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REVIEW: Producers - Made In Basing Street [Deluxe Edition]

ProducersMadeCoverEvery year there are a few good albums that come along that can really spark your fire and get you excited about new music. Very seldom, however, does an album come along that is exceptional from start to finish. So tailor made to your tastes that you fall in love with it like it was your first crush and you just cannot stop listening to it. When you buy a new album or get turned onto a new artist, do you hope that it’s going to be something exceptional, even a classic? I think we all do. I can recall those times and releases in my life…Bellybutton by Jellyfish, Alarma by Daniel Amos, 90125 by Yes, Out of the Blue and Time by ELO, Welcome Interstate Managers by Fountains of Wayne and the self-titled release by The Dissociatives. There are more, but those are some of the highlights of the past 30 years for me.

This album has been a long time coming with at least 2 name changes and numerous delays. That is understandable considering who the band members are and what they’ve accomplished with this release. Once called The Producers, then US and finally settling on Producers, this super-group consists of producers Trevor Horn (Art of Noise, Yes, Buggles, Seal, Frankie Goes To Hollywood) and Stephen Lipson (Simple Minds, Jeff Beck) along with Lol Crème (10cc, Godley & Crème, Art of Noise), Ash Soan (Del Amitri, Squeeze), Gary Langan (ABC, Queen, PiL) and Chris Braide (Lana Del Ray, Yuna). The group was formed in 2006 and for the past 6 years they have been writing and recording while working out songs at numerous live shows. They teased fans with snippets via You Tube and a single release of “Freeway,” but nothing that would adequately prepare the listener for the final result. The final version of “Freeway” That kicks off the album is a great showcase of the songwriting and production that follows for the rest of the record. That is not to say it all sounds the same, far from it. There is a lot of diversity and a variety of sounds that all compliment each other to make a very cohesive record by an actual band that plays and records together.

You have to hear the whole record but key tracks include “Man on the Moon,” which is a beautiful and melodic track that is one of my favorites, along with the totally Trevor/Buggles sounding “Garden of Flowers.” This group of artists really gels to make some super intelligent and melodic pop. The keyboards loop, swim, and swoosh over real guitars, drums, piano and bass to make some songs that you will want to listen to over and over. Grab a pair of headphones and listen to the whole thing to get the full sonic impact of one of the best sounding recordings I have ever heard. I expected good production from a group of producers that call their band “Producers,” but this is truly brilliant production with some beautifully subtle touches that truly come to life with a decent pair of headphones. For a great example of this check out “Your Life.”

There is some bad news though… This release is only available in the UK at the moment, and it doesn’t seem to be getting any promotion or attention, so the odds of it being released as a physical product beyond England are probably not great. Also, you have to get the deluxe version with a disc of bonus tracks that aren’t just crappy demos or throwaway tracks but fully realized new tracks (the song “Seven” is as good as anything on the record) and extended versions. The alternate extended version of “Garden of Flowers” is currently my favorite track. The deluxe version comes in a nice 6-panel eco-wallet with 2 CD’s and full lyric booklet.

Bottom line… Order the deluxe version now and enjoy. This isn’t a flavor of the day, buzz band or critics darling. In other words, this is not something you’ll forget in a month. This is a beautiful record with great lyrics, production and melodies.

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