Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Thomas Dolby - Retrospectacle: The Best Of (1994)


For better or worse, Thomas Dolby will always be known as the one hit wonder who sang She Blinded Me With Science. I'm sure that one song has provided him with a very comfortable life. I always felt that Dolby was underrated as a musician and songwriter (except for his lyric writing, which is mainly incoherent gibberish). Overall, these 16 songs are representative of all of the various music phases Dolby passed through during his early career.

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: Did not chart

Tracks: This CD introduced me to Dolby's early singles, Urges and Leipzig, both of which are very good. I was disappointed that he (or his label) didn't include White City from 1984's The Flat Earth. I haven't heard the songs from The Flat Earth in quite a while; the track Screen Kiss is much better than I remember it being. I've never been a big fan of ballads, but I've always thought that Airwaves is one of the best ballads of the 80s and maybe Dolby's best song. Also good is Hyperactive and Windpower. My least favorite cut from The Golden Age of Wireless, One Of Our Submarines, is also included here.

Personal Memory Associated with this CD: None for this particular CD, which has pretty much been replaced over the past 17 years with purchases of the individual CDs to replace my old Dolby LPs and cassettes.

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