Fine Young Cannibals The Raw & the Cooked [Deluxe Edition] (2-CD)
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- Number of Discs: 2
- Released: March 5, 2013
- Label: Edsel Records UK
Tracks on Disc 1:
- 1.She Drives Me Crazy
- 2.Good Thing
- 3.I'm Not the Man I Used to Be
- 4.I'm Not Satisfied
- 5.Tell Me What
- 6.Don't Look Back
- 7.It's Ok
- 8.Don't Let It Get You Down
- 9.As Hard As It Is
- 10.Ever Fallen in Love?
- 11.You Never Know
- 12.Social Security
- 13.Ever Fallen in Love (John Potoker Extended Mix)
- 14.It's OK (It's Alright) (Ploeg Club Mix)
- 15.Ever Fallen in Love (Club Senseless Arthur Baker Remix)
Tracks on Disc 2:
- 1.She Drives Me Crazy (The Monie Love Remix)
- 2.Good Thing (Nothing Like the Single Mix)
- 3.I'm Not the Man I Used to Be (Jazzie B and Nellee Hooper Remix)
- 4.I'm Not Satisfied (Matt Dike 12" Remix)
- 5.The Flame
- 6.Since You've Been Gone
- 8.Take What I Can Get
- 9.I'm Not the Man I Used to Be (Jazzie B and Norman Cook Remix)
- 10.She Drives Me Crazy (David Z 12" Version)
- 11.Don't Look Back (12" Version)
- 12.I'm Not the Man I Used to Be (Monster Mix)
- 13.Good Thing (Prince Paul Remix)
- 14.The Flame (Beatmasters Full Fat Mix)
- 15.I'm Not the Man I Used to Be (12" Mellow Mix)
Fine Young Cannibals: Roland Gift (vocals); Andy Cox (guitar); David Steele (keyboards, bass).
Additional personnel includes: Jools Holland, Jerry Harrison.
Personnel: Roland Gift (vocals); Andy Cox (guitar, tambourine); David Steele (drum machine).
Liner Note Author: Alan Robinson .
Recording information: AIR Studios; Music Station; Paisley Park Studios; Parsifal Studio; Power Plant Studios; SARM West Studios.
Directors: Barry Levinson; Jonathan Demme.
Photographers: Mike Owen ; Ellen Von Unwerth; Terry Smith.
One of the most exciting albums released during a decade of artifice and extravagance, in a mere ten songs and 35 minutes the Fine Young Cannibals created a masterpiece. Admittedly the trio had some help -- backing singers, guest musicians (including former Squeeze piano man Jools Holland and Talking Head's Jerry Harrison) -- but that doesn't take away the band's own accomplishment. Remaining true to the FYC's vision of tying past and present musical styles together into artful new pop packages, The Raw & the Cooked features a shopping list of genres. Mod, funk, Motown, British beat, R&B, punk, rock, and even disco are embedded within the songs, while the rhythms, many synthetically created, are equally diverse. In less delicate hands this would be nothing more than an everything including the kitchen sink motley mess, but FYC manage this mix with subtly and elan. Two-thirds of the record were released as U.K. singles, all were hits, and each one proudly boasted a distinctly different blend of styles. "Good Thing," for example, was the trio's tribute to the legendary all-night Northern soul parties of the '60s, but is much more than a mere meld of mod and Motown. It's actually built round a slinky R&B riff, fueled by a boogie-woogie piano, and slammed home with a cracking beat. "I'm Not the Man I Used to Be" is a torrid torch song, but fired by a futuristic jungle beat and an almost housey production. Then, of course, there's "She Drives Me Crazy," which features the most unique, and instantly identifiable, beat/riff combination of the decade. Even the four tracks that didn't make the singles cut could have, if MCA had the audacity to keep releasing them. "Tell Me What" perfectly re-creates the Tamla sound, with only the synth giving it a modern touch, but on the rest, FYC delve deeper into funk, disco, soul, and lovingly coax them into the modern era. Every one of Raw's tracks simmers with creativity, as the hooks, sharp melodies, and irrepressible beats are caressed by nuanced arrangements and sparkling production. Never has music's past, present, and future been more exceptionally combined. ~ Jo-Ann Greene
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