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Travelogue [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

Human League Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (6 Jan 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Virgin Records
  • ASIN: B00007KMZT
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,985 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. The Black Hit Of Space (2003 Digital Remaster)The Human League 4:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  3. Life Kills (2003 - Remaster)The Human League 3:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Dreams Of Leaving (2003 Digital Remaster)The Human League 5:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Toyota City (2003 Digital Remaster)The Human League 3:24£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Crow And A Baby (2003 Digital Remaster)The Human League 3:43£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. The Touchables (2003 - Remaster)The Human League 3:21£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Gordon's Gin (2003 Digital Remaster)The Human League 2:58£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Being Boiled (2003 - Remaster)The Human League 4:21£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Wxjl Tonight (2003 Digital Remaster)The Human League 4:39£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Marianne (2003 - Remaster)The Human League 3:18£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Dancevision (2003 Digital Remaster)The Human League 2:21£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Rock 'N' Roll / Night Clubbing (2003 Digital Remaster)The Human League 6:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Tom Baker (2003 Digital Remaster)The Human League 4:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Boys And Girls (2003 Digital Remaster)The Human League 3:14£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. I Don't Depend On You (2003 - Remaster)The Men 4:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Cruel (2003 Digital Remaster)The Men 4:40£0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Description

1.The Black Hit Of Space
2.Only After Dark
3.Life Kills
4.Dreams Of Leaving
5.Toyota City
6.Crow And A Baby
7.The Touchables
8.Gordon's Gin
9.Being Boiled
10.WXJL Tonight
13.Rock 'N' Roll / Night Clubbing
14.Tom Baker
15.Boys And Girls
16.I Don't Depend On You (2003 Digital Remaster)

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Long-lost gem gets a deserved reissue 1 Feb 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
They'll always be best remembered for "Dare", but I still think the Human League were at their best as a 3-piece experimental outfit before their acrimonious split in late 1980. No conventional instruments were used; this album proudly announces in the credits "Contains vocals and synthesisers only". This was released at a time when Gary Numan led the way in electronic music, with John Foxx releasing his first solo LP since splitting up Ultravox (who themselves were finishing off their comeback album with Midge Ure) and OMD delivered their debut, which owed so much to the sounds the Human League had already created.
Recorded at their own cut-price Monumental Pictures facility in Sheffield, the sound of "Travelogue" is much clearer and more epic than on their debut LP "Reproduction", but again with a Kraftwerk influence present throughout. The pulse beat and white noise of "The Black Hit Of Space", with Phil's narrative of a number 1 record that consumes the universe, gives way to the brilliant cover of Mick Ronson's "Only After Dark" (featuring a tremendous vocal performance by Phil Oakey and Martyn Ware).
The album progresses through the epitome of wage slavery in "Life Kills" and the desperation of fleeing from oppression "Dreams Of Leaving" before the League return to their roots with an edited mono mix of "Toyota City", from their Fast Product days.
The second side (the LP was originally only 10 tracks long) kicks off with the rumbling stage favourite "Crow And A Baby" (still can't see what this one was about) and "The Touchables" before an impressive version of the Gordon's Gin TV ad theme. A mighty re-working of the "Being Boiled" debut single comes next, with a vicious electronic handclapping beat and the addition of the "Boys Of Buddha" horn synthesiser.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New Moderns 8 Nov 2012
Format:Audio CD
Just good!
A time capsule of past futures, old futures can sometimes be the right futures.
The Dr who's of modern music. New Moderns!
79's a good year for timetravelling to the future.
Travelogue-ing the synth to bright warm and new colourful sound hues, simply wonderful.

Points of clarification.

Being boiled was eventually a huge hit single in early 82, No.6 uk charts.

Dare is Not the first fully sequenced album (as another reviewer here erroneously states) nor was it the first to feature the linn drum, donna summer used it on the 'Grand illusion' track september 1980 when it was recorded.

