Been hunting for Smalltown Boy 12'' version on CD for a reasonable price for quite a while now. Any other version pales in comparison, that mix is breaking away with the original pop song form in favour of an emotional buildup. Listening right now. Like the sound of the mastering, to me it sounds full and well done, but I have nothing but YT etc to compare. As I started out with The Communards Don't Leave Me (This Way) and was mesmerized by the live recordings I recorded from the radio, then buying their CDs and later Summerville solo I am listening to this album for the very first time right now. Awesome. Powerful. An important part of gay history. Summerville was my first encounter with gay activism that I remember and it still makes me sad that such activism had / has to be a thing. To me love was and ever will be love. Again it struck me how Smalltown Boy is still relevant today, hearing and reading stories from some young folks today. Just now I thought it would be adequate to extend it to many trans fellow's experiences today. If governments actively seek to invalidate who you are, where can you run to? I hope anyone in need will find a supportive chosen family.
On one hand a lot has changed, with quite a few countries now having legislated equal marriage, but so many quiblings are still struggling where it'd be easy to just be open and respectful towards each other.
When opening this CD I was moved by that list comparing the age of consent for "homosexual relationships between men" in different countries in 1983 and today, 2018.
A very well done re-edition. And even though today needs today's activists and activism it still does touch. The liner notes by Journalist Paul Flynn, producer Mike Thorne and Jimmy Sommerville do a good job at placing the album in the context of it's time, the Thatcher era, life.
While writing this I went through the complete album. Moving, still. Emotional. And simply a collection of very good music. I am hereby proudly adding it to my collection. As a highlight.
You and me together
Fighting for our love
Can you tell me why?
It ain't necessarily so.
I feel love.