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Primitive Man Extra tracks, Import, Original recording remastered


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Audio CD, Extra tracks, Import, October 21, 2002
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2002 remastered reissue of the Aussie alternative act's 1982 album that's unavailable domestically. Includes 5 bonus tracks 'Uniform' (12'' German Version), 'Street Cafe' (Single Mix), 'Love In Motion' (USA Recording), 'Can't Help Myself' (Live) & 'We Can Get Together' (Live). Warner.

1. GREAT SOUTHERN LAND
2. UNIFORM
3. HEY LITTLE GIRL STREET CAFE GLAM
4. TROJAN BLUE
5. ONE BY ONE
6. BREAK THESE CHAINS
7. MYSTERIOUS THING
8. GOODNIGHT MR MATTHEWS
9. OVER THE LINE
10. GLAM 12 INCH VERSION

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 21, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Wea Int'l
  • ASIN: B00006IRJT
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #331,031 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Michael Paulsen on November 5, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Icehouse -- the vehicle for Australian singer/songwriter Iva Davies -- changed lineups numerous times and even enjoyed some Stateside chart success in the late 80's with songs like "Crazy", "Electric Blue" and "No Promises". PRIMITIVE MAN was the 2nd album and, surprisingly enough, all of the instruments (including the drum machine) herein are played by Davies, after he disbanded his original lineup. Still, this album contains some of Davies' most stellar songwriting despite the somewhat sparse -- and now dated -- sound. "Hey Little Girl", "Street Cafe" and "Great Southern Land" (a homage to the land down under) are bonafide classics that I could listen to a million times over. I suppose this album was Iva Davies' stab at new romanticism and synthpop, since it is his most synthesizer-laden album, but the melodies are infectious even if they are a bit on the melancholy side.
This remastered edition is a real treat because it includes the version of "Love in Motion" that was included on the U.S. release, although the sequencing is different on this Australian release. You also get the songs "Break These Chains" and "Over the Line" which were released on a separate EP -- FRESCO -- in the States, as well as additional 12" mixes and live cuts.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Taylor on February 11, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This was the first Icehouse album I ever heard. It was back in 1983 and I had been reading the Trouser Press Guide to New Wave Music (still in print?) at the public library. I was attempting to find albums to check out that I found in the book and, low and behold, one of the few the library had was Primitive Man. Once I had it home, I could not believe what I was hearing. The album starts off with the cut "Uniform" (a standout) and only gets better from there. Cuts like Great "Southern Land", "Trojan Blue" and "Street Cafe" (perhaps the best cut off of the album) are tight dependable early 80's synth-pop. Icehouse was often accused of being derivative, but given their proximity to the founding of the New Romantic Movement, this disc is ubdoubtedly an original. Although Iva Davies (founder and chief architect of the group's sound) pretty much eliminated his band from this recording effort, it shows a significant development in melodic content over their first release. Altough not as raw in its presentation as their first outing, Primitve Man presents the first hint of what was to come later on releases such as Measure for Measure and Man of Colours. A truly inspirational album. Anybody that wishes to understand the developmental history of synth-bands from the mid to late 80's must own this.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Matthew J. Bross on August 24, 2005
Format: Audio CD
At first listen, the typical genre labels are usually thrown at this work: "Synth-Pop", "New-Wave" and inappropriately "New Romantic". While it does scale these genres, Primitive Man possesses a good amount of aural atmospherics, musical backbone and a sufficient amount of guitar to it to give it rock credibility. A lost classic and an excellent album in its time, it only peaked at #129 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart in 1982

Most of the bonuses and add-ons to this remastered and repackaged version are welcome additions but I still prefer the original ten tracks in their original order. In fact, when I finally replaced my old 1982 cassette copy with the CD remaster this year; I burned a CD-R with the original running order, sans the bonus tracks. I guess I am indeed a stick in the mud. The track order when Primitive Man was originally released in 1982 ran this way:

1 Uniform
2 Street Cafe
3 Hey Little Girl
4 Glam
5 Great Southern Land
6 Trojan Blue
7 Love in Motion
8 Mysterious Thing
9 One by One
10 Goodnight, Mr. Matthews

Quality cuts are abundant on Primitive Man . "Uniform" has a martial-sounding bridge and excellent and chilling synth riffs. "Street Café" is an airy and atmosphere track that shifts between ballad verses and a mid-tempo chorus, and the bonus version in the remaster does the original version justice. " Hey Little Girl" a pensive track, strangely was the only song from the album to score rock radio airplay, peaking at #31 on Billboard's Album Rock Track Chart in 1982.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By 1GR8MATEMB on January 2, 2013
Format: Audio CD
CD
1. Great Southern Land
2. Uniform
3. Hey Little Girl
4. Street Café
5. Glam (Instrumental)
6. Trojan Blue
7. One By One
8. Break These Chains
9. Mysterious Thing
10. Goodnight Mr.Matthews (USA re-record)
11. Over The Line
12. Glam (12" Version)
13. Uniform (German Version)
14. Hey Little Girl (12" Version)
15. Street Café (Single mix)
16. Love In Motion (USA re-recording)

DVD
Featuring footage of the band which toured the Primitive Man and Measure For Measure albums plus interviews and TV performance footage.

1. Iva Davies interviewed by Ian 'Molly' Meldrum (Countdown)
2. Hey Little Girl (Countdown)
3. Rock Around The World interview
4. Hey Little Girl (Top Of The Pops)
5. Street Café (Countdown Rock Awards 1983)
6. This Time
7. Sidewalk
8. Hey Little Girl
9. Love In Motion
10. Stay Close Tonight
11. Don't Believe Anymore
12. Dusty Pages
13. Street Café
14. Can't Help Myself
15. Taking The Town
16. Dance On
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