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Its Better To Travel

Swing Out Sister Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
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1. Breakout
2. Twilight World (Superb, Superb Mix)
3. After Hours
4. Blue Mood
5. Surrender
6. Fooled By A Smile
7. Communion
8. It's Not Enough
9. Theme From 'It's Better To Travel'
10. Breakout (Nad Mix)
11. Surrender (Stuff Gun Mix)
12. Twilight World (Remix)
13. Communion (Instrumental)

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SWING OUT SISTER Its Better To Travel (Deleted 1987 German issue 13-track CD album manufactured in France featuring Twilight World Superb Superb Mix and Remix Breakout Nad Mix Surrender Stuff Gun Mix and Communion Instrumental complete withpicture sleeve)

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3.0 out of 5 stars Dated, but some of the tunes hold up well July 18 2004
Format:Audio CD
I listened to this CD constantly back when it first came out in the late '90s. I used to have a 3 hour round trip bus ride to and from the university, and Swing Out Sister were constant companions. Their slick synth pop jazz sound fused Sade's rhythmic jazz pop with the more upbeat sound of dance acts like Pet Shop Boys into a winning combination.
Eventually I tired of the record - it's a little overproduced. Actually, it's a lot overproduced, but it sort of works with the material. It's also very much a product of its era. Of course, now that the airwaves are dominated by a completely different set of sonic clichés, that isn't necessarily such a bad thing. 15 years or so on, I can actually manage a bit of nostalgia for the music of that era. It doesn't hurt that some of the songs on this album are hook laden and well sung by throaty-voiced Corrine Drewery, particularly the hits "Breakout" and "Twilight World", along with "Fooled By A Smile" (which probably should have been a hit), the wonderfully moody "Communion", "Surrender" and "Blue Mood". She's got to be one of the most underrated vocalists in pop - she certainly does more for me than the dreary stylings of the perennially overrated, monotonous Diana Krall. Drewery is one of the few singers who merits the comparisons she receives to Dusty Springfield.
A year or so ago I finally picked up Swing Out Sister's follow-up disc, Kaleidoscope World. I have to admit, I haven't been able to get into it, in spite of the wonderful Jimmy Webb arrangements (I've loved the 5th Dimension's effusive pop confections since I was a child).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Among the best eighties albums out there. June 28 2004
By JC
Format:Audio CD
Not as sophistcated as the follow up "Kaliedoscope World" but simply an outstanding debut, fully demonstrating Swing Out Sisters' potential. The first single "Breakout" (an unforgettable catchy pop number at the time) is only the tip of the iceberg...the title best suits the album, after "Breakout" it does get better and better.
This release may seem over-produced at times, but who honestly cares? It's not hard to tell Swing Out Sister visioned the music itself to be atmospheric, and anything less would have not have made so much of an impact as it did (at the time). And about the music...a mixture of smooth vocals, modern jazz, eighties electro-pop, and r&b...with an ambience of orchestration...clearly the middle ground between great eighties musicians and producers at the time such as "The Manhattan Transfer" and "Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis".
I won't specifically describe each track, because that will be spoiling what can be heard, and basically a waste of time, if u can just listen to it...but the standout tracks are "Twighlight World", "Surrender" (not to mention, for having such an outstanding bass line), "Communion", "Theme...from It's Better To Travel" (the album's shocker proving Swing Out Sister is not just a pop-act and certainly no "one" or "two-hit wonder")...and of course "Breakout".
I will admit...having this on vinyl I prefer, over the cd...it seems so many classic albums these days are re-mastered with an unnecessary excess of remixes...i could never understand the point of this, because i feel the albums stand alone better without the remixes.
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4.0 out of 5 stars FIRST TASTE BEFORE MORE HELPINGS. June 12 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
THE FIRST TASTE OF A BAND THAT DESERVES NOT ONLY A SECOND HELPING FROM LISTENERS BUT AT 10TH AND 12TH HELPING.
A BEGINING GLANCE AT THE FIRST OFFERING FROM ANDY CONNELL AND CORINNE DREWERY AND MARTIN JACKSON.CATCHY HOOKS UPLIFTING LYRICS MIXED WITH A HORN SECTION,VIBRAPHONE AND A STRIKING ALTO VOCAL.
