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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sba
  • ASIN: B00004VO6E
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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Format: Audio CD
Everyone remembers "Video Killed The Radio Star", some people may even remember follow up singles "The Plastic Age" (a better record than "Video" IMO), "Elstree" and "Clean Clean". Hardly anyone remembers this album, or got to hear it the first time round in 1981. Here is an opportunity to rectify that.

"Adventures In Modern Recording" sounds simply superb. The mastering has brought this collection to life, to the point where it feels like a brand new contemporary album. Every track sounds incredibly fresh and new, with an audible depth I'd not heard before on the original vinyl or 90s CD issues. "Vermillion Sands", "Inner City" and "Lenny" are sonic masterpieces, whilst the title track and "On TV" in particular race along with crisp technopop clarity and rhythm. "I Am A Camera" is the Buggles hit that never was, and is featured in 7" and 12" form.

The slip case is beautiful. The artwork informative, and with TEN(!) bonus tracks not on the original album it's incredible value for money. For Yes fans, the presence of parts one and two of "We Can Fly From Here" probably make it essential, and The Buggles demo of "Videotheque" (a 1982 hit Trevor went on to produce for Dollar) is a revelation to hear.

Incredible.
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By Antony May TOP 500 REVIEWER on 17 Feb. 2010
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I always remember the first time that I saw a review for 'Adventures In Modern Recording'. It was in the Record Mirror and their reviewer gave it 0 out of 10 and totally savaged the whole thing. Interestingly, a few weeks later, another review from the same person was printed in RM and I think this time he gave the record 4 out of 10 or 6 out of ten (can't recall). My point in telling you all this is however to make the point that Trevor Horn has always been a man to push the boundaries and come up with the unexpected. Because of this, like any innovator, he has frequently been ridiculed only later to be praised for the very same records.

'Adventures In Modern Recording' is not an album to like from the first time you hear it. I burst out laughing the first time I heard 'Beatnik' and thought it was the biggest waste of vinyl I'd heard for a long time but now I love it and everything on this album with a passion. This album is full of drama, musical space, imagination, inspiration and experimentation. It constantly amazes, entertains and surprises you and I find the classic 'I Am A Camera' a song that can make me think so deeply about my life and my past that it can bring me to tears.

There is a seriousness to Trevor Horn's work that you can be forgiven for thinking that the man himself is hardly likely to be the one that tells jokes at a party but I would LOVE to meet the man anyway! Outside of my own GENIUS producer - Harvey Summers - only Trevor and Tony Mansfield have ever really inspired me as producers and my love of dramatic passages and backing vocals was almost certainly inspired by this record.
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Format: Audio CD
Originally released in 1982, 'Adventures In Modern Recording' was recorded after Trevor Horn and Geoff Downes period with progressive rock supergroup Yes. Indeed, one track from this album, 'I Am A Camera', had already appeared in a very different form on the 1980 Yes album 'Drama' under the title 'Into The Lens'
'Adventures...' contains eight well written, well produced pop songs with the occasional pomp-rock flourish and should appeal to fans of the Buggles first album or anyone who admires Trevor Horn's excellent production work or the sweeping keyboard style of Geoff Downes that graced Yes and later Asia.
This CD contains three bonus tracks not on the original album 'Fade Away' (originally flip side to 'I Am A Camera' and 'On TV'), 'Blue Nylon' (originally flipside to 'Adventures In Modern Recording') and the extended 12" version of 'I Am A Camera'.
Also, if you're old enough to have bought the orginal album first time around - and I'm afraid I am - then it's worth pointing out that the version of 'Rainbow Warrior' on this CD is slightly different to the vinyl version and the 'reprise' to 'Adventures In Modern Recording' at the end of the album is slightly longer as, unlike it's vinyl counterpart, it does not fade out.
A fine adventure into eighties pop and well worth investigating!
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Format: Audio CD
Along with (too) many others, I missed this album the first time round and have been wanting to hear it for years. I have to say, that the very long wait, has definitely been worth it! If you loved their first effort, this is a must have. What makes it all the more interesting, is that with the album originally being released shortly after their other 'adventure' with Yes, there are elements of progressive rock here (two of the bonus tracks were actually written for Yes). Production is pristine, as you would expect from Trevor Horn, and all the tracks really sparkle. Outstanding songs include the title track, Lenny, Vermillion Sands and, of course, I Am a Camera. I must also mention the bonus track, Dion, which is just magical! This is referred to as a 'demo', as are most of the bonus songs, but you'll have heard finished records that aren't as musically accomplished, or as well produced. Seriously, it is that good. It's true to say, that Geoff Downes only appears on four of the tracks, but don't let that put you off! Overall, a simply stunning piece of work, which continues where The Age of Plastic, left off. Listening to it only makes me wish the guys would get back together and make another album and given that next year, it will be thirty years since this great work was released, maybe the time is right for a third Buggles masterpiece? We can but hope...
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