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Dare/Fascination! [Deluxe Edition] [Double CD]

Human League Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (4 Jun 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Virgin Catalogue
  • ASIN: B0071LLHO4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,105 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  9. Love Action (I Believe in Love) 5:01£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Don't You Want Me 3:58£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. The Sound of the Crowd (12'' Version) 6:27£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Don't You Want Me (Extended Dance Mix) 7:30£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. The Sound of the Crowd (Instrumental) 4:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Open Your Heart/Non-Stop (Instrumental) 8:39£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Don't You Want Me (Alternative Version) 3:56£0.99  Buy MP3 

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Listen  3. You Remind Me of Gold 3:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. (Keep Feeling) Fascination (Extended Version) 4:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  6. Mirror Man (Extended Version) 4:21£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. You Remind Me of Gold (Instrumental) 3:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. (Keep Feeling) Fascination (Improvisation) 6:12£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. I Love You Too Much (Dub Version) 5:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Total Panic 3:28£0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Description

This deluxe edition re-issue comes complete with bonus tracks from the album sessions of Dare plus most of the original tracks from Human League's Fascination EP, also including bonus session tracks.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Never Bettered, Never Equalled. 13 Jun 2012
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Thirty years old. Yep, let me say that again, this is thirty years old. VIrgin have finally given us a "deluxe" version of one of the best albums of the 80s. The whole thing comes in a nice box with the two CDs in replica vinyl sleeves for Dare and Fascination. Also included are a thin booklet with lyrics, etc and replica prints of the Dare-era singles, which is a nice touch.

Before I tell you what I think of the Deluxe edition, here's a quick history lesson; four blokes from Sheffield were (along with the four blokes from Dusseldorf) your reviewers' heroes. The Human League MK1 were tremendous, a band who were "The Untouchables" (pun intended) in their originality and their craft.

I saw them once at Tiffany's in Coventry as a fourteen year old with my mate. A great night. Several years later we saw them on the Dare tour at Coventry Theatre, though for some reason Susanne stormed off half way through a song. Not sure why. I remember a great version of Destination Venus that night.

I was pretty devastated as a 15 year old when they split up, with Philip and Adrian keeping the name and releasing the fantastic "Boys and Girls".

Then, something special happened. Apparently (in other words, just what I've heard) they'd listened to Pete Shelley's fantastic "Homosapien" and decided that Martin Rushent was their man. The rest is history, of course. Out popped the first single from the partnership "The Sound Of The Crowd" and the League never looked back; they were established. They've had their ups and downs over the years and released albums of various quality, but really they have never equalled or bettered Dare.

The album has a single at more or less every turn, obviously "Love Action", "Open Your Heart", "Don't You Want Me" and "...
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
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Dare is unquestionably one of the pivotal albums of the early 80s, and I even have the original deluxe cassette version somewhere as it was the first album I bought! I also have the 2002 Anniversary issue on CD so any comparisons will be made with that later on. Most of the music here is great and pure 5-star territory, but the review is for the item you buy....

Another reissue, with only one unreleased track (the alternative/early mix of DYWM), is this really worth it? In one way, definitely yes, the box and inserts are very nicely done, and you get all the vinyl only/MP3 extras from Fascination/Mirror Man era (well, almost, Hard Times vocal doesn't get included, though the arguably better dub/instr mix does). On paper this looks great, and the box comes stickered with "2012 Remaster..." so we can assume it's going to have been done with the due care deserved, as this is surely the last re-release of this album we'll see!

I could not find the name of the remastering engineer anywhere, but as some fonts used are very small maybe someone else will. I also recall some recent listings stating the album itself is taken from the 2002 Remaster, but the sticker on the box implies a revamp for 2012, as did the inserts on the pre-release promo copies. For those who dread very loud remasters/transfers this is unlikely to be the reissue you were hoping for though:

1) Everything is very loud - however disc 2 and the album proper seem to survive ok (I listened through decent headphones)
2) The left-hand drop-out on the first line second verse Open Your Heart "And So You..." is still there, but seems to have been looked at. It's a lot less noticable than on my 2002 CD, so nice to see someone may have tried to clean it up a bit!
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
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Some albums, it seems, are destined never to get the re-issue treatment they deserve and "Dare", thus far, is one such record. Partially, this may be down to luck as certain record labels are better at the retrospective treatment than others, Polygram being about the best. Not that this is a bad effort mind (I have given the release 5 stars after all), but there are just a few, mainly presentational issues, that leave me thinking it could have been done slightly better.

THE PRESENTATION: This edition is two CDs in a matte finish card box which are themselves housed in card inner sleeves. Also contained within the package are six 5"x5" cards, replicating the sleeves of the corresponding singles from the period (nice!) and a booklet. It is a shame that the record label, presumably for reasons of cost, did not see fit to make the packaging high gloss - as was the original LP cover. This is especially so since, we are told in the sleevenotes, Phil Oakey insisted that Virgin dispose of several thousand record sleeves before the album was first released because their "gloss" was of insufficient quality(!) It would therefore have been good if the "Virgin Deluxe" sheen of the original could have been retained. So good a quality of finish was the first vinyl issue that you could smell it (I miss that physical aspect in these days of downloads). Note to the record companies - if you're going to produce a hard copy you may as well do it the highest standard and charge a little bit more as dudes like me will always buy it. Anyway, overall the presentational standard of the previous 2002 hardback book-style deluxe issue was probably better (or at least more in keeping with the overall design aesthetic) than this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
excellent cd
Published 26 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Excellent value for money!
Published 1 month ago by Barry Grayshon
5.0 out of 5 stars FANFLIPPINGTASTIC
Can't believe it's taken so long to buy this, it's fanflippingtastic!
Published 1 month ago by Cates
5.0 out of 5 stars Anyone who has been trying to get hold of the ...
Anyone who has been trying to get hold of the fascination EP look no further as this album set comes with it.
Published 3 months ago by Andrew Rainer
4.0 out of 5 stars Dare
'Dare' you to buy it! A must for Human League fans, features the well known hits as well as the more obscure hits
Published 5 months ago by CTMJ49
5.0 out of 5 stars SUPERB!
I loved this band from when they released Reproduction. This iconic album [DARE] was a treasure in it's self when released. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Sean Bradley
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't dare miss this double whammy!
I missed this album when it came out ('81?), coming to it half a year late (the 7" and 12" of Fascination hooked me in!). Read more
Published 13 months ago by Carl Hubbard
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect synth electric music
Best pop album ever. Every song on this is fantastic. I love it. One of my top ten albums of all time.
Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars but with an *
I have read lots posts on concerns about the sound of this collection. I think both discs sound great. Read more
Published 19 months ago by ranchfrog
5.0 out of 5 stars 80's Classics
I was a huge League fan in the eighties and bought this to see if I still thought the same of them now a few (cough) years on. Phil and the gang still sound good, even now. Read more
Published 19 months ago by MikeW
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