Man of Colours Extra tracks, Import, Original recording remastered
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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!
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is the best Icehouse release, IMHO. And they made some very good albums. Every track on Man of Colors is a winner. Read morePublished 17 days ago by PenroseTribar
Icehouse is one of those bands that should have had more success than what they did. Don't get me wrong two U.S. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Jeremy G
These Australians sing a song called "Crazy" [not the Willie Nelson/Patsy Cline song], and it is worth every penny of the price asked.Published 19 months ago by King Waters
One of Icehouse's classic albums. Great music and powerful sound. Excellent!Published 21 months ago by Lloyd E. Anderson