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TACTICS
The Sound of the Sound Vol 2
Label: Memorandum (Australia)
Catalogue No: (MEM04)
Format: Double CD (foldout cardboard wallet)
Released: 2007
Price: $ 25.00
 
Tactics - The Sound of the Sound Vol 2
Sydney band Tactics existed for a decade from 1978 to 1988 during which time they helped define the Australian 'new wave' sound. Along the way they released four essential (and long deleted) studio albums, a live album of new recordings and a handful of now collectible and impossibly rare singles and EPs.

The Sound of the Sound is an extensive two volume series that compiles the band's entire recorded output and presents the discs in an attractive gatefold card wallet with large booklets with extensive liners and archival material. All tracks have been re-mastered specifically for these two releases.

Sound of the Sound Volume 2 is a 42 track, double disc compilation that focuses on the band's later output, when they experienced their closest shave with commercial success. It features the Blue and White Future Whale album (1986), the unreleased (and vastly superior) demos of the Great Gusto album (released on Regular in 1989), their later singles, plus oodles of live, unreleased and demo tracks.
Tracklisting: Disc 1 (65:01 m:s)
  1. Coat-tails (:2:41 m:s)
  2. Fatman (2:49 m:s)
  3. Edge Of My Seat (2:30 m:s)
  4. Blue And White Future Whale (2:56 m:s)
  5. Birthday Girl (2:03 m:s)
  6. Body In The Field (2:18 m:s)
  7. Know It All (2:34 m:s)
  8. Bone (4:40 m:s)
  9. Binoculars (3:11 m:s)
  10. Absolutely (2:46 m:s)
  11. Hard Hat 9 Iron (2:42 m:s)
  12. Moon Frog (3:56 m:s)
  13. Long Shadow (3:36 m:s)
  14. Football Cards (1:53 m:s)
  15. Should Be / Will Be (3:09 m:s)
  16. Committee Of Love (2:47 m:s)
  17. Shark-Bed Rally (3:36 m:s)
  18. Sally Without John (2:00 m:s)
  19. Calling The Big One (A Lottery Prayer) (4:17 m:s)
  20. Lismore Toenail (Post-Modern Bush Ballad #4) (1:47 m:s)
  21. Politician (1:49 m:s)
  22. "I Know I Know I Like Tactics Too" (1:06 m:s)
  23. Big Talking Train (3:55 m:s)
Tracks 1, 16: Folding Chair single  •  Tracks 2, 17: Waterfront single  •  Tracks 3 - 15: Blue and White Future Whale  •  Tracks 18 - 21: Demos  •  Tracks 22, 23: Live.

Tracklisting: Disc 2 (68:14 m:s)
  1. Coalface (3:33 m:s)
  2. Cleaning A Gun (3:20 m:s)
  3. Turn (Live) (5:12 m:s)
  4. Only When I Breathe (4:02 m:s)
  5. World Of Men (3:03 m:s)
  6. Cool Night Air (3:33 m:s)
  7. Continental Walky Talky (4:12 m:s)
  8. Better (Live) (4:01 m:s)
  9. Summertime (3:32 m:s)
  10. Committee Of Love (3:59 m:s)
  11. Red Red Heart (3:00 m:s)
  12. Know What I Know (2:33 m:s)
  13. Fatman (3:49 m:s)
  14. Know It All (3:47 m:s)
  15. Edge Of My Seat (3:05 m:s)
  16. Cowboy Master (3:24 m:s)
  17. Second Language (2:36 m:s)
  18. Football Cards (3:37 m:s)
  19. Coat-tails (Disco Version) (3:56 m:s)
Tracks 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 11: Studio recordings 1988  •  Tracks 10 - 13, 19: Off Holden Interview 1986  •  The remaining tracks are live spanning 1984 - 1989