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A Belated Fêtês d‘Anniversaire for an Overlooked Masterpiece...
on 28 September 2017
A recent competition, leading up to the 30th birthday celebrations of Erasure as an entity was conducted by the bands website where fans were asked to name their favourite album. Time and again it was this self titled album that came up as the true fan favourite. Combining all the elements from their previous studio efforts and pop single masterpieces that we Erasure fans love, this album takes all of those ingredients but let's it breathe, expand and stretch out. A progressive electro experience (minus the solos) if you like. I simply adore this record.
And here it is faithfully reissued on two heavyweight black plastic slabs as part of the Erasure 30th Anniversary collection. I’ve never owned this album on vinyl before and I must say it is a beauty to behold seeing this iconic artwork full size. It's also a different listening experience compared to the cd version which is a continuous mix with the majority of tracks cross faded. Here we have the obvious side breaks that come with playing a two record set and some tracks appear here with slightly different mixes.
I think this album was a huge experimental step for Vince and Andy. Very daring at a time of commercial success and to date they’ve (somewhat sadly in my opinion) never been this adventurous again. The stand-out difference when compared to preceding albums is the extra input from producers Gareth Jones and Thomas Fehlman and mixing maestros Francois Kervorkian and Dave Bascombe . Their studio touches and sprinkles are all over EVERY track. The highlight is the ambient tour de force “Rock Me Gently” but my personal faves are “Love The Way You Do So” which cross fades into “Angel” on the cd edition.
If you like Erasure and have never experienced their eponymous album from 1995 this is a nice way to pick it up although the 30th Anniversary series of vinyl record reissues do not come with download coupons so I’d advise to purchase it on cd as well. Superb...
“Yes To Your Love And There’s No Secrets...Fly Like An Angel...”