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Music of Quality & Distinction, Vol. 3 - Dark

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Album Review

Though there are many interesting tracks, Music of Quality and Distinction, Vol. 1 is quite a scattered album, including synthesizer updates of pop classics as well as a few straight-ahead takes with bizarre vocals. Several of the covers turn out quite well, including Tina Turner's "Ball of Confusion," Glenn Gregory's "Wichita Lineman" and Billy Mackenzie's "The Secret Life of Arabia" (from Bowie's Heroes). Paula Yates' tiny voice gives "These Boots Are Made for Walking" a painful lack of aggression, and Mackenzie's rendition of Roy Orbison's "It's Over" turns heartache into hysteria. Most of the songs are familiar, so listeners will at least be able to hum along with Bernadette Nolan's "You Keep Me Hanging On" and Gary Glitter's "Suspicious Minds."

Customer Reviews

Very Disappointed

WOW , i was so looking forward to this album, especially the andy bell track , well it doesn't sound great at all and the other song , well i don't think there a good representation of the originals at all . Shame because there are some wonderful artist on there , but this album sounds very boring )-"

Love this album

I love this ghostly yet cheery sound, with one or two tracks really quite dancey. If you're a fan of OMD's latest, reckon you'll love this. Cover of Small Town Boy and God Only Knows are particular highlights. Loved it.

Fab - worth the wait

Love this album, nothing disappoints. Especially loving the Picture This cover and the Boy George tracks, but seriously, every one a winner.

Biography

Formed: 1980 in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s

The production arm of early synth popsters Heaven 17 and occasionally a recording entity in its own right, B.E.F. (or British Electric Foundation) was formed by Martyn Ware and Ian Craig Marsh just after their exit from the original lineup of the Human League. Ware and Marsh had formed the Human League in 1977 as a completely electronic synthesizer band. After adding vocalist Philip Oakey and Adrian Wright, the group released the seminal 1978 single "Being Boiled" and two LPs, 1979's Reproduction...
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