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Wild Birds '85-'95 Best of

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  • Audio CD (Feb. 22 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Best of
  • Label: Select Distributions
  • ASIN: B00004KD3M
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #41,412 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Cuts You Up
2. Subway
3. The Scarlet Thing In You
4. Indigo Eyes
5. Keep Me From Harm
6. Final Solution
7. Deep Ocean Vast Sea
8. Strange Kind Of Love
9. Hit Song
10. Huuvola
11. All Night Long
12. Dragnet Drag
13. I'll Fall With Your Knife
14. The Sweetest Drop
15. Roll Call
16. Jemal (version two)

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Well, I have listened to Peter Murphy's music from the beginnings with Bauhaus, thru Dali's Car, and his solo work... This "Best Of" compilation, is some of his best work as a solo artist, but as another reviewer noticed, it is heavily weighted to the later part of his career (especially Cascade). Don't get me wrong, some of the selections are rare gems if you do not already own them on the original albums. One of my favorite, yet often overlooked tracks, Final Solution, makes it onto this compilation, as to the expected Indigo Eyes and Cuts You Up, two songs that are still played both in clubs and on the radio, true classics...
Songs I wish made it on the album but didnt, "Line between the Devil's Teeth", His Box (Dali's Car), and (not-so)surprisingly, nothing from Bauhaus.
I saw the tour that coincided with this release, and it was quite good, all accoustic, intimate, and as always, the "dark god's" voice was perfect.
I do think this is a bad choice by Beggar's Banquet as far as the songs go, nothing new, no alternative cuts, but for someone new to Peter Murphy, this is a great starting point to a long and wonderfull career.
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When I first saw a new Peter Murphy release my heart lept with anticipation, but having seen the track listing it sank. I have to agree with the previous reviewer and am upset about no alternative versions, save for "Jemal", no non-album tracks or previously unreleased material. It all rather seems more like a callous attempt by Beggars Banquet to cash in on the re-release of Peter Murphy's back catalog. Don't get me wrong, this is the perfect starting point for a new fan or intrigued passer-by, and ever Peter Murphy's worst is far better than most other's best material. It's disappointing in that it focuses too much on the weaker "Cascade"-era material (five tracks! ) and too little on his really sterling work. This would have been the perfect venue for including "Tale of the Tongue" on CD. And why not include "Blue Heart", "All Night Long", "Blind Sublime" and countless other stronger material from "Deep" or "Holy Smoke"? For an alleged decade summary of his career it's pretty skimpy pickings. This is one obsessed Peter Murphy fan who will have to bide his time for something more interesting.
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I will always give Peter Murphy 5 stars. He is one of the last musicians who is truly poetic. However, in the realm of academia, where I live, there is a mutual opposition to releasing a 'collection'. It either means that an author has died or that the domain covered by the collection illustrates the last breath of that movement. I can only hope that Mr. Murphy's collection is neither. I really hope that Peter is working toward new music. His work is awesome. If you enjoy any of the songs on this collection I strongly urge you to seek out the other albums which he produced. Personally, I constructed my identity around his covered platform, words like "go do good deeds and you'll feel OK" among others issues mean so much more now . . . . However, there is much left out in this new release. Personally, I feel wretched that 'crystal wrists' was not included in his collection, and I urge anyone who feels his humm to closely listen to all his works.
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This album might be a redundant buy for those of you who have followed Peter Murphy since Bauhaus and Dali's Car days... although it does have a nice mix of well-known Murphy favorites that would be great for a road trip without having to lug all of the albums along with you.
I find myself suggesting this ablum as a first buy for my friends who are just getting into Peter's work... after this one I tend to draw them in further with "Deep" or "Dust".
After a point, it's very easy to become completely absorbed by Peter's music, and this album touches on many of his different musical ventures with fairness to many years of very fine work.
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Since I hear for the first time "All night long", in a brazilian radio, in the 80's, I've never been the same to hear music. He surprises anyone at every time, in every song, with his powerful voice, and his gothic atmosphere. Yes, atmospheric, this is the best definition to a singer that creates with real feeling, making something that is really deep, and at the same time, cool. It's impossible to hear "Subway" and don't hear it again and again...passing the tracks, "I'll Fall With You Knife" is there, beatiful...and so many other songs, all beatiful. So,I think that "Wild Birds" is a good choice.
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Some supposed fans did not buy the album for sure as they did not see "All night long" song on the album?? It is on mine (track 11) and was the major reason why I have bought it. This song is really awsome with french speaking in it (done like an extract of Zelda game). Also, there is not 5 but 4 songs from "Cascade" album.
His major songs are on there "Cuts you up", "Indigo eyes",
"Subway", "Roll call" and a new "Jemal" version. Unfortunately for me,"Marlene Dietrich's favorite poem" is missing.
All his artistic talents on one album.
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