There are quite a few albums prior to dare to use all that kind of drum and sequencing techology! And to the fullest.
Reproduction, remains a bastion, of analogue electronic imagery.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
By Fac 808
Format:Audio CD
This is the greatest electronic album ever made; The 'Pet Sounds' of the 80s, the analogue equivalent of the Ark of the Covenant... Why? Okay, ready? Let's do it...
Travelogue runs the gamut of emotional lyricism; steeped in comedy (Black Hit of Space), love (The Touchables) & paranoia (Life Kills, Dreams Of Leaving, WXJL Tonight) - more so than what you'd expect from other electronic outfits of the time. And if that's not enough the music is still fresh now; The Black Hit of Space and the re-vamped Being Boiled are laden with rhythms that today would be classed as Hip-Hop and Electro/Techno respectively.
Dreams of Leaving is Oakey as a businessman/politician living in fear at his place of work - trying to escape to a new life to the sound of possibly 4-5 early instrumentals sequenced together. What you get is the most breathtaking track on the album.
The album finishes (on the vinyl version) with WXJL Tonight -where Oakey is the last human DJ in a future society of automatic radio stations. Towards the end as Oakey starts shouting, pleading with the audience not to leave him, you'll feel a chill run down your spine. Listen to the voice of Buddha...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seminal classic 16 Nov 2007
By Mr. Warren M. Fisher VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The League's finest hour is also a key work in the canon of '70s/'80s electronica and fit to rank alongside Bowie's 'Low'. Worth owning if only for the supercharged reworked of 'Being Boiled', the defiantly bleak 'Life Kills', and the hilariously doomy version of 'Rock 'n Roll. Dark, compelling and endlessly inventive.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great album - good value remaster/reissue..... 1 Mar 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is my favourite all-time League album, after risking it on cassette shortly after Dare surfaced and won me over. Unlike the more obtuse Reproduction this album has an eye on commercial success as well as it's tongue in cheek! Maybe a few too many covers for everyone's taste at the time, the sounds created here wrap themselves around Phil's odd yet intriguing lyrics. Practically any League fan knows both versions of Being Boiled, and this album features the proper Stereo re-recorded one (not the stereo-reverbed revamp of the classic mono Fast Version).

This remaster is very welcome, and generally brings the tracks to life compared to the 1990 CD issue. It does occasionally reveal flaws in the source ofcourse (some nasty distortion on chimes in "Toyota City", the odd click or two in "Black Hit") but these are minor. Most of the bonus tracks have remastered brilliantly, including extra hihats in Rock-n-Roll that I'd not really picked up on before. Interestingly the remaster has removed the high-pitched (earth?) noise evident in intro to "Black Hit", which makes you wonder what else may have been cleaned off that track as a result! Why 4 stars? The artwork is not as good as the original CD, seems slightly faded with white edge on the black frame, and worst of all the inner tray lining has adverts for the back catalogue (whilst Reproduction reissue doesn't resort to this tacky insert). This slightly spoils the overall presentation, but hey, it's a bargain and a classic!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Experimental Haunting Beautiful
The best Human League album by far - yes, even better than Dare - this was their second, highly experimental album just before the band split to form The Human League Mark 2 who... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr. Scott Carrick
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Superb blast from the past.
Published 3 months ago by Cooley
5.0 out of 5 stars Travel - League....
If your only exposure to Phil Oakey and Co is the likes of "Don't You Want Me" then their pre - "Dare" material may come as a bit of a surprise: It's more J G... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Phil C
3.0 out of 5 stars good for collection
i like human league so i got this to help build up my collection. its okay but not as good as dare or unlimited orchestra
Published 6 months ago by jason
3.0 out of 5 stars Never go back
Bought this back in 1979/80 and loved it. Listening to it 30 plus years on i realise just how awful it is. Load of rubbish keep yr money in your pocket!!
Published 15 months ago by Carol Shaw
5.0 out of 5 stars 9/10
the second album by the Human League - still all the original members in the band - a good cd but not quite as good as the first I feel but still worth having - 9/10
Published 20 months ago by J. D. Ruddick
5.0 out of 5 stars Time Stops When You Put It On
After the artistic (though not commercial) triumph of Reproduction the League returned in 1980 with one of the greatest "underground" albums of any 80s genre. Read more
Published on 20 Jan 2012 by Coincidence Vs Fate
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable progressive for it's time
Before selling out to commercialism, The Human League produced this astonishing album with tracks establishing themselves as benchmarks in their own right for progressive sound... Read more
Published on 10 Dec 2011 by Polartracker
5.0 out of 5 stars A must Have.
As a fan of the Human League i only knew them when they released the album Dare onwards I had no idea they were an all male group in the late seventies until i saw the BBC4... Read more
Published on 3 July 2011 by Mr. A. Mehta
5.0 out of 5 stars Travelouge- by The Human Leauge.
By 1980 The Human Leauge (still consisting of Oakey/Marsh/Ware), had decided to forget about the distasters of the year before and think about new possibilties. Read more
Published on 6 Jun 2011 by Gene Hunt "Guv"
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