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#3196 - Fri, 25 Feb 2005 21:00:00 There are still two JF albums I don't own....
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...and have never heard, apart from the odd track. Strange isn't it? I experienced this rennaisance with John's music a couple of years ago with the acquisition of 'Modern Art'. After which I picked up 'Omnidelic Exxotour', 'Pleasures of Electricity', (which I love, btw...I don't think it's a weak album at all) and all the releases in 2003 (not to mention seeing John & Louis perform 'live'). But.....I still haven't got around to buying 'In Mysterious Ways' and 'Shifting City'. Soon...very soon... But in the meantime, tell me what I'm missing! - Which tracks from these albums stand out for you?

Also, am I the odd one out or is there anyone else here who's missing a JF album or two?

Cheers.

YS

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#3197 - Fri, 25 Feb 2005 21:24:00 Re: There are still two JF albums I don't own....
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I love In Mysterious Ways. The tracks that really stand out for me are

In Mysterious Ways
Stars On Fire
Enter The Angel
Lose All Sense Of Time
Morning Glory
What Kind Of Girl

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#3198 - Fri, 25 Feb 2005 21:42:00 Re: There are still two JF albums I don't own....
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Hi Mike

Outstanding tracks. Hmmm....

In Mysterious ways :

This is my last favourite album of John but it is good. Outstanding tracks for me are:

Morning Glory
In Mysterious ways
Hiding in Plain Sight

Shifting City:
Love the hole album. It's sounding very Electronic techno beat . A nice follow up to Metamatic.

But different people have different tastes...
At least I love all stuff of John.
You mentioned the Scala concert - have you ever heard the boot of it? GREAT!!!!

Bye, Andreas wink

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#3199 - Fri, 25 Feb 2005 21:52:00 Re: There are still two JF albums I don't own....
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I think if you more in the sound of The Golden Section you will prefer In Mysterious ways.

If you prefer the sound of Metamatic, you will prefer what John & Louis doing today.

As I said I love all the sides of John but favourite is the Metamatic Sound for me.

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#3200 - Fri, 25 Feb 2005 23:57:00 Re: There are still two JF albums I don't own....
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IMW: Not a record I listen to very often. I quite like it, but apart from John's voice, I don't find it at all distinctive. "Stars on Fire" and "Lose All Sense of Time" are my favourite tracks.

I always thought the title track would make a good Cliff Richard Christmas release...

SC: Makes a trilogy with TPOE and C&B.

I liked this more before a "friend" of mine tore it to shreds (criticising especially what he said were terribly dated beats) but I still think it's a nicely original piece of work. It's got some excellent tracks on it: Here We Go, An Ocean We Can Breathe, Everyone...

Adrian

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#3201 - Sat, 26 Feb 2005 01:13:00 Re: There are still two JF albums I don't own....
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SC: Strange but I have personally never related this album to Metamatic - I think save perhaps "The Noise", "Crash" and "Concrete, Bulletproof, Invisible" it belongs more to the family of Garden/Golden, certainly more so than Pleasures and Crash & Burn.

IMW: It was the last of the first 4 I heard back in '91 - it seemed an odd postscript at that barren time. Soft spots for "Stars on Fire" and "Morning Glory" but I don't play it except on very sunny train journeys.

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#3202 - Sat, 26 Feb 2005 19:08:00 Re: There are still two JF albums I don't own....
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Hi Young Savage
I find it hard to imagine what it'd be like with out all of Johns work. I agree with Shadow Man that I probably play IMW the least but not to say it's a bad album. The outstanding tracks for me are Morning glory, This Side of Paradise and the three bonus tracks.
I think thet Shifting City is an Excellent album in similar style to the Metamatic sound in my opinion.
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#3203 - Sat, 26 Feb 2005 19:27:00 Re: There are still two JF albums I don't own....
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i still don't own john's stuff with harold budd & the "cathedral oceans" double-pack-cd with vol. 1 & 2 incl. , as i have vol. 1 as a single disc & don't wanted to buy it again only to get "a bonus disc" then , so to say !!! :rolleyes:

i actually like "shifting city" a lot & really can't say where it ranges in my list of foxx releases !!!

