Friday, 9 May 2014
"A's & B's" by HUE & CRY - A Review Of The 2012 Music Club 2CD Reissue Which Features Many Non-Album Rarities In Great Sound...
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“…Your Words Hit Me…” – A’s & B’s by HUE & CRY
Like Deacon Blue, Love And Money, The Fat Lady Sings, Lies Damned Lies and Del Amitri - in the late Eighties and early Nineties I collected all their CD singles avidly. But it wasn’t for the edited or remixed A's – but the non-album B-sides which were often better than the commercially restricted radio hits. Scotland's wonderful Hue & Cry featuring Soul brothers Patrick and Greg Kane were the same. And in lieu of ever seeing a Universal 2CD Deluxe Edition of their 1988 nugget "Remote" album on the Virgin offshoot label Circa - this October 2012 Music Club 2CD set will have to do.
I still have the 3 x 3" CD singles for "Violently", "Looking For Linda" and "Peaceful Face" as well as the rare "Strength To Strength" CD single on Virgin CDEP 11 in 1987 which only ever made it out in a gatefold white card Promo Sleeve. Most of their fab B-sides are here (a lot of remixes are excluded).
Highlights include the two stunning live cuts off the "Peaceful Face" release – "Mother Glasgow" and an Acapella version of Sam Cooke's "A Change Is Gonna Come" which just slays the audience. And I’ve always thought that "Violently" (despite its title) is one of the loveliest songs they ever did (it’s represented here by the 7" single mix - lyrics above). Their Soulful cover of Kate Bush’s “The Man With The Child In His Eyes” was a clever choice and is gorgeous version. “Under Neon” is the “Bright Lights Big City Mix” and is as funky as a recording session with Nile Rodgers.
There’s no much to enjoy on here – all of it in spiffing sound quality and dirt cheap into the bargain.
It was no Labour Of Love re-hearing this cracking band – and what a voice Patrick Kane has. Dig in and enjoy…