04.2001 06:45
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      I never actually saw the series when it was on TV (and still don't really feel the need to) but I spotted this album in a sale and simply had to buy it. The tracks on here span four decades, (although there is only one from the nineties), much like the series, with the earliest being The Animals in 1964 and the latest Pulp from 1995. The first side concentrates on the sixties mainly but with so many superb tunes your not going care, this is probably due to the first four TV shows only got up to 1970, so lots more episodes to choose the music from. Since it spans such a long timescale the songs don't all fit in one genre but they do however flow very, very well. Onto the songs themselves: Bob Dylan – 'The Times They Are A Changin'' (1966). What can you say its Bob Dylan doing a folksy protest song. The Animals – 'House Of The Rising Sun' (1964), a true classic, it seems to even come programmed into half the worlds keyboards. Its slow tempo with lots of organ usage. The Kinks – 'You Really Got Me' (1964), eer, a rock 'n' roll classic. Barry McGuire – 'Eve Of Destruction' (1965), a class protest song with guitar, harmonica, and his gravelly vocals. The Troggs – 'Wild Thing' (1966), this has to be the Troggs finest moment, with pounding drums in sync with the guitar. Bit of a limp ending mind. The Small Faces – 'All Or Nothing' (1966) has a much gentler feel with it being rather quiet in the verses and then building in the chorus with harmonic lead vocals. The Who – 'Substitute' (1966). A classic sixties style track with dual harmonic vocals, rough guitars and harmonica. The Kinks – 'See My Friend' (1965), not as good as 'You Really ...' but it is still has a lot going for it. It has a very relaxed vibe with slightly slurry vocals. T
      he Animals – 'We Gotta Get Out Of This Place' (1965), the second Animals track and yet another classic. Its very clean track with the vocals cutting clearly through the tune, which builds to the chorus, which is then actually quite subdued but raucous at the same time. Elton John – 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road' (1973), this is the let down track of side 1, however on the Elton scale its quite good. Its soft with lots of piano and dreamlike quality. Not a good start to the 70's section. Chic – 'Le Freak' (1978), and we're back on course with this disco classic. The whole song is just disco through and through. The vocals are female and greatly upbeat. The chorus goes "Freak Out" sung by a indeterminate number of people. The Real Thing – 'Can You Feel The Force' (1979), to make the sides balance you really have to have a bad track on side 2. The intro is really quite good, nice and sparse, good build up, then we get to the main body. Whilst there's nothing fundamentally wrong with this disco tune, its just too repetitive and makes you feel like you've been listening to it for an age. Blondie – 'Denis' (1977), have I used the word classic before? Oh well, its applicable again. Blondie had many great pop punk songs and this being one of the most memorable. It has great pacey drums with just the right amount of guitars and nicely clear powerful vocals. The Ruts – 'Babylon's Burning' (1979). My favourite punk track of all time. It just has such pace and urgency about it, which makes it impossible to resist. The Clash – 'The English Civil War' (1978)concludes the 70's section with yet another great song. This time a kind of folky punk song, sung in the style of a shouty protest song. The Undertones – 'My Perfect Cousin' (1980) and so we start the 80's with more punk
      . My personal favorite Undertones track – even beating 'Teenage Kicks'. Its just so full of angst with lyrics like "My perfect cousin, what I like to do he doesn't, he's his families pride and joy, ...". Culture Club – 'Karma Chameleon' (1983) now we feel like we're in the 80's proper. Easily Culture Clubs best known song, with Boy George's feminine vocals and non-sensical lyrics. The Smiths – 'What Difference Does It Make?' (1984) is an upbeat number for Morrissey. Not their best known song ('This Charming Man') but its got good pace and doesn't wallow. It has some truly great lyrics such as "The devil will find work for idle hands to do'. Eurythmics – 'When Tomorrow Comes' (1986) a very 80's track with electric drums. Annie Lennox's vocals really drown the guitars in this pacey love song. Pulp – 'Common People' (1995) from the height of brit-pop comes the song that people will remember Pulp for. We have Javis Cockers slightly sleazy vocals describing another mundane urban tale. This is all done with such energy with raucous guitars, drums and a bit keyboard. There are not many albums were nearly three quarters of the songs can be considered as classics, so I really do have to recommend this album to everyone. The only reason you possibly shouldn't own this album is if you already own all the classic songs on here and don't feel you need another copy. I just can't recommend this highly enough.

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    • Product Details

      Disc #1 Tracklisting
      1 Times They Are A Changin'
      2 House Of The Rising Sun
      3 You Really Got Me
      4 Eve Of Destruction
      5 Wild Thing
      6 All Or Nothing
      7 Substitute
      8 See My Friend
      9 We Gotta Get Out Of This Place
      10 Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
      11 Le Freak
      12 Can You Feel The Force
      13 Denis
      14 Babylon's Burning
      15 English Civil War
      16 My Perfect Cousin
      17 Karma Chameleon
      18 What Difference Does It Make
      19 When Tomorrow Comes
      20 Common People