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Goodbye Jumbo Enhanced, Original recording remastered

4.8 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 4, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Seaview
  • ASIN: B000EHQ7OW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,627 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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"Goodbye Jumbo" is one of the most overlooked classics of the 1990's. Karl Wallinger, formerly the keyboardist for the Waterboys, has created a cd that highlights his influences (the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Sly & the Family Stone, Dylan), but has managed to create his own distinct style. Unlike his first cd, "Private Revolution, which was a one-man show, he has enlisted the help of a three-piece band. There is a much more cohesive feel to "Goodbye Jumbo". It's a very complex, layered cd with lots of attention to detail. Wallinger is quite the perfectionist, but he proves that it's worth it.

Wallinger's heartfelt lyrics, coupled with overly catchy rhythms, drive this cd. He covers topics like the environment, love and religion, but keeps a very positive mood throughout the record. The sequencing of the songs is great and it creates a certain ebb and flow that makes the cd even more listenable. "Way Down Now" is quite possibly one of the best Britpop songs to emerge from England in the past 20 years. It was, along with "Put The Message In The Box", a minor college hit in the U.S., but unfortunately, never struck a chord with the mainsteam. Other outstanding tracks on the album include the opener, "Is It Too Late?", the sexy "Ain't Gonna Come Till I'm Ready", the upbeat "Take It Up", the haunting "When The Rainbow Comes" and the soulful "Sweet Soul Dream".

In addition to having hired a full band, there are also guest appearances by Waterboy's violinist, Steve Wickham, and Sinead O'Connor, who lends her vocals to the ballad "Sweet Soul Dream".

In a perfect world, everyone would know about World Party and Oasis would be a footnote in musical history. From beginning to end, it is one of the most consistent cd's I've ever heard.
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A friend gave me a tape of "Goodbye Jumbo" with the comment "This is the best album that radio never played." I gave the tape a listen and the more times I played it, the better and better it got. There are echos of other bands here, but that's NOT to say that World Party rips off other bands' sounds. I'm only saying that there's a "sound" that certain bands have that one can also find on this album....and that "sound" is good! "When The Rainbow Comes" got me hooked, but I grew into the rest of the tracks and now enjoy the whole work. The newly re-mastered CD sounds great (a heck of a lot better than that old tape) and I think those who enjoy good production work will appreciate this one. Okay, so you probably never heard any of these songs on the radio...neither had I. But trust me, you won't be disappointed by checking out what one of the other reviewers called "A 90s Gem."
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...after all these years. To me this is a classic. But someone with a better sense of musical analysis must review it in a more thorough manner. Or just take my word for it and enjoy.
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Here we are in 2013. Twenty-three years on and this masterpiece has 15 reviews. Just 15! Oh well. The fact that I and a few select others appear to be the only people who know, let alone appreciate, this gem doesn't diminish my enjoyment one bit.

It's funny, Wallinger has a very distinctive voice and sound. A World Party song is nearly always instantly recognizable as WP, yet I cannot recall another artist, one that I love at least, who sounds so much like other iconic singers on his songs. Here's Dylan, now Beatles, now Stones. Fortunately that's as far as it goes. Wallinger isn't a copycat. He is undeniably his own man. He just sounds like some of the greatest singers of all time. His strength, and what distinguishes him from all of the sound alikes, is his material - the lyrics are thoughtful and the music varied in style but always full of amazing hooks.
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Yes, that's right, the decade that brought us Nirvana's "Nevermind". I can only echo the sentiments of the nearly unanimous five-star reviews here. This is without a doubt, not only the best World Party album, but for my money, the best album of the 1990's and one of the best rock albums ever. Wallinger wears his influences on his sleeve (Beatles, Stones, Van Morrison, Sly-era funk and Motown), and somehow still manages to create his own sound. You can even forgive him for ripping the "do-do-doooo" chorus from "Sympathy for the Devil" for "Way Down Now". It's one of those rare albums that is consistently brilliant from the first track to the last. If you haven't heard it yet, and you're a fan of classic rock and great songwriting, what are you waiting for?
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I've had the album and the cassette - both tired and obsolete by now. Getting the CD of Goodbye Jumbo was like welcoming a long lost friend. This must be one of the most underrated recordings in a long time. After all these years it still sounds fresh, crisp, delightful and worthy of goose-pimples. It never really got the recognition it deserved. Excellent!
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I first came across this album when it was released it 1990, I was 16 and my cousin had it on cassette. It stuck with me over the years and about 3 years ago I looked for it on CD. I think it was out of print, but it was re-released a couple of years ago, at which point I snapped it up. Lately, I have been listening to this disc almosy every day. It has a positive message and Wallinger opens himself up on the disc, talking about personal issues that few pop practitioners touch, especially the spiritual/religious questions he ponders on "God on My Side." A great pop disc which deserves a wider audience.
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