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Audio CD, Extra tracks, Original recording remastered, April 24, 2007
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While this is not my favorite Magazine album -- I fall into the "Secondhand Daylight" camp -- this is still a very powerful document, and fairly bristles with a sophisticated punk energy. And it's unique enough that it can't be simply pegged with a convenient genre-tag, and still doesn't sound dated (unless one dates things by the presence of synthesizers, as some no doubt do).
While the music is driving and always interesting, the real strength is in the lyrics and in Devoto's intense and affected delivery; he declaims like a Bowery street preacher drunk on bathtub gin and Nietzsche.
If you're looking for something entirely "new" and exciting in music, look no further. For the first time Magazine listener, I'd recommend either this, "Correct Use of Soap" or "Play" (one of the great live recordings of all time, imho).
And to the good people of Wax Trax: thanks! (are they still there, I wonder?)
I bought this album the same day I bought my first Wire LP. Wot a day that wuz! If that band or this one is news to you then jump at them, it could change your life. Spoiled me rotten.
Having said that, I don't mean to imply that Howard Devoto is anything other than brilliant and original. He's a great frontman; a great lyricist who constructs original and strong vocal lines. He's what makes this band and this album must-hear.
The remastering here is quite great, and John Leckie's rather perfect and glistening production shimmers. The light pours out of this record.
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It's a good one,I missed this sound.want to find some b side Goody's!!Published 5 months ago by D. Burnham
Great remaster! This is like someone cleaning off the surface of a painting to reveal a priceless work of art hidden underneath!Published 6 months ago by Doug Cox
A great CD by a Group who should have gotten more attention in their Punk PrimePublished 22 months ago by KEG6768
This is a classic album from Punk/New Wave originators Magazine. The core of this album was Howard Devoto who went on to play in the Buzzcocks with Pete Shelley. Read morePublished on June 29, 2012 by Tyler
This has always been one of my favorite albums of the early 80s (yes, I know, it came out in 1979). Howard DeVoto's voice, light use of synth, punky but not at the expense of... Read morePublished on December 27, 2011 by Mark Colan
i will make this very simple. any fan of punk/new wave/whatever you call it should already have most of this stuff in their collection. this is what defined the era... Read morePublished on July 14, 2011 by Daniel E. Williams
I have to warn people before plunking down the cash for the EMI reissue of 'Real Life' since every review just focuses on how good the album is. It IS very, very good! Read morePublished on June 19, 2011 by E. Oslan