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Seven and the Ragged Tiger (Deluxe Edition)
Seven and the Ragged Tiger is the third studio album by English new wave band Duran Duran. It was released on 21 November 1983 by EMI. It was the band's first and only number-one album on the UK Albums Chart, and would prove to be the last studio album for the band's most famous line-up until 2004's Astronaut.
Vocalist Simon Le Bon said the album "is an adventure story about a little commando team. 'The Seven' is for us—the five band members and the two managers—and 'the Ragged Tiger' is success. Seven people running after success. It's ambition. That's what it's about."
EMI re-released the album in 2010 in two configurations: a two-disc digipak and a three-disc box set. The latter includes on the DVD the first official release of the "As the Lights Go Down" video.
The Very Best of Howard Jones
The Very Best of Howard Jones is a collection of Howard Jones's biggest hits between 1983 and 2003. It also contains one new track, "Revolution Of The Heart", in its original form. It would later be altered and featured on his 2005 album, Revolution Of The Heart. The Very Best Of Howard Jones also came with a bonus disc of B-sides. The two-disc set featuring 36 synth-pop hits includes "New Song," "Everlasting Love," and the Phil Collins-produced version of "No One Is To Blame."
20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: Best Of ABC
White Feathers is the debut album by British new wave band Kajagoogoo, released on 18 April 1983 and the only album by the band to-date to feature lead vocalist Limahl. It was produced by Nick Rhodes of Duran Duran and Colin Thurston, who was Duran Duran's producer at the time, except for track #5, the self-titled "Kajagoogoo", an instrumental, which was produced by Tim Palmer and the band. This self-titled song was featured in the John Hughes movie Sixteen Candles as the film's opening title song in 1984. The album contains their most successful single "Too Shy", a UK Number One hit in February 1983, as well as two other UK Top Twenty hits; "Ooh to Be Ah" and "Hang on Now".
After the band was featured on the VH1 program Bands Reunited in 2003, renewed interest in Kajagoogoo prompted the band's original label EMI to re-issue "White Feathers" on CD in the UK for the first time in 2004. Originally containing ten tracks, the 2004 version of the album contained eight bonus tracks, including four B-sides plus four remixes - two of which are of "Too Shy".
Upstairs At Eric's
Upstairs at Eric's is the debut album by British synthpop duo Yazoo, released in the UK on Mute Records on 20 August 1982. It was produced by the band and E.C. Radcliffe, with assistance from Mute label boss Daniel Miller on some of the tracks. Named after producer Radcliffe's Blackwing Studios where the album was recorded, Upstairs at Eric's was preceded by two top three UK singles, the ballad "Only You" and the more uptempo "Don't Go". The singles' success helped Upstairs at Eric's reach number 2 in the UK Albums Chart and gain platinum certification for 300,000 copies sold in the UK.
Against the group's wishes, "Situation", originally the B-side of "Only You" in the UK and Europe, was released as the band's debut single in the US and Canada, where a remixed version of the song by DJ François Kevorkian was a hit in the clubs and reached #1 on Billboard's Club Play Singles chart. On the Billboard Hot 100 chart "Situation" was a minor hit in the US, peaking at #73, while in Canada it made the top 40, peaking at #31. The North American version of the album subsequently substituted the remixed version of "Situation" for the UK album track "Tuesday".
