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Audio CD, Zestaw pudeł, Import, 1 stycznia 1981
- Oryginalna data premiery : 1981
- Wymiary produktu : 13 x 12.4 x 1.19 cm; 108.01 gr
- Etykieta : Cherry Red
- ASIN : B08GLJ1JYD
- Kraj pochodzenia : Francja
- Liczba płyt : 3
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Digitally remastered and expanded three CD edition of Scars' 1981 album plus related bonus tracks. It is the definitive collection of the band's material. CD One features the ten original album tracks of the band's only studio album Author! Author!. It was released on vinyl in 1981 and was critically acclaimed by the music press. There are eight bonus tracks including the singles 'They Came And Took Her', 'Love Song' and 'All About You' and their b-sides - 'Romance By Mail', 'Psychomodo' and 'Author! Author!' Also featured are the tracks 'She's Alive' and the band's version of David Essex's 'Silver Dream Machine' that both appeared on the 1981 cassette version of "Author! Author! CD Two focuses on seventeen tracks from the band's own archives of their original demos including the album tracks 'Your Attention Please', 'Aquarama', 'Fear Of The Dark', 'Leave Me In Autumn', 'Everywhere I Go' and 'Obsessions'. Other highlights are their renditions of Mick Ronson's 'Billy Porter' and Jacques Brel's 'Next'. CD Three features twenty two tracks of Scars performing live from six gigs spanning the years 1978 - 1981. This release has been made with the full cooperation of the band.
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I have the first reissue on CD and that is bright, so wonder what happened here with this mastering, if indeed there was anything actually done positively.
Away from that it is still a great documentation of the group .
I don't wish to see any "reforming" , that is silly, I am nearly 60 ,and so are they. ! .
Musically, they were less influenced by the Sex Pistols and Clash and more by Roxy Music, Television and Cockney Rebel. And yet, managed to sound uniquely their own. Musically, they swapped the traditional roles of guitar and bass. The bass drove and slashed and spun dark melody while the guitar provided jagged counterpoint. One listen and there is no denying there was real magic and chemistry between bassist John Mackie and guitarist, Paul Research. In front man, Robert King they had a charismatic contrarian who was unafraid of displaying emotions beyond anger and grim detachment. Rather than spike his hair he defiantly kept his big curly locks and dressed in pink trousers and an oh-so-edgy cardigan as opposed to black leather.
Lyrically, these Scottish lads were voracious readers and it translated into literate songs that went beyond post adolescent angst to universal and existential concerns. Brimming with mystery and rich, potent imagery. Yet as dark and jagged as Scars were, there is an almost defiant Pop sensibility to many of these songs. Have to say, its hard to believe this stuff was written by lads barely out of their teens. Suffice to say, Scars had brains behind their youth and lean brawn.
Songs like Obsessions defy Punk orthodoxy, starting off slow and menacing, building in tension before exploding in a total gear change of Rock & Roll euphoria. From Leave Me In Autumn to the chillingly apocalyptic, Your Attention Please, the emphasis is on atmosphere. Dense, vibrant and ominous. Songs like Aquarama touch on J.G. Ballard Crash territory in terms of the twisted line between a death wish and eroticism. The edgy, driving paranoia of David defies description. The bleak romanticism of Je T'aime C'est La Moort is more in keeping with Jacques Brel than Johnny Rotten. Things end on a perversely Pop note with the infectious, All About You. Mystifyingly, this band wields its Pop smarts as an act of defiance rather than a surrender to convention.
What this three disc set offers in addition to a killer debut album, are hints at what could have been. Singles like the blistering urgent, She's Alive just leave you wanting more. Romance By Mail is another gem, whilst Silver Dream Machine gorgeously lives up to its title. Compelling live tracks like L'Afrique reveal what a follow up to Author! Author! might have sounded like.
In terms of the early demos and singles. Horror Show and Anti-Feelings are ferocious. Same for the live document of their early song, Adult/Ery. Seething, yet precociously literate. Their cover of Brel's Next is startlingly original. You could barely tell it was written by Jacques Brel. And its nothing like the versions you may have heard by Scott Walker or Alex Harvey. Another key influence can be heard in their cover of Cockney Rebel's Psychomodo.
In terms of press, this band had a lot of influencers their corner from John Peel to NME. Which led a memorable turn on the BBC program, Grey Whistle Test. Publications like Sounds cited this album's, "dense, vibrant charms." NME declared it, "essential and relevant." A Discogs reviewer wrote, " This record cuts holes in the sky like bombs...It makes my teeth bleed." Another review aptly summed it up as, "One of the greatest and most underrated Post Punk albums ever." And yet, critical acclaim is ephemeral. Its the music that lasts. And on that front, this is timeless and riveting stuff.