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The Sole Inhabitant
 
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The Sole Inhabitant

21 Nov. 2006 | Format: MP3

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Format: Audio CD
Couldn't believe how wonderful this CD / DVD package was when it arrived - after over 12 years silence from Thomas (while he concentrated on his business interests in the USA), he has returned to music with incredibly strong performances.

The CD features a 2006 show in Chicago and the songs are stunningly arranged, with a bright, clean mix and the trademark sweeping melodies that are one of TMDR's many strengths. Good choice of material covering most of his recording years (from 1981 - 1994) and in particular the way he builds and layers 'The Flat Earth' is nothing short of breathtaking.

Other highlights are the epic 'I Live In A Suitcase'; funky 'Airhead' and it's also good to hear old favourites like 'Europa', 'Windpower' and 'Hyperactive!' in a fresh setting.

Top marks to Invisible Hands Music for such excellent packaging, and for the sheer value of making the CD & DVD available together.

The DVD is a different show from Berklee College of Music in Boston, and although the sound mix is a little ragged compared to the CD (especially the vocals) it's a great show, and Thomas is on top form talking to the audience between the songs. The extras are interesting too, in particular the 'in the studio' interview with Thomas which is 30 minutes long.

He comes across as quietly intellectual, passionate about both his work and family, and (best of all) genuinely excited about the reaction from fans that his return has generated. Here's to the brand new (5th) album in 2008 - and to anyone that has previously bought one of his records...get this straight away...it's stunning.
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Format: Audio CD
This review covers the UK Edition.

The Master returns! TD has re-created some of the best songs from his back catalogue with many new sounds - lovely broken synths chords instead of the backing singers in The Flat Earth, for instance - and breathed new life therein as a result.

The DVD extras are well worth watching - especially the interview.

However, it you were to watch the extras in sequence (as presented on the main menu screen) then the documentaries are out of sequence - this is given away by the endings and also if you let them run then they continue into a previous documentary. I presume on the US release they were listed in a different order on the menu - or edited together as such and not changed for the UK disc. Either way it's a minor irritant and didn't spoil my enjoyment of the disc.

The Voyage Around His Rig documentary is interesting, but maybe runs a bit too long - especially for non geeks/techies/etc. The building up of a track bit by bit, again, is interesting and worthy of being on the disc.

Finally, the live DVD concert works very well, as TD gives explanations/info between the songs - this can be left out if required, but to me gives a better and more rounded concert experience.
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Format: Audio CD
I agree with what Steve Thorpe said! The CD is faultless; some of the tracks like "She Blinded Me With Science" and "Airhead" are just like the originals but, on "One Of Our Submarines" and "Europa" the reworking has significantly enhanced what, in my opinion, are a couple of the greatest tracks I've ever heard.

The extras on the DVD are very interesting. In the interview Thomas Dolby explains what led him to abandoning his musical career and why he has decided to return to it. It's a fascinating story of how the facelessness of the music industry led to a level of despondency which was overcome through the internet.

The performance at Berklee does have its shortcomings, especially when you compare it directly with the CD performance, but it is fascinating to watch what is involved in performing these songs.
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Some great live performances captured from Dolby's Sole Inhabitant tour in 2006. Standout tracks include his versions of "She Blinded Me With Science" and "Leipzig"; familiar and fresh at the same time. This is a must for Dolby fans, and the performance DVD is the icing on the cake.
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I bought this for my husband who has been a fan since the release of 'The Golden Age Of Wireless'
A very interesting and informative account of Thomas Dolby at his best presented by Dolby himself! The concert footage is excellent and he performs some of his best known songs. I found the 'tour around the rig' and his explanation of how he achieves his sounds fascinating. Also included is an interview with David Hoffman in which Thomas Dolby gives an account of how he first became interested in music up until the present day
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