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Electric Dreams - Box set

22 September 2017 - by numanme

Electric Dreams - Box set

out 22 Sept. 2017


As the Seventies faded into the Eighties, Top of the Pops approached its 1000th episode, MTV launched in America, and kids across Britain were falling in love with pop music away from the TV, through a small little box called a Walkman. Through their headphones came new, strange sounds: mechanical, but organic and alive. The synthesiser was the sound of tomorrow, today, and it was thrilling.

If the Seventies was the era of the album, the Eighties gave new life to the single – short bursts of bright, gleeful keyboards, portals to other worlds which made yours feel a little brighter.
Pop music was suddenly ablaze with infectious and irresistible sounds, led by a new batch of stars, Marc Almond, Donna Summer, Grace Jones, Holly Johnson. All eccentric and lovable, extra-terrestrial yet human, and groomed for the video pop generation.

Gathered on this 3CD set are the very best tracks from the era, all monstrous hits, which define their times, yet still sound like the future. From the arched eyebrow of ‘Relax’, the Italo-disco of ‘I Feel Love’, to the swooning, grandiose ‘Vienna’.


But we begin with a collaboration between a moustachioed pioneer from the mountains of Italy, Giorgio Moroder, and the pride of Sheffield, Phil Oakey. The lightning in a bottle recording apparently took ten minutes to make. It’s lasted decades, and kickstarts this album, a pure celebration of the era. Enjoy!




Disc: 1
  1. Giorgio Moroder & Philip Oakey - Together In Electric Dreams
  2. Soft Cell - Tainted Love
  3. Gary Numan - Cars
  4. Tubeway Army - Are 'Friends' Electric?"
  5. Ultravox - Vienna
  6. Heaven 17 - Temptation
  7. The Human League - Don't You Want Me
  8. Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Relax
  9. Duran Duran - The Reflex
  10. New Order - Blue Monday '88
  11. Paul Hardcastle - 19
  12. Harold Faltermeyer - Axel F (From "Beverly Hills Cop" Soundtrack)
  13. Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Souvenir
  14. Visage - Fade To Grey
  15. Art Of Noise - Close (To The Edit)
  16. Yello - The Race
  17. Flash And The Pan - Waiting For A Train
  18. Jan Hammer - Crockett's Theme (Miami Vice/Soundtrack Version)
  19. Black - Wonderful Life
  20. Tears For Fears - Mad World
Disc: 2
  1. Spandau Ballet - To Cut A Long Story Short
  2. Go West - We Close Our Eyes
  3. Simple Minds - Don't You (Forget About Me)
  4. Living In A Box - Living In A Box
  5. M - Pop Muzik
  6. A Ha - Take On Me
  7. Bronski Beat - Smalltown Boy
  8. Howard Jones - What Is Love
  9. Steve Winwood - Valerie
  10. Midge Ure - No Regrets
  11. Belouis Some - Imagination
  12. Animotion - Obsession
  13. Blancmange - Living On The Ceiling
  14. Sigue Sigue Sputnik - Love Missile F1 11
  15. Electronic - Get The Message
  16. The Associates - Party Fears Two
  17. Trans X - Living On Video
  18. Japan - Ghosts
  19. Roxy Music - Avalon
  20. The Cars - Drive
Disc: 3
  1. Donna Summer - I Feel Love
  2. The Communards and Sarah Jane Morris - Don't Leave Me This Way
  3. Freeez - I.O.U
  4. Nu Shooz - I Can't Wait
  5. Grace Jones - Pull Up To The Bumper
  6. Howard Jones - New Song
  7. Johnny Hates Jazz - Shattered Dreams
  8. Alphaville - Big in Japan
  9. China Crisis - Black Man Ray
  10. David Sylvian & Ryuichi Sakamoto - Forbidden Colours
  11. Sparks - Beat The Clock
  12. Classix Nouveaux - Is It A Dream
  13. Propaganda - Dr Mabuse
  14. Thomas Dolby - She Blinded Me With Science
  15. Devo - Whip It
  16. Man Parrish - Hip Hop Be Bop
  17. Hashim - Al Naafiyish (The Soul) (It's Timmme!!)
  18. Talk Talk - Talk Talk
  19. The Cure - The Walk
  20. Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart









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