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Adventures In Modern Recording

Buggles Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (15 Feb 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Union Square Music Limited
  • ASIN: B0033QEUGI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,288 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Adventures in Modern Recording
2. Beatnik
3. Vermillion Sands
4. I Am a Camera
5. On TV
6. Inner City
7. Lenny
8. Rainbow Warrior
9. Adventures in Modern Recording (Reprise)
10. Fade Away
11. Blue Nylon
12. I Am a Camera (12" Mix)
13. We Can Fly from Here - Part 1
14. Dion
15. Videotheque
16. On TV
17. Walking On Glass
18. Riding a Tide
19. We Can Fly from Here - Part 2

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Product Description

The European CD debut for this lost 1981 classic from super-producer Trevor Horn s chart-topping outfit. Beautifully remastered from original master tapes for pristine sound quality. Expanded to twice its original length by the inclusion of all the associated B-sides and remixes plus several previously unheard demos selected by Trevor Horn. Expanded artwork includes new liner notes and interviews, rare photos and single sleeves.

BBC Review

Video Killed the Radio Star is a ‘classic’ notable as much for announcing the dawn of the 80s as for its electro-pop then-novelty. The first video to be shown on MTV, it was somehow both arch, ironic commentator on that decade’s follies and triumphs and soul-squashing spawn of Satan responsible for the death of imagination. So (The) Buggles lay claim to a peculiar role in history.

With the world at their feet, Trevor Horn and Geoff Downes let Buggles lie fallow and joined, of all people, prog-rock giants Yes, rebooting them with mixed results. With that achieved, Horn recorded a second Buggles album (Downes left to form Asia), and that commercial flop is now available on CD for the first time, with ten seriously interesting bonus tracks. After this, Horn accepted that his talents lay in producing rather than fronting, and went on to define the decade with ABC, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Malcolm McLaren et al. He nurtures top-level names, and also Robbie Williams, to this day.

The title says it all: Horn is more intrigued by the possibilities of the studio than the song. It sounds paltry and tinny in places, his experiments now dated. In other sections, his courage remains audible and impressive, as tracks skitter from pompous sampled dramatics to wonderfully impish mock-jazz sections. There’s a hyperactive mind at work, but this is where he worked out his kinks, honed his mad skills.

There’s dazzling range to Vermillion Sands which makes Bohemian Rhapsody resemble T.V. Eye, while Beatnik and On TV take the bustling 1970s brains of 10cc and use them as Play-Doh for Horn’s desk of tricks. Schizophrenia rules: he was to re-mould Videotheque for his puppets Dollar, while We Can Fly From Here was first written for Yes. The vocals are weedy (next to Horn, a robot is Aretha), but that just adds to the intentional Ballard-ian froideur. This brand of Buggles sound(ed) both mischievous and stately, inquisitive yet portentous.

Buggles were just one finger on Trevor Horn’s wizard-hands. He learned warmth, and became chief enabler for some peerlessly smart pop. This is his sketch-book. --Chris Roberts

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Value Re-issue Of A Lost Classic 23 Jan 2010
Format:Audio CD
Everyone remembers "Video Killed The Radio Star", some people may even remember follow up singles "The Plastic Age" (a better record than "Video" IMO), "Elstree" and "Clean Clean". Hardly anyone remembers this album, or got to hear it the first time round in 1981. Here is an opportunity to rectify that.

"Adventures In Modern Recording" sounds simply superb. The mastering has brought this collection to life, to the point where it feels like a brand new contemporary album. Every track sounds incredibly fresh and new, with an audible depth I'd not heard before on the original vinyl or 90s CD issues. "Vermillion Sands", "Inner City" and "Lenny" are sonic masterpieces, whilst the title track and "On TV" in particular race along with crisp technopop clarity and rhythm. "I Am A Camera" is the Buggles hit that never was, and is featured in 7" and 12" form.

The slip case is beautiful. The artwork informative, and with TEN(!) bonus tracks not on the original album it's incredible value for money. For Yes fans, the presence of parts one and two of "We Can Fly From Here" probably make it essential, and The Buggles demo of "Videotheque" (a 1982 hit Trevor went on to produce for Dollar) is a revelation to hear.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Thank You Trevor!' 17 Feb 2010
By Antony May TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I always remember the first time that I saw a review for 'Adventures In Modern Recording'. It was in the Record Mirror and their reviewer gave it 0 out of 10 and totally savaged the whole thing. Interestingly, a few weeks later, another review from the same person was printed in RM and I think this time he gave the record 4 out of 10 or 6 out of ten (can't recall). My point in telling you all this is however to make the point that Trevor Horn has always been a man to push the boundaries and come up with the unexpected. Because of this, like any innovator, he has frequently been ridiculed only later to be praised for the very same records.

'Adventures In Modern Recording' is not an album to like from the first time you hear it. I burst out laughing the first time I heard 'Beatnik' and thought it was the biggest waste of vinyl I'd heard for a long time but now I love it and everything on this album with a passion. This album is full of drama, musical space, imagination, inspiration and experimentation. It constantly amazes, entertains and surprises you and I find the classic 'I Am A Camera' a song that can make me think so deeply about my life and my past that it can bring me to tears.

