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HEAVEN 17 The Luxury Gap LP

Heaven 17 Vinyl
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Taking their name from a fictional pop group mentioned in Anthony Burgess's novel, A Clockwork Orange, (where 'The Heaven Seventeen' are at number 4 in the charts with "Inside"), Heaven 17 formed when Ian Craig Marsh and Martyn Ware split from their earlier group, The Human League, and formed the production company British Electric Foundation (BEF). ... Read more in Amazon's Heaven 17 Store

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  • Vinyl
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Virgin
  • ASIN: B003O1YDR8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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HEAVEN 17 The Luxury Gap (1983 French 9-track LP the second album by the English synthpop band including Let Me Go Come Live With Me Crushed By The Wheels Of Industry and the unforgettable veritable 80s theme Temptation; hype stickered glossy picture sleeve. The sleeve has only a few light signs of shelfwear whilst the vinyl is in near as new condition)

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4.4 out of 5 stars
4.4 out of 5 stars
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The opening thunderclap and pavement-slab scrapings hint at this being a dramatic, and far more produced, successor to their subliminal debut album. "Crushed By The Wheels" (album mix) is classic H17, political yet poppy, mainstream yet subversive. Other tracks that keep the listener wondering include "Lady Ice and Mr Hex", "Key To The World" (great BVs) and "The Best Kept Secret". Ofcourse "Temptation" is here, with Karol Kenyon delivering the goods (but never really credited) and so is the slightly pedestrian "Come Live With Me". However as a whole it never quite lives up to expectations - but meanders along at it's own pace.

This is one in a series of remasters approved and apparently checked by the band (according to their own website), although they were not involved in the actual remastering (Martyn, why not?). It's great to see Virgin now offering this treatment to the boys, after doing the honours with the League many years ago. "Penthouse" is their real classic, but this album is a good second (and still kept essentially to electronics and bass guitar). The liner notes and photos/artwork are pretty good, if a little indulgent (ie not really sticking to the music on the cd at times) and make this a worthwhile addition for any fan.

However, why do such reissues invariably include a tracklisting mistake? The bonus "dub" of "Who'll Stop The Rain" is in fact the vocal extended remix (which the liner notes accidentally stumble across!). The US 12" (promo) dub mix (which is an extended re-edit with most of the vocals taken out) is 6.53 mins and certainly not present on this cd! This, and the fact the band had no real input into the sleeve notes, results in 4 stars - but don't let that spoil the real music on this album!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still a pleasure after all these years 3 Oct 2006
By Jimbo VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
I have loved this album since it came out way back in the time when you were faced with the choice of cassette or LP versions -1983. As audio cassettes were an uncertain and generaly unreliable way of listening to music (they generally either snapped in the player or intertwined themselves into some sort of mad plastic ball!),and I had bought the band's first album (Penthouse And Pavement - check it out)on cassette ,when The Luxury Gap came out I plumped for the LP version. I have now bought the CD version and am very plesed to have revisited this strange, yet sublime masterpiece.

The gloomy sound of a storm greets you at the start of Crushed By The Wheels Of Industry and a thumping bass line along with swirling electronica grace a story, which carries over very nicely from Penthouse and Pavement (wannabes and yuppies are the target here), some stunning piano work drive this song to its finale.

Who'll Stop The Rain is another bass thumper (some very interesting and intricate chord changes here), with some very silly lyrics to boot.

Let Me Go is a fantastic song, encapsulating all that was great in 80s synthesizer music. A wonderful bass and drum combination, some great lyrics on this one, some brilliant use of synths,and a number of clever hooks add up to a mighty fine song - worth buying the album for this song alone.

Key To The World carries on in a similar vein to Crushed By The Wheels Of Industry, money making in the eighties (a culture which they were probably right to revile looking at the materialism which is rife nowadays). It has some strange uses of horns which somehow seem to pull the whole song together.

Temptation was, and probably always will be, Heaven 17's most famous song.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still a pleasure after all these years 24 Feb 2006
By Jimbo VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
I have loved this album since it came out way back in the time when you were faced with the choice of cassette or LP versions -1983. As audio cassettes were an uncertain and generaly unreliable way of listening to music (they generally either snapped in the player or intertwined themselves into some sort of mad plastic ball!),and I had bought the band's first album (Penthouse And Pavement - check it out)on cassette ,when The Luxury Gap came out I plumped for the LP version. I have now bought the CD version and am very plesed to have revisited this strange, yet sublime masterpiece.
The gloomy sound of a storm greets you at the start of Crushed By The Wheels Of Industry and a thumping bass line along with swirling electronica grace a story, which carries over very nicely from Penthouse and Pavement (wannabes and yuppies are the target here), some stunning piano work drive this song to its finale.
Who'll Stop The Rain is another bass thumper (some very interesting and intricate chord changes here), with some very silly lyrics to boot.
Let Me Go is a fantastic song, encapsulating all that was great in 80s synthesizer music. A wonderful bass and drum combination, some great lyrics on this one, some brilliant use of synths,and a number of clever hooks add up to a mighty fine song - worth buying the album for this song alone.
Key To The World carries on in a similar vein to Crushed By The Wheels Of Industry, money making in the eighties (a culture which they were probably right to revile looking at the materialism which is rife nowadays). It has some strange uses of horns which somehow seem to pull the whole song together.
Temptation was, and probably always will be, Heaven 17's most famous song.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heaven 17
Rebuying back catalogue on CD. excellent album, plus a few added extras, hence purchase, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah.
Published 20 months ago by Dave Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars a true classic
Last heard this on vinyal , glad to say that it still sounds great and brought back fond memories of my youth. Read more
Published 23 months ago by ade21
4.0 out of 5 stars temptation
this is a great album probably their best one overall.
now including bonus tracks including a few 12" remixes. Read more
Published on 7 Aug 2012 by Victor Preston
4.0 out of 5 stars Heaven 17 Luxury Gap
It's an OK album, some good tracks some filler tracks. I bought this when it first came out on LP and loved it times have moved on now though !
Published on 22 Mar 2010 by Mr. Ralph Sanders
4.0 out of 5 stars You can't talk about synth-pop without mentioning this...
For those of you out of the loop, Heaven 17 comprised of 2 former members of the Human League (who left over creative differences with Phil Oakey) and a mate of theirs who was... Read more
Published on 22 May 2009 by Natalie Hansen
3.0 out of 5 stars THE THREE PROFESSORS OF SYNTH POP
Heaven 17 made intelligent, catchy and classic singles. They pushed the envelope on what could be acheived with a sequencer and a synth and, in frontman Glenn Gregory, they had a... Read more
Published on 31 July 2008 by Mr. Christopher J. Welch
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly enjoyable
I had a copy of "The Luxury Gap" when I was 14-15 and, as with much of the 80s music I am now revisiting, it is so tied up with nostalgia that it is difficult to be... Read more
Published on 12 Aug 2001 by JJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the most definitive album of new wave of the 80's.
This album starts with a fantastically loud version of Crushed By The Wheels Of Industry. Glen Gregory's voice surpasses any previous recording. Read more
Published on 21 Mar 2001
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