It's Better to Travel
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Swing Out Sister's 1987 chart-topping debut It's Better To Travel is a warmly organic collection of electronic pop songs that sets itself apart with its use of real strings and horns as well as lead singer Corinne Drewery's much-loved and recognisable vocals. The record spawned two Top 10 hits and achieved platinum status as well as earning the band two Grammy nominations and a host of critical praise from the likes of Melody Maker ("spanking, sparkling, radio-friendly little tunes") and the NME ("lush, laidback funky mix with nifty horn section") . This newly enhanced 2CD package has been compiled by both main members of Swing Out Sister (Corinne Drewery and Andy Connell). The audio will be newly re-mastered and the brand new booklet will feature sleeve notes written by the band and a host of carefully selected photography.
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A BEGINING GLANCE AT THE FIRST OFFERING FROM ANDY CONNELL AND CORINNE DREWERY AND MARTIN JACKSON.CATCHY HOOKS UPLIFTING LYRICS MIXED WITH A HORN SECTION,VIBRAPHONE AND A STRIKING ALTO VOCAL.
IF YOU ARE READING THIS REVIEW I STARTED BACKWARDS WITH THEIR NEWEST OFFERING WHERE OUR LOVE GROWS AND MOVED BACKWARDS. I ADORE THIS GROUP . I REMEMBER FROM MY LAST YEAR IN HIGH SCHOOL BEING VERY IMPRESSED WITH THE SOUND AND THE APPROACH TO THE PRODUCITON OF THIS ALBUM.IMMEDIATELY SOMETHING ABOUT THE HONESTY WIT AND CREATIVE JUICES OF THIS GROUP STAYS AND CONTINUES TO DEVELOPE ALL THE TIME.FEEL GOOD AND HOPEFUL. THIS RECORDING IS THE FIRST BUT BY NO MEANS DOES IT SUM UP THE COMPLETE SOUND OF SWING OUT SISTER TO DATE. IT IS MORE OF AN INTRODUCTION TO A BAND THAT CONTINUES TO PRODUCE EXCITING, DIFFERENT AND CAPTIVATING POP MUSIC WITH A STRONG JAZZ SOUL CORE TO ITS FIBER AND MUSICAL VOCABULARY. A VERY FUN COOL PLACE TO START IF YOU WANNA BE AT THE BEGINING OR PAST SOS OVER IN THE PAST.
This release may seem over-produced at times, but who honestly cares? It's not hard to tell Swing Out Sister visioned the music itself to be atmospheric, and anything less would have not have made so much of an impact as it did (at the time). And about the music...a mixture of smooth vocals, modern jazz, eighties electro-pop, and r&b...with an ambience of orchestration...clearly the middle ground between great eighties musicians and producers at the time such as "The Manhattan Transfer" and "Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis".
I won't specifically describe each track, because that will be spoiling what can be heard, and basically a waste of time, if u can just listen to it...but the standout tracks are "Twighlight World", "Surrender" (not to mention, for having such an outstanding bass line), "Communion", "Theme...from It's Better To Travel" (the album's shocker proving Swing Out Sister is not just a pop-act and certainly no "one" or "two-hit wonder")...and of course "Breakout".
I will admit...having this on vinyl I prefer, over the cd...it seems so many classic albums these days are re-mastered with an unnecessary excess of remixes...i could never understand the point of this, because i feel the albums stand alone better without the remixes.
This is a very nice album, blending jazz, blues and electronic rhythms. The lead singer has the perfect voice for this jazz/blues style of music. The compositions are all very good.
This is Swing Out Sister's first album on a major label. Like many groups, they have an earlier album on an independent label, which contains many of the songs here.
The LP version had 9 tracks. The CD adds 4 bonus tracks, which are just extended dance mixes of 4 or the 9 tracks. Except for the extended mix of Surrender, none of these extended mixes are any good. Sections of the songs are looped to make them longer. It is not well done, and the extended mixes are just annoying and repititious.
None of Swing Out Sisters later albums are nearly as good as this one. They are more pop oriented and have no energy or life.
Most recent customer reviews
I listened to this CD constantly back when it first came out in the late '90s. I used to have a 3 hour round trip bus ride to and from the university, and Swing Out Sister were... Read morePublished on July 18 2004 by sunspot42x
Sade was not the only one infusing jazz in her brand of pop. Another British group, Swing Out Sister, led by smooth-voiced Corrine Drewery, she of the Louise Brookes hairdo, was... Read morePublished on Feb. 29 2004 by Daniel J. Hamlow
It's none other then "Breakout" by SOS! Brings back memories when I first heard it on the radio in my senior year in high school! Groovy tune for that time!Published on Feb. 28 2004
This album never ceases to entertain me. SOS here is Basia, Berlin, and the Pet Shop Boys all mixed together to create their cool unique sound. Read morePublished on July 1 2003 by francofemme
Here is why I fell in love with Swing Out Sister.
They had their "BREAKOUT" in 1987 during a decade where music all one hit wonders and bubblegum flavored (the taste... Read more
I've just put this into my CD player again after not having listened to it for a couple of months and it still sounds as fresh as ever! Read morePublished on Feb. 24 2003 by mutzpunter
A groundbreaking debut album. A must for cocktail parties, cool get-togethers, lounges, good club mixes(DJ's take note!!). Read morePublished on Jan. 31 2003 by Scott C Elliott
A few memorable tracks make it worth the purchase at under [price], but some of it is forgettable early '90s fodder with the bonus track editions not being of much substance.Published on July 24 2002
This album has always been my favorite. There are a number of tracks that get my attention including the highly popular, "Breakout". Read morePublished on Sept. 4 2001 by smoothjazzandmore