The Au Pairs

Equal But Different: BBC Sessions 79-81

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Twenty tracks recorded for the BBC between 1979-1981, representing most of what the group performed on British radio. (Four other tracks from a 1983 session appear as bonus cuts on RPM's CD reissue of the Sense & Sensuality album.) It leans most heavily on the first LP and singles (in fact, versions of every single one of the debut album's tracks are here), though there are also a half-dozen songs from Sense & Sensuality. No big surprises, with the exception of a couple of otherwise unavailable items, "Ideal Woman" and "Monogamy." The latter tune is the set's clear highlight, as it represents the band's only foray (and quite a good one) into all-out, straightforward, guitar-heavy punk rock. Much of the rest is too monochromatic for the unconverted, but fans should like this. It's a better representation of their live prime than the Live in Berlin album, and with 79 minutes running time and meticulous liner notes, it offers terrific value.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:58
2 4:04
3 4:05
4 3:57
5 3:12
6 3:14
7 6:08
8
3:29
9 4:59
10 4:29
11 4:13
12 3:47
13 3:30
14 5:14
15 2:58
16 3:45
17 2:11
18 4:05
19 4:42
20 3:48
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