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Travelogue Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (6 Jan. 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Virgin Records
  • ASIN: B00007KMZT
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,797 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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HUMAN LEAGUE Travelogue (2003 UK 17-track digitally remastered CD issue of the 1980 album including seven bonus tracks picture sleeve CDVR2160)

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They'll always be best remembered for "Dare", but I still think the Human League were at their best as a 3-piece experimental outfit before their acrimonious split in late 1980. No conventional instruments were used; this album proudly announces in the credits "Contains vocals and synthesisers only". This was released at a time when Gary Numan led the way in electronic music, with John Foxx releasing his first solo LP since splitting up Ultravox (who themselves were finishing off their comeback album with Midge Ure) and OMD delivered their debut, which owed so much to the sounds the Human League had already created.
Recorded at their own cut-price Monumental Pictures facility in Sheffield, the sound of "Travelogue" is much clearer and more epic than on their debut LP "Reproduction", but again with a Kraftwerk influence present throughout. The pulse beat and white noise of "The Black Hit Of Space", with Phil's narrative of a number 1 record that consumes the universe, gives way to the brilliant cover of Mick Ronson's "Only After Dark" (featuring a tremendous vocal performance by Phil Oakey and Martyn Ware).
The album progresses through the epitome of wage slavery in "Life Kills" and the desperation of fleeing from oppression "Dreams Of Leaving" before the League return to their roots with an edited mono mix of "Toyota City", from their Fast Product days.
The second side (the LP was originally only 10 tracks long) kicks off with the rumbling stage favourite "Crow And A Baby" (still can't see what this one was about) and "The Touchables" before an impressive version of the Gordon's Gin TV ad theme. A mighty re-working of the "Being Boiled" debut single comes next, with a vicious electronic handclapping beat and the addition of the "Boys Of Buddha" horn synthesiser.
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If your only exposure to Phil Oakey and Co is the likes of "Don't You Want Me" then their pre - "Dare" material may come as a bit of a surprise: It's more J G Ballard than Giorgio Moroder, as though they're playing with the idea of commercialism rather than being a part of it. Sheffield's answer to Kraftwerk? Yes, but there's a lot more going on here.
I find this and "Reproduction" (their first venture) much more imaginative than their later releases, science fiction meets existentialism via a bloke with a lop-sided haircut - approach with the knowledge that it's hugely camp and tongue-in-cheek and take it from there!
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This is the greatest electronic album ever made; The 'Pet Sounds' of the 80s, the analogue equivalent of the Ark of the Covenant... Why? Okay, ready? Let's do it...
Travelogue runs the gamut of emotional lyricism; steeped in comedy (Black Hit of Space), love (The Touchables) & paranoia (Life Kills, Dreams Of Leaving, WXJL Tonight) - more so than what you'd expect from other electronic outfits of the time. And if that's not enough the music is still fresh now; The Black Hit of Space and the re-vamped Being Boiled are laden with rhythms that today would be classed as Hip-Hop and Electro/Techno respectively.
Dreams of Leaving is Oakey as a businessman/politician living in fear at his place of work - trying to escape to a new life to the sound of possibly 4-5 early instrumentals sequenced together. What you get is the most breathtaking track on the album.
The album finishes (on the vinyl version) with WXJL Tonight -where Oakey is the last human DJ in a future society of automatic radio stations. Towards the end as Oakey starts shouting, pleading with the audience not to leave him, you'll feel a chill run down your spine. Listen to the voice of Buddha...
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This is my favourite all-time League album, after risking it on cassette shortly after Dare surfaced and won me over. Unlike the more obtuse Reproduction this album has an eye on commercial success as well as it's tongue in cheek! Maybe a few too many covers for everyone's taste at the time, the sounds created here wrap themselves around Phil's odd yet intriguing lyrics. Practically any League fan knows both versions of Being Boiled, and this album features the proper Stereo re-recorded one (not the stereo-reverbed revamp of the classic mono Fast Version).

This 2016 Vinyl reissue is 180g, and apparently sourced from a re-master. We have to guess this is as per the much earlier CD release, as there are no credits confirming who did this, and when, aside from the sticker on the front of the shrink-wrap that it is indeed re-mastered!

My pressing was extremely clean sounding, and flat. There was an odd darker area on first few tracks Side 1 (same visible on Reproduction) but this didn't introduce any surface noise. Pressing is EU.

It simply comes in a poly-lined white inner - it would have been nice if the label had at least included a photo insert or something - but for a decent pressing (not too loud) I would still recommend. The album itself divides opinion, but I love it!
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A time capsule of the past future and futuristic sounds, old futures, bold future, all futures can sometimes be the right futures, can't they.

All the soundscaping here sounds so far away in the future still!
I just can't wait till it arrives!
The Dr who's of modern music, New Moderns!
79's a good year for time travelling to the future.
Travelogue-ing to the synthesizer world, to bright warm and new colourful sound hues and textures, simply wonderful.

Points of clarification.

Being boiled was eventually a huge hit single in early 82, No.6 uk charts.

Dare is Not the first fully sequenced album (as another reviewer here erroneously states) nor was it the first to feature the linn drum.

Herbie Hancock And Donna Summer and a plethora of others, used it on their 1980 albums respectively 'textures' and 'Grand illusion' were their tracks, released around september 1980 after they were recorded.
Talking heads 1980 album also used fairlight by the glutenous dozen!!
And trevor horns 'adventures in modern recording' started recording in very early 81 with linn etc, he released the album around september 81 and it too was the zietgeist of the whole medium!

And the pete shelley homosapian album used sampling and synths etc just before 'Dare
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There are quite a few albums prior to dare to use all that kind of drum and sequencing techology! And even production musicians had started to produce fully sequenced music too in late 80' early 81 at least in the uk Just look for it you will find it bruton kpm chappell etc,
I felt I had to reitterate this, as chronology to digital music recording often gets quite mixed up.
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