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February 16, 2010

  Song Title
Boom! There She Was
First Boy In This Town (Lovesick)
All That We Are
Best Thing Ever (Soundtrack)
Oh Patti (Don't Feel Sorry For Loverboy)
Bam Salute
Sugar And Spice
Philosophy Now
Oh Patti (Don't Feel Sorry For Loverboy) (Extended)
Boom! There She Was (Dub)

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  • Original Release Date: June 15, 1988
  • Release Date: June 15, 1988
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • Copyright: 1988 Warner Bros. Records Inc.
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  • Total Length: 53:09
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  • ASIN: B003A8YQFY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #197,507 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
I have everything Scritti every did, and I loved them then and I still love them now. It's sad this album wasn't the critical & commercial juggernaut that Cupid & Pysche 85 was, but Provision has many of its own charms: crystaline production, funky Vocoder skills from the late Roger, and that keen sense of intellectual wordplay missing from so much of pop, esp 80s music - Green & Crew did their best, but sadly most audiences had already moved onto rap? Boom!, Sugar & Spice, Oh Patti, oh they're all pop/R&B perfection - and this from a frail white guy from the UK with the helium man/boy voice...BUT the collection, even with its extended mixes, isn't complete without the BEST track off the Provision sessions that did NOT appear on the LP or CD, but rather a stunning, oft forgotten B-side (I believe from Lovesick?) - the track, of course, is A WORLD COME BACK TO LIFE and it harkens back to the joys of Cupid & Pysche: push/pull sonic dynamics, an instantly addictive chorus, and those angelic breathy vocals and so damn funky but icy at the same time - a delicate balance, a stunning album, a seminal band - buy now while you can - WHY is this OOP?
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Total effervescent pop August 14, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Since I first heard Boom! There She Was in a club, I've been using this Provision CD almost medicinally at times. Grey day? Traffic jam on a long commute home? Wanna wake up the kids on Saturday morning with musical sherbet for breakfast? Pop in this CD and turn up the volume.

I find the harmonies and the trademark synth pop organ sound on this CD absolutely refreshing. Not to mention the incredible mastering - every drum pops and every baseline throbs. The music jumps out of the speakers.

