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The Singles Collection [CD]

Spandau Ballet Audio CD
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To Cut A Long Story Short

The first time that most Londoners heard the words Spandau Ballet was on the London Weekend Television arts programme Twentieth Century Box, in May 1980. Presented by Danny Baker, Twentieth Century Box was the place you went to for your youth culture fix.

And Baker’s programme was devoted to a new cult, The Cult With No Name, a bunch of soul boys and ... Read more in Amazon's Spandau Ballet Store

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  • Audio CD (1 July 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000008L0G
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,661 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Gold
2. Lifeline
3. Round And Round
4. Only When You Leave
5. Instinction (Edit)
6. Highly Strung
7. True
8. Communication
9. I'll Fly For You
10. To Cut A Long Story Short
11. Chant No 1 (I Don't Need This Pressure On)
12. She Loved Like Diamond
13. Paint Me Down
14. The Freeze
15. Musclebound

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Spandau Ballet ~ Best Of Spandau Ballet

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5.0 out of 5 stars A very memorable cd from the 80's 15 Nov 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Yet another flash from the 80's - who doesn't remember watching Sixteen Candles when they play "True" at the high school dance? Or dancing to the song themselves!? This cd includes just about every memorable song Spandau Ballet ever put out and brings back a lot of memories of those days. Some of these were actually surprises that I didn't realise were performed by them, but most of them are staples. There are also a few "filler" songs on here - ones that I don't exactly remember being hits. Regardless, this is a good choice for anyone who liked this scene then.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blast From My Past 23 Jan 2006
Format:Audio CD
I remember it well the winter of 1981 and seeing these guys on T.O.T.P. singing Too Cut a Long Story Short , they were different and Tony Hadley had a great voice.All their hits are here and the way the Album is sequenced works well, even if it is not chronological.They really did make some great stuff. Gary Kemp is a great songwriter, there are some great ballads here as well has some uptempo stuff. A treat to here them again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Collection of Spandau Ballet at their 80's prime 30 Mar 2004
By Daniel J. Hamlow - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The name of the prison that held Rudolf Hess and a very artistic style of dance somehow don't work in the same sentence. I mean, Spandau and Ballet, yeah? Nevertheless, at the height of the New Romantic phase that hit pop music in the early 80's, that was the name of the British group with Tony Hadley and the Kray brothers. This collection takes their singles from 1980 up to 1984, and was released before their politically conscious Through The Barricades album.
The quick-paced and exceptional "To Cut A Long Story Short" defines their sound, computerized New Wave synths, pneumatic drums, and Hadley's resonant vocals. This was their debut single, scraping the UK Top Five, and along with MTV exposure, paved their way to a decent run on the charts for the next couple of years. The followup singles were "The Freeze" with similar sound to Missing Persons' "Walking In LA," and the more tempered "Musclebound," featuring a diluted Village People-like chorus.
"Chant No. 1 (I Don't Need This Pressure On)" is another danceable tune, but whose abrupt burst of horns and insistent bass lean towards funky soul. One of the better songs here, and it deserved its #3 peak. The thing about SB was this. They'd have a strong opening single, and then chartwise, the followups wouldn't measure up, although not in the case of their first album.
Two things then happened. They turned to the production team of Tony Swain and Steve Jolley, who had yet to turn Bananarama into stars. The danceable "Lifeline" was their first single under them, which made it to #7, and saw a more polished, mainstream sound while still maintaining the New Wave synths. Hadley's vocals grew richer, as evidenced by this song and the organ-dominated "Communication."
Another was the band molding Tony Hadley into an 80's crooner, as exemplified by the dreamy sound and accompanying sighing vocals on their UK #1 ballad "True," which is the song the US generally associates with them.
The more upbeat "Gold," a #2 UK hit, with its dreamy synths and insistent drumming, continued their newfound second wind, which also included "Only When You Leave," with the guitar figuring more in their sound, and the more suave "I'll Fly For You" and "Round And Round."
This collection represents the domination of dance-oriented synth pop that ruled the airwaves at the time, as well as why Spandau Ballet was an influential force in the Second British Invasion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spandau Ballet 15 Sep 2010
By wyndeez - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I've had this album on tape and just wanted to upgrade to CD. I love these hits and I'm glad they got back together. My favorite song of all time is "True"!
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4.0 out of 5 stars New Romanticism at it's best 16 Mar 2005
By Ryan A. Rigg - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
First of all, let me state that Amazon has the wrong cover picture for this CD. The correct cover picture has been provided above by J. Reuss and has a red background.

I have owned this CD since it came out in the 80's and have enjoyed it immensely. Spandau Ballet's music has proven to stand the test of time. Even today, "True" has been used as the background track for Nelly's current single "N Dey Say".

This CD was issued in 1985 and does not include music from "Through the Barricades". If you are looking for a true career spanning Spand's collection, pick up "Gold: The Best of Spandau Ballet". If you are just looking for their big hits, they are all included here. You can also get most of their hits on a "Back 2 Back Hits" collection featuring Spandau and Naked Eyes. However, that collection leaves off "Gold". A great way to save money and have all of Spandau's Billboard Hot 100 hits is to buy that "Back 2 Back Hits" CD which is much cheaper and download "Gold". Just a thought.
4.0 out of 5 stars A True 80's Band 16 Dec 1999
By Sean Rice - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Spandau Ballet didn't have a huge American run of successful hits. Yet they still seem to capture the feel of the period. Lead by they're strongest commercial single, "True," this CD incorporates the piano led style that every 80's ballad seemed to use. It is when you look past those ballads and see the song writing and arrangements on they're less popular songs, that you start to understand why SB is one of the 80's quintessential bands. This CD isn't for everybody, but is overall a good collection.
5.0 out of 5 stars great band cd wonderful 9 Mar 2014
By craig perkins - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
love it. underrated 80s band more than a one hit wonder. brings back memories and their music holds up over time
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