CD Ayla: The Best of Flash and the Pan * (CD 1208944),
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Ayla: The Best of Flash and the Pan *

  • 1. Hey St. Peter
    2. Yesterday's Gone
    3. Waiting for a Train - (Single Mix)
    4. Media Man - (Single Mix)
    5. Money Don't Lie - (Single Mix)
    6. Down Among the Dead Men
    7. Early Morning Wake Up Call
    8. Restless
    9. Ayla - (Single Mix)
    10. Where Were You
    11. Midnight Man
    12. Welcome to the Universe - (Single Mix)
    13. Lady Killer
    14. Captain Beware
    15. Love Is a Gun
    16. Man in the Middle
    17. Make Your Own Cross
    18. Atlantis Calling
    19. African Shuffle, The - (Single Mix)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 5034

  • Credits

    Liner Note Author: Chris Welch .
    Weighing in at 19 tracks, Repertoire's 2005 collection Ayla: The Best of Flash and the Pan is the most generous compilation yet assembled of Harry Vanda and George Young's impish post-Easybeats new wave creation, Flash and the Pan. Not only is it four tracks longer than the previous best F&P comp, 1994's plainly titled Collection, but it's more carefully assembled too, boasting good liner notes from Chris Welch and eye-catching comic book artwork. If F&P didn't have any other song as immediate or memorable as "Hey St. Peter," their gloriously ridiculous new wave novelty, they did have a number of good oddities and robotic new wave pop before sinking into coldly slick anthemic pop at the end of the decade. While it's unfortunate that Ayla is sequenced so cuts from the early '80s are undercut by tracks from the late '80s, this nevertheless has the best of what the group recorded, and is presented in the best package Flash and the Pan has yet received. So, for anybody who's heard "Hey St. Peter" and wondered if Flash and the Pan has more songs that sound like it (and, yes, they do), Ayla is where they should turn to. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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