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  • Audio CD (15 Feb. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Union Square Music Limited
  • ASIN: B0033QEUGI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,301 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Adventures in Modern Recording
  2. Beatnik
  3. Vermillion Sands
  4. I Am a Camera
  5. On TV
  6. Inner City
  7. Lenny
  8. Rainbow Warrior
  9. Adventures in Modern Recording (Reprise)
  10. Fade Away
  11. Blue Nylon
  12. I Am a Camera (12" Mix)
  13. We Can Fly from Here - Part 1
  14. Dion
  15. Videotheque
  16. On TV
  17. Walking On Glass
  18. Riding a Tide
  19. We Can Fly from Here - Part 2

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Product Description

The European CD debut for this lost 1981 classic from super-producer Trevor Horn s chart-topping outfit. Beautifully remastered from original master tapes for pristine sound quality. Expanded to twice its original length by the inclusion of all the associated B-sides and remixes plus several previously unheard demos selected by Trevor Horn. Expanded artwork includes new liner notes and interviews, rare photos and single sleeves.

BBC Review

Video Killed the Radio Star is a ‘classic’ notable as much for announcing the dawn of the 80s as for its electro-pop then-novelty. The first video to be shown on MTV, it was somehow both arch, ironic commentator on that decade’s follies and triumphs and soul-squashing spawn of Satan responsible for the death of imagination. So (The) Buggles lay claim to a peculiar role in history.

With the world at their feet, Trevor Horn and Geoff Downes let Buggles lie fallow and joined, of all people, prog-rock giants Yes, rebooting them with mixed results. With that achieved, Horn recorded a second Buggles album (Downes left to form Asia), and that commercial flop is now available on CD for the first time, with ten seriously interesting bonus tracks. After this, Horn accepted that his talents lay in producing rather than fronting, and went on to define the decade with ABC, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Malcolm McLaren et al. He nurtures top-level names, and also Robbie Williams, to this day.

The title says it all: Horn is more intrigued by the possibilities of the studio than the song. It sounds paltry and tinny in places, his experiments now dated. In other sections, his courage remains audible and impressive, as tracks skitter from pompous sampled dramatics to wonderfully impish mock-jazz sections. There’s a hyperactive mind at work, but this is where he worked out his kinks, honed his mad skills.

There’s dazzling range to Vermillion Sands which makes Bohemian Rhapsody resemble T.V. Eye, while Beatnik and On TV take the bustling 1970s brains of 10cc and use them as Play-Doh for Horn’s desk of tricks. Schizophrenia rules: he was to re-mould Videotheque for his puppets Dollar, while We Can Fly From Here was first written for Yes. The vocals are weedy (next to Horn, a robot is Aretha), but that just adds to the intentional Ballard-ian froideur. This brand of Buggles sound(ed) both mischievous and stately, inquisitive yet portentous.

Buggles were just one finger on Trevor Horn’s wizard-hands. He learned warmth, and became chief enabler for some peerlessly smart pop. This is his sketch-book. --Chris Roberts

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