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Genres: Pop, Rock
2007 digitally remastered edition of one of the great lost gems in the Squeeze discography. The band achieved chart success with "Electric Trains" (and it's controversial subject matter), "This Summer" and "Heaven Knows" ... more »
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2007 digitally remastered edition of one of the great lost gems in the Squeeze discography. The band achieved chart success with "Electric Trains" (and it's controversial subject matter), "This Summer" and "Heaven Knows" and should have had it as well with the trip-hoppy "Fingertips", "Daphne" (the title tune) and the rockin' "The Great Escape". But the true diamond of this set is the haunting "Temptation For Love", beautifully recorded with singer/songwriter Cathy Dennis. The original album tracks are augmented with the previously unreleased "This Road", the punchier single remix of "This Summer", an earlier version of what became "Fingertips" called "Cappuccino Lips" and acoustic versions of "Electric Trains", "I Want You" and the tongue-in-cheek toe-tapper "Grouch Of The Day". Universal.
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firstname.lastname@example.org | Dallas, TX United States | 04/24/2001
(2 out of 5 stars)
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