Thirty Thousand Feet Over China Import
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2008 digitally remastered and expanded edition of their sophomore album featuring five bonus tracks: single versions of 'I Radiate', 'Some Fun', 'War Song' and 'Don't Talk To Me (I'm Shy)' plus a live version of 'The Square'. The Passions were one of the most critically respected Pop groups of the '80s, best known for their huge hit single 'I'm In Love With A German Film Star', among the most distinctive, atmospheric records of the era. Label mates with the likes of The Cure and Associates, the group's original studio albums have never before been re-released. This is the band's most commercially successful album, originally released on Polydor Records in 1981.The package has been assembled with completely unpublished photographs from the band's own archive, alongside the memories of all four original members, and a breakdown of the rationale and recording of each and every track. Cherry Red.
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11. I Radiate
12. Some Fun
13. War Song
14. Don't Talk To Me (I'm Shy)
15. The Square (live version)
Now let's cross our fingers that Cherry Red will make the follow-up LP, "Sanctuary", available on CD, with bonus tracks such as the 12" mix of the song "Sanctuary", because my vinyl 12" single is sounding pretty worn right about now.
Formed in 1978, the band had consistent line-up changes, but Gogan seemingly had the venue by the time this album was released to explore intriguing avenues within a solid pop framework. The five bonus tracks - four "7-inch" mixes and one live - show the potential of the group with the focus on well-crafted music geared to "pop" radio.
The group disbanded in 1983 and the trio of studio albums issued in the early-1980s are virtually impossible to find. This re-issue is an excellent (and only easy) means to get acquainted with a band that was showing a way to the new wave.
If you're a fan of the following groups, you're likely to enjoy The Passions: Dislocation Dance, Martha And The Muffins, The Cyclones, The Photos, Mari Wilson & The Wilsations, Altered Images; Bette Bright.
And great to hear again, seems fresh as ever.
If you like the poppier bits of the Cure you'll like this. Lots of jangling guitar, great beats and interesting composition. And some great female vocals not too far away from Toyah Wilcox.
Great to hear some songs not on Passion Plays. But I'm still hankering to hear some of the other songs from that compilation - Some-one Special, Africa Mine, Jump for Joy, The Letter, Love is Essential, Your Friend, Sanctuary. So go ahead, make my day and release the other Passions recordings, why don't you!