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Fun Boy Three [Import, Extra tracks, Original recording remastered]

Fun Boy ThreeAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (October 20, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Cherry Pop
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,656 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3. The Lunatics Have Taken Over the Asylum
4. Life In General [Lewe In Algemeen]
5. Faith, Hope and Charity
6. Funrama 2
7. Best of Luck Mate
8. T'aint What You Do
9. The Telephone Always Rings
10. I Don't Believe It
11. Alone
12. Just Do It [*]
13. The Funrama Theme [Extended Version] [*][Version]
14. Summertime [Extended Version] [*][Version]
15. Summer of '82 [*]
16. The Telephone Always Rings [Extended Version] [*][Version]
17. Alibi (the Station's Full of Pipes) [*]

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Digitally remastered and expanded edition of the trio's 1982 debut album including six bonus tracks. The Fun Boy Three were formed by Terry Hall, Lynval Golding and Neville Staples in the Summer '81 after the demise of The Specials. This welcome and long out of print reissue of their debut album includes six bonus tracks - including the non-album single "Summertime" and various b-sides and 12" remixes, one of which makes its CD debut on this release. This timely reissue also includes new artwork and newly written sleeve notes by Terry Hall fan and expert Paul Rodgers. Terry, Lynval and Neville have recently reformed with their old band mates for a 30th Anniversary Tour as The Specials. Cherry Pop. 2009.

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5.0 out of 5 stars are you kidding? This record is great September 3, 2003
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Format:Audio CD
The most glorious moments of late Specials (by which I mean anything after the first record) were "Ghost Town" and "Friday Night/Saturday Morning" - the hyperactive ska beat gone and replaced by .. well, a sense of loss. The rest of The Specials later output wasn't that great, really. Where did all that thrill and wonder go? Here. In fact, the best of late Specials sounds like this record: stripped of almost everything except gorgeous harmony and beats that sound like tomorrow morning's faulty memory of last night's unsettling dream. I bought this record in 1982 or so; for the last 20 years some of these songs have stayed in my head like nursery rhymes for (grown-up) children who remember what hope tasted like just enough to know it's gone. The slow resigned ache of "The Lunatics Have Taken Over the Asylum", building and dissipating without benefit of climax or release, was at the time one of the best and most emotionally apt political songs reflecting the dread and near-despair of the Reagan/Thatcher era. I've been playing it again lately, and guess what? It's one of the best and most emotionally apt songs reflecting the dread and near-despair of the Bush/Blair era. Many of these songs have an emotional impact far out of proportion to their lyrics or apparent subject; the spare, almost broken-sounding instrumentation and the stunning voices of Hall and Staples in combination are unforgettable.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An album STILL ahead of it's time! January 28, 2010
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"When Terry Hall, Neville Staples and Lynval Golding left The Specials just after their most successful single, "Ghost Town", nobody could predict what the trio had in store, musically. It was probably safe to say that Hall, Staples and Golding had no clear idea, either!
But when the trio announced that they, as The Fun Boy Three, would continue as a recording unit, their future success was at least partially secure. Specials fans would certainly follow them on their journey, but they had to prove their worth first. The fact that only Golding played an instrument did not bode well for their future.
Just a few short months after "Ghost Town" had left it's mark, "The Lunatics Have Taken Over The Asylum", the first FB3 single was released on an unsuspecting world. The song was unlike anything The Specials had ever recorded, yet it retained the ominous feel of "Ghost Town" without sounding anything like it. Terry Hall's voice was unmistakeable, which was oddly comforting, but it was still a total change of pace for the musicians. The track blended haungint keyboards, world rhythms, chanting and Hall's droll delivery sitting on top of it all. In short, it was wonderful!
When the trio's debut album, The Fun Boy Three, appeared in 1982, not only was it unlike anything The Specials did, it was unlike anything in the Pop music charts, period! It was so far ahead of it's time that now, 28 years later, it is STILL ahead of it's time!
The album is not Post-Punk, New Wave, Rock, World, Reggae or Pop, it does contain elements of all of those genres... and then some. The album is filled with different kinds of percussion, found sounds, chanting, piano tinkling, horns and other odds and ends not found on your normal Pop record.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Specials fans will be interested August 19, 2002
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Format:Audio CD
This is the album that essentially broke up the Specials, but in many respects it sounds like it could have been the third full length Specials album, a proper follow up to "More Specials." This album continues in the aforementioned's tradition of moody pop music with a hint of reggae in the background. The difference, of course, is that Fun Boy Three fully embraced the generic 80's sound and sound substantially less original than the Specials (seriously, just look at the cover). Yeah, it's easy to hate Fun Boy Three, but hearing Terry Hall's punky whine and Neville Staple's deep chants together again is still too much for any Specials fan to pass up.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun With FB3 January 3, 2007
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This is still really innovative stuff and would be cutting edge today. The

complex rythms are magical. Thbe lyrics can't help make you laugh. Great stuff.
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3.0 out of 5 stars not so good as the next and last album October 13, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I would say this 1st album from FB3 has some interesting hints, but the next one "Waiting" is the real thing: good songs really developed, complete sound that you really can relate to The Specials and leaves you waiting for more... but that never happened.

Instead, here I think songs are half cooked and relay too much on that "african slave hangawa-hangawa" rhythm.
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