Only for the serious Human League fan. I guess that means I fit that category. OK, I'll own that; I loves me some technopop. As the disc title suggests, this is a mixed bag of b-sides and extended versions. This is risky business: an extended version is great if you like the song, but a painful 6 minutes if you don't and most b-sides are b-sides for a reason. This was purchased more out of curiosity than anything else. As the critic from allmusic.com says, "Original Remixes & Rarities is a useful accessory for fans but -- unsurprisingly -- it's not the least bit essential for anyone else." Come to think of it, some of the "rarities" aren't even that rare, having been released in 2003 on the remastered Dare/Love & Dancing CD.
Tracks: My favorites here are Hard Times (the B-side from the 1981 single Love Action), and the extended versions of (Keep Feeling) Fascination and The Lebanon. One of the better songs isn't even a Human League song: Together In Electric Dreams is a collaboration between the League's Philip Oakey and über-producer Giorgio Moroder. Written for the 1984 film Electric Dreams, the song was a bigger hit than the movie. It's one of the best upbeat, feel-good songs of the '80s. You'll want to stay away from the other tracks, particularly Non-Stop, You Remind Me Of Gold, Total Panic, and the dreaded Human.
Personal Memory Associated with this CD: None.
Previously revisited for the blog:
Greatest Hits (1988)