Dare/Fascination! (2012 - Remaster)
The Human League
We Are The '80s
A Flock Of Seagulls
It can't be said that there haven't been enough compilations of A Flock of Seagulls over the last 20 years. Ever since 1987's Best of A Flock of Seagulls, there has been a new major-label comp every three or five years, with a bunch of budget-line and international releases arriving nearly on an annual basis, so there have been more than enough options for casual fans over the years -- particularly since most listeners aren't looking for much more than "I Ran (So Far Away)," "Space Age Love Song," "Wishing (If I Had a Photograph of You)," and "Telecommunication," which invariably show up on every one of these discs. All four are on 2006's We Are the '80s, released as part of VH1 Classic and Legacy's We Are the '80s series, which focused on MTV favorites from the early and mid-'80s. A Flock of Seagulls was certainly an MTV favorite, with lead singer/keyboardist Mike Score's haircut being as well known as the group's chilly synth pop, so they're a perfect choice for this series, and the comp does manage to be an effective dose of nostalgia -- either for those who grew up with synth pop on MTV or for those who wish they did -- as well as an effective overview of the group's work. While there is a genuine rarity here with "Lost Control" -- the B-side to "The More You Live, the More You Love," making its CD debut here -- this is hardly a fan-oriented compilation. It's a basic Flock of Seagulls primer, serving up the big hits plus other singles like "Nightmares" and a few album tracks, and it does its job very well. It may not be worth purchasing if you already own one of the many Flock comps over the years -- it covers the same ground as the other discs, after all, and the good remastered isn't quite enticing enough to warrant a replacement -- but if you're in the market for a Flock of Seagulls CD, this is the one you should get.
Lost And Found Volume 1 : Imagination
Kissing To Be Clever
Kissing to Be Clever is the debut album by the English band Culture Club, released on
4 October 1982 in the United Kingdom. It includes Culture Club's international breakthrough hit single, "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me", which reached number one in the band's native UK and the Top 10 of many charts around the world. The album has reportedly sold over 5 million copies worldwide, including over 1 million in the US where it has been certified Platinum by the RIAA.
Dead Or Alive
Youthquake is the second album by the British pop group Dead or Alive, released in May 1985. The album was their commercial breakthrough in Europe and the United States, due to the lead single "You Spin Me Round", which was a UK number-one hit and a top 20 hit in the United States. Additional single releases from the album included "Lover Come Back To Me", "In Too Deep" and "My Heart Goes Bang". This was Dead or Alive's first collaboration with the Stock Aitken Waterman production team. Youthquake was re-released in the UK on compact disc in 1994, with the two bonus tracks that were previously included on the original CD and cassette versions of the album.
Recent US and Japanese reissues have reverted to the original vinyl track listing.
The album peaked at #9 in the UK and was certified Gold by the BPI for sales of over 100,000 copies. It also peaked at #31 in the US and was certified Gold by the RIAA for sales over 500,000. In Canada the album peaked at #8 and was certified platinum.
The album cover was taken by fashion photographer Mario Testino.
New Wave Classics
Points On The Curve
Steps In Time
Steps in Time is the debut album by the English band King, released by CBS Records in October 1984. The album peaked at number 6 on the UK Albums Chart and was certified Gold by the BPI. Prior to this, lead singer Paul King's previous band The Reluctant Stereotypes had released an album, The Label in 1980
The album included three singles. "Love & Pride", "Soul On My Boots" and "Won't You Hold My Hand Now" were all released in 1984 but were initially unsuccessful. "Love and Pride" was then re-released in January 1985, this time becoming a hit and peaking at no.2 in the UK Singles Chart. "Won't You Hold My Hand Now", was re-released in March 1985 and peaked at no.24. A live videoclip was also released for the track "Trouble", and aired on MTV, though the song was never released as a single.
The cassette edition of the album was soon re-released with eight bonus tracks, including B-sides, previously unreleased songs and remixes.
The first CD edition was not released until 1993 and featured no bonus tracks but did, perhaps unintentionally, include the single remix of Won't You Hold My Hand Now instead of the standard album version.
Gold - The Best Of Spandau Ballet
Gold: The Best of Spandau Ballet is a greatest hits album from Spandau Ballet, released on 4 September 2000 and contains 17 of their biggest hits. It was re-released on 17 August 2008 with a bonus live DVD.
The track listing below is for the standard U.S. version of the album. Certain alternate releases featured "Raw" and "Be Free With Your Love," two tracks from the band's Heart Like a Sky album, in place of "She Loved Like Diamond."
