White Feathers Original recording remastered, Import
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|8. Hang On Now|
|9. This Car Is Fast|
|11. Too Shy (Instrumental Mix)|
|12. Take Another View|
|13. Interview Rooms|
|14. Animal Instincts|
|16. Too Shy (Midnight Mix)|
|17. Ooh To Be Ah (The Construction Mix)|
|18. Hang On Now (Extended Version)|
UK remastered reissue of the new wave era light synth pop band's debut album, originally released in 1982, featuring 18 tracks including 8 bonus tracks, 'Too Shy' (Instrumental Mix), 'Take Another View', 'Interview Rooms', 'Animal Instincts', 'Introduction', 'Too Shy' (Midnight Mix), 'Ooh To Be Ah' (The Constructive Mix), & 'Hang On Now' (Extended Version). EMI. 2004.
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While WF is not my favorite Kajagoogoo album, it boasts great tracks aplenty and, if they sound a bit like Duran Duran, it's only because the album was produced by D2 keyboardist Nick Rhodes and their favorite producer Colin Thurston.
Best songs include "Too Shy" (but of course), but mostly because I love Stuart Neale's keyboards and Steve Askew's rhhthm guitar more than anything.
--"White Feathers" with its synth drum track and some really good guitar riffs.
--"Lies and Promises" is silly fun, and my niece always used to get the lyrics wrong ("Are your lies as good as your brother says?" LOL).
--"Kajagoogoo (Instrumental)" which is good, funky new wave/jazz and blues.
--"Ooh To Be Ah" is a great song about fashion and very dated sounding, but I love it for that very reason.
--"Ergonomics" has a great chorus: "All across the land it's made for the hand."
--"Hang on Now" is by far the best song on WF. It is a beautiful song brimming with sophistication and AC savvy. This song should have been a bigger Stateside hit than it ended up being.
I think that "Magical Man," "Frayo" (which I've never liked) and most of the bonus tracks outside of the extended versions of the original album tracks are throwaways, but "Take Another View" in all its pure new wave quirkiness has won me over after about 6 to 10 plays. This is a great cd version of the album some of us bought back in 1983, but it's too bad more people didn't give the band a chance after they dumped Limahl. The followup is 20 times better! However, if you're simply revisiting your past, this is a good buy, and I recommend it highly.
Interestingly, the title track song, "White Feathers," might be better than "Too Shy," as is the case with other tunes on this record. On "White Feathers," Limahl nostalgically sings about the friends from his past, and belts out the noble, drunken, somehow romantic line, "One more shot and then down I go my lady, down I go just maybe." For such a young band at the time, Kajagoogoo put forth a weighty vibe when necessary.
Kajagoogoo, a new wave pop band to the tenth degree, were weird but good. The lads had a real sense of style and cool hooks all over. If you enjoy pristine pop music, your ears will perk up to every tune on this album. Some might condemn Kajagoogoo for its ultra-tight 1980s sound, stilted electric drums and the keyboardist's nonstop synth work. But you've got to hear this album for what it is; not all rock music is raging guitars, loud percussion and a screaming lead singer -- and this is coming from someone who loves hard rock music.
As for the songs, "Magician Man" contains a childlike curiosity for the profession it speaks of, with a chorus that features two separate lines oft repeated -- a trick this band was good at. The song "Kajagoogoo" (yes, the band named a song after itself) is a buoyant, high-energy affair as the band members spell out K-A-J-A-G-O-O-G-O-O like excited male cheerleaders at an '80s pep rally. "Ooh To Be Ah" is a spectacular song about the glamorously rich and famous living the cosmopolitan life all over the world, a song that should have been released as a single in America, since it had the potential to perhaps elevate this band past its mere one-hit-wonder status. Indeed, "Ooh To Be Ah" was a big hit in England, deservedly so, after the gigantic "Too Shy."
The jilted love song with the heavy bass, "Hang On Now," WAS released in the U.S. as this band's second single, only to flop miserably. Rounding out "White Feathers" is "This Car is Fast" and "Ergonomics," two tunes that qualify as the ultimate sing-along anthems on this pop masterpiece, as if there weren't enough. Though silly in message and tone, they're fun songs nonetheless. The last song, "Frayo," may be Kajagoogoo's most artistically accomplished effort. With clever and challenging lyrics about civil rights in Denmark, plus formidably hollow keyboard work in the middle of the song, it's truly a standout.
Once again, if you like the song "Too Shy," and you don't mind synthesizers working in place of guitars, you won't regret purchasing this CD.
The direction the band took after Limahl's departure was quite different and the follow-up albums just do not have that early 80s 'synth sound' like this classic. This is definitely THE Kajagoogoo CD to have in your collection if you only own one.
While the bonus tracks are great to have, I just want to point out that while there is an instrumental version of Too Shy here AND what is labeled as "The Midnight Mix", this midnight is not the version I am familiar with--it is PREDOMINANTLY instrumental as well. Vocals don't kick in until there is barely a minute and a half left on the mix. For the full vocal midnight mix, you'll have to get your hands on a copy of the CD "Kajagoogoo & Limahl: The Singles."