know_no_mercy

China Crisis - Flaunt The Imperfection know_no_mercy

February 23, 2020
edited 8 months ago
referencing Flaunt The Imperfection, LP, Album, Spe, 1-25296, 9-25296-1
My vinyl lp has a very similar matrix runout except A side is "...SR1..." and B side is "...SR2..." Also each side has a small logo like an upper case "S" with a smaller upper case "R" inside and I can't really make it out, but I'm assuming an upper case "C" in the bottom half of the "S". Specialty Records Corporation
DustyRusty

China Crisis - Flaunt The Imperfection DustyRusty

June 28, 2020
edited 4 months ago
referencing Flaunt The Imperfection, LP, Album, Spe, 1-25296, 9-25296-1
I have the identical Matrix numbers you refer to, including the 'S' logo, on my copy as well.
Mjaek

China Crisis - Flaunt The Imperfection Mjaek

August 2, 2018
referencing Flaunt The Imperfection, LP, Album, Emb, V2342, V 2342
Incredible album.. Thought this was a 'Best of' when I first heard it.
Just buy it if you ever come across this masterpiece. And it should be relatively easy, as it (not surprisingly)sold very well.
hafler3o

China Crisis - Flaunt The Imperfection as reviewed by hafler3o

February 8, 2018
referencing Flaunt The Imperfection, CD, Album, RE, CDV 2342, 0777 7 86707 2 8, 0777 7 86707 28

Thirty-plus years on and this is still fresh as a daisy. Walter Becker applied the necessary, rounded off all the edges and gave everything a mature gloss. The songs are rock solid and (luckily) these days don't get played much so retain that 'just minted' quality. They tried to repeat the trick but somehow it wasn't to be. Great up-tempo / down-tempo relaxing music to get you going.
muzakphils

China Crisis - Flaunt The Imperfection muzakphils

January 27, 2015
referencing Flaunt The Imperfection, CD, Album, 7867072
Is the cover art of the Spanish edition in color red? Thanks.
soundandlight

China Crisis - Flaunt The Imperfection soundandlight

December 8, 2011
edited over 4 years ago
referencing Flaunt The Imperfection, CD, Album, RE, CDV 2342, 0777 7 86707 2 8, 0777 7 86707 28
It's high time Virgin pull their thumbs out and remaster all the China Crisis albums. Bonus tracks too please! And for God's sake's don't let Rhino or Cherry Red anywhere near them! If Virgin can't be bothered maybe give Edsel a crack at 'em. They did a reasonably fine job with the Blancmange & Thompson Twins!
vikenfjord

China Crisis - Flaunt The Imperfection vikenfjord

January 26, 2011
referencing Flaunt The Imperfection, LP, Album, All, 1-25296, 9-25296-1

I don't understand where this Catalog# (9-25296-1)
is coming from. The # 1-25296 is clearly printed on the label (klick more images), and etched on the vinyl as well.
postpunkmonk

China Crisis - Flaunt The Imperfection as reviewed by postpunkmonk

January 30, 2008
edited over 8 years ago
referencing Flaunt The Imperfection, CD, Album, RE, CDV 2342, 0777 7 86707 2 8, 0777 7 86707 28

This is the China Crisis album for any fans of Steely Dan. Produced by Walter Becker, who liked them enough to mention it to someone in charge, this album even features lead singer Garry Daly altering his phrasing to resemble Donald Fagen! The players are all sharp enough to reach Dan levels of performance without Becker throwing in any ringers, but as a fan of previous albums, I found this one less than compelling. The nadir is the MOR single, "You Did Cut Me." Worse than Steely Dan at their most commercial without the benefit of their usually sharp lyrics [lyrics never being a particular China Crisis strength].

Conversely, the closing "Blue Sea" is a truly impressive achievement of a cinematic tune from this normally lower key, introspective band. "Bigger The Punch I'm Feeling" has a strong whiff of The Dan, as does "The Highest High" but the tone is lighter and approaches playfulness - never a factor in Steely Dan. I sort of wish Becker had never got his mitts on the group, but it's not an abject failure by any means. Nevertheless, the chart success of this album altered China Crisis' artistic trajectory to the extent that they stayed basically within its' parameters even when produced by Mike Thorne and Clive Langer & Alan Winstanley in addition to Becker on subsequent albums. Going back to the first two albums, I can't help but have a sense of loss.

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tinbird

China Crisis - Flaunt The Imperfection tinbird

July 31, 2017
referencing Flaunt The Imperfection, CD, Album, RE, CDV 2342, 0777 7 86707 2 8, 0777 7 86707 28
You know, having never thought of it this way, I have to say I kind've agree with your thoguhts here...as much as I love this album, the first two were light years different and I would have preferred CC to stay on the trajectory of them. More electronic and experimental vs. radio friendly easy listening jazz rock. The songs are still great and they did finally get it right on Diary of a Hollow Horse, but you are right to say that the first two albums are overall much more interesting, daring, and original. It seems that developed a longing to be respected more as musicians and less as New Wave electronic pioneers.