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Genius 80's synth gets first time ever CD release !,
This review is from: Dollar - Platinum Collection (Audio CD)
Anyone who may be unfamiliar with these tracks from UK pop duo "Dollar" released for the first time on CD, only has to listen to the genius of Trevor Horn's production on The Buggles, ABC, Frankie Goes To Hollywood and Seal to know what they've been missing.
This is Trevor Horn at his best !!!
Trevor's complex arrangements on the likes of the UK top 5 hits "Mirror Mirror (Mon Amour)", "Give Me Back My Heart" and top 20 hits "Hand Held In Black And White", "Videotheque" have stood the test of time so well that unless you had heard them back then, you could be fooled into not knowing they had been produced in 1981-1982.
The production here was way ahead of it's time and it's clear to see why ABC's Martin Fry on hearing "Hand Held In Black And White" asked Trevor to do the same for ABC's "Lexicon Of Love".
I was pleasantly surprised to find that the remainder of this album reveals that Dollar were not afraid to experiment as producers. They succeed in pulling off some pleasing productions from the top 40 hit "Give Me Some Kinda Magic" to the darker electronic sounding "The Second Time Around" and from the haunting, touching "Pink And Blue" to the fun pop of "Dangerous Blondes".
I was all the more pleased when I realized the CD has been remastered. I found it obvious on listening that a lot of time and effort has gone into restoring these UK synth pop classics to sounding their best. Add to that some well crafted 2006 mixes and for the price... It's a bargain
A real treat for all fans of classic 80's synth pop !!!
May be one day they will release an expanded "The Dollar Album " remastered to CD. Now that really would be a synth fan's dream come true.