China Crisis- (the band)*

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by ganma, Aug 19, 2013.

  1. ganma

    ganma Forum Resident Thread Starter

    I picked up Flaunt The Imperfection and am enjoying it — very nice laid back sophisticated mid '80s pop.
    Any fans?
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  2. dreambear

    dreambear Forum Resident

    Kalix, Sweden
    Yes! Count me in! The early albums is a bit more eletronic. FTI is in my opinion their best with What price paradise as second. I found their last studio effort incredibly cheap on Ebay and it (Warped by success) was better than expected.
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  3. Dennis Metz

    Dennis Metz Born In A Motor City!

    Fonthill, Ontario
    Great music:cheers:
  4. RevUp64

    RevUp64 Forum Resident

    Atlanta, GA, US
    Working With Fire and Steel stays in rotation in my house. Their first three albums are stellar!
  5. serj

    serj Forum Resident

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  6. SteveS1

    SteveS1 Forum Resident

    Weald, England, UK
    Very happy memories and some great tunes. "Difficult Shapes", "Working With Fire & Steel" and "Flaunt The Imperfection" are all stellar IMO and I picked up a four track CD of "Black Man Ray" at one of their gigs that I play often.
  7. ganma

    ganma Forum Resident Thread Starter

    I'm still enjoying the album. Black Man Ray is a great tune.

    Funny how in this video they appear to be playing acoustic instruments when the whole tune is electronic with some electric guitar.
  8. sennj

    sennj I'm slower than I look...

    Muskegon, Michigan
    Love these guys--excellent 80's pop at its best. Good to see 'em get some recognition here.
  9. OldShiftyEyes

    OldShiftyEyes Forum Resident

    I'm a fan. My favorite is What Price Paradise, probably because it's the first one of theirs I heard, but I enjoy all their albums.
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  10. James Glennon

    James Glennon Senior Member

    Dublin, Ireland
    A favourite of mine, actually when I was buying new speakers, this was one of the LPs that was demo'ed! Walter Becker had a big hand in their sound on this album.

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  11. HDManiac

    HDManiac Forum Resident

    One of my favourite pop albums of the 80s! I just discovered recently that it was produced by Walter Becker.
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  12. dreambear

    dreambear Forum Resident

    Kalix, Sweden
    My first was Flaunt the imperfection ( I had probably heard "Wishful thinking" before). It took some time to get into, because the production was very un-80´s, which means that it has stood the time test very well. I also remembering listening to Radio Luxemburg and first heard their new 1986 single "Arizona sky". Liked it and bought the album. Still gives all their studio albums a spin every year at least.
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  13. thematinggame

    thematinggame Forum Resident

    a highly underrated band , I actually prefer their later albums , there is also a great acoustic live album which hasn´t been mentioned yet

  14. Patrick Cleasby

    Patrick Cleasby Hi-Res idiot

    London, UK
    Saw them live on this tour. Who did the remastering? To my shame worked on a rather shoddy DVD version of Acoustically Yours when we were being asked to take it off VHS!
    Think we got the Beta SP master in the end but it was still not stellar visually. We took the time to resync the audio from the CD though!
  15. Pavol Stromcek

    Pavol Stromcek Forum Resident

    SF Bay Area
    Absolutely love China Crisis - Difficult Shapes and Passive Rhythms is my favorite.
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  16. gibby299

    gibby299 Forum Resident

    they played in Hamilton too, good "unplugged" show
  17. DrJ

    DrJ Senior Member

    Davis, CA, USA
    What Price Paradise has some damn fine pop tunes...I still spin it on occasion.
  18. Black Elk

    Black Elk Music Lover

    Bay Area, U.S.A.
    I lived in Liverpool at the time so discovered African & White on the Inevitable label thanks to a local radio station. Still have the 7" and 12" versions somewhere. No idea why they didn't catch on as much as some other Liverpool bands from then.
  19. eelkiller

    eelkiller Not one of the first 100 members

    Some of the first CDs I bought were China Crisis (Difficult Rhythms and Working with Fire...). I had never heard of them but needed to try something out on the new player. One of the best decisions I made, never tired of their music.
  20. serj

    serj Forum Resident

    Patrick Cleasby, i checked the booklet, but there are no info who mastered the reissue of "Diary Of A Hollow Horse". Only: "Demo tapes restoration by James Walsh"... But no info on the main album mastering. Anyway, the sound is very good for those ears. Not loud, compressed, but very easy & natural.
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  21. davers

    davers Forum Resident

    "You Did Cut Me" hooked me in 1985 and I've been a fan ever since.
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  22. captone

    captone Forum Resident

    BC, Canada
    Yes, definitely underrated. I don't know all of their material but songs like Tragedy and Mystery, Working With Fire & Steel, Wishful Thinking & King In A Catholic Style (Wake Up) + a few others are new wave/pop masterpieces. Great bass player in the band too!
  23. FTI is a true classic, although I admit I bought the album purely for the Walter Becker production...Steely Dan tart that I am. I'm playing the album right now and it remains as great as ever. Strangely, though, I never looked beyond this record, but it's never too late and new old album discoveries are always the best, I find.
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  24. Patrick Cleasby

    Patrick Cleasby Hi-Res idiot

    London, UK
    Yes I think Gaz was an integral part of the whole deal - particularly from FTI onwards.
  25. pmppk

    pmppk New Member

    I first heard "Wishful thinking" back in 1984. Since then China Crisis have been my most boloved band.
    So far only one album (Diary of a hallow horse) has been remastered. But IMO most of their albums already sound really great on original CD.

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