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The bands third and final album appears on CD for the first time and includes the hit single 'Do You Know' plus the 45 'Lost in the Night'. Part 3 of the Story of the Secret Affair is a main feature of the original artwork as is a definitive band discography. All three of the groups albums should be a part of your collection.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 14, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 1982
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Captain Mod
  • ASIN: B00005AXPJ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #818,715 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By A Customer on July 16, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This is one of those albums I have searched for repeatedly with a hope that it would some day come out on CD. In high school, a friend of mine had this on vinyl and I, consequently, had it on tape. It was an expensive and hard-to-find import. I picked this up as a CD as soon as I found it (about one month ago).As far as I'm concerned, this is the best mod album that was ever put out. The Jam was great, but a bit too serious and punk-tinged for me. This album is more upbeat, without being silly like some of the Merton Parkas, Squire, or Three O'Clock. The band is less pompous than they were on "Glory Boys", and this album is better than that one in every way. The vocals are good, the lyrics sometimes excellent ("One Day in Your Life"), and the music is driving, danceable fun--excellent drums, brass embellishments, and, on one or two, female backing vocals. The whole album has a very clean, clear, and energetic sound from start to finish. One of the best CD's I own.
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If I'm thinking of doing an Amazon review, I very rarely read the others on the page. I don't want my (generally) strongly held views to be compromised by the opinions of others but as there's only one other on this particular page I made an exception - and it was a bad decision.

Y'see, I think 'Business as Usual' is probably the best album I've ever heard. My absolute favourite lp of all time.

A magnitude of reasons for this; ranging from how DESPERATELY uncool Secret Affair were when it came out, to their cheering resurrection of chiming, metallic guitar pop, which thrilled me in an era of senses-dulling synth duo's and overbearing stad-rock.
As statements go, you wont find an angrier, more resonant two-fingers-up, anywhere in rock music, before or since.

As you can imagine, I was really looking forward to writing the review, all its positives racing through my mind as I sat down at my word processor...then BAM!! 'A Music Fan'!
In short, he/she has covered all the salient points of this album. All the insights, all the high's, all the production joys.. everything!
'One Day in Your Life' is indeed the standout song. Blistering brilliance, and in this company, a high of highs. The production IS miles better than their previous two hit-and-miss albums, they DO have blinding brass and a rockier, slightly less, lets-be-so-soulful-mods agenda.
In short, a huge step forward, a massive improvement.

I waited a while, paced myself, did some fledgling reviews, got used to the perverse (to me!) idea of posting MY words for other people to read. My beliefs and preferences spread naked for the populace of cyber-space. Time that, I now sadly realise, was wasted.
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This is one of those albums I have searched for repeatedly with a hope that it would some day come out on CD. In high school, a friend of mine had this on vinyl and I, consequently, had it on tape. It was an expensive and hard-to-find import. I picked this up as a CD as soon as I found it (about one month ago).As far as I'm concerned, this is the best mod album that was ever put out. The Jam was great, but a bit too serious and punk-tinged for me. This album is more upbeat, without being silly like some of the Merton Parkas, Squire, or Three O'Clock. The band is less pompous than they were on "Glory Boys", and this album is better than that one in every way. The vocals are good, the lyrics sometimes excellent ("One Day in Your Life"), and the music is driving, danceable fun--excellent drums, brass embellishments, and, on one or two, female backing vocals. The whole album has a very clean, clear, and energetic sound from start to finish. One of the best CD's I own.
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Secret Affair... if you like the post punk retro 60's sound which the band described as `new wave soul' then you can do no better than this album.

I personally didn't take it out of my car CD player for weeks, I can describe their band sound as not as hard as The Jam but not as soft as the Style Council.

Now if you don't know who those bands are then this album is not for you!
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