Music: 5 stars, Sound quality: 3 stars
Aparato SuperSonico | Orlando, FL | 07/23/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I just received a new copy of this CD by the label American Beat, and regarding the sound quality, in a word: crap. This is not a remaster like with ArgyBargy. The first song, In Quintessence sounds as if it was mastered from a cassette as the highs dropped slightly at least twice during the course of that short opening song. If you want to own this CD, the price is not bad. But if you're a sound quality nut like me, you may want to wait around for the remaster if it ever happens. Record companies are not known for remastering an entire artist or group's catalog to completion. They often stop at some odd point, such as The Cure albums. They stopped at Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me when they should have kept going until they remastered Disintegration, which badly needs it instead of their first album or two, which was pointless. The rest of the CD sounds (quality-wise) average. Better than a mastering from the 1980's but not quite what I was looking for in terms of detail. A pity. This band and especially this album surely deserves better."
NOT a one hit wonder
Whitney J. Carson | 08/09/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I found this album on vynal at my local record store last spring. I bought it because when I was a little girl my dad used to play this album and dance around the house with me. I expected it to hold nothing more than nostalgia. It had been so many years, yet I still remembered most of the words and melodies. It's also interesting to know that this was Paul Carrack's (of Genesis fame)side project. It frustrates me that people only know tempted. In Quintessence and Piccadilly should have been hits. The album flows, while touching on different sub-genres of ska. Elvis Costello's influence is very obvious. I personally like ska because it's fun, and on this album, they're having FUN!"