Eternal Flame: The Best of the Bangles

by: Bangles

This is about the third or fourth collection of Bangles music entitled Eternal Flame to be released, courtesy of Sony Music Media (hey, somebody's got to sell enough records to cover the losses incurred by Michael Jackson). This time the source is the company's German division, and the concept is a little different, devoted to the album versions as opposed to the single edits and mixes of "September Gurls," "Walk Like an Egyptian," "If She Knew What She Wants," "Hero Takes a Fall," "Live," "Manic Monday," "James," "Complicated Girl," "Bell Jar," and "Eternal Flame." The running time is exactly 32 minutes, and the sound, as becomes a 2004 CD release, is state-of-the-art, which means not only nice and loud but with a lot of presence -- this CD puts the instruments in your lap and the voices in your ear, drums and rippling guitars filling the room even on cheap speakers. You have to love little details like the multi-layered guitar parts exposed on their version of Emitt Rhodes' "Live," which comes out like a live performance. The only thing missing that would make this low mid-priced import perfect is "A Hazy Shade of Winter," which somehow got overlooked. There are no notes and none needed. ~ Bruce Eder

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