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Business As Usual

Men at WorkAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (February 11, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000088E77
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,864 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Who Can It Be Now?
2. I Can See It In Your Eyes
3. Down Under
4. Underground
5. Helpless Automaton
6. People Just Love To Play With Words
7. Be Good Johnny
8. Touching The Untouchables
9. Catch A Star
10. Down By The Sea
11. Crazy Non (Bonus Track)
12. Underground (Live( (Bonus Track)
13. Who Can It Be Now? (Live)
14. F-19 (Bonus Track)

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very cool - but not perfect! December 16, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I'd just like to say that Business As Usual was one of the formative influences in my life when I was growing up. I loved Men at Work then and still do. This album never fails to conjure up the nostalgia for my early adolescence with great tunes, quirky lyrics, and Colin Hay's incredible vocals. Overall, it's a tremendous album, which deserves much respect.
Naturally, then, I was excited to see it remastered with bonus tracks from the band's "Golden Era", and snatched up a copy right away. The new remastering is excellent and it is superior in sound quality in many ways to the original CD that has occupied my player for so long. The liner notes are helpful and give a nice retrospective for fans of the band, along with a lot of unique pix of the lads.
Which brings me to the extra stuff. The bonus cuts are a very cool and welcome addition. I loved Crazy and F-19 (an experimental ditty if there ever was one), but was frankly puzzled by the addition of the live tracks from the "Brazil" album. Why? I was hoping to get live performances from the "Business as Usual" era, but was instead confronted with two tracks that I already have on another disc! This was somewhat disappointing to me. Why not include live performances from 1981 or thereabouts instead of the reunion concert tracks? Another glaring omission is the b-side "Anyone for Tennis?" which should be on this disc but is sorely lacking.
All that aside, the two 1980s-era b-sides and the remastering make this a must-have for any MAW fan. Enjoy!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still Strong August 3, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Nineteen years after buying the original "Business as Usual" on cassette (and wearing it out years ago), my CD arrived today. I hadn't heard some of these songs for years; "People Just Love To Play With Words" and "I Can See It In Your Eyes" are particular gems that I've rediscovered like some momento lost in my attic. The track listing is awesome; can anyone name a better album closer than "Down By The Sea"? Outstanding. "Business" is as competitive and fresh as it was in 1982. For an '80's album, it does not sound dated (thanks in large part to the use of REAL drums at a time when machines were par for the course!). I will always regard Jerry Speiser as one of the better and more innovative drummers in rock and roll. Colin Hay's voice is timeless. The lyrics are intelligent (if not sometimes odd). Excellent musicianship and crafty songwriting make for a remarkable album.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars World-class pop. March 29, 2003
Format:Audio CD
The phenomenal ascent of Men At Work had to be seen to be believed. I was present at their Universal Amphitheater concert during one of the first weeks this album was number one, and I saw a group of guys completely taken aback, but genuinely appreciative towards our applause and enthusiasm.
In retrospect, their first album is world-class pop music. It had a definable, unique sound...borrowed from a few sources, sure, but gelling into a wholly original package. The singles were marvelous radio singalongs, but the rest of the album has variety, depth and some impressive musicianship!
The remastering has resulted in the crisp sonic reproduction of a sound that will take you back twenty years, in the time span of a sax break. If the name "Men At Work" gives you any sort of fond recollections, this will be a most worthwhile purchase.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of The Best Albums in the last 20 years! January 25, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Although the bands popularity has faded through the years, this album is an icon of the 80's. Known for its chart topping songs, the album also boasts 8 other very good songs, such as "Be Good Johnny", "Catch A Star" and "Down By The Sea". This is one of those albums you can put in your CD player and just let it play the whole way through. Most bands like to have a consistant sound, through instuments. This band uses it's vocals from lead singer Colin Hay. The instumentation varies throughout the entire album so it doesn't put in a "trance" with the same old sound. If you like musical variety with great vocals, then this is a MUST HAVE for your CD collection.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stands the TIme Test December 9, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This album is much more subtle than was appreciated in 1982. Now, 17 years later, it stands the time test. I got to hear Men At Work at a small concert they put on in Houston in 1999, and they were every bit as good as when I heard them in concert in 1983. This album had the monster hits Who Can It Be Now and Down Under but my favorite song was I Can See It In Your Eyes, the greatest morning ski song ever made. Plug it in when you first hit the slopes for the warm up run--amazing...[Winter kisses when your lips were blue/like chasing wild geese in the snow/Faces, places on the windowpane/but that's a long long time ago.../We go to a restaurant, but you don't like wine/you say it's love you want/but there is no time/I realize/I can see it in your eyes/You're moving on to something more...]
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good package but could have been great August 18, 2008
Format:Audio CD
I give this five stars for the performance--I still enjoy listening to MAW after more than 25 years. The original band had great chemistry and "Down Under" has joined "Waltzing Matilda" as an unofficial Australian national anthem. I give the programming 3 1/2 due to the omission of the B-side "Anyone for Tennis" (I had to rip it from my old 45--check it out on YouTube) and the inclusion of live tracks from the still available "Brazil" album. Contemporaneous live tracks would have been much more enjoyable, and there were a few live songs that never made it to record.

Contrary to the notes, "F 19" was released in the US--just barely. It was originally the B-side of "Be Good Johnny," the band's third single for CBS Australia. That single was never released in the US, but "F 19" finally appeared stateside in 1983 on a 12" with "It's a Mistake" and a remix of "Who Can It Be Now?" I know because I have one. Justice was done here, because "F 19" was a staple of MAW's stage act and is easily their best instrumental.

And whoever mastered this overmodulated it to hell--it just about blew me out of my chair when I first played it. Once I ran it through an MP3 editor and cut the gain a bit, it was fine.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars It was great in 1982 and it’s great now
This album was released in the U.S. in April of 1982, and immediately caught the attention of the American audience. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Kurt A. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars great relaxation THANK YOU
Oooooohhhh Yaaahhhhh! great relaxation THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Published 22 days ago by thomas linsley
4.0 out of 5 stars Good old aussy pop
Good to have this back in my collection again
Published 1 month ago by kat seibert
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly as described
Although this is from my generation, I got the record for my youngest son who prefers vinyl over CD (so do I), and likes 80's music. Read more
Published 1 month ago by M. Simmons
5.0 out of 5 stars Great cd buy it!
This cd brought back memories. It a great cd, I highly recommend it. I got it as a gift for a friend who plays it all the time.
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars blast from the past
A bit dated but it still holds up. If you liked it when it first came out you will definitely enjoy hearing it again
Published 7 months ago by Eric Hotaling
4.0 out of 5 stars Love this album
I was just in the mood for some Men At Work so I picked this one up. The cd arrived in excellent shape for being a used cd. Awesome!!!
Published 10 months ago by ReliaStream
5.0 out of 5 stars took me back to 1983
awesome album! my favorite song is'' be good johnny''and ''the untouchables '' is a great song too. great memories of the 80s....
Published 11 months ago by johnjrambo
5.0 out of 5 stars love old music
i never that i grow up with listening to some of there songs but did not know the names of the songs or the group. two of the songs are downunder and who can it be now. Read more
Published 11 months ago by al
5.0 out of 5 stars Great 80's music
This is the sounds of my teens. I love it. It takes me back to when I was young and it makes me happy.
Published 12 months ago by Don Winckler
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