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TALES

Tales


Supremium is the brainchild of songwriter and producer Bruce Witkin, who after working as a hired hand for the likes of Adam Ant and Vanessa Paradis decided to put together a band of his own to satisfy his power pop instincts. Tales recycles nearly all the material from the band's earlier self-released album, Lucky, and shows that Witkin has a flair for Raspberries-style tunes, whose buoyant hooks can support the weight of the crunchy guitar leads of former Romantics axeman Coz Canler. However, Witkin's desire for a polished and professional product is nearly his downfall on Tales; the production is just a little too smooth for its own good, and the arrangements (and Witkin's sometimes-histrionic vocals) tend to flatten out the tunes into standard-issue rock numbers in the manner of Matchbox Twenty or Third Eye Blind. Which is a shame, since if one is willing to look past the too-slick surfaces, it's obvious Supremium has the talent and potential for better things; the straightforward-sounding opening cuts, "If Not for You" and "What She Needs," are fine, punchy numbers, and it's hard not to have a soft spot for a guy who declares the girl of his dreams would love basic cable and Burger King (on the witty "The Girl I Want"). What Supremium needs is a producer who can strip a few layers of varnish from the band's sound and let Witkin's songs shine through with a cleaner approach in the studio (Mitch Easter, perhaps?). ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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    HPB condition ratings
    • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
    • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
    • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
    • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
    • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
    • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
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  • Format: Compact Disc
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  • Label: Smile Records/Image Entertainment
  • UPC: 014381115727
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Track listings

  • 1. If Not For You
  • 2. What She Needs
  • 3. This Time
  • 4. Fall Out
  • 5. She Is Everywhere
  • 6. I Am Alive
  • 7. Her Name
  • 8. Lucky
  • 9. Girl I Want, The
  • 10. Only Bring Heartache
  • 11. Thinking Out Loud
  • 12. Best Of Me, The
 
HPB condition ratings
  • New: Item is brand new, unused and unmarked, in flawless condition.
  • Fine/Like New (F): No defects, little usage. May show remainder marks. Older books may show minor flaws.
  • Very Good (VG): Shows some signs of wear and is no longer fresh. Attractive. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Good (G): Average used book with all pages present. Possible loose bindings, highlighting, cocked spine or torn dust jackets. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Fair (FR): Obviously well-worn, but no text pages missing. May be without endpapers or title page. Markings do not interfere with readability. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Poor (P): All text is legible but may be soiled and have binding defects. Reading copies and binding copies fall into this category. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
  • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
  • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
  • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
  • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: This movie is unopened and brand new.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): Near new. No defects, little sign of use. Plays perfectly. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. No skipping; no fuzzy or snowy frames in VHS.
  • Very Good (VG): Attractive and well cared for but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, but will play almost perfectly. For VHS: barely detectable distortion or very few fuzzy or snowy frames.
  • Good (G): This item is in okay condition and basically works well. There may be some minor distortion on VHS tape; slight scratching or wear on DVD.
  • Fair (FR): Basically plays, but may be obviously well-worn with some scratching or tape distortion.
  • Poor (P): Disc or tape is intact, but may be scratched or stretched. There may be skips or distortion or product defects.
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