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Dare!

Human League Audio CD
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The Human League are so credible it’s incredible. In fact, they’re probably more highly regarded in 2011 than they were in 1981 when they released their landmark album Dare!

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  • Audio CD (11 Mar 1983)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Virgin
  • ASIN: B000025JV9
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,233 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Things That Dreams Are Made Of
2. Open Your Heart
3. The Sound Of The Crowd
4. Darkness
5. Do Or Die
6. Get Carter
7. I Am The Law
8. Seconds
9. Love Action (I Believe In Love)
10. Don't You Want Me

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When flipping through the annals of new-wave history, one can easily enough overlook the entry marked "Human League". But the truth of the matter is, this Phil Oakey-helmed synth-pop outfit was crucial to the movement, and Dare!, its third release, is an absolute linchpin. Thanks to its breakthrough single "Don't You Want Me", the record almost single-handedly made it safe to like new wave, and an MTV video gave it a fashionable face that was impossible to ignore. The sound was theatrical and awash with kitschy keyboards, but felt new and refreshing back in 1982. The League would never climb to such hooky aesthetic heights again; Dare! ranks as its greatest achievement--and it still sounds new and refreshing today. --Tom Lanham

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dare: A Blueprint For Electronic Music 7 May 2002
By orac101
Format:Audio CD
I can still remember the effect this album had on me when I first heard it way back in 1981. I would listen to it on headphones and marvel at every note of every layer. I had simply never heard anything like it before, and to be honest, it blew me away. In the early eighties, people were really beginning to tire of thrashing guitars that lacked melody and all that hopeless American rock that filled up the European charts. Dare was the first successful mix of electronics with pure, commercial pop. Taking it a step further than the godfathers of electronica Kraftwerk, the League brought in sequencers and mixed it with their love for cult films and fashion. The album contains synth baseline which are still being imitated by dance acts today some 20 years after this classic album was released. Dare paved the way for groups such as Depeche Mode, Pet Shop Boys, Heaven 17, & New Order. It was a period when music was reinvented and enhanced.
This landmark album represents the very nucleus of electronic music that many would copy and it's relevance today cannot be under estimated. It is rare nowadays to find an album that has so many strong tracks but Dare still manages it effortlessly. Highlights include" Seconds" and "The Things that Dreams Are Made Of" which are pure brilliance with killer hooks.
Dare remains a true masterpiece and a record that everyone should cherish.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Things That Dreams Are Made Of 24 April 2007
Format:Audio CD
I have said in my review of Kate Bush's "The Hounds of Love" that that is the best album of the 1980s. This one comes a very close second.

It is very rare for a pop album to be as original, ground-breaking and perfect as this one. It is a thrilling blend of stark-sounding early Human League and the newer, warmer sound they forged with the addition of the two girls. It is packed full of gorgeous tunes, any one of which could have been a hit (and 4 were).

"Things That Dreams Are Made Of"

For a 12 year-old boy in 1980s suburban England, this was an exciting glimpse into the glamourous world of travel as Oakey sang about driving across the Golden Gate Bridge and march march marching across Red Square, while also name-checking Norman Wisdom and ice-cream. A few of his favourite things. Wouldn't catch Julie Andrews singing about them, though, and certainly not in that gorgeous baritone!

"Open Your Heart"

My favourite Human League song and one of the best pop songs ever written. It is such a strong song that the verses sound like choruses with their uplifting hooklines. Play it to a friend who is depressed. If it doesn't cheer them up then they must be dead.

"Sound of the Crowd"

To anyone tarting themselves up ready for a night out, get ready to this song. That's it, lard on the slap, nice and glam now!

"Darkness"

When I first heard this song, I was genuinely scared. It is Stephen King set to music. Oakey's apocalyptic (I like that word) vocals and the church-organ-like synths, plus the desperate lyrics make a potent combination.