If you like synth pop, this is a sure shot.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Provision provides! February 18, 2001
Format:Audio CD
This is one of the purest examples of perfect 1980s alternative pop. Each song stands on its own, you REMEMBER these songs, and the sonics are astounding. Frankly, I'm appalled that some of you out there are putting this one up against the awful Anomie & Bonhomie and claiming the latter is superior? In ten years I know I'll STILL be listening to Provision while people will be throwing away copies of Anomie because the rap will bore them to tears. Provision delivers, and since 1988 it sounds as fresh as ever. The superior track "Sugar & Spice" is the funkiest tune this side of Gary Numan's "Young Heart." For true collectors, hunt down the 12" mixes of "Boom! There She Was", "First Boy In This Town (Lovesick)", and even "Oh Patti" for the beautiful instrumental version featuring Miles Davis. Yes, each Scritti Politti album changes a bit (just like Everything But The Girl likes to do), and I still come back to Provision for complete satisfaction! Maybe this will help: On my radio show most requests for their songs came from Provision over any of the others, so you rap fanatics aren't exactly more "in the know" on musical quality as you think. Provision is an accomplished achievement and hard to top.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get Out Your Headphones! March 29, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Provision drags a little on Bam Salute, and Best Thing Ever and Philosophy Now are fun, but not quite peak material. However, the first four songs and Oh, Patti are so heartbreakingly beautiful that listening to them in succession has taken on a ritualistic position in my life. Boom! is a giddy, hyper-synchopated rush of elation. Eminently danceable. Overnite can make you cry. Perhaps the most yearning song I've ever heard. Absolutely gorgeous. Lovesick is like a second dose of Boom!. All That We Are is heavenly and lyrically a complete mind bender. Oh, Patti is a dreamy-eyed classic and Sugar and Spice is a guilty pleasure if there ever was one. I bought Provision on vinyl before I had heard a note of any Scritti stuff. I'd seen the Scritti name mentioned alongside other abrassive post-punk bands like Joy Division, which I was listening to at the time. The first spin made me feel completely embarassed, sitting alone in my room. The cutesy pie tunes and wimpy singing was the last thing I thought I wanted to hear. But I kept coming back. It was the tunes, full of strange chord changes and bouncy beats that first hooked me. I wasn't sold on it as a masterpiece until a rather focused session with the headphones on. Every sound is sculpted and polished for infinite nuance. Green's disembodied voice seems to be speaking directly to you from a different realm of cryptic wordplay and robotic longing. No lyric should be taken at face value, and every sound should be savoured at length. It is a singular creative statement, unique as the mind that realized. If you can get a copy with World Come Back To Life (a masterpiece of its own), you will be holding your new favorite record. Cupid and Psyche is essentially perfect, but it lacks a certain strangeness and obscurity that defines Provision. Listen closely, and most important, listen again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Miles Davis is on this CD November 9, 2003
Format:Audio CD
This is an amazing pop CD. The great Miles Davis played on this CD, together with Marcus Miller. I guess they were returning a favour when Miles Davis covered Scritti's "Perfect Way".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scritti Politti Slams!!! November 4, 2001
Format:Audio CD
This is one of those rare albums that pulls you out of that 'BLUE FUNK' we all feel from time to time. I keep this CD in my car for the inevitable traffic jam and the unavoidable Monday morning commute. From the powerhouse "Boom! There she was" to the airy almost dream quality of "Oh Patti" this CD delivers emotional salvation. I recommend this wholeheartedly and it can not be deteceted on a drug test either.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
Excellent condition. Been chasing this for 20yrs!!!!!!! Took a little a time but it's from the states so I guess that's to be expected.
Published 4 months ago by Daniel Hunt
3.0 out of 5 stars Prime Scritti marred by tepid production
On the surface, Provision seems like it should be an unqualified success. After all, it shares many of the best traits of its predecessor (the astonishing Cupid & Psyche '85): it's... Read more
Published 17 months ago by R. Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Leave off half the tracks and you still have a 5-star album
Look... Half the tracks here I don't wanna hear. A couple tracks besides that are O.K. But the remaining tracks are glimpses from the absolute tippy-top of the musical mountain. Read more
Published 17 months ago by FlockAndField
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent
I am not a big 1980s synth pop fan--my teenage years but that is a WHOLE other story--but being a music man, I never wholesale dismiss a genre. Read more
Published on February 18, 2010 by Bill Your 'Free Form FM Print DJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Scritti's LAST Great Album
Although "Provision" could not nearly top the success, overall quality and innovation of 1984's Cupid & Psyche '85... Read more
Published on May 4, 2009 by Velocipede
5.0 out of 5 stars The soundtrack to my life circa 1987/1988
I was living in South Yarra in Melbourne in the late 1980s and I bought both the CD and MC of this album and it was constantly on my walkman. Read more
Published on January 11, 2008 by Steven Guy
4.0 out of 5 stars It's no Cupid & Psyche 85...
...but not bad! I remember the day I saw it in the local record store, before Boom was on the radio, and had to buy it! Read more
Published on September 1, 2007 by James E. Locke
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Follow-Up To "Cupid & Psyche"
From a Scritti fan- for me this is the second of their two best releases, the first is(of course) "Cupid & Psyche" from '85. Stay away from "Anomie & Bonhomie" whatever you do!
Published on September 6, 2006 by Daniel
5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated Gem
Critically lambasted upon its release, "Provision" is superior to the overrated and bombastic "Cupid & Psyche". Read more
Published on January 13, 2006 by Not Lionel
5.0 out of 5 stars Never in my life had I had this sensation...
This is an extremely exciting record:

- heavy bass

- tremendous treble

- record-setting rhythms

- superb songwriting

-... Read more
Published on August 24, 2005 by Reto Zoppi Deiss
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