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Playing With Fire Original recording reissued

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Editorial Reviews


1. Honey [Demo Version]
2. Come Down Softly to My Soul
3. How Does It Feel?
4. I Believe It
5. Revolution
6. Let Me Down Gently
7. So Hot (Wash Away All of My Tears)
8. Suicide
9. Lord Can You Hear Me?
10. Suicide [Live] [Live]
11. Repeater (How Does It Feel?) [Live]
12. Che
13. May the Circle Be Unbroken

Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 23, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: Space Age Recordings
  • ASIN: B0000AN4J3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #187,592 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By J Sizzle on August 14, 2002
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is the second of the Spacemen 3 discs I picked up and I like it even better than the first. The first was The Perfect Prescription, which is unbelievable. Both albums are phenomenal choices for everything from late-night listening to all-out rockin'. The tracks range from dreamy psychedelic wanderings (Honey, How Does It Feel, So Hot) to feedback-laden assaults (Suicide, Revolution). I've seen a lot of comparisons to the Velvet Underground in the reviews and I have to agree. It's got a very British garage-band minimalistic sound mixed in with incredible post-production and downright guitar genius.
I'm a huge fan of Spiritualized and I am totally enjoying digging into the band's roots. I've also been checking out the other post-Spacemen outfits: Reverberation, Spectrum/E.A.R., Sonic Boom, and have liked all of it so far.
This album is definitely worth buying.
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Format: Audio CD
This IS nice reissue, but disappointing. It's 2 CDs--the first CD has the exact same track listing as the excellently-done Taang! reissue of "Playing With Fire", while the second disc brings together some alternate takes/ demos in very lousy sound quality. Although this is a fine addition to the collection of a diehard Spacemen 3 fan, you're really not missing out on anything by not owning disc 2. More than anything, the demos illustrate how crucial the execution factor is to this music, & to put it simply, they don't stand a chance against the originals, and again, the sound quality is really subpar. They were amazing at pulling their tracks off on record, making them one of the all time great bands. There seems to have been a bit of revisionism, with some fans saying their demos often surpassed the original versions (e.g. on "Taking Drugs To Make Music To Take Drugs To") which goes right over my head--the demos tend to sound punchless opposed to the originals, but then again, if those fans are all a bunch of stoners who don't want to be jolted, maybe it makes more sense.

But back to this release. I don't really have too hard of feelings about this 2 disc set--after all, we ARE talking about Spacemen 3 here. But the single disc Taang! version is a much better value & also has a brief quote from Sonic Boom missing here. This disc also may understandably get people thinking, "Why are they releasing a watered-down version of this still available album instead of reissuing 'Recurring'?"

(Note: Disc 2 contains a demo version of "Anyway That You Want Me", a Troggs remake that was Spiritualized's debut single.)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Rossi on September 25, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Playing with Fire steps away from Spacemen 3's distortion- and reverb-soaked early albums and instead takes on a more orchestral feel. With a good mix of covers and originals, loud (on a few) and soft, Spacemen 3 expanded their M.O. on this album and lay groundwork for the current 'explosion' of orchestral-pop records. Soothing and brilliant, Playing with Fire has a nearly timeless quality that you will appreciate now and years from now.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 15, 1999
Format: Audio CD
From the opening chord on "Honey" through "May the Cricle be Unbroken," this album is Spacemen 3's best. Honey opens the album with a plaintive pop song in the most twisted sense and goes to "Come Down Softly to My Soul" another quiet song in the orchestral vein of songs off "The Perfect Prescription." The CD continues through more quiet, contemplative songs with the exception of Suicide and Revolution, both songs fleshed out on the "Performance" album. "Let Me Down Gently" and "Lord Can You Hear Me" display the influence American gospel had on Spacemen 3, but don't let it scare you. These songs are some of the best they ever did and show just how great they were. Still in the underground, they will never break through, but that's the best thing: to be part of something so great that only a few people know about.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By musicburgler on November 7, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Playing with Fire signaled the beginning of the end for the group as a whole. You can already hear the different approaches that Sonic and Jason are trying.
Sonic's songs like HOW DOES IT FEEL and LET ME DOWN GENTLY are droney and heavily distorted minimal tones.
While Jason's are more dreamy pop songs like COME DOWN SOFTLY TO MY SOUL and SO HOT.
Still this is a great album of dreamy minimal space music the only exceptions are the rockin' REVOLUTION and the 11:00 drone noise epic SUICIDE co-written by both Spacemen.
Keep in mind this is 1988 which makes it even that much more revolutionary.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nuno Leal Da Silva on August 31, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Honey. One of the most beautiful songs i've ever heard. The others? The following of a masterpiece, where echoes of 60's, 70's garage psychadelia reverb high on our ears.

Revolution. To me the only band that had got the same uprising feeling with guitars and percussion is Hawkwind. They rock like Hawkwind and they can be beautiful like Velvet Underground, Love or Jesus And Mary Chain. Rock on, keep on, silence you may rest in peace.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 8, 1998
Format: Audio CD
this is a truly beautiful album. most of the songs are low key and hypnotic with only revolution and suicide truly kicking out the jams. great cuts include honey, how does it feel and so hot. having the live suicide is a drawback, its not all that different from the original and its not all that great to start with. overall, this is terrific, a step below perfect prescription perhaps, but well worth owning.
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