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Script of the Bridge: 25th Anniversary Edition Import

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  • Audio CD (June 3 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Blue Apple
  • ASIN: B00195BM3Y
  • In-Print Editions: LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
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Disc: 1
1. Don't Fall
2. Here Today
3. Monkeyland
4. Second Skin
5. Up The Down Escalator
6. Less Than Human
7. Pleasure and Pain
8. Thursday's Child
9. As High As You Can Go
10. A Person Isn't Safe Anywhere These Days
See all 12 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. In Shreds (exclusive mix)
2. Dear Dead Days (exclusive mix)
3. Things I Wish I'd Said (exclusive mix)
4. Don't Fall (live)
5. Here Today (live)
6. Thursday's Child (live)
7. A Person Isn't Safe Anywhere These Days (live)
8. Less Than Human (live)
9. Pleasure and Pain (live)
10. Second Skin (live)
See all 15 tracks on this disc

Product Description

2008 digitally remastered two CD release, the 25th anniversary pressing of the Manchester band's brilliant debut album containing a bonus CD that includes three bonus tracks and a live concert recorded in Bremen, 1983. Features 27 tracks total including 'Don't Fall', 'Less Than Human' and 'Up The Down Escalator'. Also includes special 16 page booklet designed by the band.

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Script of the Bridge is The Chameleons' best album and it is a shame that it's kind of overlooked when it comes of the post-punk/cold wave scene of the 80s. The music IS really good and it will really suits your mood if your melancholic; I'm the kind of guy who has been severely depressed since the age I got my first spoon of Pablum so it does suit my mood and I'm always ready for the sad tones and the great melodies of Less Than Human, Don't Fall, Here Today, Pleasure and Pain, etc. On the 25th anniversary edition, you get a second disk with demo and live versions (recorded at a concert in Bremen in 1983) of these songs. There's a lot of anger and sadness in these songs and that's all we need isn't it ? Or at least that's what the song tells us... or was it love ? I'm not sure anymore.
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When I purchased the Chameleons record script of the bridge for the fist time on vinyl in the 80's I loved the music but hated the record quality from static records.
Ten years later i bought the record again on CD. The sound was good but was revealing some of the imperfections of the original recording.
This year I bought the Abbey road restoration limited edition of this great album. WOW! The sound engineer did a very good job! The vinyl pressing quality is excellent and the included CD is a must.
I recommend the purchased to anybody who like the Chameleons music. This is definitely a must for your collection and the sound quality will beat any edition previously purchased.
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Not quite as advertised... I received my copy of this today. Yes it's the remastered double album, but there is no CD, just a download code. There is no gatefold with additional art, and it's not one of 1000 hand numbered copies either. I wouldn't have minded the price if the package was what it claims to be, but almost $60 for an lp on two albums has me kinda feeling dissatisfied with my purchase.
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alright, sounds good. Hard to understand what the vocalist is saying half the time but I like it, kind of. I'm not British, maybe that's why.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa18c627c) out of 5 stars 29 reviews
28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa17f4978) out of 5 stars Still vibrant. June 30 2008
By Vajra Wright - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Twenty-five years after its original release, The Chameleons' "Script of the Bridge" album is still a testament to the timeless nature of the music the lads from Madchester penned so long ago. Bands today are still name (and riff!) dropping The Chameleons. Honestly, if you played this to the uninitiated, chances are they'd think it was released recently.

To listen to this album is to take a trip down the rabbit hole. A strange and incredible journey that leads you to lands bleak and hopeless and heights dizzying and hopeful. In this package, you're offered balm for the Big Sad and hope that "this roaring silence won't devour us all".

An album most certainly for artists, by artists.

Welcome home.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa17f9a08) out of 5 stars "Loudness War" Mastering - But There's an Alternative. June 27 2012
By JB - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
For those disappointed in the compressed, limited "Loudness War" mastering of this release, there is now an alternative.

Blue Apple Music has released a 2012 reissue of this album that has been professionally remastered at Abbey Road Studios by Guy Massey & Steve Rooke. The disc even comes with a message on it explaining to "turn up the volume". The album was released as a 2xLP + CD (1000 copies) and a standalone CD version (500 copies).

I purchased the standalone CD version, which unfortunately comes in a mini-LP sleeve with no liner notes or bonus tracks...STILL for the phenomenal upgrade in sound quality this 2012 disc is 100% worth it. It sounds LEAGUES better than the old 90s CD reissue, what you'd get here, or even an original 80s LP.

