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High Land Hard Rain [Double CD]

Aztec CameraAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 25, 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Domino
  • ASIN: B00H8RRD7Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,096 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Oblivious
2. The Boy Wonders
3. Walk Out to Winter
4. The Bugle Sounds Again
5. We Could Send Letters
6. Pillar to Post
7. Release
8. Lost Outside the Tunnel
9. Back On Board
10. Down the Dip
Disc: 2
1. Pillar to Post (Single Version)
2. Queen's Tattoos
3. Orchid Girl
4. Haywire
5. Walk Out to Winter (John Brand Version)
6. Walk Out to Winter (Tony Mansfield Version)
7. Oblivious (Colin Fairley Remix)
8. Oblivious (Langer/Winstanley Remix)
9. Oblivious (US Remix)
10. Back on Board (Live on CFNY)
See all 14 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

In his liner notes for this re-issue, David Fricke calls High Land, Hard Rain "ten songs of anxious yearning, romantic urgency, big hurt and hard-won learning, distilled into compact dramas of buckskin-folk jangle and skewed-pop elegance." We call it the one of the greatest debut albums in the history of rock 'n' roll. That it was written and conceived by mastermind Roddy Frame when he was NINETEEN YEARS OLD, well that just defies all logic and sense of fair play. Completely remastered from the analog tapes this deluxe 30th anniversary edition of High Land, Hard Rain will not disappoint.

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars
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4.8 out of 5 stars
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty impressive September 25, 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
First of all, I am appreciative of FINALLY getting a remastered version of such a classic, well-deserved album from 1983. It's been thirty years since the release of the debut album of Aztec Camera, and while I can breathe a sigh of relief, I am still somewhat bitter that it took so long, considering all of the garbage (guess what genre in particular) that has been released since then.

Anyway, the CD sounds pretty darned good, considering that it has not been remastered until this release. Overall, the CD is the best it has ever sounded, despite that it has Rhino (UK) listed on the jacket, but Edsel is the label's name. I say that because Rhino, throughout the years, has been inconsistent with their remastering process; some CD's sound great, while others mediocre. Also, I normally don't care for extended mixes, dance mixes, or remixes in general, but the extended version of "Walk Out to Winter" is nice, especially with its prominent keyboards.

This CD comes in a "book" form, and while I am not fond of cases that are not the standard jewel case, this book-style case is quite nice and of high quality, and not over-sized, which would have really ticked me off. The pages are filled with a few photos, and most importantly (at least, to most people), lyrics to every song, even the bonus tracks, which is uncommon. There are a few errors in the lyrics, but that is a minor quibble.

Overall, this is an excellent package, and quite a bargain, especially if you buy from a third-party.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An All Time Classic June 24, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
It is a crime that this album is over looked when the music press bore us with their all time top 100 album lists each year. It is a classic that sounds as good if not better today than on it's original release. Highland Hard Rain came on like a breath of fresh air in the early eighties - a truly dire time in mainstream pop music. The hit single Oblivious may have appeared light weight and throw away to some, but to anyone who'd ever picked up a twelve string the depth of talent Aztec Camera possesed was plain to see. The cord structures and truly amazing lyrics seemed more the work of a middleage Dylan than a callow youth of 19. Roddy Frame was a natural. He was to the guitar what Eddie Gray was to football: the sweet left foot, the icing on the cake, the last waltz. If you listern to High Land Hard Rain and don't think this album is a classic, pray that The Lord will make you deaf for you have no futher use for your ears.
If you enjoy this album try tracking down The Bathers- Unusual Places To Die, Shack- Waterpistol, Zilch, Pale Fountains Paciffic Street,L Cole & The Comotions- Rattlesnakes, Orange Juice- You Carn't Hide Your Love Forever and World Party- Goodbye Jumbo.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful pop music October 18, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I bought this album (on vinyl, of course) when it was first released and today, 15 years later, own it on CD and it's in my car's CD player. It's beautiful. If you're a fan of Beatles/Crowded House/Squeeze et al. then you will love this tender, noble and oftentimes naive record. Roddy Frame's lyrics and fine guitar playing were never better.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Great Introduction album from this Scottish band !!

