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Shuttered Room Original recording remastered


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  • Audio CD (September 9, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • ASIN: B0000014QW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #357,830 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I Found You
2. Some People
3. Stand or Fall
4. The Strain
5. Red Skies
6. Lost Planes
7. Casmeras In Paris
8. I Live
9. Shuttered Room
10. The Fool
11. Sinking Island
12. Stand or Fall

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Arguably the best album The Fixx ever made.
Jeff Ball
Unlike some other (great) groups, The Fixx didn't seem to need an album or two to "find their sound."
William Breeden
Red skies (at night), Stand or fall, Shuttered room are some of their best and my personal favorites.
C. White

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Alan Caylow on November 17, 2003
Format: Audio CD
The Fixx are one of the best bands that came out of the MTV-80's. These guys have great pop-rock songs with catchy guitar hooks, cool keyboards, and a very charismatic frontman in the form of Cy Curnin. And, very thankfully, the Fixx are still recording & touring to this day, with four of the original five band members firmly intact (only their bassist keeps changing). Their first album, 1982's "Shuttered Room," is a strong debut disc, featuring a pair of instant Fixx classics, "Stand Or Fall" and "Red Skies," but also contains other memorable rockers, like "Lost Planes," "Cameras In Paris," "I Live," and "The Fool," as well as the fun bonus track, "Sinking Island." This is a band that knows how to make intelligent keyboard-laden rock, and Cy Curnin's voice is very commanding. The Fixx would hit the commercial jackpot with their classic second album, "Reach The Beach," but "Shuttered Room" is an excellent beginning for this fine British band.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 20, 1999
Format: Audio CD
As an album, this merits four stars (a full five-star rating being reserved for The Fixx's unparalleled masterpiece, 1984's haunting *Phantoms*). Few bands have combined this kind of psychological and political lyricism with music of equal weight and beauty. Cy Curnin, an emotive singer and challenging wordsmith, is backed by a quirky and inventive guitarist, a fluent and imaginative synth player, and a top-notch rhythm section. The Fixx was much more a proper "band" than many synth-oriented '80s acts -- no doubt one of the reasons it's still making records today. A strong anti-war theme pervades *Shuttered Room*, and several of the cuts -- in particular "Stand or Fall," "Red Skies," and the title track -- take on new meaning in light of the recent strife in the Balkans.
As a reissue, this gets three stars, down from four for two reasons. The first: adding "The Sinking Island" but leaving off "Time in a Glass," the inclusion of which would have allowed listeners to sequence the album as it appeared in the U.S. or as it first appeared in the U.K. The second reason: sub-par sound. While much better than the original CD issue by MCA, this release sounds thin and overly bright (relative to the fine-sounding U.S. and British LPs).
An extended version of the hit "Stand or Fall" is also included.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By sauerkraut on August 13, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Shuttered Room--released in 1982--is the debut album from the Fixx. Along with the ten original tracks, there are two bonus tracks: "Sinking Island" and "Stand or Fall" (Extended Mix). The album's material is in a pop rock musical direction. The songwriting is good, the musicianship is tight, and the sound quality is pleasing. I enjoy Cy Curnin's distinctive vocals. I like Jamie West-Oram's guitar work and the keyboarding of Rupert Greenall. The songs I favor are "Stand or Fall," "Red Skies," and "I Live." The somber, well-written "Stand or Fall" starts off with an indelible, pretty two-note guitar melody from Oram; in addition, attractive singing from Curnin is supplied on the charming, unforgettable refrain. Both versions of "Stand or Fall" are worthy. The earnest, nicely crafted "Red Skies" exhibits a pleasing keyboard line from Greenall and dynamic vocals from Curnin--his vocal melody on the chorus is infectious; also, a new studio version of this composition is included on the Fixx's 1987 live album, React. The serious "I Live" features gratifying, industrious singing from Curnin during the refrain. The CD insert does not include the song lyrics but does sport a color photo of the band. The back of the CD jewel case also displays a black-and-white photo of the band. The disc is just over 48 minutes. Shuttered Room is a good piece of work, and it emits sophistication.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Sirias on September 21, 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The Fixx was a fixture of 80's alternative rock radio for good reason. They had talent. If you like the genre and you have some experience with the Fixx, get this CD. You cannot own "Stand or Fall" or "Red Skies" by going to iTunes. You have to buy this CD. And it's worth it just for these two songs alone. Like much of the good music from the late 60's through the 80's it's hard to believe these tracks were recorded before the existence of DAW's and autotune etc. In this CD, vestigial synthesizers somehow co-feature with guitars having simple but effective effects. There is no crunch here. There was no need. The melodies and rhythm can carry the songs. "Some people," "Cameras in Paris", and "the Fool," never made the airwaves. But they each leave a different footprint on your brain--different vibes, tempos-- catchy tunes, and all very much the Fixx. There is some filler material here. But not much. And the CD is not as good as the 5 star Reach the Beach CD -- when the Fixx were at the height of their powers. But Shuttered Room is a must have if you like anything else done by the Fixx.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 4, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I can't really hear any difference, but my ears were shot long ago, and my equipment is pedestrian at best. The additional song is OK, but I'll leave it up to Fixx fans whether to buy this a second time.
In the meantime, since the reviews didn't carry over, something needs to be said about the band and the album (or tape, we're talking a long time ago). The Fixx is one of the most talented bands out there playing this long together. Every one of their releases is chock full of outstanding songs, right up to the present day. They got their reputation as a 1980's modern rock/dance funk band, and that's unfortunate, because their best music is quite different from that.
This was the first, and while there are a few songs that are best left in the dust (particularly the first two), several others are classic, especially of course "Stand or Fall" and "Red Skies at Night", which should be familiar to anyone with twenty year-old radio ears. But my favorite songs here are "I Live" and "Cameras in Paris", which display what would be become Fixx trademarks, clever, entertaining lyrics and challenging song structures that require time to appreciate.
While not their best, Fixx maintained a high level of quality throughout all their works, and this is no exception. This belongs in anyone's collection, and while the same could be said of any Fixx CD, that fact simply illustrates the how impressive their discography truly is.
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