To sum up, if you actually care about sound quality and want something that's closer to the band's vision of what the album is supposed to sound like, avoid this release and track down the SUPERIOR 2012 Abbey Road Remaster from Blue Apple. You'll probably have to go to their website, which is where I purchased my copy.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa18011bc) out of 5 stars Stately, wintry post-punk. Great music! Dec 30 2010
By Angry Mofo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This album is for fans of the post-punk sound, but I'm a big one. It's based on cold, echoing, reverberating guitars, much like its contemporaries by The Cure, New Order, and The Comsat Angels. But even though I'd heard these ideas many times before, Script Of The Bridge still offered me enough to warrant close attention. As in all the best post-punk, those echoing guitar chords are often arranged into hypnotic riffs that make effective use of pauses and changes in volume, such as the confident, weary stride of "Less Than Human." Even when the riff itself is pretty simple, there is some interesting detail in the execution. The hook in "Second Skin" is the same drawn-out four-note rise/fall sequence that appears in countless new wave and ambient songs, but here, each long note is actually split up into many repetitions of the same note, played in a fast drone. In other words, they're creating a slow sound by playing fast, creating a strange contrast: a slow, majestic advance, but with a feeling of energetic motion.

"Second Skin" seems much shorter than its actual seven-minute length. It flies by so easily and gracefully that one might even miss how complex it is. The opening on keyboards is heavenly, as impeccably produced as music could get before electronica came along. It then breaks into the main body, with its slow/fast contrast, but then it slows down a bit for a dreamy, echoing outro, where singer Mark Burgess first marvels, "No wonder it feels like I'm walking on air," and then is overtaken by layers of overdubbed voices, worriedly muttering, "Something's banging on my door." The stuff dreams are made of, indeed.

"View From A Hill" is the album's other dreamy soundscape, more keyboard-oriented, with a much longer instrumental section. At the other end of the spectrum are a few up-tempo numbers, like the first track "Don't Fall" and the indignant "Paper Tigers." "Don't Fall" clearly shows the punk roots of post-punk with a simple driving rhythm and the muddiest production on the album. "Paper Tigers," on the other hand, is much more refined, with a galloping drone-riff, possibly the best of the whole album, plus a sorrowful, grieving chant-chorus.

It's impressive that this was The Chameleons' debut -- it's much more fully realized than Three Imaginary Boys, Movement, or Waiting For A Miracle. It does have some filler songs: it seems to me that "Monkeyland" is a bit slow to start, and breaks up the energetic standard set by "Don't Fall" and "Here Today." Still, the music never really sounds bad, it consistently ranges from OK to great. The only problem is Mark Burgess' voice, as in, he doesn't have much of one. He has his theatrics down, with the right dramatic intonation and high-class diction, but his acting is dead set on "desperate soliloquy" mode. This serves him well on "Second Skin" and "Paper Tigers," but his voice has little range, and sounds flat, without the commanding authority of Ian Curtis, the flexibility of Robert Smith, or the warmth of Ian McCulloch or Paul Simpson. I was somewhat reminded of the guy from Wire, if the latter had taken one theatre course.

Burgess wrote a set of lyrics to match. Every song is a grandiose display of angst, expressed in hyper-dramatic but totally unsubtle ways, e.g. "I surmise I'm less than human in God's eyes." On one hand, there's the ornate vocabulary ("surmise"!); on the other, there's the simple chant-like song structure. And yes, "Monkeyland" even features the line, "is there anyone here who understands me, anyone at all?" It's fortunate that the music is there to tip the scales. The droning power of the guitars often overwhelms the vocals, so that they are only half-discernible. I think it's for the better, allowing the album to create a mournful atmosphere, a wintry landscape that only occasionally comes into focus around the singer, who is unfortunately not strong enough to carry the album by himself.

This is a seasonal album, best suited for wintertime. If you're able to appreciate droning, ringing guitars and melancholy atmosphere, it's for you. In fact, it may help if you're already a connoisseur of post-punk, since you'll be better able to discern the ways in which Script Of The Bridge stands out from the rest. This particular style of music is able to create a faraway, dreamlike mood better than any other.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa18010c0) out of 5 stars timeless classic Aug. 26 2008
By Mick - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
If you are a fan of 80's rock/punk then this is a must have album. Almost every song is single-quality. Beginning with the rollicking 'Don't Fall' and concluding with the understated 'View from a Hill', each song has its own character and appeal. The lyrics, instrumentation and arrangements blend together seamlessly.
These guys played with U2 and other major bands back in the early 80's. Unfortunately, just when the band was coming to tour the US in 1987, they abruptly disbanded following the sudden death of band manager Tony Fletcher who died in a car accident in New York. There have been subsequent attempts to resurrect the band notably the 2002 release 'Why Call It Anything?'.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa18012dc) out of 5 stars Memories of Tandle Hill. Dec 4 2008
By Christopher Mellor - Published on Amazon.com
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I've just listened to this album for the first time though, I had heard of the Chameleons from friends and also through limited radio play. This their first album is for me still ahead of its time by a good ten years. It pokes fun at later cure albums and of course runs parallel with new order for darkness and sublime lyrics. "View from a hill" is the standout track for me written about Tandle Hill a place special for me from Sunday visits wth my mum and dad.Later also with my first daughter and my wife.
The rest of the album is cracking and is well worth the price. I must admit to not being a fan of live tracks however, the ones included on the second disc are quite revealing and provide an insight into the bands sound and cohesiveness.All in all its top!!

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