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Floored Genius 2 - the best of the BBC sessions  - Julian Cope (Compilation) - 1983-1991
Label: FUEL FUEL 2001 (USA)
Format: CD
From: UK
My rating: 5/10

Entered: 03/04/2002
Last updated: 05/03/2003

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Hmm, so far this has been a disappointment to me. 'Floored Genius' is the name of the superb 1992 Julian Cope/Teardrop Explodes compilation, which I absolutely adore. (it would rate a '10' in this system, without a doubt). I bought this collection of radio 1 session recordings on the basis of that love, and for the b-side tracks featured, many of which I haven't heard for a few years, because my vinyl copies are not in the same place as I am living now.

The problem is the recordings themselves. The songs are rather 'bashed out', and the vocals are of a much less high quality than on the eventual studio recordings. These tracks also made me realize how much the production adds to Julian's work. I still love these stripped down versions, because I love the songs. But I can't help but be slightly disappointed by them. That said, there are some interesting oddities on here. The version of my favorite, 'Crazy Farm Animal', is completely different, with a spooky, Nico-esque organ replacing the strummed acoustic guitar.

All in all, this is for fans only, I'd say.

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