Business as Usual [Bonus Tracks]

Business as Usual [Bonus Tracks]

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by Men at Work
     
 

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It took Sony Music 22 years to upgrade Men at Work's Business as Usual, but at least they got it right -- one of the biggest-selling LPs of the 1980s, it was never better than an average sounding CD until this 2003 reissue, which not only offered significantly upgraded sound but four bonus tracks as well, extending its running time to over…  See more details below

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It took Sony Music 22 years to upgrade Men at Work's Business as Usual, but at least they got it right -- one of the biggest-selling LPs of the 1980s, it was never better than an average sounding CD until this 2003 reissue, which not only offered significantly upgraded sound but four bonus tracks as well, extending its running time to over 50 minutes. From the in-your-face drums opening "Who Can It Be Now?," this CD is worth the purchase for the upgrade -- you can almost hear the action on Colin Hay's crunchy rhythm guitar and Ron Strykert's chiming lead, and Greg Ham's sax is blowing right out of the bell, and when the chorus comes up at the end....it feels like a live performance. The same goes for everything else here -- the guitar interaction and the cymbal crashes on the break and finale from "Down Under," the romping sax and bass that open "Underground," and the shimmer-into-slash opening on "Be Good Johnny." The bonus cuts include one non-LP B-side, "Crazy," and a non-U.S. single track, "F-19," that are both worthwhile as showcases of the original band's range, while sandwiched between them are a pair of live tracks, "Who Can It Be Now?" and "Underground," from the latter-day band's 1996 live album from Brazil -- they're extended versions of each and most enjoyable, and speak volumes about the credibility of that recent edition of Men at Work. The annotation is also very thorough, and the entire release is essential listening.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/11/2003
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0696998660922
catalogNumber:
86609

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Men at Work   Primary Artist
Greg Ham   Flute,Keyboards,Saxophone,Vocals
Colin Hay   Guitar,Vocals
Jerry Speiser   Drums,Vocals
Ron Strykert   Guitar,Vocals
Russell Deppeler   Telephone Voice
John Rees   Bass,Vocals

Technical Credits

Bruce Dickinson   Producer
Jon "JD" Dickson   Cover Illustration
Greg Ham   Contributor
Peter McIan   Producer,Engineer
Paul Ray   Engineer
David Wild   Liner Notes
Mark Wilder   Mastering
Jim Barbour   Engineer
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Laurie Paladino   Tray Card
Triana DOrazio   Packaging Manager
G. Ham   Composer

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