Produced By Trevor Horn
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There are songs on this excellent 2cd collection that do to some extent, although not entirely, rely on a person's musical tastes. For example, DOLLAR were not exactly high on my appreciation index in 1981-2 but I can still honestly say that their 'sound', under Horn's auspices, was a considerable leap ahead of the typical fodder of the day. And any man who could make a SPANDAU BALLET song (the idiotically coined 'Instinction') attractive enough for this reviewer to purchase in 1981 must have had at least one toe, or lobe, dipped firmly in the cosmic talent pool. Yes, taste does play a part.
But what about the songs that transcend such things and are simply classics in their own right? It's true you have to start off with a good piece of music, but Horn was a trained musician himself and worked very hard to refine his 'craft' over a number of years (in fact, one of his former writing partners, the criminally underrated BRUCE WOOLLEY, has some fascinating insights of the early days in the sleevenotes to his excellent 1979 Camera Club album re-issue, see review).
VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR is, of course, the one we've all heard before which bears many of the trademark techniques (wide, spatial soundscape, heavy synthesizers, multi-tracked vocals) he would would later develop and augment, most noticeably in the brilliant RELAX by FRANKIE GOES TO HOLLYWOOD.Read more ›
Clearly some of the pop played here is fantastic - although it cannot replace the sheer excitement of the 2004 Wembley Arena concert.
Also, as one of the reviewers put it, some of the choices in the CD set are a tad bizarre: Tracks by the Frames and Spandau Ballet are not the best of their authors, therefore dampening some of the enthusiasm.
So put your hands on the concert's DVD first!
Mere words are inadequate to describe the beauty that is "Give me back my heart" by Dollar. The world is divided into people who see this and the emotionally barren.
Slave to the Rhythm is Grace Jones and is almost perfect for that.
Lisa Stansfield, Godley and Creme and The Pet Shop Boys have done better work elsewhere and Shane MacGowan has rarely done worse work elsewhere
The Seal stuff is OK if a bit bland, Art of Noise were always worth a listen. Even taTu has a certain sheen that only TH can give music. The CD is not without issues though. Belfast Child is terrible and Mandela Day not a lot better, they sound fine but without raw materials even the greatest artist will struggle. Not sure why the Frames track is on here, are they mates Trevor? and the Lee Ann Rimes song is as terrible as the film it came from (how can this be on here when Videotheque is missing?)
Instinction will always be a Spandau Ballet song.
Those gripes aside 20 high quality songs and a lot of filler still looks like a decent deal and the highpoints are very high indeed.
We all know about his relationship with Frankie goes To Hollywood and the Art Of Noise There is also the odd surprise - I didn't know he had produced Propaganda, Dollar and tATu until I bought this compilation.
There's not a duff track on this compilation, although I understand there are other people more in the know who will say that there are one or two other tracks which are conspicuous by their absence. I have no such qualms. The two Buggles albums were always very special and the two tracks here (only two, when there could have been more!) are just fabulous.
I have just one tiny grip. The Shane McGowan track, "You're The One" very heavily feature Maire Brennan (of Clannad) and I would have liked have seen her get some kind of mention in the notes. She has a wonderful voice and is the antidote to Shane McGowan's gravelly voice. If that's all I have to worry about, then I'm a very happy man.
It's a brilliant compilation - and a thoroughly deserved bit of recognition.
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Despite being mainly synonymous with Frankie Goes to Hollywood's mega-hits, TH's production runs through the Eighties like writing through a stick of rock. Read morePublished on 17 May 2009 by Captain Pugwash