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So Far Away Import

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Editorial Reviews

First time on CD for this legendary Mod album that reached No.30 in the UK charts in 1980. Includes all five of the bands hit singles - 'Now It's Gone', 'Maybe Tomorrow', 'Something's Missing', 'The British Way of Life' and 'In My Street'. The 11 bonus tracks include many non LP B sides, all now expensive collectors items. Great booklet.

1. Maybe Tomorrow
2. Happy Families
3. Breaks My Heart
4. Tumbling Down
5. Hold On I'm Coming
6. I'm Not Sure
7. Something's Missing
8. It's No Use
9. What Are We Gonna Do Now
10. She Said, She Said
11. Dream Dolls
12. So Far Away
13. Now It's Gone
14. Don't Look Back
15. Now It's Gone (Extended Version)
16. Things We Said
17. I Don't Wanna Know
18. Hey Girl
19. This Is What They Want
20. The British Way Of Life
See all 23 tracks on this disc

Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 9, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Captain Mod
  • ASIN: B00004TC88
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,909 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Patrick18960 on October 25, 2005
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
20 years later and this album still stands the test of time. If you're a fan of the Jam and the Mod Renewal (remember it wasn't a revival!!!), you owe it to yourself to pick this up. Full of angst and teenage frustration at life in 80's Britain, The Chords stood head & shoulders above the likes of the Purple Hearts, Merton Parkas etc. Billy Hasset's a great singer and the playing of Chris Pope and the lads is tight. This is a real classic and sadly the all-too-shortly lived Mod scene that propelled The Chords to the big league was also their downfall.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rockin' Royce Williams on January 11, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Overall, this is really a pretty good album. It's high-energy power pop that's sure to get your adrenaline pumpin'. One high point is a guest appearance by keyboardist Mick Talbot, who would later join forces with Paul Weller as the second half of The Style Council. There is also a decent re-make of the Beatles' "She Said, She Said", which stays pretty true to the original, only a faster tempo. On the other end of the spectrum though is a ridiculous cover of Sam and Dave's "Hold On, I'm Coming", which doesn't do the original classic any justice. But that's about the only real dud track here. Upon listening to this CD though, I find that a little bit goes a long way for me. The original LP format of this record contained 12 tracks. This re-issue CD version also includes an additional 11 bonus tracks. In most circumstances this would be a good thing, but it seemed that after the first 14 songs the music began to sound a little repetitive and monotonous. "Less is More" would have been a good rule to apply in this case. I thought 23 tracks was a little overkill. Don't let this deter you, though. If you are interested in the Mod genre, this album is definitely worth exploring. Other bands worth checking are The Time U.K., Sharp, and Squire.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard S. Biegaj on October 11, 2009
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The Chords were one of the best of the Mod Revival bands of the late 70's/early 80's. With a sound not unlike The Jam, this disc is loaded with high-energy, guitar- driven tunes with intelligent lyrics and musical hooks that still resonate thirty years after the disc's release.

Some of the songs contain the usual youth themes of love and lost love, some are covers, including a great version of The Beatles, "She Said" and others are politically-tinged observations of England in the Thatcher-era, such as "Maybe Tomorrow", "The British Way of Life", and "In My Street". The band unfortunately was unable to stay together due to poor management, internal conflict, an inability to shake the "mod" tag and a host of other issues beyond their control but had they been able to weather the storm, who knows what might have been. They showed such great potential that they might have rivaled The Jam had they stayed together.

Guitarist and primary song-writer Chris Pope and drummer Brett "Buddy"Ascott still play together in a band named "Pope" and have released new material and are currently playing the club circuit in the UK to very positive reviews.

If you want an excellent example of "Mod Revival", this is it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Cox on February 25, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Having Been a Part Of the Second Mod Revival In England, I remember every track On this album. The Phoenix Society, The Mod Runs to Brighton, Dancing at the all dayers and Nighters, These are classic songs by a group who never got the credit they deserved.
If you dont Own It, do It now, Billy Hasset, Chris Pope, Martin Mason and Brett "Buddy" Ascott In all the Glory, the Classic Line up, after all this is what Revival was all about.
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