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  • Audio CD (9 April 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Cherry Red Records
  • ASIN: B000063XAR
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75,631 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. European Man
2. Shake The West Awake
3. Computer Person
4. Alpine Tragedy / Sisters
5. Face Of The 80's
6. New Religion
7. Einstein A Go - G0
8. Norman Bates
9. The Doll's House
10. From The Tea - Rooms Of Mars...To The Hell Holes Of Uranus I Beguine Ii Mambo Iii Tango
11. Eastern Girls
12. It's Not My Name
13. So Good So Pure So Kind
14. You Know How To Hurt Me

Product Description

Originally released in 1981 on RCA Records, the album enjoyed both commercial and critical success with a string of chart hits. The band's over-riding achievement was the way technology was used to create such a mainstream but also unusual sound. The CD features the 10 original tracks from the 'From The Tea Rooms Of Mars....To The Hell Holes Of Uranus' album including the hit singles 'Einstein A Go-Go', 'European Man' and 'Norman Bates' plus the bonus tracks featuring the singles'Eastern Girls','So Good So Pure So Kind', 'It's Not My Name and You Know How To Hurt Me'.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By sonik57 on 13 April 2003
Format: Audio CD
To say this album is of its time is an understatement but some of
the tracks are brilliant even now, most notably European Man,
Computer Person and the classic Einstein A Go-Go. I always thought Landscape got a hard time and are written off as a one-hit wonder. They were signed to RCA who didn't seem to know how
to handle them properly.
Other highlights here include the title track which is divided
into three sections, all with a different Latin mood! Landscape
were jazz-fusionists before the synth bug bit deeply and the
ability here to shift mood on the title track shows this off to
fine effect. They were never fashionable but did some great
work, this album being a highpoint for me. I was 15 in 1981
and can remember the impact the new synth-based music had. It
seems commonplace now but Landscape were like nothing else.
Richard Burgess was also involved in the first Visage album
and was one of the first people in the UK to own a Fairlight.
He also produced the first two Spandau Ballet albums. The four
extra tracks come from their commercially-unsuccessful latter
period. The sequel to Tea Rooms is Manhatten Boogie-Woogie
which bombed sadly, despite having some great songs.
Cheers
Al
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By k-e-v on 18 May 2002
Format: Audio CD
From The Tea Rooms of Mars was the first vinyl album I ever bought, way back in 1981. I was eleven then - so I must've saved up my pocket money for several weeks to get it. For that reason I'm rather sentimental about this album. I've been trying to find Tea Rooms on CD for years, with no success due to its obscurity. Therefore I was delighted when Cherry Red re-released it on CD in the UK, in May 2002. The icing on the cake is that there are four bonus tracks at the end.
This album was born of a time when the synthesiser was a relatively new invention. Indeed, Tea Rooms seems to have been a tentative foray into the possibilities of electronically-produced music. The original vinyl cover sleeve lists all the so-called 'instruments' played by the band members - it's all wind synthesisers, vocoders, modulators and various other pieces of electronic paraphernalia, apart from Peter Thoms' trombone. Suffice to say that most of the album has a very 'electronic' sound to it. One track in particular, 'Computer Person', is very reminiscent of the sound of Kraftwerk's 'Computer World' LP.
Unfortunately the album is a little bit patchy. The first three tracks are great, but tracks 4-6 aren't particularly remarkable. However, things get really weird and wonderful later on, with tracks 7-10 definitely being the strongest (along with the bonus tracks). Einstein A Go-Go was the most successful single release from the album, probably because it's incredibly catchy and instantly recognisable. Underpinned by a seriously addictive lead synth melody, Einstein A Go-Go is a classic piece of embryonic electro-pop. The other two standouts are Norman Bates and The Doll's House, both being deliciously weird.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Evans on 24 Oct. 2009
Format: Audio CD
The purpose of a review on here is surely to help people to decide whether to spend their hard-earned cash on the item or not. But, this album is such an obscurity that you are hardly likely to stumble across unless you already own it.
Like the other reviewers I have a certain sentimentality about this record. I still have it on vinyl but can't say it has been played for years. However I have recently started replacing all my old vinyl with digital versions and as such listened to this recently.
It is certainly of its time, there can be no doubt what decade spawned it and it is very obviously an early foray into just what the synth might be able to do. This is both a strength and ultimately its weakness. The latin sounds were cutting edge at the time, but now simply sound like an experiment and while there are poppy and catchy tunes throughout too much sounds like an exploration of possibilities, ideas, doodlings.
So should you buy it? From a sentimental point of view, sure. Will it get a lot of playtime? Probably not. It's more of a curio than anything else. Something to add completion. If you own the vinyl version I'd be tempted to get it by other means to be honest.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 April 2002
Format: Audio CD
This is what I have been waiting for, my vinyl version has finally given up the ghost having seen at least three turntables come and go (aside from the DJ'ing ones used in the mid-late eighties). Landscape's very unique synthesizer sound still sounds amazingly fresh, especially when compared to contemporary pop. The classic hit 'Norman Bates' is still as haunting as ever, the VERY unique "From the tea rooms of Mars" title track still sounds new, even after 20 years! The low point must be "European Man" which is pure European pop, but overall and especially in this price band, this CD is an absolute bargain and a must for every Electro-CD fan's collection. Landscape shaped much of the uncharted territory that eventually led to House and even Techno (but I doubt that they planned this!).
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Format: Audio CD
After their critically acclaimed, but entirely instrumental, debut album Landscape decided to branch out into the world of tongue-in-cheek pop and out and out weirdness! As a result this album veers from kitsch to sinister with ease, and has some classic moments.

To be fair some of the instrumentals here hark back to their earlier days, albeit with far less real instruments, and are pleasant enough, if a little cheap sounding. But there are some interesting attempts at electro-pop here too, including the much maligned "European man" and the arguably better "Face Of The 80s". Then ofcourse we hit the bizarre commercialism of "Einstein A Go-Go", leading nicely into the sublimely sparse and dark stomp of "Norman Bates" (abrave follow-up single indeed). If you thought things couldn't get more experimental then you get the delicious "Dolls House" with its phased vocal samples and psychotic-BVs - not sure what they were thinking of, but it is a unique track and one of the highlights of this album. Finally we get the Star Wars club-scene stylings of the title track, with it's deliberately tinny keyboards and programmed percussion. When I first bought this album I couldn't stand this track, but some 24 years later the irony is clearer, and it's a fun way to end what is an essentially English album.

I guess the closest we get now is Komputer (when they do vocal tracks) aka I Start Counting, who also push boundaries in a very unique way, which you'll either love or hate!

Cherry Red end this CD reissue with 4 bonuses, which oddly exclude the 12" remixes of both "European Man" and the huge "Einstein.." (but that's Cherry Red/Pop for you, just like their Visage reissues!).
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