1. Oblivious
2. The Boy Wonders
3. Walk Out to Winter
4. The Bugle Sounds Again
5. We Could Send Letters
6. Pillar to Post
7. Release
8. Lost Outside the Tunnel
9. Back on Board
10. Down the Dip
11. Queen's Tattoos [Bonus Track] [*]
12. Haywire [Bonus Track] [*]
13. Orchid Girl [Bonus Track] [*]
14. Set the Killing Free [Bonus Track] [*]
15. Oblivious [12" Mix] [Bonus Track] [*][Mix]
16. Walk Out to Winter [12" Extended Version] [Bonus Track] [*][Version]
17. Oblivious [12" Extended Remix] [Bonus Track] [*]
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Roddy, Frame It - strong Camera effort! April 7, 2005
Format:Audio CD
With a penchant for word-play that I dare to call Morrissey-esque, Roddy Frame exhibits a maturity beyond his years on this early effort. Vocally, Frame sounds like many of the Brit-indie-rockers of the era (although he hails from Scotland), with his understated, yet emotive style. And Camera creates the fine, melodic landscape for Frame's expression. The music recalls a synth-ier version of the early efforts of their contemporary, Everything But the Girl. Add Morrissey-type lyricism (without the wailing gloom) and you get mature, romantic, poetic music at it's 80's best...
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT! September 29, 2005
By Mike B
Format:Audio CD
This is one of the best pop releases of the early 80's. Great chord structures, melodies, and arrangements - but most of all, songs. I can't believe no one has mentioned my favorite track, "We Could Send Letters" - What a powerful and regal tune. This needs to be in your collection.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars serious genius January 20, 2002
By k
Format:Audio CD
it's astounding that they would have let this little boy with otherworldly jazz riffs and touchingly sincere sentiments run loose like this on his debut recording. a clear example of right place right time good luck.
every track is chilling, and very different. roddy piles on the maj7 chords and sings like he doesn't realize he's sometimes out of tune, and with more soul than a brit white boy should be expected to have. this album also does without the gloss which makes later works not necessarily lesser, but certainly different.
really one of the best albums ever.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A timeless favorite August 24, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I have to join all the others in rating this recording 5 stars. I, too, bought it in vinyl (!!!) when it was first released, and I have never tired of it. The songs are beautiful, well-written, and fit every mood. Even if you have never heard of this group, you won't regret buying this CD - it's guaranteed that you will play it over and over for years to come.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice remastering job on an album out of its time
Great album of songs which were 'outside' of their time, in the sense of what was getting attention and promotion. Read more
Published 2 months ago by David P. Weber
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Re-issue of a great album.
The remastering is excellent as everything seems brighter and clearer. In fact I can now here subtle sounds that I may have missed before. Read more
Published 6 months ago by mel cahoon
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Reissue So Far !
This is the most comprehensive and complete version out there. Spread across 2cds it is also the best sounding version too (not that the Edsel versions were bad). Read more
Published 6 months ago by Michael 80
5.0 out of 5 stars This is Deluxe Edition Heaven!!!
The packaging is gorgeously done in a book style case bound book with all new liner notes and comments. This is Classic Aztec Camera at it's best! Read more
Published 12 months ago by W. Cullen
5.0 out of 5 stars Youth in a bottle.
This is the perfect record to gift my girlfriend if I had one...
The whole album is great and feels like a Bob Dylan record except more catchy.
Published 18 months ago by Adrian Antos
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly timeless
I bought this stellar release in 1983 and it has been on consistent rotation in the music collection ever since. Simply put, this is beautifully crafted indie pop. Read more
Published on December 1, 2011 by Andy717
5.0 out of 5 stars Songs for the ages -- too bad he didn't bring in a singer as great as...
Fantastic songs with some of the best lyrics on any album, bar none. Elvis Costello rightly praised Roddy Frame's first-rate compositions. Read more
Published on December 5, 2010 by DJ Primate
5.0 out of 5 stars will put you on your knees
This album came out during a time when music was pretty synth- driven. I was amazed at how much I loved it and appreciated it even at the ripe old age of 14! Read more
Published on May 8, 2010 by Wild Cat
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Album Ever Recorded ???
This album is proof of God.

I debate within myself if it's not the greatest album ever made, period. Read more
Published on July 18, 2008 by Crusader
4.0 out of 5 stars precursor album
I agree with some of the earlier statements made that aztec camera predates some bands, like the style council and others. Read more
Published on May 29, 2008 by osapientia
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