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Best of Yaz
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
Yaz (Yazoo in England) released only two albums during their short but influential existence, so a "best-of" album seems rather farfetched. Still, Depeche Mode ex-patriot Vince Clarke's music was a major influence precedin... more »
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Yaz (Yazoo in England) released only two albums during their short but influential existence, so a "best-of" album seems rather farfetched. Still, Depeche Mode ex-patriot Vince Clarke's music was a major influence preceding synthpop's dominance in the '80s, and their deepening obscurity makes them a prime candidate for a well-done retrospective. If only this one qualified. There are a few happy inclusions, like the lovelorn "Midnight," with Alison Moyet's soulful croon waxing over Clarke's omnipresent, light-as-air keyboard programs. The sweetly wistful "Mr. Blue" will provoke whiplash nostalgia in many a twentysomething, its melancholic chorus reflecting the awkward yet hopeful qualities of adolescence. Overall, though, curious choices abound. "Goodbye Seventies" is so forced it's almost camp, a song that the talented Moyet would likely rather forget, given her undisciplined yelping during the chorus. It's a mystery why the inoffensive but uneventful "Tuesday" was included here, while the excellent "In My Room," a Yaz staple for good reason, was not. Even the remixes included here are less than stellar. While Todd Terry's interpretation of "Don't Go" rips out a decent groove, the latest version of the dance-floor staple "Situation" starts strong but runs out of steam as the source material gets sacrificed in favor of overtly cute DJ permutations. While it's to Yaz's credit that enough good material can be found in their two-album catalog to make a best-of album at all, sadly, this collection fails at the attempt. --Matthew Cooke
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jcs456 | 12/05/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Frankly, with the exception of the wretched "Goodbye Seventies", you can't fault the music here. Yazoo was a great band and the very fact that a "best-of" could be culled from just two albums says quite a bit about Alf and Vince's talent and ambitions. However, not only does this disc omit one of the duo's best and catchiest tunes, "Walk Away from Love", but it relies too heavily on remixes. Wouldn't it have been enough to have included just the original version of "Situation" or just a dance mix of "Don't Go"? Granted, these songs are eternal classics and could never wear out their welcome, but such a repetitious compilation is bad value. Unless you're desperate to own the otherwise unavailable "Tuesday", I'd suggest you pick up the pair of proper albums and a 12" or two. It might cost you more (and you WILL have to endure that horrific tape-loop thing on "Upstairs at Eric's") but only then will you get the whole picture of this fantastic and sadly short-lived outfit.By the way, those impressed by this music will probably want to pick up Alison Moyet's great first album, on which she gets to unleash her pipes full-throttle, and the first couple of Erasure albums, on which Andy Bell uncannily reproduces her style and mannerisms almost verbatim."
NOT a fitting tribute
J. Brady | PAWLEYS ISLAND, SC United States | 05/07/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This is NOT a fitting tribute to Yazoo, perhaps the best of the early eighties synth/vocal duos. Vince Clarke's brilliant pop songs married to the gorgeous voice of Alison Moyet added up to something far greater than the sum of its parts. Something magical that we will probably never see again ( Erasure is another story altogether, I won't go into that now. ) Yazoo's two releases are brilliant. End of story. But a really good best of from a duo with ( let's face it ) only TWO albums to their credit SHOULD have included more than the ( quite frankly ) done to death new style club mixes of old style club hits, like the ones presented here. Instead we US fans should have gotten either of the alternate versions of Situation ( the original UK 7" version or the re-recorded version from "The Other Side of Love" 12" single.) What we SHOULD have gotten instead of those few lousy new remixes are hard to find items, like the above mentioned UK only "Other Side of Love" single, or a few original 12" mixes of the singles. Such a shame, really, as the new remixes add nothing to the originals. They take up WAY too much time on the disc, time that should have been given to something that truly is WORTHY of inclusion on a Best Of compilation. I would have done it differently. ALl I can say is, buy Upstairs at Eric's or You and Me Both instead, and forget this."
Yazoo's Best Of Compilation: Good Music Remixed Bad
djiggy83 | Bell Ca | 06/15/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I am a diehard fan of Yaz, but this cd failed to reflect all of the great and pure synth pop music this group offered. If you buy it, record it on a blank cd and take it back to the store as a used trade-in. Better yet, forget this production exists and buy yourself the only two releases from this awesome group: "Upstairs at Eric's" and "You and Me Both." This production would had hit the mark if it had not included the poorly remixed "Situation" and "Don't Go." Club 69 has the reputation of making wonderful music a disgrace. Todd Terry can make some pretty good remixes, as he did with Everything But The Girl's "Missing," but Yazoo's "Don't Go" is a hit by itself with no further handling. For the horrific remixes by Club 69 and Richard Humpty Vission (I can forgive a flaw by Todd Terry)I give this compilation what it deserves: 2 stars. Don't waste your money."