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11
Apr

Spandau Ballet – True (1983) – Lp

Spandau Ballet are an English band formed in London in 1979. The band were inspired by, and an integral part of, the New Romantic movement. They became one of the most successful groups to emerge during the New Romantic era. The band’s classic line-up features brothers Gary Kemp and Martin Kemp on guitars, vocalist Tony Hadley, saxophonist Steve Norman and drummer John Keeble.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artist:  Spandau Ballet
Title:  True
Year:  1983
Format:  LP
Label:  Chrysalis Records
Catalog# 205297320

True is the third studio album by British band Spandau Ballet. It was released in March 1983 on Chrysalis Records. While Spandau Ballet’s first two albums earned them European popularity, True made them worldwide stars and was heavily influenced by jazz, soul and R&B.

By 1983, with the new romantic movement they’d sprung from a rapidly fading memory, the members of Spandau Ballet showed they had no intention of traveling the same path. Always ambitious, the British quintet really got down to business: Gone were the kilts, frilly shirts, and makeup — as well as the sometimes chilly electronics of their first two albums. Instead, after recording at Compass Point Studios in the sun-soaked Bahamas, the group turned up in smartly tailored suits, with a sleek and mainstream sound to match. That came courtesy of producers Steve Jolley and Tony Swain, who gave Spandau the sort of pop-R&B sheen that had produced hits for clients like Imagination. And it also reflected the growing skill of guitarist Gary Kemp, the band’s primary songwriter, who crafted a set of tunes aimed squarely at the charts. The one that succeeded most spectacularly, of course, was the title cut, a glossily-updated Motown-style ballad that became one of the decade’s biggest hits — aided by a video that cast singer Tony Hadley as a young Frank Sinatra, crooning about the sound of his soul. But Kemp had more arrows in his quiver, as well; the catchy soft disco of “Communication” and “Lifeline” coyly suggests, rather than demands, listeners’ presence on the dancefloor, while the suave, spy flick-inspired “Gold” finally gives Hadley an appropriately rich setting for his dramatic warble. Some listeners at the time called the album an MOR sellout, but its slick surfaces remain tough to resist, and while none of the cuts generate the excitement of past singles like “To Cut a Long Story Short” or “Chant No. 1,” True remains Spandau Ballet‘s most consistent and best all-around album.

 

Side one
1.  Pleasure  (3:30)
2.  Communication  (3:36)
3.  Code Of Love  (5:10)
4.  Gold  (4:49)

Side two
1.  Lifeline  (3:33)
2.  Heaven Is A Secret  (4:24)
3.  Foundation  (4:04)
4.  True  (6:30)

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22
Jul

Spandau Ballet – Parade (1984) – Lp

Spandau Ballet are an English band formed in London in the late 1970s. The band were inspired by, and an integral part of, the New Romantic movement. They became one of the more successful groups to emerge during the New Romantic era. The band’s classic line-up features brothers Gary and Martin Kemp on guitars, vocalist Tony Hadley, saxophonist Steve Norman and drummer John Keeble.

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Artist:  Spandau Ballet
Title:  Parade
Year:  1984
Format:  LP
Label:  Chrysalis Records
Catalog# 206378

Parade is the fourth studio album by Spandau Ballet, released on 25 May 1984 by Chrysalis Records.

Parade was Spandau Ballet‘s follow-up to their most successful LP, 1983’s True. “Only When You Leave” reached number three on the U.K. charts. The three other singles that were released do successively worse: “I’ll Fly for You”, “Highly Strung”, and “Round and Round”. The band was still riding high in the U.K. and sold out seven consecutive dates at Webley Arena. Fans of the band, and the “new romanticism” of other acts like Simple Minds, Adam Ant, and Wham may like Parade because it comes close to recapturing the stylish, white soul sound of the True LP.

This album is pure pleasure. It’s a teeny bit pompous, due to Tony Hadley’s vocal stylings, but in a charming way. It’s a little bravado, a little posing, a little like a man who refuses to grow up. The 16 year old who writes furtive love poems under the desk. The boy who, like a good school boy should, paid his dues and finally got to the big stage. So he’s only ten years too late. It doesn’t matter because it’s still, well, True…
There is a surprising versatility in the material. You will hear torch songs (“I’ll Fly”) and pop-funk (“Highly Strung”) and drama (“The Nature of The Beast”). Yes, it’s totally 80s.

 

Side one
1.  Only When You Leave  (5:09)
2.  Highly Strung  (4:10)
3.  I’ll Fly For You  (5:35)
4.  Nature Of The Beast  (5:14)

Side two
1.  Revenge For Love  (4:20)
2.  Always In The Back Of My Mind  (4:28)
3.  With The Pride  (5:30)
4.  Round And Round  (5:30)

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