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Flash & The Pan Import

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Tracks: African Shuffle, California, Man in the Middle, Walking in the Rain, Hey St. Peter, Lady Killer, Man who Knew the Answer, Hole in the Middle, Down Among the Dead Men, and First and Last.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. The African Shuffle
  2. California
  3. Man in the Middle
  4. Walking in the Rain
  5. Hey, St. Peter
  6. Lady Killer
  7. The Man Who Knew the Answer
  8. Hole in the Middle
  9. Down Among the Dead Men
  10. First and Last


Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 30, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Import [Generic]
  • ASIN: B000006YPM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,485,326 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Memory is an imperfect machine: we recall impressions much better than facts. After 20 years (1979), I remember Flash and the Pan's debut as a compilation of light danceable tunes with perceptive and engaging lyrics. Two decades later, I haven't changed my opinion: Vanda and Young bait the listener with sunny pop music, then trap him with captivating lyrics.
The majority of music here is ideal for disco nights - cheerful and danceable (Hey St. Peter, Man In The Middle, Lady Killer, Hole In The Middle). The method which Flash uses to deliver the lyrics is also engaging. Vanda and Young sing-speak into an antiquated radio microphone. The effect is archaic and unearthly. Contrasting the hip danceable music, the lyrics are a far cry from "Let's get down and boogie." The character standing at the gates of Heaven (Hey, St. Peter) pleads with St. Peter that he has already spent his time in hell (New York City). `The African Shuffle' appears to be a blatant racist insult of Black (Donna Summer) disco music. More precisely, the song condemns the entire "turn-off your brain and just dance" doctrine. Again in `Lady Killer,' Flash belittles the male Caucasian elitist patrons of clubs such as Studio 54. Captain Black (see James `Blood' Ulmer - Tales Of Captain Black) accidentally destroys `California' with a misdirected ballistic missile. Filled with secrecy are the haunting `Walking In The Rain' (exploring sexual ambiguity) and `Down Among The Dead Men' (an irreverent tale of the Titanic).
In the final cut (First And Last), Vanda and Young's world of selfishness and materialism is reborn with compassion and enlightenment. Flash and the Pan is unprecedented: a biting social commentary fabricated from the very music which it finds deploring.
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I'll never forget the first time I heard Lady Killer. I was working at Radio Shack, we always had the radio on, and my attention was drawn to the song. My first response was "now THAT"S different!". I've been hooked since. I'm fortunate enough to own all of the Flash and the Pan CD's. I'm glad that a couple of them are available in the US again. Now if Vanda and Young would only record another! BTW, if you can find a copy of Burning Up the Night, BUY IT!
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Flash & The Pan's debut album brought back a lot of fond memories of listening to this music when it was new. It also helped that the music on the album is top notch, the lyrics, the vocals, the musicianship. Flash & The Pan were quirky enough to remain interesting and mainstream enough to be a fun listening experience. This pop-rock album can be enjoyed as much today as when it was released in 1979. Hit singles "Hey St. Peter," "Walking In The Rain," "California," and "Down Among The Dead Men" sound as fresh as when they were first played on the radio.
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Many songs on this record I remember well because they were played up and down European radio stations back in the late 70ies ans 80ies. Flash and the Pan was only a side project of the George Young - Harry Vanda team of Easybeats fame but became very popular in Europe. Even today some of their arrangements sounds amazingly fresh and different. I can't believe it took me 50 years to add a Flash and the Pan record to my collection.
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I don't have this CD, I have the original album (yes, on vinyl!), and it's one of those records I bought without having ever heard it before, or even heard of the band. It's a system I have of band name, album name, and cover art - the whole concept of who they are. Who woulnd't be attracted by colorful frisbees flying around the heads of dark-glassed beach chair sitters of all ages facing in one direction? When I got it home, I knew I had found one of my lasting favorites. When I'm ninety (as if), I will still be tapping my cane and bopping my head to these tunes, and being whisked away to the exotic locales of my mind with songs like Walking In the Rain, which Grace jones did justice to but could not top. Voice synthesization and emotional reality glow as this disk spins.
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As somebody elsewhere has noted, Flash And The Pan "...ain't your father's Easybeats". What started out as a lark (even the name is a play on words!) turned out to have longer legs than Harry & George's legendary 60s band could ever have hoped for. The Renaissance reissue (originally disc 1 of a 2 disc set) adds five tracks from the hard-to-find "Collection" album of a few years ago, but purists can just eject the disc after "First and Last" if they like. (But I don't see why... ;) )
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Very different than the AC/DC young brothers' sound but original and enjoyable for the fun and poignancy of the lyrics. The songs are rhythmic and catchy and should be played more, or again, 30+ years after the release of this disc.
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I've said it many times in different contexts: Flash And The Pan is one of the most underrated and overlooked bands ever.

This, their debut album, is perhaps the album that clearly confirms my postulate. The album is innovative, does not sound like something you've heard before, it is characterized by fine catchy tunes and intelligent lyrics that gives the listener food for thought.

The album includes the group's (duo) debut single, "Hey, St. Peter," which should have been a much bigger hit than it was for. A top 5 position in Australia and a top 100 in the U.S.. The fine sequel "Down Among the Dead Men", which also is from this album, performed at roughly the same level, and reached a place at number 54 in Great Britain.

As mentioned, the album marked by very fine songs written by the duo of George Young and Harry Vanda, who together had a history of the Easybeats. No numbers fall through and the album can only be recommended at the highest level.

Besides the two hits I'll highlight "Walking in the Rain," "California" and "First and Last".
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