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So Far Away Import

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First time on CD for this legendary Mod album that reached No.30 in the UK charts in 1980. Includes all five of the bands hit singles - 'Now It's Gone', 'Maybe Tomorrow', 'Something's Missing', 'The British Way of Life' and 'In My Street'. The 11 bonus tracks include many non LP B sides, all now expensive collectors items. Great booklet.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Maybe Tomorrow
  2. Happy Families
  3. Breaks My Heart
  4. Tumbling Down
  5. Hold On I'm Coming
  6. I'm Not Sure
  7. Something's Missing
  8. It's No Use
  9. What Are We Gonna Do Now
  10. She Said, She Said
  11. Dream Dolls
  12. So Far Away
  13. Now It's Gone
  14. Don't Look Back
  15. Now It's Gone (Extended Version)
  16. Things We Said
  17. I Don't Wanna Know
  18. Hey Girl
  19. This Is What They Want
  20. The British Way Of Life
  21. The Way It's Got To Be
  22. In My Street
  23. I'll Keep On Holding On


Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 9, 2000)
  • Imported ed. edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Captain Mod
  • ASIN: B00004TC88
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #203,680 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Let's face it, the neo-mod thing, as well as punk was mainly a singles affair. In addition, there were less than a handful of neo-mod bands that were worth a crap, most being Small Faces and Who posers, or worse, Jam posers. Not so The Chords. They may have sounded a bit like The Jam but had a strong crop of original songs from guitarist Chris Pope that made them stand out. I wouldn't say they were the best band ever, or even the best neo-mod band, but this CD is about as good an album as there ever was, choppy power chords and anthemic riffs. It includes everything The Chords did that was worth a damn, the album So Far Away and all the singles. The production and mix sucks and the vocals are always off-key, but that's what you paid for in the late '70s, excitement and energy, not slick arena dreck. Buy this CD and play it loud and think about the rock star you really wanted to be in 1977 but never became.
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20 years later and this album still stands the test of time. If you're a fan of the Jam and the Mod Renewal (remember it wasn't a revival!!!), you owe it to yourself to pick this up. Full of angst and teenage frustration at life in 80's Britain, The Chords stood head & shoulders above the likes of the Purple Hearts, Merton Parkas etc. Billy Hasset's a great singer and the playing of Chris Pope and the lads is tight. This is a real classic and sadly the all-too-shortly lived Mod scene that propelled The Chords to the big league was also their downfall.
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Overall, this is really a pretty good album. It's high-energy power pop that's sure to get your adrenaline pumpin'. One high point is a guest appearance by keyboardist Mick Talbot, who would later join forces with Paul Weller as the second half of The Style Council. There is also a decent re-make of the Beatles' "She Said, She Said", which stays pretty true to the original, only a faster tempo. On the other end of the spectrum though is a ridiculous cover of Sam and Dave's "Hold On, I'm Coming", which doesn't do the original classic any justice. But that's about the only real dud track here. Upon listening to this CD though, I find that a little bit goes a long way for me. The original LP format of this record contained 12 tracks. This re-issue CD version also includes an additional 11 bonus tracks. In most circumstances this would be a good thing, but it seemed that after the first 14 songs the music began to sound a little repetitive and monotonous. "Less is More" would have been a good rule to apply in this case. I thought 23 tracks was a little overkill. Don't let this deter you, though. If you are interested in the Mod genre, this album is definitely worth exploring. Other bands worth checking are The Time U.K., Sharp, and Squire.
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The Chords were one of the best of the Mod Revival bands of the late 70's/early 80's. With a sound not unlike The Jam, this disc is loaded with high-energy, guitar- driven tunes with intelligent lyrics and musical hooks that still resonate thirty years after the disc's release.

Some of the songs contain the usual youth themes of love and lost love, some are covers, including a great version of The Beatles, "She Said" and others are politically-tinged observations of England in the Thatcher-era, such as "Maybe Tomorrow", "The British Way of Life", and "In My Street". The band unfortunately was unable to stay together due to poor management, internal conflict, an inability to shake the "mod" tag and a host of other issues beyond their control but had they been able to weather the storm, who knows what might have been. They showed such great potential that they might have rivaled The Jam had they stayed together.

Guitarist and primary song-writer Chris Pope and drummer Brett "Buddy"Ascott still play together in a band named "Pope" and have released new material and are currently playing the club circuit in the UK to very positive reviews.

If you want an excellent example of "Mod Revival", this is it.
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