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It had a futuristic cover, lifted straight from Buck Rogers,
This review is from: Travelogue (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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Initial post: 22 Jun 2009 21:31:10 BDT
A. Helm says:
Glad it's not just me that gets a little over-emotional at the end of WXJL-Tonight. Phil Oakey has never sung anything as well as this track. Absolutely fantastic album that stands the test of time extremely well.
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