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Script of the Bridge (25th Anniversary Edition)

The Chameleons

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Album Review

With two years, numerous radio sessions, and incessant gigging under their belts since their debut single, "In Shreds," the Chameleons came to the studio determined to make a great first album with Script of the Bridge. To say they succeeded would be like saying Shakespeare did pretty well with that one Hamlet play of his. Script remains a high-water mark of what can generally be called post-punk music, an hour's worth of one amazing song after another, practically a greatest-hits record on its own: the John Lennon tribute "Here Today," "Monkeyland," "Pleasure and Pain," "Paper Tigers," "As High as You Can Go," the breathtaking closer, "View From a Hill." Starting with the passionate fire of "Don't Fall," Script showcases how truly inventive, unique, and distinctly modern rock & roll could exist, instead of relentlessly rehashing the past to little effect. The scalpel-sharp interplay between the musicians is a sheer wonder to behold, the Dave Fielding/Reg Smithies guitar team provoke nothing but superlatives throughout, and John Lever and Mark Burgess make a perfect rhythm section — while the crisp production of Colin Richardson and the band adds delicate synth lines and shadings, courtesy of early touring keyboardist Alistair Lewthwaite, and just the right amount of reverb and effects on the guitars. Add to that the words of Burgess, one of the few lyricists out there who can tackle Big Issues while retaining a human, personal touch, and it all just adds up perfectly. The best one-two punch comes from "Second Skin," a complex, beautifully arranged and played reflection on the meaning of music and fandom, and "Up the Down Escalator," an at once harrowing and thrilling antinuclear/mainstream politics slam. [An important note: avoid at all costs the original U.S. vinyl issue on MCA, which not only switches the song order but removes a full third of the songs. The 25th Anniversary edition, released by the Blue Apple label in 2008, provides a remastered version of the album on the first disc, while the second disc includes previously unreleased mixes of three Script songs, as well as a 1983 live set performed in Bremen.]

Customer Reviews

My Favorite Album Of All Time!

I was a kid in the 60's that grew up, and was tremendously influenced by, the great music of that decade. I was a teen in the 70's and had music as a central part of my life. I was in my 20's during the 80's and owned my own record store. Throughout the 90's and into today, music has remained a huge part of my life. My tastes are eclectic to the extreme. I have many favorite styles of music and varied artists to go along with those styles. The reason I mention this here is to emphasize just how much music I have been privileged to have been exposed to in my life, and what a huge part it has played in it. I don't just listen to music, I FEEL it! Script Of The Bridge is my favorite album of all time! It was when it first came out in 1983 and remains so to this day. When you think about what I wrote to start this review, that is saying something. This is the album I'd choose to answer that old question; "Which 1 album, book, movie etc... would you take if you were marooned on an island!" I am thrilled that this incredible work by one of the most underrated bands of all time is now, not only available here, but has been remastered and had 15 bonus tracks included with it. Glad most of these bonus tracks are from a live performance as The Chameleons were awesome in person. Get this album...now! It's as good as music will ever be!

Nice Surprise

I honestly didn't expect to find this here. And what a bonus: 27 Plus tracks for only $12. Fantastic album from an underrated band. Up the Down Escalator and Don't Fall are great songs. In Shreds is a nice extra. Now, I need to find Nostalgia.

Forever Great

I would agree with the reviews below, my wife and I are in our late 40's and have been listening to this album again and again and again since it's release. We never tire of it. It is truly one of the most brilliant albums ever conceived. No praise is too high for this masterpiece. Rock on Chameleons. I hope to see them live one day if they are still touring.

Script of the Bridge (25th Anniversary Edition), The Chameleons
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