The Power Station
The Power Station
The Power Station is the debut album by the supergroup The Power Station, released in 1985 on Capitol Records. The album peaked at no. 6 on the US Billboard 200 and no. 12 on the UK Albums Chart. All three singles released from the album were Top 40 hits in the United States. An anniversary edition was released 21 February 2005, featuring 7 bonus tracks, as well as a 35-minute DVD.
Songs From The Big Chair
Tears For Fears
Songs from the Big Chair is the second studio album by British rock/pop band Tears for Fears, released on 25 February 1985 by Phonogram Records. The album peaked at number two in the UK and at number one in the US and Canada, becoming a multi-platinum seller in all three countries. It also reached number one in Germany and the Netherlands and top-ten positions in various other countries including Australia, Switzerland, New Zealand and Italy. It spawned the international hit singles "Mothers Talk", "Shout", "Everybody Wants to Rule the World", "Head over Heels", and "I Believe". It remains their best-selling album to date.
A companion video documentary entitled Scenes from the Big Chair was released in late 1985. Once the band had finished a lengthy touring and promotion schedule for the album, they took an extended hiatus from the music industry.
Dancing with Tears in My Eyes (2009 Remaster)
She Blinded Me With Science
Pop Deluxe Box
The Very Best Of
Hunting High and Low (Deluxe Edition)
Hunting High and Low is the debut studio album by Norwegian new wave band A-ha. Released on 1 June 1985 by Warner Bros. Records, the album was a huge commercial success selling more than 11 million units worldwide, peaking at number 15 on the US Billboard 200 and reaching high positions on charts worldwide. The album was recorded at Eel Pie Studios in Twickenham, produced by Tony Mansfield, John Ratcliff and Alan Tarney.
In all, five singles from the album were released, though not all were released internationally: "Take On Me", "Love Is Reason", "The Sun Always Shines on T.V.", "Train of Thought" and "Hunting High and Low". The group was nominated for Best New Artist at the Grammy Awards in 1986, making A-ha the first Norwegian band to be nominated for a Grammy.
As part of a re-release of their first two albums, Hunting High and Low was expanded and remastered in 2010.
The OMD Singles
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
The OMD Singles is a singles compilation album by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, released in 1998. It reached No. 16 in the UK charts. Originally, the compilation was to include a second disc of new remixes; however, this idea was abandoned due to budget limitations. The few remixes that were produced were released separately as The OMD Remixes. In 2003, The OMD Singles was reissued in France with the remix disc finally included, comprising the 1998 remixes as well as additional remixes. In the same year Virgin also released a two-disc box set comprising The OMD Singles and Navigation: The OMD B-Sides.
Rhino Hi-Five: The Dream Academy
The Dream Academy
Once Upon A Time (Deluxe) (Deluxe)
The Ups And Downs
The Ups and Downs is the debut album by the English singer/songwriter Stephen Duffy. It was released in April 1985 and reached No. 35 on the UK Albums Chart.
It includes the UK No. 4 single, "Kiss Me", a solo re-recording of a song originally recorded with his earlier band, Tin Tin. A second single from the album, "The Icing on the Cake" reached #14 in the UK. Although further singles from the album were released, none charted within the top 75.
During a 2008 interview to promote its expanded CD reissue, Duffy commented that "I never liked The Ups and Downs. I enjoyed mixing with Stephen Street and making 'The Icing on the Cake' but the rest of it is just a mess."
Best Of Heaven 17
So Red The Rose
So Red the Rose is the platinum-selling album by the Duran Duran-spinoff group Arcadia, which was released in 1985 — the only album the band ever released. It included the singles "Election Day", "Goodbye Is Forever" and "The Flame".
There were many musical guests on the album, including David Gilmour, Herbie Hancock, Grace Jones, and Sting.
The album's artwork featured painted ink drawings by fashion illustrator Tony Viramontes of fashion model Violeta Sanchez as well as an innovative "light space" photograph of the band by Dean Chamberlain, who also directed the video for the song, "Missing". Nick Rhodes said of the model Sanchez on the album cover, "She had an elegance to her, an old style classic beauty".
