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Pop! - The First 20 Hits CD


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Following the disbandment of the short-lived synth pop group Yazoo, former Depeche Mode member Vince Clarke formed Erasure in 1985 with singer Andy Bell. Like Yaz and Depeche Mode, Erasure were a synth-based group, but they had stronger dance inclinations, as well as a sharper, more accessible sense of pop songcraft, than either of Clarke's previous bands. Furthermore, Erasure had the ... Read more in Amazon's Erasure Store

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  • Audio CD (16 Nov 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Mute
  • ASIN: B000006YJ3
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Mini-Disc  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,274 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Who Needs Love (Like That)
2. Heavenly Action
3. Oh L'Amour
4. Sometimes
5. It Doesn t Have To Be
6. Victim Of Love
7. The Circus
8. Ship Of Fools
9. Chains Of Love
10. A Little Respect
11. Stop!
12. Drama!
13. You Surround Me
14. Blue Savannah
15. Star
16. Chorus
17. Love To Hate You
18. Am I Right?
19. Breath Of Life
20. Take A Chance On Me
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ERASURE Pop! - The First 20 Hits (1992 UK 21-track The Best Of compilation CD album includes Who Needs Love [Like That] - Hamburg Mix picture sleeve CDMUTEL2)

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A singles band if ever there was one, the hits on Pop make the duo of Andy Bell and Vince Clarke of Erasure sound like the Rogers & Hammerstein of synth-pop disco. With the exception of The Circus and The Innocents albums, most of Erasure's full lengths house only a few brief moments of brilliance, the rest of the songs being limp and uninspired. But putting songs like "Blue Savannah" with its sweeping loveliness, the haunting "Ship of Fools", and the campy, raucous "Love to Hate You" all on the same disc shows that when Erasure is on, they shine like a thousand-carat tiara. The energetic and electronic disco is front and centre here with "Oh L'Amour" and the audience participation number "Stop!", but the beautifully crafted "Sometimes" shows the band's true potential. The irrepressible melody line is punctuated by an acoustic riff and a melancholy trumpet solo that actually has to do its best to keep up with Bell's warm lament. An indispensable collection. --Steve Gdula

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Nov 1999
Format: Audio CD
Anyone who buys greatest hits albums should already be pretty clear as to what they are looking for. This cd does not disappoint - Erasure had some great songs in the eighties and all of them are here. Their sound is the smallest bit like the Pet Shop Boys - a bit synthesized, but I still like it. This also includes "Blue Savannah" which is one my all time favorite Erasure songs. "Oh L'Amour" and "Ship of Fools" are also included. There is one song called "She Won't Be Home" that is not included here which I vaguely recall having a cassette of when I was younger - this is all that is missing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andy Norton on 2 July 2013
Format: Audio CD
'Pop!-The First Twenty Hits' does exactly what it says on the tin for anyone wanting to get into Erasure, although the title is slightly misleading because it does contain 21 tracks- that 'extra' track is an excellent Hamburg Remix of their solid track, Who Needs Love (Like That). So, if anyone was wanting a more complete 'greatest hits' album from that popular electro-pop duo, then you've picked up the wrong album, as this features all of their hits from the 1980s, as well as a few from the early 1990s. However, for those that probably know their Bronski Beat from their Depeche Mode, and their Pet Shop Boys from their Yazoo, then here is a good question for those into your 'periodic' electronica/pop music from the 1980s. Is it possible to create a greatest hits album, for the die-hard electro-pop fan?

The answer to that is probably yes, because whilst there is an excellent line-up of stellar tracks from Erasure (It Doesn't Have to Be, A Little Respect), there are a few that have not aged as well, but are still worth a listen if you are really into their singles. Heavenly Action is probably the weakest track out of the bunch, as it just sounds like the most generic pop record from the 1980s ever. There are some real standout tracks from this album too. The tracks `The Circus' and `Drama' are probably the pinnacle of Erasure's music from this decade, and are well worth placing in your playlist of classic electronic pop- if you ever do such a thing.

So `Pop!-The First Twenty Hits' may appeal to novices of early Erasure, as well as those that are fans of their brand of electronica and dance pop. The selection may not everyone's cup of tea, especially if they are fans of the actual albums rather then the singles. Nevertheless, for anyone that wants a flavour of Erasure will lap this up, making him or her hungry to check out the rest of their musical legacy- but someone may have to remind that they are still making music twenty years on from the Abba-Esque EP.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Captain Pugwash on 27 April 2009
Format: Audio CD
Although often noted more for vocalist Andy Bell's high camp and extravagant costumes, Erasure remain second only to Pet Shop Boys as the most successful dance/pop duo of all time. From the infectious 'Sometimes' - their first hit proper - to the sublime 'Stop' and darkly intense 'Drama', they were rarely out of the Top 10 between 1985 and 1995. This really is a Greatest Hits collection and is bursting with memorable pop songs; the fact that there is now a second 'Best of' album says it all.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Gary F. Taylor on 27 Jan 2004
Format: Audio CD
I'm not often enthusiastic about club-dance-techno-pop bands, most of which seem determined to copy each other to the point of exhaustion. But I'll make an exception for Erasure, which has a great deal more going for it than the vast majority of music you're likely to hear the next time you hit the dance floor.
Chief among the band's assets is vocalist Andy Bell, who has a remarkably rich and passionate voice--but Erasure does not rely on Bell pure and simple. It is the combination of Bell's vocals, a bouncy beat, and the often unexpectedly thoughtful and frequently bitter lyrics that do the trick. The result is a consistent sound that crackles with a sensuous passion, and at its best creates one memorable cut after another.
POP! suffers from the usual failings of every compilation album, which is to say that it generally goes for the obvious choice even when a lesser-known selection is clearly superior. But even so, it offers a solid overview of Erasure, from the purely danceable to the disquietingly emotional playing against the dancefloor rhythm. "Ship of Fools," "Chains of Love," and "A Little Respect" are perhaps the side of Erasure that are most recognized--but when the selections turn to such intense and lyrically sharp selections as "Drama" and "Love to Hate You," you know that you've stumbled into something special.
The compilation, in my opinion, saves the best for last, running a gamut from the intensely passionate and romantic "You Surround Me," to the purely elegant "Blue Savannah," to angry "Chorus," to the moody and introspective "Am I Right"--the latter of which may well be single finest thing in this collection. As a garnish, the collection finishes up with a very enjoyable cover of Abba's "Take A Chance." But whichever you happen to prefer, it's all good stuff. Recommended.
GFT, Amazon Reviewer
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Jan 2001
Format: Audio CD
An absolutely brilliant album by the guys. I absolutely love "Sometimes", "Oh L'Amour" and "Love To Hate You". Andy has a great voice and Vince is a brilliant man of music. I wish I was like him-playing the synthesizers. All in all, a brilliant and POP-tastic album! Deserved to get to Number 1. Let's hope they continue their succes and I wish that either "Sometimes", "Oh L'Amour" or "Love To Hate You" are re-released in the charts. it'd be brilliant!
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