Reviews of "Fast Cars live at Deeply Vale."

Fast Cars Live at Deeply Vale
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They were a moment a second, a snapshot in Manchester history, it centered around the almost post punk Manchester Musicians Collective, based at the 'Band on the Wall' where occasionally interesting always ambitious outfits tried their hand and their luck.
Taking their name from Steve Diggle's ferocious song, Fast Cars careered out of Swinton, settling down to a nice line in Fred Perry - clad power-pop.
At times, they could be astonishingly good, too, blessed with a wealth on irressistible hooks and an irresistable live attack.
Unfortunately, it wasn't distinctive enough to lift them clear of the pack, although their recent unearthing at the demand of an unlikely Japanese fan base is intriguing to say the least.

The Deeply Vale Festival - to be revived, next year hopefully - was a tastfully unsophisticated affair, set in the moors above Rochdale and attracted a myriad of festival goers.
The Fast Cars set proved memorable on the day, as they dispensed with niceties and hurled themselves into the angst-ridden atmosphere. Only a moment, albeit a sweet one.
Bill Decker
Record Collector, UK, November, 2005


Another recent rediscovery across the ocean has been the rich history of the Deeply Vale festival, a mid-late 1970s institution that might never have eclipsed the likes of Reading in the public eye, but which nevertheless brought some astounding talents to an unsung corner of the country in this case, a field on the outskirts of the northern town of Rochdale.

Now this remarkable archive is coming to the fore, courtesy of the Ozit label a few months back, we saw a 2CD Steve Hillage live set; this month, Fast Cars and the Fall emerge from the vault.

Fast Cars Who Loves Jimmy Anderton? is a reminder of a band that, for many years, was considered a mere footnote in the annals of punk, just another group of never-weres that formed in the fiery excitement of the late Seventies UK. They gamely trotted around their hometown, released a few singles, and then disappeared back into obscurity, from whence they were duly installed as the object of a later generation of Japanese collectors desires, for the very scarcity of their records.

Those spiraling prices would eventually prompt Fast Cars to reform and take to the road once more. This album, however, captures them in their 1979 heyday, playing before an enthusiastic crowd at Deeply Vale and, though the sound is acceptable and the mix is middling, the Fasties themselves are in fine form, storming through an incendiary 11 song set,and though it does all sound a bit crash, bang, wallop, the band's hooks still manage to shine through.
Goldmine USA
October 2005


THE FAST CARS Live At Deeply Vale - "Who Loves Jimmy Anderton? CD ( Ozit Morpheus Records, Release Date: May 2005 ) (Translated from German).

Fast Cars are from Manchester and in 1979 had only one single "The Kids Just Wanna Dance".
In 2001 "Detour records UK" released a CD "Coming... ready Or Not!" that included the remaining songs, which the Fast Cars had recorded up to 1980 in the studio.
That CD has now been available for 4 years, and I have already discussed it extensively and it is something I appreciated.
The new CD has eleven live-recordings from the legendary "Deeply Vale"-festival in August 1979, the sound is absolutely perfect with no quality loss, and one could could get the impression, they originate from a live-radio session.
Apart from their well-known songs of the Studio CD for instance "Images of You", "You're so Funny", "Tameside Girls" and "What can I do?" there are other songs "Tears are over, "Teenage art" and the Title song "Who loves Jimmy Anderton." This CD gives you 3 tracks that are not represented on the Studio album, as there must have been no versions otherwise Dizzy of the Detour label surely would have included them on" Coming... ready Or Not!!."

The Fast Cars, whose name by the way, comes from the song of the same name by The Buzzcocks, were brilliant live eye-witness reports say.
In any case the CD very much brings the show alive for me, where the volume really plays itself into the soul of the body.
Ralf Real Shock
http://www.3rdgenerationnation.de/
GERMANY, MAY, 2005