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Andy Partridge Versions

Post by panophobe » 27 Aug 2012, 03:21

This post is only to express how much I freakin' love the Andy Partridge versions on the Rarities One disc. Listening to "Coping" right now. I've been a Blur fan since "There's No Other Way" and had never heard about these. Anyone have any info on how these came about? And are these three the only ones recorded with him? If not, I'd sure love to get my hands on the others. Good, good stuff. I digress.

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Re: Andy Partridge Versions

Post by Veikko » 03 Sep 2012, 16:12

I think those three songs are the only ones recorded with him (plus there was a samba arrangement of Starshaped which was probably scrapped!). The record company didn't like the tracks and he was sacked from the initial Modern Life Is Rubbish sessions.

Having heard the tracks, I think his eccentric production helped to unleash the different side of the band and was one step towards Parklife and The Great Escape. Still, the final versions have more of the "band sound" which may have been more comfortable for Blur at the time.

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Re: Andy Partridge Versions

Post by JAIME » 10 Sep 2014, 19:09

Veikko wrote:I think those three songs are the only ones recorded with him (plus there was a samba arrangement of Starshaped which was probably scrapped!).
I didn't know that :shock:
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Post by MrMagpie » 22 Sep 2014, 11:07

Veikko wrote:I think those three songs are the only ones recorded with him (plus there was a samba arrangement of Starshaped which was probably scrapped!). The record company didn't like the tracks and he was sacked from the initial Modern Life Is Rubbish sessions.

Having heard the tracks, I think his eccentric production helped to unleash the different side of the band and was one step towards Parklife and The Great Escape. Still, the final versions have more of the "band sound" which may have been more comfortable for Blur at the time.
Well said, Veikko. I do love the version of 7 Days he produced, actually I like all of the arrangements better. Sunday Sunday is much more 1960s British psychedelic sounding with that repetitive coda and Coping is great, too. A shame it didn't work out with him, had they done more songs, it could've made a killer alternative album.
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Re: Andy Partridge Versions

Post by Badgegirl_Brown » 22 Sep 2014, 18:08

JAIME wrote:
Veikko wrote:I think those three songs are the only ones recorded with him (plus there was a samba arrangement of Starshaped which was probably scrapped!).
I didn't know that :shock:
Oh lawd... :lol:
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Re: Andy Partridge Versions

Post by saltandgin » 23 Sep 2014, 01:26

I loved his versions, but it felt a little forced in places. Instead of letting Blurs eccentricity develop naturally, he smeared it (Sunday-Sunday at least) with sound effects and wibbly bits. The songs are eccentric and very English by-themselves, and they needed to breath and develop naturally. The more straight forward production on MLIR shows that this happened successfully.

I still love the Partridge sessions mind. I lived in swindon for nearly 15 years, and cannot believe that he lived a few blocks away from me! :shock:
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Post by MrMagpie » 23 Sep 2014, 03:06

He still does, far as I know?
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Post by saltandgin » 23 Sep 2014, 20:11

I think so.
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Re: Andy Partridge Versions

Post by MsMagicAmerica » 23 Sep 2014, 20:45

I prefer his version of Sunday Sunday to the MLIR version but I like the MLIR version of Coping better than his.

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Post by saltandgin » 23 Sep 2014, 21:43

I liked the use of a grandfather clock to keep the beat.
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Post by MrMagpie » 23 Sep 2014, 23:50

MsMagicAmerica wrote:I prefer his version of Sunday Sunday to the MLIR version but I like the MLIR version of Coping better than his.
I agree on Sunday Sunday, but I'm torn on Coping...love them both.
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Re: Andy Partridge Versions

Post by northernmonkey » 24 Sep 2014, 10:05

I think Maybe I like his version of Sunday Sunday more, I like the album version but maybe I have listened to it too many times over the years and like the fresh sound of the Partridge version.

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Post by maffed » 24 Sep 2014, 12:49

I like the Partridge version of Sunday Sunday too!! I don't know, it just sounds so "Beatlesy"!! It kinda reminds me of one of those silly Paul tunes ("Yellow Submarine", for instance, or "All together now", and even "Martha my Dear", a little bit!).
Even the clapping in the end reminds me of the Obla-dì Obla-dà ending!
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Post by MsMagicAmerica » 24 Sep 2014, 14:18

It absolutely has a Beatle sound to it

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Re: Andy Partridge Versions

Post by MrMagpie » 26 Sep 2014, 11:01

I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks that! For me, this version of Sunday Sunday is the 1967 song that Ray Davies and Lennon/McCartney forgot to write.
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