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If You Want to Defeat Your Enemy Sing His Song [Import]

Icicle WorksAudio CD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (April 19, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Cherry Red UK
  • ASIN: B004PHQ06W
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #272,562 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Digitally remastered and expanded deluxe three CD edition of the Liverpudlian band's 1987 album including two bonus CDs filled with non-album tracks. The Ian Broudie-produced Defeat Your Enemy brought out the band's varying influences in different ways, resulting in a varied record touching on everything from Funk to Folk. Unquestionably, the band's knack for big, uplifting but not hollow performances was still in fine flower, as the smash single 'Understanding Jane' showed. A quick, fierce rocker with an instantly catchy pop vibe and a brilliant chorus, it's a '50s tearjerker filtered through the Ramones with fantastic results. Cherry Red.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Well, as always, Cherry Red either gets it so right or totally this case it's TOTALLY wrong. When I began playing CD1, I was sure some settings must have changed on my stereo...but nope, they were the same as always. This mastering is dull and muddy and muffled. I even popped in my original Beggars Banquet CD for side-by-side comparison. The BB versions is crystal clear. Tragic. And what's more tragic is, the muffled mastering carries over to the great second disc of bonus tracks (I don't care personally about the 3rd live CD). For me, it's nice to have the CD of bonus tracks, but I'm still bummed that it sounds bad. And yes, I WILL be keeping my beggars banquet CD as well. Track listing:

1-1 Hope Springs Eternal 4:08
1-2 Travelling Chest 4:42
1-3 Sweet Thursday 4:19
1-4 Up Here In The North Of England 5:14
1-5 Who Do You Want For Your Love ?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars remaster woes June 23, 2011
Format:Audio CD
I have to agree wholeheartedly with the previous review, this amazing album suffers from an extremely poor remaster. Ian McNabb's voice certainly loses it's polish and the instrumentation appears muddy. Strangely, the one track that does stand out is The Needle & The Damage Done on the second CD. It's as if someone else mastered that track.
I already own the vast majority of the tracks on vinyl and cassette versions of the original releases but found when all the b-sides and extras are gathered together, the songs sound disjointed. The b-sides of the Up Here in the North of England 12" sound particularly jarring to me, like a badly performed sonic experiment.

On the plus side: the packaging and sleeve notes are excellent, it is certainly a collection worth having, I'll just put my copy of the previously released version of this album in this, much nicer, package.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If You Want To Defeat Your Enemy Sing His Song July 18, 2013
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This is by far the best cd by The Icicle Works, I can listen to it over and over again without ever getting tired of it. The song " Sweet Thursday" is one of their very best. This cd should be entitled" The Best Of The Icicle Works'!!
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