Script of the Bridge: 25th Anniversary Edition Import
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|1. Don't Fall|
|2. Here Today|
|4. Second Skin|
|5. Up The Down Escalator|
|6. Less Than Human|
|7. Pleasure and Pain|
|8. Thursday's Child|
|9. As High As You Can Go|
|10. A Person Isn't Safe Anywhere These Days|
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|1. In Shreds (exclusive mix)|
|2. Dear Dead Days (exclusive mix)|
|3. Things I Wish I'd Said (exclusive mix)|
|4. Don't Fall (live)|
|5. Here Today (live)|
|6. Thursday's Child (live)|
|7. A Person Isn't Safe Anywhere These Days (live)|
|8. Less Than Human (live)|
|9. Pleasure and Pain (live)|
|10. Second Skin (live)|
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2008 digitally remastered two CD release, the 25th anniversary pressing of the Manchester band's brilliant debut album containing a bonus CD that includes three bonus tracks and a live concert recorded in Bremen, 1983. Features 27 tracks total including 'Don't Fall', 'Less Than Human' and 'Up The Down Escalator'. Also includes special 16 page booklet designed by the band.
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Ten years later i bought the record again on CD. The sound was good but was revealing some of the imperfections of the original recording.
This year I bought the Abbey road restoration limited edition of this great album. WOW! The sound engineer did a very good job! The vinyl pressing quality is excellent and the included CD is a must.
I recommend the purchased to anybody who like the Chameleons music. This is definitely a must for your collection and the sound quality will beat any edition previously purchased.
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To listen to this album is to take a trip down the rabbit hole. A strange and incredible journey that leads you to lands bleak and hopeless and heights dizzying and hopeful. In this package, you're offered balm for the Big Sad and hope that "this roaring silence won't devour us all".
An album most certainly for artists, by artists.
Blue Apple Music has released a 2012 reissue of this album that has been professionally remastered at Abbey Road Studios by Guy Massey & Steve Rooke. The disc even comes with a message on it explaining to "turn up the volume". The album was released as a 2xLP + CD (1000 copies) and a standalone CD version (500 copies).
I purchased the standalone CD version, which unfortunately comes in a mini-LP sleeve with no liner notes or bonus tracks...STILL for the phenomenal upgrade in sound quality this 2012 disc is 100% worth it. It sounds LEAGUES better than the old 90s CD reissue, what you'd get here, or even an original 80s LP.
To sum up, if you actually care about sound quality and want something that's closer to the band's vision of what the album is supposed to sound like, avoid this release and track down the SUPERIOR 2012 Abbey Road Remaster from Blue Apple. You'll probably have to go to their website, which is where I purchased my copy.
These guys played with U2 and other major bands back in the early 80's. Unfortunately, just when the band was coming to tour the US in 1987, they abruptly disbanded following the sudden death of band manager Tony Fletcher who died in a car accident in New York. There have been subsequent attempts to resurrect the band notably the 2002 release 'Why Call It Anything?'.
"Second Skin" seems much shorter than its actual seven-minute length. It flies by so easily and gracefully that one might even miss how complex it is. The opening on keyboards is heavenly, as impeccably produced as music could get before electronica came along. It then breaks into the main body, with its slow/fast contrast, but then it slows down a bit for a dreamy, echoing outro, where singer Mark Burgess first marvels, "No wonder it feels like I'm walking on air," and then is overtaken by layers of overdubbed voices, worriedly muttering, "Something's banging on my door." The stuff dreams are made of, indeed.
"View From A Hill" is the album's other dreamy soundscape, more keyboard-oriented, with a much longer instrumental section. At the other end of the spectrum are a few up-tempo numbers, like the first track "Don't Fall" and the indignant "Paper Tigers." "Don't Fall" clearly shows the punk roots of post-punk with a simple driving rhythm and the muddiest production on the album. "Paper Tigers," on the other hand, is much more refined, with a galloping drone-riff, possibly the best of the whole album, plus a sorrowful, grieving chant-chorus.
It's impressive that this was The Chameleons' debut -- it's much more fully realized than Three Imaginary Boys, Movement, or Waiting For A Miracle. It does have some filler songs: it seems to me that "Monkeyland" is a bit slow to start, and breaks up the energetic standard set by "Don't Fall" and "Here Today." Still, the music never really sounds bad, it consistently ranges from OK to great. The only problem is Mark Burgess' voice, as in, he doesn't have much of one. He has his theatrics down, with the right dramatic intonation and high-class diction, but his acting is dead set on "desperate soliloquy" mode. This serves him well on "Second Skin" and "Paper Tigers," but his voice has little range, and sounds flat, without the commanding authority of Ian Curtis, the flexibility of Robert Smith, or the warmth of Ian McCulloch or Paul Simpson. I was somewhat reminded of the guy from Wire, if the latter had taken one theatre course.
Burgess wrote a set of lyrics to match. Every song is a grandiose display of angst, expressed in hyper-dramatic but totally unsubtle ways, e.g. "I surmise I'm less than human in God's eyes." On one hand, there's the ornate vocabulary ("surmise"!); on the other, there's the simple chant-like song structure. And yes, "Monkeyland" even features the line, "is there anyone here who understands me, anyone at all?" It's fortunate that the music is there to tip the scales. The droning power of the guitars often overwhelms the vocals, so that they are only half-discernible. I think it's for the better, allowing the album to create a mournful atmosphere, a wintry landscape that only occasionally comes into focus around the singer, who is unfortunately not strong enough to carry the album by himself.
This is a seasonal album, best suited for wintertime. If you're able to appreciate droning, ringing guitars and melancholy atmosphere, it's for you. In fact, it may help if you're already a connoisseur of post-punk, since you'll be better able to discern the ways in which Script Of The Bridge stands out from the rest. This particular style of music is able to create a faraway, dreamlike mood better than any other.
The rest of the album is cracking and is well worth the price. I must admit to not being a fan of live tracks however, the ones included on the second disc are quite revealing and provide an insight into the bands sound and cohesiveness.All in all its top!!