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Goodbye Jumbo [Enhanced, Original recording remastered]

World PartyAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (April 4, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 1990
  • 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 (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,623 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Is It Too Late?
2. Way Down Now
3. When The Rainbow Comes
4. Put The Message In The Box
5. Ain't Gonna Come Till I'm Ready
6. And I Fell Back Alone
7. Take It Up
8. God On My Side
9. Show Me To The Top
10. Love Street
11. Sweet Soul Dream
12. Thank You World

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GOODBYE JUMBO

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4.8 out of 5 stars
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4.8 out of 5 stars
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A 90's gem. May 2, 2006
Format:Audio CD
"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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Album That Radio Never Played June 13, 2006
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I still listen to this disc... April 24, 2006
Format:Audio CD
...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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just a quick note about the best album of the 1990's... January 11, 2014
Format:Audio CD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars I got what I paid for. March 19, 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
World Party makes some good music, luckily I was able to find all they're albums on Amazon. The CD worked, I just ripped it to my computer anyway.
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5.0 out of 5 stars top ten of past 35 years November 28, 2013
Format:Audio CD
I think I saw this band play once live on mtv and I went out and bought this and honestly have never seen them again..great cd for a long drive very original and very cool..buy this
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great original Alternative sound October 30, 2013
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This CD rocks! Yet another great 90's alternative band before alternative became mainstream. tons of great songs. highly recommended. Brings back fond memories of true alternative
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite albums
I bought this on cassette when it first released in 1990, and I've cherished it ever since. Interesting that this record came out amidst the big alt rock explosion, and the songs... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Kevin Mercer
3.0 out of 5 stars Bad remaster however Album is great
This album is a remastered version where the dynamics are destroyed. When will the recordcompanies learn !!! Read more
Published on April 22, 2012 by J. G. Herdes
5.0 out of 5 stars Majestic Pop Bliss
This was the World Party masterpiece; a flawless collection of pop-rock gems. All the right influences, all perfectly performed, and the end result was pure bliss ... Read more
Published on March 17, 2012 by Donald E. Gilliland
4.0 out of 5 stars Thank you World...Party.
Excellent album, had it forever, still listen to it. Saw them open for 10,000 Maniacs around 1993. I always wondered if he named the band after that Waterboys song, a band he was... Read more
Published on March 7, 2011 by H3@+h
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best albums of all time!
I just logged on to amazon to see if there were any different versions of "Sweet Soul Dream" than the one on the album. I was amazed to see so few reviews of this album. Read more
Published on August 9, 2009 by Michael B. Dehlendorf
5.0 out of 5 stars World Party Rocks!
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. Read more
Published on January 21, 2009 by DJC Janse van Vuuren
5.0 out of 5 stars most definitely a must have for the a true music afficianado
i gotta start by saying , world party's music never grows old (we may , but it won't) . i was 19 when this album came out and bought it , and still jam it today . Read more
Published on September 19, 2008 by James Paul Agic
4.0 out of 5 stars Very, very good!!!
This c.d. is an awesome one from the 90's, and has a really good feel to it!!!
Published on September 18, 2008 by Hanna Bucher
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