John Foxx ‎– Glimmer: Best Of John Foxx

Music Club Deluxe ‎– MCDLX097
2 × CD, Compilation, Remastered

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1-01 John Foxx Glimmer 3:38
1-02 John Foxx Plaza 3:55
1-03 John Foxx No-One Driving 3:46
1-04 John Foxx Underpass 4:00
1-05 John Foxx With Louis Gordon* Quiet City
Lyrics By [Words], Music By – Louis Gordon
1-06 John Foxx With Louis Gordon* Dislocation
Written-By – Currie*, Foxx*
1-07 John Foxx 030 3:22
1-08 John Foxx Twilight's Last Gleaming 4:25
1-09 John Foxx Sunset Rising 2:38
1-10 John Foxx With Louis Gordon* Cities Of Light 5
Lyrics By [Words], Music By – Louis Gordon
1-11 John Foxx Europe After The Rain 4:02
1-12 John Foxx With Louis Gordon* Hiroshima Mon Amour
Written-By – Currie*, Foxx*, Cann*
1-13 John Foxx The Garden 7:10
2-01 John Foxx With Louis Gordon* Through My Sleeping 5:01
2-02 John Foxx Endlessly 3:50
2-03 John Foxx With Louis Gordon* My Sex
Written-By – Currie*, Cross*, Foxx*
2-04 John Foxx He's A Liquid 3:03
2-05 John Foxx With Louis Gordon* Car Crash Flashback V2
Lyrics By [Words], Music By – Louis Gordon
2-06 John Foxx Dancing Like A Gun 4:11
2-07 John Foxx With Louis Gordon* Just For A Moment
Written-By – Currie*, Foxx*
2-08 John Foxx With Jori Hulkkonen Dislocated
Lyrics By [Additional Words] – John FoxxLyrics By [Words], Music By – Jori Hulkkonen
2-09 John Foxx Burning Car 3:16
2-10 John Foxx Miles Away 3:19
2-11 John Foxx With Harold Budd Stepping Sideways
Written-By – Budd*, Foxx*
2-12 John Foxx With Metamatics Free Robot
Written-By – Foxx*, Norris*
2-13 John Foxx No-One Driving (Early Version) 3:57
2-14 John Foxx Plaza (Extended Version) 4:54
2-15 John Foxx Burning Car (Dubterror/Karborn Mix)
Executive Producer – KarbornRemix – Dubterror*

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Made in the UK. (CD mould)
Manufactured in the EU. (CD label)

Digitally remastered at Dallas Masters
Plaza (Extended Version) was taken from a damaged tape but has been mastered to the highest possible standard.

Tracks 1-01 to 1-04, 1-06, 1-07, 1-11 to 1-13, 2-02 to 2-04, 2-06, 2-07, 2-09, 2-10, 2-13 to 2-15 published by Universal / Island Music Ltd.
Tracks 1-05, 1-08 to 1-10, 2-01, 2-05, 2-11 published by Quiet Man Music.
Track 2-08 published by Le Racket Publishing.
Track 2-12 published by Hydrogen Dukebox / Reverb Music Publishing Limited & Quiet Man Music.

All tracks under license from Metamatic except for track 2-08 under licence from F-Communications & track 2-12 under licence from Hydrogen Dukebox Records Limited.
This compilation ℗ 2008 Metamatic Ltd. © 2008 Demon Music Group Ltd.
Marketed by Music Club Deluxe, a division of Demon Music Group Ltd, LOndon.
Manufactured in the EU.

Comes in a slip-cased double CD jewel case with 20 page booklet.

The printed barcode also appears without space between numbers.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Scanned / Printed): 5014797670976
  • Matrix / Runout (CD1): MCDLX097/1 01
  • Matrix / Runout: MCDLX097/2 01
  • Mastering SID Code (CD1 & CD2): IFPI L136
  • Mould SID Code (CD1): IFPI 0495
  • Mastering SID Code (CD2): IFPI 0496

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October 11, 2008
The Best of John Foxx drives from the minimalist metal beat of his earliest solo incarnation, through the rich verdancy of The Garden, and shimmers in the glow of the Golden Section. Transcending periods of silence and invisibility, always underground, and finally bursting out into the Shifting City in which so much of his work is set.
John Foxx is not a musician any more than he is an artist, or a writer, or a film-maker. He is all of these, merging fine art with synthesizers, electronic music with industrialised psychedelia, mixing metallic clicks, squelches and drones with rich strings, drifting voices, creating melodies as fragile as spider silk and bass notes so deep they'd rip the wings off a military aircraft.
Glimmer is every shiny, tender one of theses things. As impossible to define as its creator.
But Glimmer reflects the thematic, rather than chronological nature of John Foxx's artistry, and is far more than the sum of its parts. Like the John Foxx discography, time is simply not linear. Ideas, sounds, characters and impressions drift in and out of the songs like smoke, bearing little regard for the parameters of sequence, and in such a way that their ordering on the track list exemplifies my favourite kind of irrelevance.
'Now' and 'Then' become lovers, waltzing hand in hand like Petrucio and Katherine through celluloid and steel. Hiroshima, mon amour. Look at the ideas, not the release dates.
From Dislocation to Dislocated, embracing newly-shimmering tracks from his solo albums and presenting a tantalising glimpse of translucent sunlight glancing off the splintered fragments of collaboration, Glimmer has it all. Lavishly and clinicially adorned with rare archive photography from different periods, embellished with previously unseen artwork.
Expect to have no favourite one here, for it is never going to be easy to isolate a single moment that encapsulates what John Foxx is all about. One of the two places you'll get closest to that 'golden section', that divine moment of meaning, lies in the neo-romantic, post-apocalyptic hybrid of machine and organism that is otherwise listed as track 16.
Nowhere among the twisted wreckage of the John Foxx/Louis Gordon fusion is there a better repurposing of an Ultravox compound than the pair's regeneration of My Sex. The patterns of rhythm, sound, angst and poetry in the original are captured with breath-taking eloquence, but now, thanks to the alchemy of Dallas Simpson, the aural graffiti of Gordon's spraycan ejaculate daubs and chirrups away at the slabs of concrete sound constructed by Foxx with more clarity and directionless grace than before.
To demonstrate Glimmer's grasp of the retrofuture concept further, there are elements in the title track, written in 1980, that would be perfectly at home in the later Cathedral Oceans material. Some of the threads woven into Carcrash Flashback V2 (From Trash) have their roots in Metamatic and its dub-tronic ancestors.
Its no coincidence that the extended version of Plaza (mastered from damaged tapes and now available for the first time) heralds the 21st century explosive remix that closes the album, Dubterror's Burning Car.
This is the other blistering, iconic moment of oneness on Glimmer -
a work of art that encompasses everything and all that will forever be John Foxx.