China Crisis

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China Crisis - What Price Paradise What Price Paradise
Pop New - LP SP 5148 A&M
Sealed 1986 Original, Tower Records $8.44 Price Tag And Custom Song Sticker Over Shrink Wrap. 4 Stars In All Music Guide.... more details
 
China Crisis - Flaunt The Imperfection Flaunt The Imperfection
Pop New - LP 25296 Warner
Sealed 1985 Original. Crisp Corners, Clean Cut Out Hole. “China Crisis Underwent A Complete Change In Sound For Their Third Album, Completely Ditching The Heavy Dub Rhythms And Challenging Arrangements Of 1982's Difficult Shapes & Passive Rhythms, Some People Think It's Fun To Entertain And 1983's Working With Fire And Steel (Possible Pop Songs, Vol. 2) With An Altogether Smoother And Less Aggressive Sound. That Doesn't Equal A Commercial Capitulation, However; If Anything, The Choice Of Walter Becker (Of The Then-Unfashionable Steely Dan) As Producer Was A More Commercially Daring Maneuver Than Anything The Group Had Previously Attempted. The Overall Sound Is Considerably Prettier Than Before -- The Placid Eno-Like "Black Man Ray? Is Downright Beautiful -- And The Arrangements Mix Synthesizers With Traditional Instruments In What Was For 1985 An Unusually Graceful Way, With Neither Predominating. Another Difference From The Earlier Albums Is That The Group's Songwriting Is Much Improved, The Failed Instrumental Experiments And Tiresome Dance Workouts That Occasionally Marred Their Earlier Albums Replaced With A Newfound Melodic Sophistication And Lyrical Acuity. By The Time Of 1987's What Price Paradise, This Sophistication Will Be Unfortunately Replaced By Callow Slickness, But Flaunt The Imperfection Is The One Album Where China Crisis Got The Balance Right.” Stewart Mason, All Music Guide.... more details
 
China Crisis - Diary Of A Hollow Horse Diary Of A Hollow Horse
Pop Used - LP SP 5225 A&M
1989 Original. Gold Promo Stamp On Back Cover. Produced By Walter Becker.... more details
 
China Crisis - Difficult Shapes & Passive Rhythms Some People Think It's Fun To Entertain Difficult Shapes & Passive Rhythms Some People Think It's Fun To Entertain
Pop New - LP 7 90632-1 Virgin
Sealed 1982 Original. Small Saw Cut.... more details
 
China Crisis - Working With Fire And Steel: Possible Pop Songs Volume Two Working With Fire And Steel: Possible Pop Songs Volume Two
Pop Used - LP 25062 Warner
1983 Original With Custom Inner Sleeve. Appears Unplayed. “China Crisis Main Men Gary Daly And Eddie Lundon Were Great Songwriters Searching For That One Song That Would Make A Difference. "Working With Fire And Steel" Was That Song. Although They Had Hits Before, And They Would Have Hits After, No Other Song Defined China Crisis' Essence More. With Its Percolating Beat, Daly's Hiccupping Vocals, And A Smashing Chorus, It Was The Perfect Modern Pop Song. With That Said, There Was Also So Much More To China Crisis Than That One Song. This, Their Sophomore Album, Features Songs Cut From The Same Cloth As "...Fire And Steel," Including "Animals In Jungles" And "Hanna Hanna," But Also Reveals A Band With Deeper Meaning And Ambitious Ideas. Lundon's Sweet Backing Vocals (And Lead Vocals On The Pretty "Wishful Thinking" And "When The Piper Calls") Balance Out The Quirkiness Of Daly's Voice, Creating A Perfect Combination.” Steve Schnee, AMG.... more details
 
China Crisis - What Price Paradise What Price Paradise
Pop New - LP SP 5148 A&M
Sealed 1986 Original With Custom Song Sticker On The Shrink Wrap. Tiny Saw Cut. "After Making A Bid To Become The '80s Version Of Steely Dan On The Delightful Flaunt The Imperfection, China Crisis Offered A Fuller And More Pop-oriented Follow-up The Next Year. With The Duo Of Clive Langer And Alan Winstanley (Replacing Walter Becker) Sharing The Producer's Chair, The Songs On What Price Paradise Feature Warm, Intricate Arrangements And Prominent Brass And Strings. But While More Than One Langer/winstanley Offering Of This Era Overwhelmed Its Subject With Such Treatment -- Elvis Costello's Ill-fated Goodbye Cruel World Is A Good Example -- The Sophisticated And Melodic Songs Here Prosper From The Attention To Detail. The Motown-ish Bounce Of "Worlds Apart" And "June Bride" Is Made Even More Infectious By Punchy Horn Charts, While "Hampton Beach" Offers Sweeping Melodrama, As Gary Daly's Delicate Vocals Are Surrounded With Just The Right Touches. Even The Songs That Hint At The Previous Album's Jazzy Complexities, Like Disc Opener "It's Everything," Are More Accessible And Inviting Here And, On "Arizona Sky," China Crisis Seemed To Have The Big American Hit That Singles Like "King In A Catholic Style" Didn't Quite Deliver. Released At A Time When Many Of The Group's U.k. New Wave Contemporaries Were Being Flushed Off The Charts -- Most For Good -- What Price Paradise Was Yet Another Strong Outing From This Too-often Underrated Band." Dan LeRoy, AMG.... more details
 
China Crisis - Diary Of A Hollow Horse Diary Of A Hollow Horse
Pop New - LP V 2567 Virgin
Sealed 1989 UK Original Produced By Walter Becker. “Reunited With Producer Walter Becker, China Crisis Made Perhaps Their Most Steely Dan-Like Album With Diary Of A Hollow Horse. Pristinely Recorded And Brimming With Jazzy Sophistication, It Includes Some Of The U.K. Quintet's Best-Ever Material, Including "Sweet Charity In Adoration," A Satisfying, Complex Pop Song Of The First Order That Features A Lovely Flute Cameo From Sessionman Jim Horn. Yet Beyond The FM Perfection Lurk A Few Surprises. The Group Also Teamed With Producer Mike Thorne (Soft Cell) For A Trio Of Cuts That Are Among The Most Simple And Direct Pop Songs In The Their Catalog. In Particular, "St. Saviour Square" And "All My Prayers" Have Straightforward Rhythms And Melodies That Connect Instantly, Drawing Passionate Performances From Singer Gary Daly And Offering A Nice Contrast To The More Subtle Surroundings. Harder To Suss Is The Closer, The Becker-Produced "Age Old Need," Which Sounds Like It Was Lifted From The Soundtrack To A Medieval Morality Play. But The Album Did Mark The Close Of A Three-Album Period (Begun With 1985's Flaunt The Imperfection And Continued On What Price Paradise The Following Year) That Saw China Crisis At Their Artistic Peak, A Summit Reached By Few Of The Group's Late-'80s Peers.” Dan LeRoy, AMG.... more details
 

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