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.Label: Epic.Published: 1990
Vanda and Young ... da war doch was. Genau. Gitarrist Harry Vanda und Keyboarder George Young verantworteten in den 60ern bei den Easybeats den Evergreen Friday On My Mind und waren bald darauf verschollen. Erst Ende der 70er tauchten die grauen Eminenzen der australischen Szene wieder im internationalen Rockzirkus auf: Flash & The Pan hieß das Projekt, das kunstvoll gedrechselte Songs von eigentümlicher Eingängigkeit lieferte. Wohltuend seltsam wie die Kompositionen erklang auch der Gesang, der häufig durch ein Megaphon und andere technische Hilfsmittel verfremdet wurde. Die respektable Collection erlaubt einen repräsentativen Blick über das Gesamtwerk. Anspieltips: Hey St. Peter, Media Man und Waiting For A Train.
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nein, keine panne meinerseits.
auf der scheibe sind ne menge geniale songs drauf,
z.b. yesterdays gone
hey st. peter
walking in the rain
waiting for a train
mein lieblingstitel im moment:
welcome to the universe.
wirklich grosses kino, finde ich.
der sound der gruppe ist sehr speziell, eigenartig, und faszinierend.
textauszug aus midnight man:
i can help you - i can understand
i can help you to your promised land
i am your helping hand
your midnight man.
das versprechen wird eingelöst
grüsse sendet agusigida.
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If you're only familiar with "Hey, St. Peter" (their one big hit) I recommend caution with Flash and the Pan. They favored a disco beat and playful songs that lack the edge of Hey, St. Peter. Just buy their eponymous LP (Flash & the Pan) and you'll get 2 other superior songs, Walking in the Rain, and California and may enjoy others.
Now for the typical grousing about a collection: what was left out. You won't even get California on this CD. I own three Flash and the Pan LPs, which is approx. half their output and risked buying this CD to enjoy some new songs. There's some tolerable stuff (Ayla, perhaps) but really found nothing new that appeals.
Choices: Early Morning Wake Up Call is a decent song from the LP with the same title, but I would have selected Look at that Woman Go. Similarly, Media Man and Welcome to the Universe (at nearly 9 minutes long) are inferior selections from the LP "Lights in the Night." I prefer Lights in the Night and Atlantis Calling, and these choices may have allowed inclusion of another song.
Overall, my guess is that disco tunes were favored over slower selections...I even believe the version of Early Morning Wake Up Call on this CD is faster than the original (though I don't have my record player hooked up presently and could be wrong). Again, I'd just buy the CD of their first work (Flash & the Pan) and then, please, give it a chance. This group used an odd combination of synth'd main vocals, an insistent beat, simple background vocals and occasional organ flourishes. Mostly lighthearted music but if it matches your mood it's pretty good. Walking in the Rain is a downbeat song that actually may be their best song, and since it is on this Collection, you could do worse.
Flash & the Pan did sound better back in the 70s, but hey - it is still better than many of songs out today. I would recommend this to my friends.
When the Easybeats split up in the early 1970`s Vanda and Young kept working together on various projects as producers and songwriters. For instance for John Paul Young ( Love is in The Air).
In late 1970`s they formed their new band "Flash and the Pan". This compilation contains material from their first 5 albums as well as a rare non album single.
How can you describe their music; it certainly grows on you. You have give it more than one listen ; if it doesn`t hit you the first time.
Their weird sounding vocals may disturb some people from the fact that most of their songs are really great. The voices sound like they were recorded through poor radio-microphones; or even a megaphone.
The music style varies from disco to rock`n roll ( and everything in between ). Their lyrics are usually both clever and thought-provoking; and often humorous.
They had a few minor hit singles which are all included here.
" Hey St Peter"- "Yesterday`s Gone" "Money Don`t Lie" - Show them at their rocking best
"Waiting for a Train" - "Walking in the Rain" - are both based quiet disco riffs
The single "Something About You Baby Blue" is a very catchy music-hallish song that almost sound like it could have been written by Ray Davies of the Kinks. Great song.
"Media Man" and "Midnight Man" are great disco-rockers.
"Hey Jimmy" great guitar break! quiet disco
"Down Among The Dead Men" another great tune and another theme F.& P. theme : old legends (Titanic)
"Early Morning Wake Up Call" ; in my opinion one of their weakest singles - Especially in the elecric drums are very irritating.
"Ayla" a disco anthem!!
This album is highly recommended.
Start here and buy all their originals later. There are much more to go for than what can be put on to just one CD.
Now we can only hope that the will get back together again to record. Their last album was released in 1992; so it`s high time.