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Stateless Plus Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, Import


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  • Audio CD (22 Aug 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B000003SZU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 252,051 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Home
2. Sleeping Beauty
3. Lucky Number
4. To Tender (To Touch)
5. Say When
6. Writing On The Wall
7. Telepathy
8. Momentary Breakdown
9. I Think We're Alone Now
10. One In A 1,000,000
11. Tonight
12. Be Stiff
13. One Lonely Heart
14. Big Bird
15. The Fall
16. Blue
17. I Think We're Alone Now (Japanese Version)

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 18 Dec 2002
Format: Audio CD
Originally released in 1979, Stateless is an album of the absolute cream of late 70s post-punk pop from the famous Stiff Records label. Most songs are written by Lovich and Les Chappel, including the quirky Lucky Number, which was a huge hit (Nina Hagen covered it in German on her Unbehagen album). Not all are bright, happy numbers: Home, Too Tender (To Touch) and Momentary Breakdown are sad but beautiful torch songs, and there's a great version of Nick Lowe's Tonight and the old standard I Think we're Alone Now. This music has aged well and in retrospect, the following could also have been chart singles: Say When (equally quirky!), Telepathy, and One In A Million. Although welcome, the additional (Plus) tracks add nothing spectacular since this album has always been perfect as it was. With such talent, it's a pity Lene faded into obscurity.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By jyxzo on 18 Oct 2008
Format: Audio CD
Lene Lovich was a 2 hit wonder. She burst onto the scene in 1978 with the odd ball "Lucky number" & quickly followed it up with "Say When" both songs showed off her quirky vocals & dress sense, before Cyndi Lauper had arrived. What is forgotten is her saxophone playing & the quality & depth of the album that spawned these hits.
On Stateless the tracks sound like they've been lifted from "Breaking Glass" movie soundtrack, but they predate the Hazel O'Connor opus, "Home", "Writing on the wall" & "I think we're alone now" in particular. "Telepathy" could have been a hit, how could someone so young produce such a remarkable album but not follow it up?
This is music of its time; before sytherisers took over; before MTV; before manufactured pop stars when someone with a fresh idea could chart - trully 1 in a million.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. P. Van Dijk on 13 Nov 2012
Format: Audio CD
My CD states 1991 as it is as well a reissue from Rhino and it has the same tracks too. No-one after Lene has had the unique combination of strange tunes and such a great voice(even not Nina Hagen: she tried but didn't succeed and ended up with disco tunes and too freaky albums). This whole album is filled with the mentioned strange tunes that have the property to stay in mind directly and they never get bored. It's a pity that a lot of albums like this can get no soundquality update. The source is not too bad but with all kinds of software the dynamics and overall soundquality could be so much better! There's nothing wrong with this reissue cause it has all the tracks from the originally different versions of the LP and a lot of bonustracks as well!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John Baird on 9 Dec 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
A really enjoyable album, featuring three great songs: Lucky Numbers, Say When, and I Think We're Alone Now (the last of these sung in English and Japanese - each unrecognisable from the copy version that followed it).
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
A POP MASTERPIECE 9 April 2001
By Pieter Uys - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Originally released in 1979, Stateless is an album of the absolute cream of late 70s post-punk pop from the famous Stiff Records label. Most songs are written by Lovich and Les Chappel, including the quirky Lucky Number, which was a huge hit. Not all are bright, happy numbers: Home, Too Tender (To Touch) and Momentary Breakdown are sad but beautiful torch songs, and there's a great version of Nick Lowe's Tonight and the old standard I Think we're Alone Now. This music has aged well and in retrospect, the following could also have been chart singles: Say When (equally quirky!), Telepathy, and One In A Million. Although welcome, the additional (Plus?) tracks add nothing spectacular since this album has always been perfect as it was. With such talent, it's a pity Lene faded into obscurity.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A Truly Classic Pop CD 24 Jan 2004
By James Case - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
You cannot go wrong with this CD. The musicality of Lene Lovich and the originality of her tunes are very hard match when compared with other music releases of the time or even presently.
Lene Lovich has perfect pitch and her voice inflections and intonations are complex and reveal a high level of skill and soul. The reinforcing music is tight and solid. A strong beat and a very clean mix on the engineers board are also apparent.
There are only a few weak numbers on the entire CD.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
"One in a 1,000,000" reasons to love Lene Lovich's "Stateless" 8 Jun 2007
By K. Toman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Yep, count me in among those of you who still harbor their old vinyl copies of "Stateless" (I must've been in the 8th. grade back when I bought it--yikes!) It's still in good playing condition, thank goodness; I have been playing it quite a bit since last Christmas when I got a new turntable! I remember when I first heard Lene Lovich on the radio--the DJ didn't know how to pronounce her name and kept calling her "Lenny Lo-vich" until some other listener finally called him on it, LOL. That was about the time I first saw the album in stores and noticed right off the phonetic spellings underneath both "Lene Lovich" and "Stateless", so why did the DJ keep mangling her name when his station started playing cuts off of it?!? That was a little strange, LOL.

As far as the extra tracks included on this CD version, really only her version of "Be Stiff" piqued my interest, so I may wait on buying another copy of "Stateless" unless after all these years I've managed to maintain my old vinyl copy I end up carelessly tripping over it in the dark and breaking it, or (even worse) I leave the thing out in direct sunlight and melt the sucker, LOL.

BTW, I have that Japanese version of "I Think We're Alone Now" on an old compilation LP Stiff Records put out in 1980 called "The Last Stiff Compilation..." As a promo gimmick, the song was simply used as a surprise unlisted track at the end of side 2 after the Dammed's "Smash it Up"--I thought that was pretty clever of them to do that, but looking over much of my collection of Stiff artists, I've noted tacking on extra liner notes or in the case of Ian Dury's 2nd. LP, "Do it Yourself": marketing it in a choice of several colors, seems to be par for the course with that label anyway. What fun!

Another old band I've loved since the '80s is Throwing Muses...a while back I had read an interview with their frontwoman, Kristin Hersh, and got quite a pleasant shock after learning that Lene Lovich was a major influence in Kris' vocal style--there is that similar manic wailing quality in much of Throwing Muses' material that eerily mimics Lovich's. A definite "aha" moment! Nice to know other musical gals beside me have been that much inspired by Lovich's music--beside Rachel Sweet, Lovich has always been a major player for Stiff Records as one of their best female artists, IMO. "Stateless" itself certainly proves it!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Stateless 1 Dec 1999
By gary w gustafson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Debut album by vocal wizard Lene Lovich. Ms Lovich began her vocal career by dubbing screams in many horror films which accounts for her strong vocal ability. This album serves up delicious 80's flavor new wave with superior recording and production.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Awesome talent! Lene, we miss you! 28 Dec 2000
By Charismatic Creature - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This album is one of my all time favorites and a joy to own it on CD, as my scratchy old vinyl album had just about had it.
One thing not clearly mentioned in the reviews of either Stateless Plus or Flex Plus is that the additonal material (the "plus") are selections from Lovich's "No Man's Land", from the early 80s. A good but not great album, a little less focused than her first two.
The absolute ideal would be to have all three albums reproduced as they were originally but "Stateless Plus" is a treasure anyhow.
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