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White Feathers Original recording remastered, Import

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (Aug. 9 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B0002FH6Y6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
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1. White Feathers
2. Too Shy
3. Lies & Promises
4. Magician Man
5. Kajagoogoo (Instrumental)
6. Ooh To Be Ah
7. Ergonomics
8. Hang On Now
9. This Car Is Fast
10. Frayo
11. Too Shy (Instrumental Mix)
12. Take Another View
13. Interview Rooms
14. Animal Instincts
15. Introduction
16. Too Shy (Midnight Mix)
17. Ooh To Be Ah (The Construction Mix)
18. Hang On Now (Extended Version)

Product Description

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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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa013e090) out of 5 stars 20 reviews
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0134d2c) out of 5 stars Great British Wave Debut. May 30 2005
By Reviews No More - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Upon hearing Kajagoogoo's biggest hit, "Too Shy," a person could easily dismiss them as another trendy 80's band in the fashion of peers like Duran Duran, ABC, and A Flock of Seagulls. You would be wrong, though, because the group may have been outrageous--for those times--in the looks department and had the overratedly cute frontman Limahl who I never particularly felt attracted to, they had good pop sensibilities in their new wave song structures and also displayed a knack for leaning toward contemporary jazz. Say what you will, Nick Beggs is a very good bass player, Limahl's relaxed and often quirky vocals bear a faint resemblance to Boz Scaggs, and Stuart Neale's keyboards really bring home the jazzy aspect of the group. Jez Strode is a competent drummer and Steve Askew has some great, funky riffs that gell with and enhance the other players. Simply put, Kajagoogoo was an underrated band who showed promise on White Feathers, and most Americans didn't stay around long enough to pick up their sophomore album, Islands, which is unbelievably great.

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.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa013a39c) out of 5 stars Excellent synth pop nostalgia Dec 23 1998
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Yet another 80's band gone into oblivion and one you probably won't brag about listening to. But beneath all the funny hairdos, electronic drums, synthesizers and the slick studio sound (Colin Thurston and Duran Duran keyboard player Nick Rhodes produced), this band actually consists of gifted musicians. Especially the bass player Nick Beggs, whose fat'n'funky slap sound can be heard all over 'Ooh To Be Ah', 'Frayo' and the instrumental 'Kajagoogoo'. It's pure kitsch but very listenable, and you'll have to admit that these guys knew how to craft many a hummable tune. Who doesn't remember 'Too Shy', their catchy No.1 breakthrough? Too bad that the fans turned their backs on this band on their subsequent and more mature releases. Definitely still worth a listen.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa013a7ec) out of 5 stars Too good to fall into the depths of obscurity June 18 2002
By Sal Nudo - Published on
Format: Audio CD
The classic pop hit "Too Shy" is a great song: It boasts a foreboding intro, a throbbing bass line at the start and a quirky synthesizer before Limahl's androgynous "Hey girl!" wail kicks in. And of course, the repetative and breathy chorus makes the song. Amazingly, all the other songs on this obscure but outstanding album have the same intriguing musical elements.

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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0d8f6cc) out of 5 stars if you like 80's synthpop... May 13 2003
By kevin Hrebinko - Published on
Format: Audio CD
great cd. It's very unfortunate it was their first and last really quality album, in my opinion. Their last two albums, which feature Nick Beggs( bassist) on vocals, instead of Limahl, really stray from the really cool synthpop sound they have in "White Feathers". if you like the song "Too Shy" this is definitely the cd you should get, instead of the greatest hits. Not that the other songs are bad, they're just not the Kajagoogoo they are in "White Feathers". Every song is very unique and interesting and very good. One of my favorite albums.:)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0137948) out of 5 stars new wave synthdance perfection for those who thought they were nothing more than "Too Shy" March 5 2007
By Daniel W. Kelly - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Those who have a Kajagoogoo/Limahl greatest hits collection (and there are many variations out there) may have been disappointed by the other "singles" beyond the two classic synthpop gems "Too Shy" and "never ending story" and not bothered to explore the bands full length albums further. In terms of White Feathers, the band's only album with Limahl as vocalist, the other singles that show up on compilations, "ooh to be ah" and "hang on now", are the weakest tracks on this brilliant synthdance album. Their downtempo, more jazzy arrangements do not represent the sounds you'll find on this CD--classic early new wave synth sounds in the style of Men Without Hats, Our Daughter's Wedding, and early Depeche. "White Feathers", "Lies and Promises", "Magician Man", "Ergonomics", "This Car is Fast", and "Frayo" are uptempo dance gems, and the bonus track "Interview Rooms" has the Duran Duran influence other reviewers spoke of.

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."