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This album is a terrific 12-track compilation of the Australian duo's early- and mid-'80s singles. The Divinyls' Essential includes such songs as 'Pleasure and Pain,' 'Temperamental,' 'Back to the Wall,' and 'Boys in Town,' offering a good overview of their pre-'I Touch Myself' records. Chrysalis. 1991.

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 10, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: EMI Import
  • ASIN: B000007PSY
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #211,212 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Daniel J. Hamlow HALL OF FAME on January 21, 2004
Format: Audio CD
How's this for an evenly distributed greatest hits album? Four singles each from their three albums. That's what you get with The Essential Divinyls, a collection of the Divinyls' 80's material, whose harder-edged punk/rock hybrid is oodles better than their insipid breakthrough single "I Touch Myself." The Divinyls, led by Christina Amphlett, she of the rough and raucous voice, were yet another group of talented Australians, but who did not make it in the US the same way Men At Work and AC-DC did.
"Pleasure And Pain", from their second album What A Life! is the first I heard of them, and the polished sound is courtesy of Blondie producer Mike Chapman, who also wrote this song with Holly Knight, with the provocative refrain "Please don't ask me how I've been getting off." Those powerful but kittenish/rough vocals going into how it's a fine line between pleasure and pain, and it's all the same" and collaborator Mark McIntee's guitar work introduced me to them.
The title track to their third album Temperamental is a more rocking affair, although as the liner notes say, "they were too accessible to be called heavy metal, too raw to be power pop." This and the rest of their album was produced by Mike Chapman and mixed by Bob Clearmountain. The second time I heard a Divinyls song was their engaging cover of "Hey Little Boy" originally "Hey Little Girl", also on Temperamental. Amphlett's vocals have a soft, impish undertone once moment, other times she yells out "I'm talking to you!"
The melodic and mid-paced "Back To The Wall" is another favourite here, highlighted by Amphlett's vocals and Mark McIntee's ringing guitars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G. Zamago on July 31, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Would definitely recommend this to anyone who isn't as familiar with this group not unlike myself. Up until I purchased this CD, the Divinyls were a mere one-hit wonder in the 90s when a highly acclaimed 'I Touch Myself' appealed to pop fans in the US. But through this collection, we're offered a closer insight through to their rebellious roots of rock in samples delivered with some assertive strings and sexy vocals. Not quite the in-your-face conception necessary for talented women in rock to gain notariety, but this group definitely stands out among female rock acts here and abroad.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 19, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Although INXS, Icehouse, Midnight Oil, and Men at Work (just to name a few) proved to be the more successful of the australian 80's acts, Divinyls still remain one of the better ones. Although they didn't really make it big in the US until the early 90's, their early work remains their best. Songs like "Boys in Town" and "Pleasure and Pain" (both of which were small US hits) help make this compilation a must for any 80's fan.
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By Harold Oran on December 8, 2014
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Great tunes! A lot more than just the " I Touch Myself" band. Anyone who appreciates 80s tunes and has never heard this needs to check it out.
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By John Re on June 2, 2013
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Even since experiencing The Divinyls live at Byron Bay Australia in September 1985 I was hooked , great best of , lots of memories
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