"in mysterious ways" is definitely an album that i also like - even more than "the golden section" , which is probably the weakest album of john ... imho , of course !!! wink

i really wished that he'd done more songs together with peter griffiths - also as a partner for playin' live , because i simply love the more or less acoustic stuff that they've done together durin' the mid- to late 80s period ... especially the still officially unreleased song "hanging in the air" , which is a real gem to me & i often wonder , why such a brilliant song never made it to any form of release so far !!! frown

however ... if john should ever decide to play some (semi-)acoustic gigs again , he should definitely choose peter griffiths as his accompanyin' partner for it !!! *hopeful_look*

anyway ... c u ! smile

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#3204 - Wed, 02 Mar 2005 01:42:00 Re: There are still two JF albums I don't own....
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In Mysterious Ways is as close to mainstream pop as JF ever got, but it's still recognizably him. If you're happy and in love, this album will work better than if you're depressed and single. It's not as crass as, say, some of Bowie's 80s output or Ultravox's U-VOX travesty or Gary Numan's mid-80s funk-influenced stuff, but like them it's the sound of a unique artist smoothing off the rough edges in an attempt to reach the mainstream. I just happen to like In Mysterious Ways more than those other records.

Shifting City is a bit of an oddity in the John Foxx catalogue, I think. It's sort of a missing link between the purely electronic albums and The Garden/Golden Section/In Mysterious Ways in that the music is pretty much all electronic but the feel of several of the songs is warmer and sometimes more psychedelically tinged than the colder electronics of The Pleasures of Electricity or Crash and Burn.

It took me something like ten years to find a copy of Metamatic because it wasn't released in Canada. These days, I don't wait when I hear there's a new John Foxx album.

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#3205 - Thu, 10 Mar 2005 19:22:00 Re: There are still two JF albums I don't own....
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Thanks for your responses folks! Let's see now...which to go for first?...*flips coin*...Heads it's "In Mysterious Ways", tails it's "Shifting City".... :rolleyes:

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#3206 - Thu, 10 Mar 2005 20:18:00 Re: There are still two JF albums I don't own....
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I think it's particularly interesting that these two albums were actually released one after the other (admittedly ten years apart).
IMW 'closes' the first period of JF's commercial solo recordings, and SC 'opens' the next phase - his work with Louis Gordon.

IMW draws on some of the ideas from The Golden Section and carries them further, perhaps into a realm that JF wasn't entirely sure about? Bearing in mind that he took Cathedral Oceans live in 1988, and having heard the bootleg, there are some suggestions that this was in his mind when working on IMW.
I feel that SC has a similar 'vagueness' about it, because it hints at a new realm that again JF is not entirely sure about. Both albums have an element of uncertainty in them I think, for different - almost antithetic - reasons, but both are massively under-rated.
Which ever you get first, you won't be disappointed. But be prepared for a few surprises (This Side of Paradise and Forgotten Years...in fact, hows that for a song to come back with from a period out of the spotlight??)

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#3207 - Sat, 12 Mar 2005 18:04:00 Re: There are still two JF albums I don't own....
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I think "In Mysterious WAys" the track is a bit too strange and ethereal to be covered by the very obvious Mr Cliff Richard, as someone suggested. And i also feel that John Foxx isn't really doing "commercial" material by the standards of most people in this "Pop Idols" world. Hes is much more classy than that, and does his own thing. Which is one of the things i most like about him.

Grant

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#3208 - Sun, 13 Mar 2005 00:22:00 Re: There are still two JF albums I don't own....
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Quote:
Originally posted by Young Savage:
Thanks for your responses folks! Let's see now...which to go for first?...*flips coin*...Heads it's "In Mysterious Ways", tails it's "Shifting City".... :rolleyes:
Hi Young Savage! (Great choice of name!) smile

And the winner was...?

I don't actually own any physical copies of any John Foxx albums past The Golden Section. Everything following that was...erm...*ahem*...downloaded onto the PC until such time as I could get around to somehow finding them or winning them on eBay as it's the only way I'll probably be able to get them.

Mrs. X

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