Absolute works as an overview of one the UK's most bold, daring, intelligent and unique pop groups as opposed to that of bold, daring, intelligent and unique post-punk pioneers and taken at a purely superficial level it remains a collection of mostly immaculate pop music. »
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'absolute' is the first ever career-spanning collection of words and music by scritti politti including two new and exclusive tracks. this collection includes debut single, 'skank bloc bolonga', singles from 1982 album 'songs to remember' (uk chart position 12) - 'the sweetest girl' (later covered by madness), featuring robert wyatt, on piano. 'asylums in jerusalem' and 'jacques derrida', five singles from the bands most successful album 'cupid and psyche 85' (uk chart position 5), produced by legendary producer arif mardin: 'wood beez (pray like aretha)', 'absolute', 'hypnotise', 'the word girl' and 'perfect way'. two tracks taken from their third album, 'provision' - 'oh patti (don't feel sorry for loverboy)' featuring a trumpet solo from jazz genius miles davis (who himself covered scritti's 'perfect way' at the montreux jazz festival, july 1988), plus 'boom! there she was' featuring legendary musician roger troutman. top 20 single 'she's a woman' a cover of the beatles track, featuring guest vocals from shabba ranks. four songs from 1999's universally acclaimed album 'anomie and bonhomie', 'tinseltown to the boogiedown' (featured guests mos def and jimhal), 'umm', 'die alone' and 'brushed with oil', 'dusted with powder'. two new and exclusive tracks 'a day late and a dollar short' and 'a place we both belong' - the first to be released / co-written with long-time collaborator david gamson since 'anomie and bonhomie'.
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