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Diamond [Special Edition]

Spandau Ballet Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (8 Mar 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Special Edition
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B0034GYAUI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 96,061 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Chant No 1 (I Don't Need This Pressure On) (2010 - Remaster) 4:090.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Instinction (2010 - Remaster) 4:510.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Paint Me Down (2010 - Remaster) 3:470.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Coffee Club (2010 - Remaster) 5:360.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. She Loved Like Diamond (2010 - Remaster) 2:540.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Pharaoh (2010 - Remaster) 6:370.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Innocence and Science (2010 - Remaster) 4:270.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Missionary (2010 - Remaster) 7:030.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Chant No 1 (I Don't Need This Pressure On) (Re-Mix;2010 Digital Remaster) 8:040.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Instinction (Re-Mix;2010 Digital Remaster) 6:580.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Paint Me Down (Re-Mix;2010 - Remaster) 6:240.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Coffee Club (Re-Mix;2010 Digital Remaster) 6:480.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. She Loved Like Diamond (Re-Mix;2010 Digital Remaster) 3:410.99  Buy MP3 


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Listen  1. Feel The Chant (7'';2010 Digital Remaster) 4:060.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Man With Guitar (2010 Digital Remaster) 2:520.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Gently (2010 Digital Remaster) 4:000.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Chant No 1 (I Don't Need This Pressure On) (12'' Version;2010 Digital Remaster) 5:530.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Feel The Chant (12'';2010 Digital Remaster) 5:490.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Paint Me Down (12'' Version;2010 Digital Remaster) 7:050.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Re Paint (2010 Digital Remaster) 6:570.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Instinction (12'' Version;2010 Digital Remaster) 3:400.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. The Freeze (BBC In Concert, Bournemouth, 10/4/82) 5:120.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. To Cut A Long Story Short (BBC In Concert, Bournemouth, 10/4/82) 3:510.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Glow (BBC In Concert, Bournemouth, 10/4/82) 5:140.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Paint Me Down (BBC In Concert, Bournemouth, 10/4/82) 4:460.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Instinction/Chant No. 1 (BBC In Concert, Bournemouth, 10/4/82) 6:120.99  Buy MP3 


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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
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Spandau Ballet's second of six albums certaintly isn't the most popular. It certaintly isn't the most well-known. And up until now, when it has been SOOO kindly re-released, it was so lowly thought of that it sank to collector's item rarity. The only person I knew with the unbelievable luck to have it on CD had payed an extremely large sum of money (for a CD) to get it from Australia. But now here we are. Diamond includes four of Spandau's hit singles: the massive Chant No.1 which was sampled on a song called 'Touch Me' a few weeks ago and reached the no. 1 slot, Paint Me Down; the video of which was banned on Top of the Pops, Instinction; produced by Trevor Horn, and finally the haunting She Loved Like Diamond. The other songs took on a more experimental feel, with African (Coffee Club), Egyptian (Pharoah), Indian (Innocence and Science) and Chinese (Missionary) influences. Certaintly towards the end of the album, you forget where you are and indeed who you are. I+S in particular belongs on a sleep-inducement or medidtaion CD. I get very upset when people tell others that Diamond isn't very good. What they mean is, it's not very commercial. Which it isn't. But in my experience commercial is a bad word, and Spandau Ballet's Diamond would be a fine example of what talent, creativity and originality hold over commerialism.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is more like it! 15 Mar 2010
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I agree whole-heartedly with Mr P.A.Lawrie. This remaster is brilliant and far superior to the somewhat disappointing "Journeys to Glory" flawed remaster. Spandau Ballet had a great knack of doing the 12" thing proper when others were knocking out lame extended and tampered with versions of otherwise great songs. A Spandau 12" somehow felt like the definitive whole story and this release includes these sonic gems alongside a very interesting handful of live tracks and a song I'd forgotten about called "Gently" which was great to hear again.
I love the fact that when on vinyl the a-side of this album had a clubby brit-funk feel then as the you get settled into the b-side it goes off into experimental ethnic territory proving what an interesting creative force the band had become at this point. I recall them performing a live rendition of "Pharaoh" on "Swap shop"(British kids tv programme)and thinking"what's this?It's brilliant and very strange". They obviously thought nothing back then of making such a bold statement as to play an obscure album track on a teenybop show.
I urge anyone with a fleeting interest in Spandau Ballet to do yourself a favour and buy this CD. It captures a band when they were still in their cool/cult phase which to my tastes was their superior phase.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easily the best Spandau album 26 Mar 2010
By Trash
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This has always been my favourite Spandau album (but then again ABC's second album - Beauty Stab is my favourite of theirs so what do I know?).
What I love about both this (and Beauty Stab by ABC) is that both albums show that the artist were willing to wrongfoot their fans and do something different from their first albums.

