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Man of Colours Extra tracks, Import, Original recording remastered

4.6 out of 5 stars 87 customer reviews

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2002 remastered reissue of the Aussie alternative act's 1997 album that's unavailable domestically. Includes 5 bonus tracks 'Shakin' the Cage', 'Over My Head', 'Touch The Fire', 'Jimmy dean' & 'Electric Blue' (Extended Mix). Warner Australia.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Crazy
  2. Electric Blue
  3. Nothing Too Serious
  4. Man Of Colours
  5. Heartbreak Kid
  6. The Kingdom
  7. My Obsession
  8. Girl In The Moon
  9. Anybodys War
  10. Sunrise
  11. Crazy 12 Inches
  12. Crazy (Midnight Mix)
  13. Shakin The Cage (Bonus Track)
  14. Over My Head (Bonus Track)
  15. Touch The Fire (Bonus Track)
  16. Jimmy Dean (Bonus Track)
  17. Electric Blue (Extended Mix) (Bonus Track)


Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 21, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Wea Int'l
  • ASIN: B00006IRJU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,497 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Manny Hernandez HALL OF FAME on April 22, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Early morning, sun rising on Sidney seen through the shades of a window in a radio station transmition booth. A DJ talks to his listeners and takes a request from a female voice on the phone: "Can you play 'Crazy' for me?" This is how the video of Icehouse's "Crazy" started, back in 1987, the year Australian band put out this (in my opinion, their best) album: 'Man of Colours', and the DJ was no one else but lead singer Iva Davies.
The entire album is a solid collection of late eighties material from the band that is firmly entrenched in the same vein as other bands of their time, such as INXS, Midnight Oil and, to a certain extent, even U2. Though "Crazy" will always live in my mind as a song that I will always remember 1987 for, the rest of the album is packed with great works, such as "Electric Blue", the title track and "Kingdom". To complement it, this remastered edition comes packed with extra tracks of remixes of the other songs. In particular, the midnight mix of "Crazy" is the 'background' music that was playing in the beginning of the song's video, before the actual song kicked in, and it's one hell of a song to begin the day!
Overall: go, don't walk -run to get a copy of this album!
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Icehouse has always been difficult band to pigeon hole. That can be a good thing for artists, who prefer to move from style to style, genre to genre, if their writing talents are so disposed. Most songwriters will find a niche, one that's safe, self-expressive (and profitable). From its very beginnings, Icehouse moved through a variety of styles and personnel changes, culminating in the seminal "Man of Colours", a near tribute to the song-writing prowess of the band's longtime frontman, Iva Davies, the seemingly only, constant member of the band.
Davies is a consummate songwriter. He has the ability to shove his heart into your face, and still reveal only what he wants to let you see. He has made his dark, quirky mind and heartfelt emotion truly available to us in this work, a collection of pop savvy melodies and haunting, atmospheric songs.
An undercurrent of insecurity seems to be pervasive in many of the tracks, such as the opener, "Crazy", a wonderful pop, yet powerful song with one heck of a hook, a solid rhythm complement and great guitar sound, reminiscent of "the Fixx" or early James Honeyman-Scott of the "Pretenders". The insecurity is found in the lyrics, not the masterful execution by the musicians, with lines such as the chorus: "Yeah, you gotta be crazy, baby/ To want a guy like me/ Yeah, you gotta be out of your mind/ Crazy..."
Tracks like "Electric Blue" continue Mr. Davies' feeling of anxiety with exposing his feelings, or would writing about those anxieties actually be his way of dealing with them(?): "I just freeze/ Everytime you see through me/ And it's all over you? Electric Blue..."
"Man of Colours", the title track, is a smorgasbord of well documented emotion, and "Heartbreak Kid" is eerie, haunting, and beautiful in its execution. This cd is a must for any Iva Davies fan, Icehouse fan, or any fan of well written pop music.
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I will never forget the hold "Electric Blue" had on me then, and still has on me now. I also love the Midnight mix of "Crazy", a haunting mix of the original just makes my spine tingle. All of the music on this album should have set the standards for music in it's genre...And fell bad that it didn't
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I first heard the Man Of Colours album in the late eighties and fell in love with it. It was never off my walkman and as soon as I got a CD player it was one of my first purchases. I have to say however that I'm a little disappointed with this remastered release.

The version of 'Crazy' is the single version and as such is shorter. The song 'Electric Blue' has been subtly tampered with, with the sound of the background synthesizers and some of the songs arrangement, (i.e.- going into the first chorus it used to say 'In those eyes', now it says 'I just freeze'). I now have two versions on my digital music player, the original and the remastered.

This album I would normally give 5 stars, but I'm giving this remastered version just four. Remastering in my opinion is about cleaning up the sound and removing background noise, leaving a sharper clearer sound. I have the greatest of respect for Iva Davies and his work, but an album should be left untouched once it's in the public domain.
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The 1987 album from Icehouse was the record that broke them in the US, despite a large body of work that was well known Internationally. Iva Davies is a very good vocalist in the Bryan Ferry vein (there are moments when "Man Of Colors" starts sounding like Roxy Music, especially the title track). While the songs here tend to be very good (and "Electric Blue" became a substantial hit), the synth heavy production sounds very much of the period. However, that won't keep you from being drawn in by the tale of "The Heartbreak Kid" and the pop confections of "Crazy." John Oates even gave his seal of approval by adding background vocals to "Electric Blue," and you can hear Davies stretching for Daryl Hall/Paul Young moments of soul here as well. If that was the kind of 80's music that got your ears (Roxy, Fixx, H&O), then "Man Of Colors" is where you'll find love in the Icehouse.
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