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The Golden Age Of Wireless (Extended)

The Golden Age Of Wireless (Extended)

29 Jun 1987
4.9 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews

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  • Original Release Date: 29 Jun. 1987
  • Release Date: 13 July 2009
  • Label: Parlophone UK
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  • Total Length: 1:16:51
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  • ASIN: B002F4L2WO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,461 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)
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By A Customer on 11 Oct. 2001
Format: Audio CD
Bored Retro-ists searching for new points of 80's inspiration should give this a whirl, the relic of Dolby's great lost career. In the 90's he went all California and disintegrated into flippant, irritating anglo-pop, but for years this album was as interesting and as durable as anything before or since, and still sounds good.
What Dolby pulled off was to make the routine tools of the day - long discarded Simmons drums, analogue synths, white noise handclaps - somehow gel together into timeless and dramatic creations. Like Bjork today he met the future before it had happened and commanded it rather than followed it - even the poppier tracks (Science, Europa) have this sort of surreal substance, with an atmosphere and poignancy that contemporaries never matched.
Even the sleeve art had a pleasing sense of dotty detail and thoroughness, with Dolby coming across like a well-travelled Victorian anthropologist beamed onto a C20 "floor of a Pan Am lounge". At the time, it was a bizarre concept to blend modern with retro, when eneryone else was only just unpacking their brand new Roland synths.
Airwaves hinted at a gifted balladeer, but to me the best tracks are the 4 extraordinary and unique pieces Windpower, Weightless, Flying North and Shingle Street. These desolate, strange pieces seem tied to a kind of historical melancholy and loneliness, with weird English reference points, unbelievable sounds and textures (espec. for 1982), avant garde clusters and tonalities - and incidentally for any Dolby fan who still hasn't visited Shingle Street itself then some interesting surprises await you.
Dolby's name is so naff these days that I never hear him get a mention; but it's clear that many producers must have this record tucked away somewhere.
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By A Customer on 13 Jan. 2004
Format: Audio CD
I first bought this album when I was a boy on vinyl and then the atmospheric nature of this fine piece of work struck a chord immediately. TD went straight for the eccentric angle and pulled it off with some style and room to spare. Now re-issued with one track missing (Wreck Of The Fairchild) and two new ones added (One Of Our Submarines and She Blinded Me With Science) and the playlist jumbled up a bit very little has distracted this from the promising debut. Airwaves is a towering ballad that used to fade into Radio Silence on the original - and somehow the pops and crackles of the vinyl used to contribute to the listening experience rather than distract - Weightless is an all-time classic and in direct contrast to the tight pop of Commercial Breakup. Europa and the Pirate Twins - so long a favourite of mine now sounds dated but this is a small price to pay for the mans genius. Finally Clouburst at Shingle Street is just plain mad, finishing in a raucous operetta meets heavy drumming and just leaves you reaching for the repeat button.
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I originally bought this album when it was first released and I still regularly play it. This CD is the repackaged version that was originally released to accomodate the massive US hit 'She Blinded Me With Science" and its excellent b-side "One of Our Submarines" and my only gripe is that "Wreck of the Fairchild" has been taken off. This album highlights how good a song writer Dolby was in his younger days and the track 'Airwaves' for me is the pinnacle in his whole career and has stood the test of time. Other tracks such as 'Europa', 'Weightless' and 'Windpower' show Dolby's innovative use of the Fairlight and drum computers. Listen out also for appearances on the album by artists such as Andy Partridge from XTC, Matthew Seligman, Kevin Armstrong and Akiko Yano.
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When you get past science, there is a magnificent jewel of beauty here.
Debut's like this and of this musical and technical skill, are very unique and rare.
I first bought this album in 1988 when i saw it in knights record shop, botanic avenue, belfast, i-d
always meant to buy it well before then!, but i still have the lp with the date written inside it, i bought it may 88, it has always reminded me of autumn, perhaps because of the beautiful haunting melodys and meaningfullness, air waves as an example.
Timeless zietgiest for a very creative skilled man! Who also married kirby from dynasty!.
Wish i had married him. Then i could have peeked his very private fairlight! Lol.
Susan Faust
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This is fine example of how synthesisers and songs can work together, given a dash of imagination that is Thomas Dolby's own. The key song is Airwaves, which is has a gorgeous melody and strange noises, if this track doesn't hook then Thomas isn't probably for you. Other stand out tracks are Flying North (Thomas's fear of flying), Commercial Breakup, One Of Our Submarines. Ironically, the biggest UK hit from this Europa and the Pirate Twins has not aged as well other songs, the found sounds seeming a bit forced upon a decent song. Cloudburst At Shingle Street is another classic and closes a superb CD.
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I first brought this album on vinyl on its release. This was before it was re-released with "she Blinded me with science" and "one of our submarines is missing" on it and even then it was a classic. I believe that "radio silence" on the CD is a remix and although good is not quite as good as the original.
However the latest version of this album still holds up well despite the loss from the original release of "Wreck of the Fairchild".
Definately worth buying purely for the moods Dolby can create with his music.
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