Side 1 (i.e. the first four songs on the CD) were very much dance/funk pieces and show Spandau embracing brass sounds while side 2 (the next four songs) veer off in a more experimental direction. I seem to remember that people hated songs like "innocence and Science" at the time and wondered what the heck the guys were up to.

However songs like "Pharaoh" are simply sonically and rhythmically superb despite being less immediate than the excellent singles.

The remaster sounds less 'warm' than the original vinyl (especially when compared to the box of 12" singles version of the album which still sounds fantastic). However as remasters go this is very good and it certainly sounds less dull than the original CD release of Diamond.
It is also great that the special versions of the tracks, that were originally part of the 12" box version of the album, have finally been released on CD.

I'm less happy with the packaging though. Something more like the boxes that the Duran Duran albums are getting would have been more appropriate. Or at least not damaging the original artwork with the ugly "special edition' text would have been something - but that's me being picky.

All in all a very worthwhile release with lots of extras.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Spandau's Diamond. 15 Aug 2010
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I was a little apprehensive,to say the least,ordering a copy of this special editon.Especially after reading the reviews for the "Journeys to Glory" reissue(which I'm still unwilling to purchase).The Spandau Ballet albums are part of the current batch of remasters being undertaken by EMI and anyone who's been keeping tabs on the project knows it's a bit of a hit and miss affair.Why this is happening is beyond my comprehension and in my opinion,unforgivable!How can they do such a stellar job on the entire Ultravox catalogue then do such a patchwork job with the likes of Duran Duran and Spandau Ballet?Not good enough EMI!
Anyway enough of my venting and on to "Diamond".I'm happy to report that the mastering division of EMI(whom don't get a credit in the album notes and shall remain nameless),have had success with this release.And there's a lot to be thankful for.
Cd one contains the album in the two formats of it's original release which is a real treat for fans.You get the original mix of the album on tracks 1-8.Tracks 9-13 are the alternate and extended mixes first released in the Limited Edition 4x 12" single box set.These mixes,which were unique to this release,make their cd debut collected on one disc.Two tracks are released on cd for the first time.This is most welcome to anyone who,like myself,own a copy of the box set.I can now listen to my prefered version of this album without flipping/changing records after each song.Superb!
Cd two gathers together all the relevant single mixes and b-sides,two of which make their cd debut.And five previously unreleased songs from a BBC in concert series recorded in April 1982.Very nice to get some more live tracks especially the "Instinction/Chant No.1" medley.
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5.0 out of 5 stars spandau ballet dvd
purchased for sister inlaw as it was one of them she was missing. everytime we go round now she puts it on and it is still in excellent condition and she must have watched it... Read more
Published 17 months ago by william taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
Bought this album on the spur of the moment and glad I did the original album was good but the extra tracks are great, and it contains one of Spandau's best tracks in Gently.
Published 23 months ago by Fiko
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
My favourite Spandau era. This contains rare alternate mixes of some of the tracks e.g. Chant N.O. 1, and both sides of the twelve inch version of Paint Me Down as particular... Read more
Published on 19 Jun 2010 by I. C. Thackray
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW
Always loved this album...even when it wasn't cool...oh wait..it's still not cool. That's ok. I still love it. I always loved the 2nd side...which would be SLLD and on. Read more
Published on 7 April 2010 by Elizabeth A. Hardel
4.0 out of 5 stars Last great Spandau album before the sellout!!!!!!!!!!!!
Unlike Journeys to glory this remaster sounds SUPERB!!! Great clarity in both treble and bass. It includes all the singles, b-sides and rarities and shows the direction they should... Read more
Published on 9 Mar 2010 by Mr. P. A. Lawrie
5.0 out of 5 stars Not mainstream - that is why it's so good!
Personally I have never understood mainstream. Spandau's tracks such as 'True' and 'Gold' are decent pop tunes but so uninteresting. Read more
Published on 24 Jan 2010 by Stuart Cox
3.0 out of 5 stars OK - but it was the eighties
Bought this because I loved Spandau as a New Romantic in the eighties. Having played this again the album seems dated and I was disappointed. Read more
Published on 23 Oct 2004 by ICrashIn2000
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