"IT'S NEW TO ME" WEEK (OCTOBER 20-26, 2013)
These songs certainly aren't new to me, but many of these remixes are; I only picked up this disc a few months ago. This is a compilation of 13 remixes of singles originally released in the years 1980-1984. While I owned a couple of Spandau Ballet albums in the early '80s (True & Parade), I'm surprised I never owned a 12" single by the group. Since I like most of the group's singles, it makes sense I'd like this too. I like about half of the tracks as the others don't really add much to the originals. Main complaints: I would have preferred chronological order plus the remixes of Instinction and True are both shorter than their original album versions.
Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: Did not chart
|Round And Round||1984||19|
|Only When You Leave||1984||3||34|
|I'll Fly For You||1984||9|
|To Cut A Long Story Short||1980||5|
|Chant No. 1||1981||3|
The US vs UK chart positions explain why I had to get this CD as an import. The better remixes here are of Gold, Round And Round, Highly Restrung, Communication, and Chant No. 1.
Personal Memory Associated with this CD: In issue 6 of Classic Pop, the magazine listed its choices for The 50 Best 12" Singles of the 1980s. Even though it understandably has a British slant, it's a fairly decent list (although I would argue the editors dropped the ball by not putting New Order's Blue Monday in the top spot). Anyway, the list included Spandau Ballet's remix of Gold which made me think, "I've never heard that before," prompting the immediate purchase of this CD.
Previously revisited for the blog:
The Singles Collection (1985)