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Flowers Import

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The debut album was released in 1980 when the band was known as Flowers. 2011 is the 30th Anniversary of the name change from Flowers to ICEHOUSE, an event driven by the band's expansion into overseas territories where the Flowers moniker was already in use. The 30th Anniversary Edition is a lovingly compiled, vastly expanded edition featuring a wealth of previously unavailable material. Boasting the singles 'We Can Get Together', 'Can't Help Myself', 'Walls', 'Icehouse' (and later 'Love in Motion')

Disc: 1
1. Icehouse
2. We Can Get Together
3. Fatman
4. Sister
5. Walls
6. Can't Help Myself
7. Skin
8. Sons
9. Boulevarde
10. Nothing To Do
See all 17 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Boulevarde [Live]
2. Funtime [Live]
3. Man Who Dies Every Day [Live]
4. Fatman [Live]
5. Sorry [Live]
6. Cold Turkey [Live]
7. We Can Get Together [Live]
8. Nothing To Do [Live]
9. Icehouse [Live]
10. Send Somebody [Live]
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 7, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Universal Import
  • ASIN: B0051T472M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #219,118 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Michael Paulsen on November 7, 2002
Format: Audio CD
FLOWERS (the original name of the band to become Icehouse) is an overlooked classic that fused guitar pop with postpunk and new wave/synthpop (even glam) back in 1980 -- one of the strongest debuts from down under ever. "We Can Get Together", "Walls", "Can't Help Myself" and "Icehouse" are all classic singles from the album. This remastered edition adds 3 more bonus tracks to the 3 bonus tracks that were featured on the initial CD release (really 6 bonus tracks).
My only complaint is that the production on this album is disappointingly tinny-sounding and the mixing is weak. This album was released in 1981 in the U.S. in a remixed form with what sounds like re-recorded vocals, and this version sounds far superior in my opinion. Unfortunately, the U.S. version is long out of print on CD (well worth seeking out) and will likely never be reissued in a remastered form. Still, this is a classic early 80's album. Why the original Icehouse line-up disbanded after this album is a mystery to me. (Lead singer Iva Davies established a new lineup after effectively recording the 2nd album, PRIMITIVE MAN, all by himself!)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 1, 2002
Format: Audio CD
As a huge fan of Icehouse, I was very suprised at the quality of their freshman debut. This is an outstanding album form top to finish. Iva Davies combines the best of various glam and New Wave influences and melds them together by creating crafty incisve pop songs. The band is more raw and heavy on guitar than on Primitive Man, and this actually gives Flowers an edge over its successor. Although the proper album doesn't have that one pure sweet confection like Angel Street or Trojan Blue, every track is a winner and there's no filler, and with the inclusion of the era's b-sides, 'All The Way succeeds in being that gem that always highlighted the later albums.The title track also has to be one of the best post-punk songs ever. A great purchase and worth the high price!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 13, 1999
Format: Audio CD
The original album was released under the original band name Flowers. This is their first album as recorded in Australia. The mixing is completely different and a bit more repressed than the Chrysalis release of the same material. Due to the mixing and style differences, I had to take away a star. Any fan of Icehouse must get this CD. It has been years since the original vinyl was available even as an import. No matter how it is recorded, no song will ever again match the title track.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Johnno on October 28, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I threw this on my CD again 26 years after hearing the original and it's still as fresh as I remember. Flowers as they were known then became Icehouse and this was in a time when Australia was going through a real splintering of musical styles. And even then, this album was like a breath of fresh air. Much like U2's Boy album.

It's good to see that young bands are are re-discovering and citing early Icehouse as an influence.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "bangyourdrum" on June 1, 2003
Format: Audio CD
"It's always cold inside the Icehouse"....what a goose pimple experience if you hear the track "Icehouse". Also includes "I' Can't Help Myself" , "Walls", "Sister" + great b sides, the instrumental "Paradise Lost" + the pulse pounding "not My Kind". This would be Icehouse's 1st release, under the name 'Flowers', the name was changed due to another band having the same name at the time (gee what happended to that band??). While there are a couple of singles here, the album is meant to be heard as a whole, which is a dark, moody & ambiet release.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark F. Fey Head on April 7, 2007
Format: Audio CD
There are a couple of CDs that I own that I would pay almost any amount to replace if they where damaged or lost; Modern English "After the Snow", Waxing Poetic "Manakin Moon", Happy The Man and Ice House (aka Flowers by Icehouse). Buy this CD you will never regret it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gregory T. Ralls on June 30, 2007
Format: Audio CD
What a way to start a career! The fully integrated blend of synths & guitars make this album sound ahead of its time, and it seems surprising that Icehouse didn't have a huge worldwide hit off this album. Each song sounds like it was written with the intention of being a single, and that is certainly not a bad thing in this case.

Sure, there is a bit of spot the influence going on here, as many of the songs sound a bit like David Bowie, Bryan Ferry & Ultravox, but it's still a very rewarding listen. The bonus tracks are perhaps even stronger than any of the original album tracks. If you like the blend of keyboards & guitars in a rock music setting, you will probably find this CD enthralling.
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The price might be a little bit over the top, but being able to get the live renditions and video recordings of something that I'd never thought I'd find, makes it acceptable.

I heard the song "Icehouse" whenever it came out in '81, and was a big fan of that sound from that moment on. Had the cassette and pretty much wore it out before buying the LP version of Icehouse "Icehouse" and rerecording it for my car cassette stereo. Played that all through the '80s and into the early '90s before finding myself without a auto with a cassette stereo. Never forgot about it, as I still played the LP on the home stereo. Even had the LP converted into the MP3 format and burned onto a blank CD. Not sure, but the balance and sound wasn't quiet right.

All I wanted was a copy of Icehouse "Icehouse", but during the earlier 2000's was unable to find it...many Icehouse releases, but never "Icehouse". Actually purchased a couple of Icehouse's later releases, but never heard that sound that I loved on the "Icehouse" release.

Now I've found the "Icehouse" release as well as this Flowers (original group name before changing it to Icehouse) double disc with a third DVD disc. Seems they took on the job of re-releasing their original and only release 30 years after the group's official name change in '81. As I understand it, the first eleven tracks are how their first release of "Icehouse" was originally sequenced on Regular Records in Australia. Their Chrysalis release of "Icehouse" in '81 was sequenced differently, and since that is how I grew up hearing it, that's how I prefer it. The Chrysalis release also omitted track 10 "Nothing To Do".
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