Friend Or Foe
Friend or Foe is the debut solo album by Adam Ant, released in July 1982 by Columbia Records. The album peaked at number 5 in the UK, Adam Ant's highest charting solo album.
Bright Lights, Big City (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Philip Oakey & Giorgio Moroder
Phil Oakey & Giorgio Moroder
Philip Oakey & Giorgio Moroder is a 1985 collaborative studio album by Philip Oakey, the lead singer of The Human League, and Italian record producer Giorgio Moroder. It peaked at number 52 on the UK Albums Chart.
The album includes "Together in Electric Dreams", which was originally written for the 1984 film called Electric Dreams. The track peaked at number 3 on the UK Singles Chart. "Good-Bye Bad Times" peaked at number 44 and "Be My Lover Now" peaked at number 91 on the UK Singles Chart.
The Essential Men At Work
Men At Work
The Essential Men at Work is the eighth compilation album by Australian band Men at Work, released in 2003. It was released by Sony BMG, as part of The Essential series. The album includes 14 tracks from Men at Work three studio albums.
Living In A Box
Welcome To The Real World
Welcome to the Real World is the second album by American pop rock band Mr. Mister. Released in 1985, it climbed to #1 on the Billboard album charts during early 1986. Two singles from the album, "Broken Wings" and "Kyrie", both went to #1 on the US singles chart. "Is It Love," was also a top 10 hit for the band, peaking at #8 on the Billboard chart.
A remastered 25th-anniversary edition of the album was released as a Digipak on April 20, 2010.
The Secret Of Association
I Don't Speak The Language
I Don't Speak the Language is the debut album by Matthew Wilder. It was released in 1983 on Private-I/Epic, and is notable for the hit single "Break My Stride".
Memorabilia: The Singles
Memorabilia – The Singles is a compilation album featuring songs by the British singer/songwriter Marc Almond as a solo artist and with his partner Dave Ball as the synthpop duo Soft Cell. The album is a compilation for both Almond and Soft Cell, it was released in 1991 and reached number eight on the UK Albums Chart. Memorabilia – The Singles was promoted by the singles "Say Hello, Wave Goodbye '91" and "Tainted Love '91.
The majority of the Soft Cell singles on this compilation are not the original versions, and have new re-recorded vocals and some new musical recordings and remixing, with the exception of Torch and Soul Inside.
The version of Soul Inside is unique to this recording, as is Tears Run Rings, which is an edited version of the Justin Strauss remix.
The compilation was assembled by Stevo from Some Bizarre. Whilst almost every Soft Cell single was included in the package, the compilers opted to overlook all of Almond's solo and Mambas work up to 1988 except for his 1985 collaboration with Bronski Beat.
Receiving positive reviews the compilation was originally released as an LP, CD, Cassette and VHS video in May 1991. The compilation has since not been reissued.
Obsession: The Best Of Animotion
The Blow Monkeys
Animal Magic is the second album from the British band The Blow Monkeys, released in 1986 by RCA/Ariola. It gave the group their commercial breakthrough after their debut album, Limping for a Generation, had won critical acclaim but had only sold modestly.
Sales of Animal Magic were boosted by the hit single "Digging Your Scene", which charted in the UK, the rest of Europe and the US. The album's first single, the ballad "Forbidden Fruit", had been released almost a year before the LP. After "Digging Your Scene", two more singles were taken from the album, both of which, though catchy and cleverly built, didn't replicate the same level of commercial success: "Wicked Ways" reached No.60 in Great Britain, and "Don't Be Scared of Me" chart at No.77 in UK.
Animal Magic displayed an intelligent collection of slick, soul-influenced, mid-tempo tunes. A couple of ballads offered some diversity: one of them, "I Backed a Winner", is a heartfelt track, mostly a cappella, with lead singer Dr.
The Very Best Of Johnny Hates Jazz
Johnny Hates Jazz
The Very Best of Johnny Hates Jazz is Johnny Hates Jazz’s first of two compilation albums. Released in May 1993, the majority of the album concentrates on songs from the band’s debut album, although the b-sides from several of the major singles on that album, the non-album single "Turn the Tide," and a few songs from the band’s lesser known second album Tall Stories, are included on the compilation as well.
