26.9.06

Secret Affair

Secret Affair - Time For Action (The Anthology)

Reviewer: Stephen SPAZ Schnee, All Music Guide

Whether you were a mod or a rocker (ask Ringo), there was always something to love about Secret Affair. With a cocky frontman (Ian Page) and a slashing, dashing guitarist (Dave Cairns), the band's mixture of influences like the Who, the Kinks, and the Northern soul sound came out sounding completely different to its mod counterparts (i.e.: the Jam, the Lambrettas, et al). With three studio albums to the band's credit (all reissued by the Captain Mod label) and a handful of live CDs and compilations to choose from, one would think that the band's catalog had been picked dry. But then along comes Time for Action, the ultimate Secret Affair anthology. Featuring just enough hits to satisfy the curious, this is really a treasure trove for the Secret Affair fan. Two discs featuring 41 tracks may seem like overkill, but once you press play on disc one, you'll be drawn into a musical universe filled with quality pop music created by musicians with a distinct vision. Beginning with early singles and unreleased demos as New Hearts, Page and Cairns' style was already in place (albeit a bit more raw than the later Secret Affair material). The rest of the discs are filled with Secret Affair A-sides, album tracks, and plenty of unreleased demos, B-sides, U.S. remixes, and more. If you own all three albums on CD and/or any of the compilations, there is still plenty here that is unavailable elsewhere. In fact, two-thirds of these recordings are only available on this compilation. The quality level is high, with some of the demos sounding even better than the released versions ("Don't Look Down" immediately comes to mind). If you are a collector of Britpop, mod, or power pop, then you must own this. For once, a worthy band has been intelligently anthologized.

Disc 1:

01. Just another teenage anthem
02. Plain Jane
03. Love's just a word (demo)
04. Blood on the knife
05. Only a fool (demo)
06. Seen that movie too (demo)
07. Don't look down (demo)
08. Only madmen laugh (demo)
09. Sunday girls (demo)
10. Glory boys (demo)
11. New dance (live at Mods Mayday)
12. I'm not free but I'm cheap (BBC session)
13. Going to a go-go (BBC session)
14. Time for action (US remix)
15. Soho strut
16. Get ready (BBC session)
17. Let your heart dance (US remix)
18. Sorry wrong number
19. One way world (US remix)
20. Trendsetters ball (demo)
21. Five by five (demo)
22. Through my eyes (demo)


Disc 2:

01. My world (US remix)
02. So cool
03. Sound of confusion
04. Take it or leave it
05. What did you expect
06. When the show is over
07. Streetlife parade
08. Do you know?
09. Follow the leader (demo)
10. Lost in the night
11. Hide and seek (demo)
12. Three wise monkeys (demo)
13. One day in your life
14. Dancemaster (demo)
15. Big beat (demo)
16. I could be you (BBC session)
17. Somewhere in the city (demo)
18. Land of hope
19. Soul foundation

Secret Affair - Time For Action disc 1(The Anthology)
Secret Affair - Time For Action disc 2 (The Anthology)

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I've still got my old Secret Affair 45s, so it is great to hear some of their other stuff. Thanks!

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