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Penthouse And Pavement Original recording remastered
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2006 digitally remastered edition of the debut album by the group that was originally an ancillary project of the British Electrical Foundation or BEF, formed as a result of a rift in The Human League. Ian Craig Marsh and Martyn Ware had separated from Phil Oakey (who retained the Human League moniker) and recruited vocalist Glenn Gregory, who not surprisingly sounded very similar in style to Oakey. Their objective was to give the synthesizer a more soulful sound. The trio's first single "(We Don't Need This) Fascist Groove Thang" became the first of a log string of UK hits, not at all suffering from a BBC ban due to the title. It was followed by "Play to Win", "The Height of the Fighting" and "Let's All Make a Bomb". This edition adds the 12" tracks of "Are Everything" (a Buzzcocks cover), "I'm Your Money" and the B-sides of BEF tracks "Groove Thang", "Decline of the West" and "Honeymoon in New York".
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The bonus tracks are also interesting, as most are either vinyl only or from the BEF import CD of "Music For Listening To", but all remastered. Some of the bleeps on "I'm Your Money" 12" seem to sound a little harsh in places, but that's probably exactly how they were meant to sound. As per another reviewer, it would've been even better if they'd added the 12" original mix(or instrumental) of "Penthouse", as it is different from the album version - and there is space here - but other than that this reissue is great. It's nice to see references to track titles on "Before After" in sleeve-notes too, just to remind fans they are still very much around!
Things were bad back then, but Reagen (President elect) and Thatcher are nothing but quaint figures of comedic proportions when compared to the current nightmare scenario of Bush and the UK leader whom he addresses as 'Yo Blair!'.
As a 14 year old listening to this track for the first time, I couldn't quite understand H17's American stance in this song. The Russians were the ones pointing the missiles at us (although we later learn that the Red's nuclear arsenal was in fact a joke reinforced by alien agencies that included the CIA).
It is a delight to report that the remastered opening track has an added vibrancy that should serve to remind most listeners how H17 were simply light years ahead of the Visage and Duran crowd who were content back then to use the nearest pre-set synth option.
NME were wrong about a lot of things over the years but during this time, even they understood the genius that combined the production talents of Martyn Ware and Ian Craig Marsh - the founders of The Human League and two individuals who would mess around with unstable analogue synths regardless of current fashion to create just for us, brand new sounds that you would hear no where else.Read more ›
Remaster has one major flaw, and the reason why this edition misses 5 stars of greatness. The MASSIVE audio dropout on the title track (just before the lines "Pistol, Pavements, No TV") is criminal, and just does not appear on the original LP, or any of the compilation LP's I have heard this on since (it was on 12"/80's comp perfectly). Shame. :(
What i didn`t expect was the attention to detail and all the extras ,mini reproductions of the single sleeves ,extensive booklet with loads of photos,poster all in a natty box.
Nice to hear the demo`s on disc 2 ,i may not want to listen to them every day ,but a fascinating listen non the less,the video i had already seen on the tv, but great to have my own copy,cant believe it was only just shy of (...),i would have payed more .
Well this reissue is a labour of love (no pun intended) and in ideal world should be kept as an example for future reissues, but an ideal world this is not.
Each of the two CDs and the DVD stand alone; the poster, the cards reproducing 12" covers are a welcome addition to the package. Thumbs up for the liner notes too.
Fully recommended in both form and substance, especially substance: Heaven 17 are today maybe even better than 30 years ago, like all good spirits.
I do not know why, but I think of them like I think about Magazine: the best of the post punk ones are immortal classics which still make you think, while you enjoy the sound and the words.
You may, also, want to dust off the first two Human League albums in CD format (which at the time came in single configuration but with enough bonuses).
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Great album , brings back vivid memories of my youth, amazing price and qualityPublished 1 month ago by C. schofield
If you are remotely interested in this 30 year old album then you already know that it is good.Published 12 months ago by Insanity
Odd! I started listening to this and immediately thought that the first 2 tracks sound nothing like the versions on my original copy of the album bought in the 80s. Read morePublished 12 months ago by VampireChick
Downloaded this recently after long time not hearing it and it's still sounding freshPublished 13 months ago by alan watt