"Do or Die"

I still don't know what this song is about but who cares? I just love the rasping synth sound and tribal drum patterns.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
It's hard to believe that this classic album was released just a year after it looked to be all over for The Human League, following the departure of Martyn Ware and Ian Craig Marsh (and most of the band's equipment). They used to record at their own Monumental Pictures studio, now they released a monumental album. "Dare!" will forever stand as the League's greatest achievement, which they're doomed never to match.
From the first track ("The Things That Dreams Are Made Of", a simplistic tune backing Philip Oakey's recital of the finer things in lfe according to Wright) to the last (the stomping Abba pastiche "Don't You Want Me", without which no wedding/21st/80's night can hope to be complete), there's hardly a poor note, never mind a poor track on this album.
All four hit singles from 1981 are here; a re-recorded "Sound Of The Crowd", "Love Action (I Believe In Love)", "Open Your Heart", but the wonder is that anything else here (except the "Get Carter" theme cover) could have been a monster hit single as well. "Do Or Die", "Seconds" (the assassination of President Kennedy), "Darkness", the haunting "I Am The Law" (inspired by the uncompromising comic book future cop Judge Dredd) were of a standard that the competition and imitators would have killed to compose. Yes this album really is THAT good.
The production is unbelievable too; Martin Rushent was famed for working with punk and new wave bands such as Buzzcocks and the Stranglers, but everything here has an amazingly clean sound that set the tone for the first half of the new decade. It doesn't need remastering - there's hardly a squeak out of place on this record.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A monument to synth-pop 12 Oct 2002
By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
This album was just so right for its time. Kraftwerk, Bowie, Donna Summer, Giorgio Moroder and Gary Numan had been paving the way in using the synthesizer in popular music, so melodic synth-pop of Human League's third album was received with open arms. The fashion magazine cover perfectly captures the atmosphere of rock's early 80s 'new romanticism' . After all these years, the synth & drum machine novelty has worn off, but this album remains a pleasure on account of the quality of the songs. Phil Oakey's voice is perfectly framed by the female vocals and the arrangements are great. My favorites include the soaring Open Your Heart, the solemn lament Seconds, plus The Sound Of The Crowd, Do Or Die, Love Action and Don't You Want Me. This classic is definitely their best album and the recommended entry point for those wishing to investigate the band.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Like the League since I first heard Sound Of The Crowd on TOTP in 81.
Published 14 days ago by David Richmond Jenkins
5.0 out of 5 stars This is THE original 1983 release of Dare! -- it's the best, forget...
This I bought this CD here from Amazon UK in June 2014 -- I'm glad I found it, there are not many copies of this original version of Dare! around. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Martin2005
5.0 out of 5 stars Good CD
I bought this as I had it as an album a long time ago. This is well recorded and has stood the test of time.... don't you want me baby, yes I do,
Published 3 months ago by Mr. Brian F. Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab album and seller...terrible vinyl pressing
The five stars is for the seller who I have purchased from several times and are brilliant. The vinyl record however is possibly the worst modern vinyl release I've heard in terms... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Ade
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect pop
Whilst aware of their earlier incarnation and tracks like "Being Boiled" and "Empire State Human", it was seeing The Human League performing "The Sound of the Crowd" and "Love... Read more
Published 7 months ago by morelikespace
5.0 out of 5 stars The Human League ( Dare! )
A great album and with it being a Picture Disc is a Bonus this is on the New Thick Heavy Vinyl and looks Great a must for Collecters like myself.
Published 9 months ago by Mr. A. Nicholls
5.0 out of 5 stars superb album
nice to get this album on compact disc had it on lp years ago which slowly worn out! with scratches and hissing etc.
Published 9 months ago by diamond boy
1.0 out of 5 stars Very poor a real disappointment
Although it looks good as a printed disc, the plastic cover is cheap - no detail included on the record itself

The disc arived warped, when played a noisy surface and at... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor quality vinyl pressing
I agree with the previous reviewer. There is a manufacturing fault that means that there are smudges on the vinyl (they look like scuffs but aren't). Read more
Published 10 months ago by Westo
3.0 out of 5 stars For collectors only.
I bought this as I am a collector of the human league.
This is not a patch on the original black or white issues from 1981 which came in a card sleeve and a paper... Read more
Published 10 months ago by octopus
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