There is a seriousness to Trevor Horn's work that you can be forgiven for thinking that the man himself is hardly likely to be the one that tells jokes at a party but I would LOVE to meet the man anyway! Outside of my own GENIUS producer - Harvey Summers - only Trevor and Tony Mansfield have ever really inspired me as producers and my love of dramatic passages and backing vocals was almost certainly inspired by this record.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An overlooked pop masterpiece 27 Mar 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Originally released in 1982, 'Adventures In Modern Recording' was recorded after Trevor Horn and Geoff Downes period with progressive rock supergroup Yes. Indeed, one track from this album, 'I Am A Camera', had already appeared in a very different form on the 1980 Yes album 'Drama' under the title 'Into The Lens'
'Adventures...' contains eight well written, well produced pop songs with the occasional pomp-rock flourish and should appeal to fans of the Buggles first album or anyone who admires Trevor Horn's excellent production work or the sweeping keyboard style of Geoff Downes that graced Yes and later Asia.
This CD contains three bonus tracks not on the original album 'Fade Away' (originally flip side to 'I Am A Camera' and 'On TV'), 'Blue Nylon' (originally flipside to 'Adventures In Modern Recording') and the extended 12" version of 'I Am A Camera'.
Also, if you're old enough to have bought the orginal album first time around - and I'm afraid I am - then it's worth pointing out that the version of 'Rainbow Warrior' on this CD is slightly different to the vinyl version and the 'reprise' to 'Adventures In Modern Recording' at the end of the album is slightly longer as, unlike it's vinyl counterpart, it does not fade out.
A fine adventure into eighties pop and well worth investigating!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply stunning! 14 April 2010
Format:Audio CD
Along with (too) many others, I missed this album the first time round and have been wanting to hear it for years. I have to say, that the very long wait, has definitely been worth it! If you loved their first effort, this is a must have. What makes it all the more interesting, is that with the album originally being released shortly after their other 'adventure' with Yes, there are elements of progressive rock here (two of the bonus tracks were actually written for Yes). Production is pristine, as you would expect from Trevor Horn, and all the tracks really sparkle. Outstanding songs include the title track, Lenny, Vermillion Sands and, of course, I Am a Camera. I must also mention the bonus track, Dion, which is just magical! This is referred to as a 'demo', as are most of the bonus songs, but you'll have heard finished records that aren't as musically accomplished, or as well produced. Seriously, it is that good. It's true to say, that Geoff Downes only appears on four of the tracks, but don't let that put you off! Overall, a simply stunning piece of work, which continues where The Age of Plastic, left off. Listening to it only makes me wish the guys would get back together and make another album and given that next year, it will be thirty years since this great work was released, maybe the time is right for a third Buggles masterpiece? We can but hope...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The work of a genius producer
The second and final Buggles album, almost as good as The Age Of Plastic.

Worth it for I Am A Camera, Vermilion Sands and Lenny alone, but the other tracks aren't that... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Mr. Scott Carrick
5.0 out of 5 stars Fairlighted and linn'd and simmons'd
Breathtaking, definately a state of the arts, and audiophile production sound and techniques album for 81'. Trevor started recording this early 81. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Leon and Susan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great sounds and fantastic arrangements
A true gem from Buggles! Great sounds and fantastic arrangements!
Published 2 months ago by Tartanundies
5.0 out of 5 stars Often overlooked
I love the Age of Plastic, which is a synth pop classic, and this underated second album is also superb. Great songs and of course an amazing production. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Freddie Valentine
4.0 out of 5 stars Great new release of the "classic" album
Trevor Horn at his best! Not as good as the first album but a nice example of early 80's synth-music.
Published 8 months ago by Johan L
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting insight for fans of Drama era Yes
This is the Buggles album made after the break up of Yes in 1980. However, it is more of a Trevor Horn solo album, and impressive as such. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Nutshell
4.0 out of 5 stars fresh
for remember youth, party's, new wave music , camping , sleeping outside in the beach, technology, great synths,news sounds, madness, beers, redwine
Published 13 months ago by luis benzinho
3.0 out of 5 stars not as good as could be
after such a long time i finally got this album
and to be honest i have heard better i think the buggles tried to be too clever here
there wasnt the raw edge they had... Read more
Published on 30 Sep 2012 by i survived drinking electricity
4.0 out of 5 stars Great, but it really does sound like MP3.
I was amazed to hear that this had finally been released on CD. Being somebody who has been forced to listen to this album since ever only on Vinyl, I bought this right away. Read more
Published on 8 Dec 2010 by Topsy
5.0 out of 5 stars at last on cd!
I bought this on vinyl when first released in 1981, production is typical of Trevor Horn, dynamic, clear and poppy! Tracks that grab you are I am a Camera, Vamillion Sands, On T.V. Read more
Published on 28 Jun 2010 by P. Winn
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