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4.5 out of 5 stars
No.1 In Heaven
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VINE VOICEon 7 October 2017
A tricky one this - and nothing I'm going to say here is new. The music is, of course, outstanding - innovative, inventive, melodic; the combination of the Mael brothers' wit and songwriting genius with the production and dance chops of Giorgio Moroder is a match made in... yup, that place with the harps and clouds!

The problem for purchasers is that this Repertoire remaster has been compressed to within an inch of its life, but the bonus tracks (particularly the non-truncated 12" mix of "Beat The Clock" ) are hard to find, certainly hard to find all in one place. Thus I've enjoyed the many mixes that were taken from this album as 12-inch singles, 7-inch singles and B sides at the time (1979).

What I really did NOT enjoy was hearing the almost-title track completely ruined by having the first section sonically "sexed up" so that it's as loud as the second section. If you know the song, you'll know what I mean. What I always thought Moroder was doing with this 7+ minute epic was to lull the listener into a false sense of security with the first 3 minutes, 30 seconds, which sound like a straightforward dance track, sequencers burbling away in the familiar Moroder way, and Russel's measured vocal verses, fading into a serene synth wash. Then, on the original vinyl, and the first CD edition from 1995, the second section is meant to make you jump out of your seat as the drums crash in for a much more full-on sound until the end of the song. On this Repertoire remaster, the whole track - including the first section - has been pushed up against the limiters, so the effect is completely lost. See Audacity screenshots of this version (big block of sound, followed by equally big block of sound) and the 1995 CD (big surprise at 3'30" followed by louder section).

The rest of the original album is equally hard on the ears on this CD. "My Other Voice" jumps out of the speakers in a scintillating buzz of treble and pumped-up bass, whereas on the original vinyl it was a break in the energy levels between "Beat The Clock" and "Number One Song In Heaven".

So... if you have the 1995 CD I would hang on to it, and just buy this for the bonus tracks (and informative booklet with photos). If this is your first purchase of the album itself, don't judge it on this version alone... try to get hold of the 1995 CD (Oasis CMP 62004) for a better representation of what Mael, Mael and Moroder were trying to do.

Music: ***** (five stars)
This remaster: *** (three stars, and those for the bonus tracks)
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on 19 March 2014
The Sparks were the forbearers to Pet Shop Boys. Fab music, original, quirky and wow Giorgio Morooder producing this album.

Beat the Clock is just awesome but who can beat the headonistic Number One Song In Heaven. Just an amazing track which still sounds great almost 30yrs later. Truly awesome.

Tryouts for the Human Race is also knock out!!!

A classic album.
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on 26 July 2017
Classic Album - A must for any collection. Georgio Moroder inspired synth treat gives a snapshot of the rise of synthesiser/dance inspired melodies aka Donna Summer I Feel Love. Sparks did nothing like it before and nothing like it since. No fillers - play iit loud.
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on 25 October 2017
Worth buying for the 12" version of Beat The Clock and a couple of other tracks but all a bit samey and has not dated well.
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on 2 April 2015
Amazing!Great cd release! And now with this reissue-it has more bonuses than the original album! It`s primarilly a Gorgio Moroder album working with Sparks-not taking anything away from Sparks (but I had`nt heard anything really inspiring from them til they did When do I get to sing my way)
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on 10 November 2017
I'v been searching for this expanded edition, now i got it
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on 29 October 2016
Happy with the cd, would recommend this company
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on 21 May 2016
In Sparks heaven
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on 19 June 2016
"..oh what a great performance.."
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on 18 February 2015
a real classic album/ so original
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