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Aztec CameraAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (July 23, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Warner Spec. Mkt. UK
  • ASIN: B0000258WO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,251 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Somewhere In My Heart
2. Oblivious
3. Good Morning Britain
4. Working In A Goldmine
5. How Men Are
6. Birth Of The True
7. Pillar To Post
8. Walk Out To The Winter
9. All I Need Is Everything
10. Deep & Wide & Tall
11. Jump
12. Killermont Street
13. The Crying Scene
14. Spanish Horse
15. Reason For Living
16. We Could Send Letters

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Compilation of the finest by beloved Scottish indie pop star Roddy Frame (aka Aztec Camera) for Sire & Reprise from 1983-1995. 16 tracks, including 'Oblivious', 'How Men Are', 'Pillar To Post', 'Somewhere In My Heart' and his memorable rendition of the Van Halen hit 'Jump'. Warner.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Roddy Frame rules the known universe August 12, 1999
With a maximum of 1,000 words -- and knowing that most Amazon.commies read far fewer of each review -- I won't spend the many lines and lines I'd like to in raving about the many geniuses of Roddy Frame. You can always ask my sister -- she'd tell you what I'd say.
I was compelled to write this review, though, having just purchased this latest greatest hits collection (two others, in the past, have been available as bootlegs -- I think they were promotional hoo-hahs of some sort or another), and wanting to assure potential buyers of three things:
1. You must buy this CD. If you know Aztec Camera, you know why. If you don't know Aztec Camera -- sheesh! -- you should.
2. If you don't know Aztec Camera, this is a great introduction, though there are many lamented absences ("Mattress of Wire," "Stray," "The Boy Wonders" and "Still on Fire" come to mind, any one of which I would have gladly traded for "The Crying Scene").
3. This should not be the only Aztec Camera album you purchase. You should get the full effect (not just the singles) of (AT LEAST) High Land, Hard Rain; Knife; and Dreamland. Not everything is in print, but if you prowl Amazon and your local record shop (both indies and chains -- my local Tower evidently has an import buyer with a thing for Aztec Camera, because I can always find something) you'll be able to piece together the collection you should have been building all along.
I'll stop now, but not before imploring you to ignore all those who say that the "Love" album sucks ('shallow lyrics, whine whine, blah blah' -- crud! Roddy with slick production and semi-fraudulent soul is STILL Roddy) or that "Stray" sucks ('what happened to the pop whine, whine blah blah' -- crud! all crud! 'Stray' is sigh-inducingly beautiful) and to discover Roddy for yourself. Now! You'll be glad you did.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Aztec Camera--the Great Forgotten Pop Band of the 80s October 30, 2003
By Venus
Format:Audio CD
I heard Aztec Camera for the first time during the summer of 1985 when a local alternative radio station played the single "All I Need is Everything" occasionally over a period of a few weeks. I instantly fell in love with the song's infectious melody and breezy sensibility. For me, it perfectly captured the carefree optimism of summer. I thought that surely I'd be hearing a lot from this band in the future. Sadly, I was wrong.
Aztec Camera never really caught on in the United States. Finding their music in record stores was difficult, and rarely was their music ever played on the radio. After listening to The Best of Aztec Camera, I still remain mystified as to why the band never found an American audience because they delivered some of the most insanely tuneful and pitch-perfect pop songs of the 1980s. Roddy Frame, the band's song writer and lead singer, had impeccable pop instincts and was a stellar guitar player to boot. Aztec Camera deserves wider recognition, and if you don't believe me, listen to The Best of Aztec Camera for yourself.
In addition to "All I Need is Everything," the album contains delightful gems like "Oblivious," "Walk Out to Winter," and "Pillar to Post." Plus, you get the hilariously low-key re-make of Van Halen's "Jump." There are a few notable omissions. (How could they not include "Still on Fire"?) And I'm not particularly fond of some of Roddy Frame's excursions into blue-eyed soul. However, on the whole, this is a solid set of songs from a vastly under-recognized and underappreciated band. Do yourself a favor and get the album. It is superior pop music.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jump gets cut May 14, 2006
Format:Audio CD
The original version of Van Halen's Jump was a hoot because Roddy sings the words so sincerely -- in all their stupidity and vapidity -- then he out-"Van Halen's" Mr. Van Halen's guitar version with wicked, virtuoso guitar riffs. The version on the Best of leaves off the instrumental part. For shame!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A bit disappointed! September 2, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Just wanted to say for the most part this is a great collection. I was hoping this had the complete version of "Jump" with the great guitar solo for the last half of the song. Needless to say it is just the single version. It's not like they had a full disc of music with the complete disc only coming in at about 59 minutes. Add the whole version on to it!!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not as exceiting as the original LP July 5, 2006
By J. Wood
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
You know listening to this collection of Aztec Camera I noticed that something important was missing - snap. Most of the songs are pretty mellow and sadly this version of Van Halen's 'Jump' is the abridged version, they cut out the best part! Oh well at least the Mick Jones of The Clash/Big Audio Dynamite track made it on to the CD.
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