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AOTW China Crisis WHAT PRICE PARADISE (A&M SP 5148)

Discussion in 'A Small Circle of Friends: The Music Forum' started by LPJim, Jul 24, 2017.

  1. LPJim

    LPJim Well-Known Member Moderator Thread Starter

    1 It's Everything 5:09
    2 Arizona Sky 5:25
    3 Safe As Houses 4:26
    4 Worlds ApartComposed By – Kevin Kelly (4) 3:34
    5 Hampton Beach 4:43
    6 The Understudy 5:45
    7 Best Kept Secret 4:08
    8 We Do The Same 4:21
    9 June Bride 3:49
    10 A Day's Work For The Dayo's Done 4:14

    Early pressing made in Japan for the U.S. market as printed at bottom of disc face

    Recorded at the Manor Oxfordshire and Westside Studios London.
    Mixed at Westside Studios summer 1986.

    Entered the Billboard Top 200 on March 7, 1987
    Charted for 12 weeks and peaked at # 114
    There are no corresponding albums for SP 5146 or 5147

    JB


     
  2. Rudy

    Rudy ᕦ(ò_óˇ)ᕤ Site Admin

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    This Liverpool-based group came off of their famous Walter Becker-produced Flaunt the Imperfection CD with this A&M debut. Quite a nice little album, as it still has some of Becker's influence despite having different production. I wouldn't say it's a Liverpool take on Steely Dan, but it does have a mix of pop, jazz and other elements that make for some nice easygoing listening, with enough lyrical "meat" to keep it all interesting. China Crisis just might be one of the best kept secrets (pun intended) out there. :wink:
     
  3. Mr Bill

    Mr Bill Lego Master Model Builder Moderator

    "Arizona Sky" is my favorite China Crisis song.

    --Mr Bill
     
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  4. Rudy

    Rudy ᕦ(ò_óˇ)ᕤ Site Admin

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    It's also another case of band names being deceiving. Back when I'd first heard of Flaunt the Imperfection, the band name brought to mind an emotionally-charge alternative metal/hard rock band. :laugh: But at the time, Steely Dan was no longer together, there were no talks of reconciling, and many of us were following Fagen and Becker. Fagen recorded on his own, of course, but Becker stepped more into production and songwriting during their hiatus, and Flaunt was one of his projects. Becker returned for Diary of a Hollow Horse, the A&M follow up to What Price Paradise, which was critically praised but did not do that well commercially.
     
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