IF YOU ARE READING THIS REVIEW I STARTED BACKWARDS WITH THEIR NEWEST OFFERING WHERE OUR LOVE GROWS AND MOVED BACKWARDS. I ADORE THIS GROUP . I REMEMBER FROM MY LAST YEAR IN HIGH SCHOOL BEING VERY IMPRESSED WITH THE SOUND AND THE APPROACH TO THE PRODUCITON OF THIS ALBUM.IMMEDIATELY SOMETHING ABOUT THE HONESTY WIT AND CREATIVE JUICES OF THIS GROUP STAYS AND CONTINUES TO DEVELOPE ALL THE TIME.FEEL GOOD AND HOPEFUL. THIS RECORDING IS THE FIRST BUT BY NO MEANS DOES IT SUM UP THE COMPLETE SOUND OF SWING OUT SISTER TO DATE. IT IS MORE OF AN INTRODUCTION TO A BAND THAT CONTINUES TO PRODUCE EXCITING, DIFFERENT AND CAPTIVATING POP MUSIC WITH A STRONG JAZZ SOUL CORE TO ITS FIBER AND MUSICAL VOCABULARY. A VERY FUN COOL PLACE TO START IF YOU WANNA BE AT THE BEGINING OR PAST SOS OVER IN THE PAST.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Living in a twilight world with SOS Feb. 29 2004
Format:Audio CD
Sade was not the only one infusing jazz in her brand of pop. Another British group, Swing Out Sister, led by smooth-voiced Corrine Drewery, she of the Louise Brookes hairdo, was doing the same, only their sound was more peppy, using horns to enhance a backbeat of drums and mostly bass keyboards. The result is a kind of snazzy, lush, dreamy brand of UK jazz pop, the soundtrack for some jet-setters in a cocktail lounge on some ocean-liner.
The single "Breakout" uses airy Pet Shop Boys-type synths, funky keyboards, percussion, string synths, and a fresh horn ensemble in the chorus and bridge. In the NAD mix, also included here, the funky keyboards have been removed in the intro, repeated instrumental fills and loops, instrumentals of the string synths, the removal of airy synths in the bridge, and all the other stuff one's come to expect from remixes.
Its fellow single "Twilight World," sports pronounced snazzy horns and more string synths than "Breakout." "Don't be fooled by love songs and lonely hearts, you're living in a twilight world" sings Corrine, surrounded by a flurry of horns and strings that the Pet Shop Boys and Dusty Springfield would ache to use. And there's a nice vibe instrumental used here. Yes, one does get tired of lonely crowds, friendly faces, and for some privacy. As for the remix, there are different keyboards, a harmonica, there's an obnoxious monologue from some jerk talking about a girl demanding some sort of contract and advances, to which he says, "she'd have to get a body transplant to get an advance from me." That better not be about Corrine.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If Theres a Song To Remember Back In the 1980's
It's none other then "Breakout" by SOS! Brings back memories when I first heard it on the radio in my senior year in high school! Groovy tune for that time!
Published on Feb. 28 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars And they were off to a great start.
This album never ceases to entertain me. SOS here is Basia, Berlin, and the Pet Shop Boys all mixed together to create their cool unique sound. Read more
Published on July 1 2003 by francofemme
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS IS WHY I FELL IN LOVE WITH SOS
Here is why I fell in love with Swing Out Sister.
They had their "BREAKOUT" in 1987 during a decade where music all one hit wonders and bubblegum flavored (the taste... Read more
Published on April 30 2003 by "swingoutsisterguy"
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless classic
I've just put this into my CD player again after not having listened to it for a couple of months and it still sounds as fresh as ever! Read more
Published on Feb. 24 2003 by mutzpunter
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!!!
A groundbreaking debut album. A must for cocktail parties, cool get-togethers, lounges, good club mixes(DJ's take note!!). Read more
Published on Jan. 31 2003 by Scott C Elliott
3.0 out of 5 stars Not their best, but good tunes!
A few memorable tracks make it worth the purchase at under [price], but some of it is forgettable early '90s fodder with the bonus track editions not being of much substance.
Published on July 24 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars Their only good album
Swing Out Sister was one of many jazz/blues vocal groups from the late eighties. Others included Seal, Simply Red and Sade. Read more
Published on Nov. 2 2001 by kireviewer
5.0 out of 5 stars A refreshing mix!! A great album for the late 80's.
This album has always been my favorite. There are a number of tracks that get my attention including the highly popular, "Breakout". Read more
Published on Sept. 4 2001 by smoothjazzandmore
5.0 out of 5 stars Maybe 'It's Better to Travel' after all
It's Better to Travel is an album that's great to listen to or you're a new fan to jazz music. This is a great album in that cool, breezy kind of way. Read more
Published on Aug. 24 2001
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