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Flash & The Pan Extra tracks, Import, Original recording remastered


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  • Audio CD (June 18, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Repertoire
  • ASIN: B00000JR3H
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #328,590 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Hey St Peter
2. Man In The Middle
3. Walking In The Rain
4. The African Shuffle
5. California
6. Lady Killer
7. The Man Who Knew The Answer
8. Hole In The Middle
9. Down Among The Dead Men
10. First And Last
11. Down Among The Dead Men (Single Version)
12. The African Shuffle (Single Version)
13. First And Last (Single Version)

Editorial Reviews

German reissue of 1978 album includes three bonus tracks, 'Down Among The Dead Men', 'The African Shuffle' & 'First & Last'. Repertoire.

Customer Reviews

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Every song is great.
wheezy191
Flash and the Pan is unprecedented: a biting social commentary fabricated from the very music which it finds deploring.
dev1
I'm glad that a couple of them are available in the US again.
M. Townsend

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By dev1 on April 22, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Memory is an imperfect machine: we recall impressions much better than facts. After 20 years (1979), I remember Flash and the Pan's debut as a compilation of light danceable tunes with perceptive and engaging lyrics. Two decades later, I haven't changed my opinion: Vanda and Young bait the listener with sunny pop music, then trap him with captivating lyrics.
The majority of music here is ideal for disco nights - cheerful and danceable (Hey St. Peter, Man In The Middle, Lady Killer, Hole In The Middle). The method which Flash uses to deliver the lyrics is also engaging. Vanda and Young sing-speak into an antiquated radio microphone. The effect is archaic and unearthly. Contrasting the hip danceable music, the lyrics are a far cry from "Let's get down and boogie." The character standing at the gates of Heaven (Hey, St. Peter) pleads with St. Peter that he has already spent his time in hell (New York City). `The African Shuffle' appears to be a blatant racist insult of Black (Donna Summer) disco music. More precisely, the song condemns the entire "turn-off your brain and just dance" doctrine. Again in `Lady Killer,' Flash belittles the male Caucasian elitist patrons of clubs such as Studio 54. Captain Black (see James `Blood' Ulmer - Tales Of Captain Black) accidentally destroys `California' with a misdirected ballistic missile. Filled with secrecy are the haunting `Walking In The Rain' (exploring sexual ambiguity) and `Down Among The Dead Men' (an irreverent tale of the Titanic).
In the final cut (First And Last), Vanda and Young's world of selfishness and materialism is reborn with compassion and enlightenment. Flash and the Pan is unprecedented: a biting social commentary fabricated from the very music which it finds deploring.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By M. Townsend on June 7, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I'll never forget the first time I heard Lady Killer. I was working at Radio Shack, we always had the radio on, and my attention was drawn to the song. My first response was "now THAT"S different!". I've been hooked since. I'm fortunate enough to own all of the Flash and the Pan CD's. I'm glad that a couple of them are available in the US again. Now if Vanda and Young would only record another! BTW, if you can find a copy of Burning Up the Night, BUY IT!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 6, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I don't have this CD, I have the original album (yes, on vinyl!), and it's one of those records I bought without having ever heard it before, or even heard of the band. It's a system I have of band name, album name, and cover art - the whole concept of who they are. Who woulnd't be attracted by colorful frisbees flying around the heads of dark-glassed beach chair sitters of all ages facing in one direction? When I got it home, I knew I had found one of my lasting favorites. When I'm ninety (as if), I will still be tapping my cane and bopping my head to these tunes, and being whisked away to the exotic locales of my mind with songs like Walking In the Rain, which Grace jones did justice to but could not top. Voice synthesization and emotional reality glow as this disk spins.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 7, 1999
Format: Audio CD
When I was 17 i listened to the album amillion Times and still do to this day, Thanks Amazon for finally letting me get this on Disc ! I agree that every song is a Gem, why this band never made a lasting impression among the New Wavers of the day is beyond Me. Now if I could only find their 3rd and last album on CD "Early Morning Wake up Call" Another great one !
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By wheezy191 on February 27, 2010
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Vanda and Young (related to the AC/DC Youngs) have produced a masterpiece here. It's tongue-in-cheek, but musically infectious. The vocals are an acquired taste, sounding like they wee recorded through a $3 microphone.

Maybe you had to grow up in the late 70's, but this is a must get for the musically adventurous. If you don't "get it" at first listen, keep trying. Every song is great. Maybe it isn't even for you. I used to have this on vinyl, and never thought I'd find it in an electronic format. I hope you like it, or were searching for it like I was.

Favorite cuts: "Hey, St Peter, Walking in the Rain, Ladykiller"
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By joe_n_bloe on February 1, 2000
Format: Audio CD
That's what it reminds me of, Lou Reed singing to the soundtrack from Escape from New York. (If you don't know this, John Carpenter generally writes his own soundtracks.) Enjoyable and demented. And these guys were tied into AC/DC, and as popular as the Beatles in their Easybeats incarnation? Australia is a very strange place.
But, seriously, this is a cool and unique album. Nice to see it back in print in the US. My only quibble is the garage band production. Some of these songs would make GREAT covers. I'd love to hear, say, the Red Hot Chili Peppers cover "California."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Morten Vindberg on June 22, 2012
Format: Audio CD
I've said it many times in different contexts: Flash And The Pan is one of the most underrated and overlooked bands ever.

This, their debut album, is perhaps the album that clearly confirms my postulate. The album is innovative, does not sound like something you've heard before, it is characterized by fine catchy tunes and intelligent lyrics that gives the listener food for thought.

The album includes the group's (duo) debut single, "Hey, St. Peter," which should have been a much bigger hit than it was for. A top 5 position in Australia and a top 100 in the U.S.. The fine sequel "Down Among the Dead Men", which also is from this album, performed at roughly the same level, and reached a place at number 54 in Great Britain.

As mentioned, the album marked by very fine songs written by the duo of George Young and Harry Vanda, who together had a history of the Easybeats. No numbers fall through and the album can only be recommended at the highest level.

Besides the two hits I'll highlight "Walking in the Rain," "California" and "First and Last".
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