True Limited Edition, Original recording remastered, SACD
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Album number three in the Spandau catalogue gets the special edition treatment. Thankfully, unlike some of the recent EMI remasters, they have managed to get it right on this reissue. Much of the work was already done by using the 2003 remaster released on True: 20th Anniversary Enhanced Edition and Super Audio CD True. The albums producer, Tony Swain supervised this 2003 digital remaster and he did a stellar job. In my opinion the SACD, which sounds superb, is the definitive edition. Unfortunately it's no longer available and is commanding obscene prices from third party sellers. I was lucky enough to pick up a copy from Amazon. If you can find one that's not too expensive and have the relevant hardware (an SACD/Bluray player or some PS3 models) you will not hear a better master of this album. But don't worry, the first cd in this Special Edition is the next best thing.
Cd number two gathers together all the relevant single edits/extended versions released, some of which appear on cd for the first time, and the 2002 Gary Kemp remix of True, previously only available on the 3 disc anthology Reformation. Plus four previously unreleased live tracks recorded at Sadler's Well London on the 1st of May 1983 during the "Over Britain" tour.
That same concert, minus the four aforementioned tracks on cd two, is included on disc three,a dvd. Herein lies the real treat for Spandau fans.Read more ›
The album spawned the singles Lifeline (#7), True (#1), Gold (#2), and Communication (#12); Pleasure was also a limited release in Europe. In the US, the singles that charted were True (#4), Gold (#27), and Communication (#59). 1983 was the year that Spandau broke into America. It was also the year they changed their musical style and image.
In 1979, when Spandau formed, they were part of the new romantic movement. They wore kilts and frequented London clubs with other similar artists. These new romantics were also known as the Blitz Kids, after the trendy London nightclub where you would also be apt to run into the likes of Boy George, Duran Duran, Modern Romance, Steve Strange and, of course, Spandau.
They released their first album, Journeys to Glory (1981), which was electronic synth-pop; this was followed by the synth-pop and funk driven experimental album, Diamond (1982). In 1983, Spandau threw out the kilts in favour of suave suits, filmed their music videos in exotic locations around the world, and changed their music style to mainstream jazz, soul, and R&B infused pop.
Out of this change came True.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The album is still great but the remastering is truly awful, so loud and so compressed. Try and buy the original release.Published 9 months ago by JW
Remember those halcyon days of the early 80s? This is the CD for you!Published 16 months ago by Gromit07
This is a brilliant edition from my favorite band of all time! The stunning live performance tracks are worth it alone but the DVD puts it over the top with the 1983 concert at... Read morePublished 20 months ago by menefeecreative
EXCELLENT RE-RELEASE. SPANDAU BALLET FANS WON'T THINK IT'S JUST A MONEY TAKER AND WILL SINCERELLY TAKE IT AS A WONDERFUL GIFT AS TIME GOES BY ALL THESE YEARS.Published on 17 April 2013 by HAN XIAO
In 1988 I bought this in vynil.
I heard once but I didn't like it.
23 years late I think this is a good record and this is a very good edition
Great set, but as they "found" 4 tracks from Saddlers Wells in 83 makes me think they had to record the entire concert, so why not give us the full show on the dvd as opposed to... Read morePublished on 28 Oct. 2010 by baddestdbadestdba