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Glamour [Extra tracks, Import, Original recording remastered]

The Comsat AngelsAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (February 5, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Extra tracks, Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Renascent UK
  • ASIN: B000JU7IUQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #237,420 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Expanded two CD reissue. Their heaviest effort, donning more obvious guitar riffs and hooks than ever, The Comsat Angels' final album 1995's The Glamour made for a fine post-grunge record without losing the necessary presence of their nifty keyboard swells. Although prevented by deadlines from finishing all the music they were recording , this CD re-issue is much closer to how it should have been. Renascent have added eight previously unreleased recordings, including five previously unreleased songs. It's just about everything the mid-90s five-piece line-up recorded. This double disc comes in the usual glamorous card gatefold sleeve. 2007.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It Rocks... Beautifully March 23, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I finally got hold of a copy of this album a couple of weeks ago. It is incredible! There is so much melody for these songs to be able to rock as much as they do. The first listen is a little claustrophobic - there is little room to breathe in these arrangements - but that's part of this album's strength. It is so tight, so produced, yet still a little budgeted, there are some jagged edges. This is my second Comsats album. I previously found Fiction (which is also incredible), and the difference between that album's sparseness and this album's steady rock feel - complete with actual steady rhythm guitar and distorted riffs, pounding drums, thumping bass - is really shocking. The whole set of songs is strong. And its very easy to let it wash over you. The strongest tracks, in my opinion, are: "Web of Sound" a pop-rock gem, "Sailor" a sweeping anthemic rocker, "Pacific Ocean Blues" with its gorgeous guitar arpeggios and nice bass line (a Comsat trademark, as I understand), "Demon Lover" a nice mock-gothic rock piece, and "Valley of The Nile" which could have been the last song on the album, since it is kind of cyclical and subliminal while at the same time being gorgeous and attention grabbing. Actually, like I said, every track is solid - that's what makes THE GLAMOUR so good. Steve Fellow's vocals and lyrics are strong throughout, the playing is excellent, the arrangements are tight, the production a little light but at the same time very deliberate. A very very nice swan song for the Comsats. Now if I could only get hold of the others. If you can find The Glamour or Fiction, they are both worth the import prices. Trust me!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Michael Abernethy Is Absolutely Right September 8, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Just to support what Michael Abernethy wrote earlier about this CD: it is indeed a masterpiece. Already in the early 1980s, when the group was releasing LPs first on Polydor and then on Jive in the UK, I described the Comsat Angels' music to my friends as "expansive rock à la U2 with richer melodies, a nagging underlying tension, and without the sanctimonious self-righteousness". (Or as David Lee Roth is said to have put it: "U2 have a VERY important message. Unfortunately, it's also a very long one...")
Michael Abernethy's CD copy of "Fiction", the last of the three Polydor LPs, was presumably the UK CD reissue of the mid-1990s on the RPM label. RPM also reissued at that time the first two Polydor LPs, "Waiting For A Miracle" and "Sleep No More", together with a CD of live performances recorded for radio in the Netherlands, where the group enjoyed its greatest success (such as it was); to the best of my knowledge, the Jive LPs have never been reissued on CD. All are superb. As I wrote elsewhere on this website with respect to the mid-1990s Polydor-Germany CDs of Katrina & The Waves, the Comsat Angels are a totally undeservedly hidden treasure; find them out and regale yourself.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If I Could Only Give 6 Stars February 20, 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow.

I have been waiting an eternity to get a copy of The Glamour. Thank you Renascent for coordinating the re-issue of this and the others.

And I would be person number 12.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One More 5-Star Album From The Comsat Angels February 12, 2007
Format:Audio CD
There is a story that in 1995, the Comsat Angels played their last live gig at a club in Britain to an audience of only 10 people. After 17 years of struggle, the size of the crowd that night was the final straw...the band called it quits. To think that this was the music they must have played there, the story seems more tragic. The Glamour is a double album of 20 songs, without any filler. This is a departure from earlier work; original bass player Kevin Bacon left the band and was replaced, and there was the addition of a second guitar player. The new line-up, plus the effort to cover various styles (psychedelic, grunge), give the Comsats a whole new sound. And it works. Standout tracks include Oblivion, The Niala Game, Breaker and Sailor. Even demo track Slayer Of The Real is a gem. If only I could travel back in time, I would go back to 1995 and make my way to the club where they played. I would be person number 11.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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The final studio album by the Comsat Angels was also their longest one. This reissue makes it even longer, adding seven tracks that weren't on the original release, and expanding the album to two discs. It's easier now to understand what the band was trying to do at the time -- The Glamour is kind of like the Comsat Angels' version of Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness, half harsh guitar-rock and half dreamy ballads, also with a few long and meandering compositions. The problem, I think, is that it isn't similar enough, in some sense, to the Smashing Pumpkins' opus.

Most noticeably, the production is very unflattering. If The Glamour had had the benefit of a good nineties production (like Mellon Collie did), it might have made a much better impression. But, the album jacket says, "produced by no one," and it sounds like it. Even in the loudest rockers, the guitars and drums sound weak and thin. They never attain that muscular, energetic sound that all the best rock songs have. Instead, it sounds kind of like they took the mannered, restrained guitar style associated with their early work, and tried to use it to play hard rock. The songs strain to be rough and noisy, but never quite succeed.

Stephen Fellows' voice also sounds weak and straining. Which is odd, since he was in good form on My Mind's Eye. Maybe it's because of the production again. If his voice sounded deep and dramatic, like on Sleep No More, or calm and reflective like on My Mind's Eye, it would have greatly improved many of these songs. But he really doesn't sound that confident here, and even when the music sounds kind of interesting, his delivery tends to mismatch its tone. The one time he tries to sound calm and collected, in "I Hear A New World," it's actually quite effective.
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