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Bucks Fizz - Writing on the Wall (2004) Retail CD
The fifth - and last - studio album by Bucks Fizz was first released in 1986. It was their first and last album for Polydor, following the end of the group's RCA contract. Having released a pair of reasonably hard-edged singles in 1985, following the controversial departure of founding member, Jay Aston, Bucks Fizz need some real support from their new label. The '85 singles - the excellent "You And Your Heart So Blue" and the ill-judged "Magical" - failed to ignite the charts.
"New Beginning (Mamba Seyra)", the first single for Polydor, returned the group to the Top 10 for the first timemore… in 3 years, driven by its dynamic rhythms and intricate harmonies. The follow-up single was something of a mystery though. Rather than opt for the sure-fire hit of "Love In A World Gone Mad", Polydor opted to release a brash and unlovely cover of Stephen Stills' "Love The One You're With," which dawdled near the starting gate. An edit of the excellent ballad "Keep Each Other Warm" failed to redress the balance. By now, all chart momentum had been lost.
When the album was released, Polydor tagged on the two 1985 RCA singles and promoted the LP by saying it contained "5 hit singles" without so much as a sideways glance at the Trades Descriptions Act.
The original running order made for a polished and satisfying album - provided you hadn't shelled out for all five singles. Of the remaining four tracks, the 60s-styled "Soul Motion" and the superb "Love In A World Gone Mad" were worth the entry fee. "Don't Turn Back" and "The Company You Keep" were well-produced and competent but unspectacular.
This re-release was conceived as part of one of the best fan-oriented re-release projects I have yet seen. It confines itself to the strictly Polydor recordings. "You And Your Heart So Blue" and "Magical" have been transferred to the excellent "Ultimate Anthology". It seems that this version of the album is something of a documentary. Unreleased versions of "New Beginning" and "Love In A World Gone Mad" replace the original versions. The latter features solo vocal passages by Shelly Preston, who replaced Jay Aston. It comes nowhere near the superior original version (which is available as a bonus track on "Bucks Fizz"). More casual shoppers should investigate "The Ultimate Anthology" and the group's two best studio albums "Are You Ready?" and "I Hear Talk". This revised album is aimed squarely at fans. In general terms, however, it is more an interesting concept than a great album.
|1||New Beginning (Mamba Seyra)|
|3||Love The One You're With (Dance Edit)|
|4||Keep Each Other Warm (7" Version)|
|5||Love In A World Gone Mad (New Version 7")|
|6||Don't Turn Back|
|7||The Company You Keep|
|8||Give A Little Love|
|9||In Your Eyes|
|11||I need your love|
|12||New Beginning (Mamba Seyra) (Ian Levine Club Mix)|
|13||I Hear Talk (1986 Remix)|
|14||Love In A World Gone Mad (New Version (Extended Mix))|
|15||New Beginning (Mamba Seyra) (Ian Levine Dub Mix)|
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