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Dreamacademy Best of Import

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  • Audio CD (10 Jan. 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Unknown Label
  • ASIN: B00004NK3S
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Life In A Northern Town (Extended)
  2. Ballad In 4/4
  3. Power To Believe
  4. Lucy September
  5. Twelve-Eight Angel
  6. One Dream
  7. Hampstead Girl
  8. This World
  9. The Love Parade
  10. It'll Never Happen Again
  11. Love (Hare Krishna Mix)
  12. Indian Summer
  13. In Places On The Run
  14. (Johnny) New Light
  15. The Party (Acoustic Version)
  16. Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want
  17. Waterloo
  18. Lowlands

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Thumbs up for including 'Life In A Northern Town' extended mix, 'The Party' acoustic version, and 'Love' alternate mix from the album. Not sure of the running order however, and it wouldn't have hurt to include a retrospective of the band in the liner notes. I suppose there was a limited audience in mind, so not too much effort was spent on this.
This compilation would perhaps have sold better with more rarities included for the collectors among us. I'm sure if the marketing men had done their homework, they would have found room for long-deleted B-side gems like 'Girl in A Million', 'Edge of Forever', 'Heaven Part 1', and 'The Demonstration', rather than filler like 'Lucy September', 'Power to believe', 'This World' etc. (all available on CD format).
Nevertheless, the sheer beauty and quality of some of these songs ('Waterloo', 'Hampstead Girl', 'It'll Never Happen Again', 'In Places on the Run' etc.) is enough to hold it together.
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars In Places On The Run 21 Mar. 2000
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My first impression is of slight disapointment. The packaging of the disc is good but could be better - lyrics appear to be accurate and clear, photos are also good, but a band history etc could have been added.
It appears that the tracks have not been selected by the band but by a Japanese WB employee of some kind, and the track order is just not right. How could you include Johnny (new light) and In Places On The Run, and not have them running into each other as they appeared on the first album?
I was glad to find Please Please Please... but somehow prefer the instrumental version, sadly not included.
The biggest sins are omission of Gaby Says and Moving On, the latter being one of the best tracks on any album.
But here is where the root of the problem lies. The first album was so full of excellent tracks that not to include virtually all of them would be an error - but this is simply not possible and the 'Best of' must contain representative tracks from each album.
If I had been tasked with this compilation I would certainly have given it more thought and time but if this is your first glimpse of DA then enjoy the tracks but ensure you get the first album which is much close to perfection.
Nigel Blunkell
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A compilation is great, but missing some rare gems 9 May 2001
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Format: Audio CD
If you're mildly interested in The Dream Academy, view this CD as a "greatest hits" -- and not a reworking of the Dream Academy's music. If you like their music, start off with their debut self-titled album that is out of print in the US but can still be found in Europe and Asia.
I was disappointed in the song selection (as well as the order of tracks) because there are some B-side rarities, originally on the single 45s released in the mid- to late-80s, that are missing on this compilation. The best of these rare tracks, missing from the CD, is "Immaculate Heartache," (never released on any album) that I would have loved to have seen finally mastered onto CD.
These other rare gems include "Test Tape #3," "Heaven," and "Girl in a Million (for Edie Sedgwick)".
On a positive note, the extended version of "Life in a Northern Town" is an amazing mix that in my opinion, surpasses the radio (shorter) version of the original.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fair to Sunny Skies 22 July 2003
By The Sci-Fi Fanatic - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Somewhere In The Sun is a welcomed addition to any 80s pop culture fan's collection. This is a solid selection of Dream Academy's best songs. Granted, Dream Academy had only three CD albums. SOMEWHERE IN THE SUN collects the best of those recordings and with the exception of several omissions from the band's debut album, this is near perfect. A DIFFERENT KIND OF WEATHER was disappointing. REMEMBRANCE DAYS was good. But, DREAM ACADEMY is a gem. A perfect classic which everyone should own. This BEST OF CD takes the best from the 2nd and 3rd CD albums and adds PLEASE PLEASE LET ME GET WHAT I WANT. Bottom Line: This is a fine start and perhaps a perfect Dream Academy CD, but one should definitely own the act's debut CD [DREAM ACADEMY] because it never misses the mark. No filler, just pure pop perfection.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you're a die-hard Dream Academy fan... 19 Feb. 2004
By Timothy Karlberg - Published on
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I'm not here to review this CD. I just wanted to let any serious fans of the Dream Academy know about two other projects that might be of interest, if only for the sake of trivia.
The first is "The Invisible Circus" film soundtrack--still available used here at Amazon. This was released around 2000, and the instrumental score (about 7-10 tracks) was composed by Nick Laird-Clowes. A few other Laird-Clowes originals are included under the guise of his recent band, Trashmonk. While the instrumental score tracks are fondly reminescent of the Dream Academy's folkish melodies, the Trashmonk songs are decidedly less relaxed (and didn't appeal much to me personally).
The other CD I wanted to note here is by a producer/DJ who goes by the name of Dario G. His CD, "Sunmachine," which is also available here at Amazon, is best described as pre-millennium electric anthems. It sounds a little like the music from Chicane's "Behind the Sun," only less trance-inflected. At any rate, the first track on "Sunmachine," is Sunchyme. This is only relevant on account of the song's base melody which derives heavily from Dream Academy's Life in a Northern Town, right down to the genuine inclusion of the chorus "Hey-oh-ma-ma-ma's." The original DA song isn't sampled quite enough for this to be a remix, but at the same time, Sunchyme contains so many elements of Life in a Northern Town, that it can't really be considered an altogether separate song. Anyone who might have heard this featured on a TV commercial for contact lenses a few years ago can now exhale. I, for one, am sleeping better now that I've found its source. The rest of Dario G's CD isn't bad either...given its age.
I hope this encourages someone out there.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pricey, but worth it 24 Jun. 2004
By Kort - Published on
Format: Audio CD
EDIT (08/16/2012): Copies are now in the $90 range so I can no longer say they are worth paying that much. Better to get the various tracks digitally at that price.

Even used, this album is going for over $20. Granted, it is an import, but it should still tell you something about the recording.

Somewhere in the Sun is a good overview of the combined output of The Dream Academy, and the only place I've seen the extra tracks they did for the movie Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Sure, there are quibbles over the song choices...I'd love to have seen The Edge of Forever on this compilation, but all in all they did a good job. I only wish DA had stuck around a while longer and put out more well written dreamy pop. They were a highlight of the 80's "New Wave" scene and their music still holds up well.
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