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  • Audio CD (Jan. 19 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Blue Apple Music UK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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Digitally remastered and expanded two CD edition of the Manchester Post Punk quartet's 1985 sophomore album including a bonus CD that contains previously unreleased demos. On Disc One, the album's original tracklist has been bolstered with the addition of the non album tracks 'In Shreds' and 'Nostalgia. On Disc Two, the nine demo tracks were recorded in 1984, immediately prior to the full album session and showcase the songs in their full, original intensity. They were taken from guitarist Dave Fielding's C60 cassette, which has been restored and digitally remastered. The album is presented in a super jewel case, with new artwork by band member Reg Smithies.

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You probably have heard about it in a situation, when you meet the coolest person ever, ask him/her about a favorite band and they say ... The Chameleons. This is a very important album. I see "5 stars" all the way. I'll just add 5 more.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Awe Inspiring Dec 15 2001
By David Whiting - Published on
Format: Audio CD
The Chameleons have to be one of the greatest under-appreciated treasures of all time and it's a shame that they have never received the recognition they so richly deserve in the USA. Most fans of the Chameleons will typically site "Script of the Bridge" or "Strange Times as their favorite disc, but while these are indeed great discs, my personal fave is actually "What Does Anything Mean?" This disc transports me to another place each time I listen to it. Songs such as "Intrigue in Tangiers" and "Perfume Garden" showcase a surreal blanket of guitar and synthesizer enveloping beautifully poetic vocal melodies. While themes and moods can be dark, the absolute triumph of this effort is how uplifting this body of work is. These are songs that ultimately create a sense of childlike wonder and possibility. Anyone who has ever liked bands such as Echo and the Bunnymen, U2 or the Psychedelic Furs would be doing themselves an immense favor by taking the time to discover this band.
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
The Greatest Unknown Band Of All Time April 1 2002
By B. Greer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Either you get the Chameleons or you don't. Those who know and love this band understand that they were a huge and defining part of 80's and 90's rock and roll. Passionate and complex. Majestic and haunting. The power of Mark Burgess' voice is rivaled only by such greats as Ian Curtis and Peter Murphy. Dave Fielding and Reg Smithies are master craftsmen who create a deeply, dark swirl of multi-layered, sonic guitar driven bliss. I was fortunate enough to see the Chameleons in Los Angeles 2 years ago (they played a 2 shows in 2000) and it was ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! The Chameleons maintain their place on that unparalleled, higher plane of rock and roll.
If you're a hardcore fan I highly recommend the Dali's Picture/Live in Berlin double disc. If you're just starting your collection then buy Script of the Bridge or What Does Anything Mean? first, Strange Times and The Fan and the Bellows after that. All of these releases are worth their weight in musical gold.
13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
This Album deserves 10 Stars!!! Sept. 3 2002
By Victor Campos - Published on
Format: Audio CD
The Chameleons and the Music they created were the "Secret" soundtrack to my life(along with The Waterboys). Discovered the band in 1984 with Script of the Bridge, and a year later this album Flew into my life! Words can do this album no justice. It was the album only a few of my friends and I ever kept to ourselves. Were REM and U2 was a common topic of conversation, The Chameleons were a topic of Inspiration! Thank God I had the chance to see them live in 1987 and to have a chance to meet them, and How incredible still that on Sept 28th and 29th of this year they will embark on a US tour right here in Atlanta! Will I be there? Already have tickets for both nights! Will I be moved the way I was back in 1985 if they play any of those songs live? Lets just say I'm bringing tissues! Buy this album at any cost! I'm 34 years old now, and I can't imagine not to have had this album in my collection! (8:00pm Somewhere in Atlanta)
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
The Chameleons' finest work Aug. 2 2002
By bunnygod26 - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Personally I think this is the Chameleons' bst record - listen to tracks like On The Beach, Looking Inwardly, PS Goodbye and Return Of The Roughnecks, you'll see why.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Offers great songs made better by less productionon disc 2 Jan. 26 2010
By BuzzAlaska - Published on
Format: Audio CD
My biggest dissapointment with What Does Anything Mean Basically by the Chameleons has been the over-produced, washed-out, glossy manner in which the casual listener would hear upon first listen. Only after hearing many of the songs in their raw form via the John Peel Sessions or other BBC Radio sessions can one appreciate just how intense and powerful each song really is without the producer(s) which managed somehow to neuter and tone-down otherwise thunderous drums or intricate guitar work. Guitar hooks which should have catapulted the Chameleons to much more fame failed to be heard due to poor mixing. Excellent drumming was immasculated by the mid-80's hollow production style. Basically, to enjoy this album, one needs to hear all songs in their infancy first and then blast the album to actually hear the true structures of the songs. The second disc of this release makes up for alot of grievances with the actual album. The demos represent what the album should have been - recorded in their truer form without all of the studio gimmicks. It's not perfect, but it provides a bridge between sometimes very raw radio sessions and far too much production in the released album's recording studio.

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