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From A To B [Import]

New Musik Audio CD
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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Gto Records
  • ASIN: B00000IXY1
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 413,414 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not so new but definitely fine music 16 Oct 2005
By D. J. H. Thorn TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
I believe four singles were released from this album and at least three charted, though the only one that made a splash was "Living By Numbers". As for the album, it slipped quietly past the crowd. New Musik were a state-of-the-art pop band. Their problem was that they had no charisma and looked pretty geeky, the sort of band you might have found Trevor Horn in.
Even so, this is an entertaining, well-made album, on which synths provide most of the colour. "Sanctuary" and "This World Of Water" are the other major highlights, but there are no weak tracks. The bonus tracks (not listed) are b-sides, of which the best is the splendid "Sad Films" while there is also an instrumental in homage to Chic.
"From A To B" isn't one of the early 1980s' big sellers, but it's one of the best.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars From A to B 21 Jun 2005
Format:Audio CD
One of the great ignored pop albums of the early 80s. As 10cc's star terminally declined, so New Musik's should have risen... except that the record-buying public never quite latched onto their consistently entertaining combination of technical high-jinks with an impeccable ear for a tune. If you're rediscovering XTC, ABC, Tears for Fears, Godley & Creme, or early Human League and Teardrop Explodes, you should take the time to rediscover this.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'A Classic Album From The Synth Pop Age' 9 April 2007
By Antony May TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Tony Mansfield may now be best known as a producer, but in the early 80's he was the driving force behind New Musik. The songs he created for the group still stand today as some of the best synth pop from the era and the lyrics to biggest hit 'Living By Numbers' have never been so relevant as they are today. It's no exaggeration either to say that Mansfield's distinctive production sound is still every bit as recogniseable as a Motown record. In short then, the man is a genius and this has always been one of my favourite albums. For some reason, despite having a top 20 hit with second single ' Living By Numbers' (the first 'Straight Lines' had missed the top 40 by a whisker) the next two excellent singles from this album could only make the lower thirties. The first of these was 'World Of Water' an irresistably catchy song with distorted vocal gimmickry in the chorus. The second 'Sanctuary' still remains one of my top twenty singles of all time, 'I'm looking at you, you look at me, we look for another sanctuary' (singing) remember it now? With Tony's distictive strumming guitar and drum machine sound all the tracks on this album are great with the exception of 'Dead Fish (Don't Swim Home)' which was not one of Tony's most inspired moments. With the CD including three bonus b side tracks 'Missing Persons', 'She's A Magazine' and the so-so 'Sad Films' if you don't own this already what are you waiting for!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From A to B to another place as well.. 30 April 2008
By sonik57
Format:Audio CD
It's a very underated album. Yes, they did indeed release four singles from it including their most well-known hit, Living By Numbers, which saw them record various people from their record company (including a brilliantly typical sarf London lass!) saying "They don't want your name". New Musik hailed from Tooting and Mitcham, something that, as a local, gave me no end of pride and I'd say From A to B is their highpoint, both creatively and commercially.

Kicking off with their debut single Straight Lines, we then go into another single Sanctuary and there's not a duff song on the whole album. Science, the four singles and Dead Fish... all stand out for me.

Chik Musik is their convincing pastiche/tribute to the genius of Nile Rodgers, the late Bernard Edwards and the late Tony Thomson and damned good it is too. The studio this album was created and recorded in is now a baker's just along the road from Tooting Broadway tube. NM leading light Tony Mansfield went onto produce Captain Sensible's fleeting career - including the anti-war song Glad It's All Over which sounds identical to NM .

At nearly thirty years old - it was released in 1980 - it's a great album even now.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MANSFIELD GOES TO TOWN 5 Nov 2008
By Kelvin J. Dickinson VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
NEW MUSIK'S first and best album. Ten perfect songs plus b-sides.

A regrettably short then-lifespan for a band - three albums over not-quite four years - but the modest splash they made and the resulting ripples were almost always perfectly formed. And most of the success was due to one man, TONY MANSFIELD, who crafted a new wave electronic sound that was both unique and unmistakably no-one else's. As part of the burgeoning synth movement that sound enabled them to stand out. Conversely, their image (Maplins sales counter assistant/drab boiler suit chic) rendered New Musik almost invisible, but I suppose that's showbusiness for you.

However, the singles STRAIGHT LINES, THIS WORLD OF WATER and LIVING BY NUMBERS were light, swirly, infectious gems. Populated throughout by regular bass, drums or drum machine, precise electric/accoustic guitars and layers of sharp synths (over which Mansfield sung deceptively simple lyrics) this became the template for the New Musik sound.

All grey walls with a folorn daffodil stuck in a glass of water looking for the sunlight, the album cover is in stark contrast to the musical contents. Not much respite on the inner sleeve either as storm clouds and rough seas threaten to engulf the expressions of our four bemused and windswept day trippers. Note: the magic of owning the original 12" vinyl LP, of course, meant that sizewise you could stare at the content for hours trying to read in some kind of cosmic significance (that's the kind of thing you did when you were eighteen) even if it was simply another routine photoshoot in Margate for everyone else concerned.

A truly original album, full of memorable music. It's as contemporary now as it was in 1980, but it remains special to me because I was there, ready to be swept away right from the start. Happy times.

VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
Going through something of an 80s revival (Seeing as how the current crop of tunes are just so wonderful) and I came across little number. Read more
Published 5 months ago by F. Patel
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Ol New Musik
Whatever happened to New Musik? I would love to know. Bought as a reminder of the good old days and a great album it still is and the lyrics are as apt today as they were when... Read more
Published 6 months ago by jazzy
4.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff
New Musik's best album full of great synthesiser lines, jangly acoustic guitar and great pop songs. Still sounds fresh today and well worth a listen. Read more
Published 13 months ago by DAVID CRUSE
5.0 out of 5 stars Original and catchy
Have this on vinyl when it came out, so good to hear it in my car now. Extra tracks not up to much though
Published 17 months ago by bluevrs
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Published 20 months ago by PD Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars New Musik
I knew this album when it first came out in the 1980s. I played it to death, especially This World of Water and Living by Numbers. It's great to hear this album again. Read more
Published on 25 Aug 2012 by Geraldine
4.0 out of 5 stars New (old) Musik
New Musik were always an alternative synth band that fell under the radar of most people of my record buying generation. Read more
Published on 8 Jun 2012 by Tim Kidner
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic album
I was still a young boy when new musik hit the charts and even now, 32 years later, I still love the songs they released. Read more
Published on 17 Aug 2011 by C. Parker
5.0 out of 5 stars New Musik - from a to b + bonus material CD
1st of 3 albums from GTO label of nice catchy early 80's electro-pop from producer songwriter and singer Mansfield + 3 excellent musicians. Read more
Published on 19 Jun 2011 by a.m.hardwick
5.0 out of 5 stars classic unrerated masterpiece!
A classic start to the 1980's there's not many albums out there where every track is quality, new musik's from A to B
smacks that theory right between the eyes, opening with... Read more
Published on 31 Jan 2011 by gloryboys
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