Bang!... The Greatest Hits Of Frankie Goes To Hollywood
Frankie Goes To Hollywood
Bang!... The Greatest Hits of Frankie Goes to Hollywood is a compilation album by Frankie Goes to Hollywood, released in 1993 during a spate of reissuing and remixing of Frankie Goes to Hollywood products by ZTT Records, hence the appearance of "classic" 1993 versions of two tracks, and the addition of one incongruous contemporary remix on the American CD version of 1994.
Move To Move
Move to Move is the debut album by Kon Kan, released in 1989 on Atlantic Records. It spawned the singles "Harry Houdini", "I Beg Your Pardon", "Puss N' Boots" and "Move to Move".
The album is mostly group member Barry Harris' creation. He produced the set, and wrote or co-wrote all but one cut. Kevin Wynne is lead vocalist on most songs, although Harris steps in for the title track, and the ballad, "Am I In Love." Jon Lind, who co-penned the Madonna song "Crazy for You", and Bob Mitchell
The Psychedelic Furs
Forever Now is the third studio album by English rock band the Psychedelic Furs. The 10-song album, including the hit single "Love My Way", was recorded in the spring of 1982 and released on 25 September of that year by Columbia/CBS. A 20th-anniversary reissue included six related bonus tracks.
The album represented a turning point in the musical maturation of the band, after a turbulent period of personnel changes in which they shrank from a six-man ensemble to a quartet. Working with the Furs for the first time, Todd Rundgren placed his own sonic imprint upon the album as producer and guest musician. Rundgren also added new types of instrumentation to the band's sound, including cello and marimba.
We Are The '80s
Bow Wow Wow
Go West is the debut studio album by English pop duo Go West, released in 1985 by Chrysalis Records. The album brought Go West into the limelight, scoring them a string of top 40 hits in the UK and New Zealand. "We Close Our Eyes" was the most successful single, reaching No. 1 in New Zealand and No. 5 in the UK.
The Raw & The Cooked
Fine Young Cannibals
The Raw & the Cooked is the second and final studio album by British rock band Fine Young Cannibals, released in 1989. The title of the album was lifted from the book of the same name by French anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss. Four songs from the album first appeared in film soundtracks in the mid-1980s, three of which were soul tracks from the Tin Men film. The band had already recorded over half of the album by the time David Z came to produce the remainder. His work with the band, which resulted in dance-rock material, included studio experimentation.
The album is considered to be an eclectic, varied album, taking influences from numerous genres including Motown soul, rock, funk, British beat and pop. Released in 1988–89 on I.R.S. Records, The Raw & the Cooked was a major commercial success, selling over three million copies. Numerous singles were released from the album, including the two US number one singles "She Drives Me Crazy" and "Good Thing". The album was also critically acclaimed and Jo-Ann Greene of AllMusic called the album a masterpiece and one of the 1980s' most exciting albums. A remixed version of the album entitled The Raw & the Remix was released in 1990.
One Thing Leads To Another
Heartbeat City is the fifth studio album by American rock band the Cars. It was released on March 13, 1984, by Elektra Records. The band produced the album with Robert John "Mutt" Lange. Met with a positive commercial response, the album had numerous tracks getting airplay with the singles "Drive" and "You Might Think" reaching the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100. The album also received favorable reviews from several critics; for example, Robert Christgau stated that "the glossy approach the Cars invented has made this the best year for pure pop in damn near twenty years, and it's only fair that they should return so confidently to form."
Pet Shop Boys
Disco is the first remix album by English electronic duo Pet Shop Boys, released on 17 November 1986 by Parlophone Records in the United Kingdom and by EMI America Records in the United States. Disco consists of remixes of tracks from the band's debut album Please and its respective B-sides. The album includes remixes by Arthur Baker, Shep Pettibone and the Pet Shop Boys themselves.
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