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Travelogue

3 Mar 2003

7.99 (VAT included if applicable)
  Song Title Artist
Time
Popularity  
1
The Black Hit Of Space (2003 Digital Remaster) The Human League
4:11
2
Only After Dark (2003 - Remaster) The Human League
3:50
3
Life Kills (2003 - Remaster) The Human League
3:07
4
Dreams Of Leaving (2003 Digital Remaster) The Human League
5:50
5
Toyota City (2003 Digital Remaster) The Human League
3:24
6
Crow And A Baby (2003 Digital Remaster) The Human League
3:43
7
The Touchables (2003 - Remaster) The Human League
3:21
8
Gordon's Gin (2003 Digital Remaster) The Human League
2:58
9
Being Boiled (2003 - Remaster) The Human League
4:21
10
Wxjl Tonight (2003 Digital Remaster) The Human League
4:39
11
Marianne (2003 - Remaster) The Human League
3:18
12
Dancevision (2003 Digital Remaster) The Human League
2:21
13
Rock 'N' Roll / Night Clubbing (2003 Digital Remaster) The Human League
6:22
14
Tom Baker (2003 Digital Remaster) The Human League
4:02
15
Boys And Girls (2003 Digital Remaster) The Human League
3:14
16
I Don't Depend On You (2003 - Remaster) The Men
4:36
17
Cruel (2003 Digital Remaster) The Men
4:40


Product details

  • Original Release Date: 3 Mar 2003
  • Release Date: 3 Mar 2003
  • Label: Virgin UK
  • Copyright: (C) 2003 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 2003 Virgin Records Ltd
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  • Total Length: 1:07:57
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  • ASIN: B001J64F8W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,356 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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4.7 out of 5 stars
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19 of 21 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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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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Time Stops When You Put It On 20 Jan 2012
By Coincidence Vs Fate TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
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.

While Kraftwerk had yet to hit us with their fabulous Computer World which was still another year away and OMD were staring to warm up nicely with Organisation the Human League took the pop bits of their debut "Empire SH" and "Blind Youth" and gave us a exquisite album of electronic warmth; yes electronic music can be warm and touch you.

I was 14 when this was released and remember buying the "double packs" of "Only After Dark" and the Holiday '80 EP which contains one of the highlights of HL MK1, "Marianne".

The whole shebang kicks off with "The Black Hit Of Space" a record so popular that it's gone to number one and then "into minus figures"! This name checked the great James Burke who was the equivalent in my childhood to Professor Brian Cox for today's teenagers. The only difference was Burke didn't look like a pop star.

Next up we get Mick Ronson's "Only After Dark", a nice enough track but a strange choice for a single considering the overall quality of the album. Then we get the poptastic "Life Kills", one of the best tracks on the whole album.

For me, side two (as it was in the olden days) is where the album really starts to shine with the wonderfully quirky "Crow and a Baby" and the superbly understated "The Touchables". There are two real crackers on there though, the great re-recording of "Being Boiled" complete with the Boys Of Buddha and the highlight for me, "WXJL Tonight". The last DJ on earth lamenting the "way it was in the past". Some great backing vocals on this from Martyn Ware too.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 12 days 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 9 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 13 months ago by J. D. Ruddick
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Just good!
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Published 17 months ago by Leon and Susan
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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"
4.0 out of 5 stars The most misleading record cover, ever?
Inappropriate record cover, or not, I'm both rather ashamed and rather glad that it took me almost thirty years (that's two-thirds of my entire life! Read more
Published on 1 May 2011 by Tim Kidner
5.0 out of 5 stars Reproduction is better!!
Buy Reproduction, too, and compare. Travelogue is a bit corny, tongue in cheek and the sound, even Phil said, is like pebbles rattling round in a can. Read more
Published on 2 Oct 2010 by Carl S. Rylander
5.0 out of 5 stars Electronic magic
If you are a fan of electronic music the first two Human League albums are a must to own. Being a Sheffielder and remembering the heady days when these lads could be seen regulaly... Read more
Published on 2 Sep 2010 by Wobblybob
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