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Thursday, 20 August 2015

The August Album Challenge: 20. Album by An Artist Starting With 'A'

I could have easily gone with this choice as the final album of a band but saved it until today.

Frestonia was the sixth and final album released by Aztec Camera, Roddy Frame would release further albums under his own name.

Sun was the only single released from the album but failed to chart as infact did the album. It seemed to have been released without any fanfare and rather too low key for it ever to have made any difference.

The surprise though is that this is actually a great wee album. Of the ten songs on it there's not a single duff one present. It sounds really commercial as well so I often wonder what might have become of it had the record label really got behind it and given it a huge push as a final hurrah to one of the most underrated bands of the '80s and mid '90s. It seemed such a shame for Roddy Frame and his band to go out on such a low note commercially.

Frestonia - Aztec Camera
Produced by Roddy Frame, Clive Langer and Alan Winstanley
Released November 1995

    Roddy Frame – guitar, vocals
    Yolanda Charles – bass, background vocals
    Mark Edwards – keyboards
    Jeremy Stacey – drums
    Luis Jardim – percussion
    Claudia Fontaine – background vocals
    Audrey Riley, Chris Tombling, Leo Payne, Sue Dench – strings

  1. "Rainy Season" 5:41
  2. "Sun" 4:28
  3. "Crazy" 5:19
  4. "On the Avenue" 3:43
  5. "Imperfectly" 4:22
  6. "Debutante" 7:10
  7. "Beautiful Girl" 4:50
  8. "Phenomenal World" 4:09
  9. "Method of Love" 4:23
  10. "Sunset" 4:21
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