Adventures in Modern Recording Import
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Digitally remastered and expanded edition of this 1982 sophomore album from the British duo including bonus tracks. Adventures In Modern Recording is something of a lost classic, with great vocals by Trevor Horn and a sparkling electronic sound that is completely in-step with the prevailing electro mood of the pop charts in 2010. Alongside all the b-sides and remixes of the era, Horn has personally selected several previously-unheard demo recordings including 'Videotheque' (a Top 20 hit produced by Trevor - the following year for Dollar) and 'We Can Fly From Here' (Parts 1and 2), originally written for and performed by Yes, as bonus tracks. 19 tracks total. Salvo.
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Even though "Age of Plastic" was mostly a fun little pop album, it had a subtle sense of sadness floating here and there, and a conceptual unity that "Adventures" doesn't have. But on this album, it sounds like Trevor Horn (essentially the only actual Buggle here, since Geoff Downes only plays on a few tracks) knew that he couldn't really follow up a debut that good, so he decided to just have fun in the studio. This album is much more playful, the lyrics are more surreal, and the production is a lot more... eccentric, I guess is the best word for it.
Highlights? "I Am A Camera" is in my opinion the best Buggles song ever recorded... quiet, distant, slightly melancholy, and just plain beautiful. "On TV" is the apparent attempt at a single, and it's a really fun, bouncy slice of synth-worship. "Inner City" and "Lenny" are a little odd, but they really get in your head after a while. "Vermillion Sands" is worth it just for that totally random synth/big-band section at the end. That's the kind of oddness that I live for.
A few tracks have some lyrical strangeness ("Waiting for the rainbow warrior"?!?), but the music more than makes up for it. If you're new to the Buggles, get "Age of Plastic". If your first thought after finishing that record was that you just wanted more, then you should definitely add this to your collection. I just wish the Buggles hadn't imploded so soon after this record ;_;... Ah well, you can't have everything!
The album packs an interesting punch. The different version of "I am a camera" included here (also appearing as "Into the Lens" from Yes's Drama, same lead vocal) is IMHO by FAR the better version. It's slightly understated and often down like a real sense of loss flows through it, but it lashes out, too. It's certainly one of the standout tracks.
Lenny ("scientific, so scientific... but you were walking on glass"), Inner City ("run... one last train for the inner city run..."), and Adventures in Modern Recording ("so carefully directed for modern mass appeal") are excellent tunes that easily could have appeared on Plastic Age, the Buggles awesome debut showcase. The other tunes are just okay.
I purchased the Japanese issue with the 3 extra bonus tracks (includes a saucier version of "I am a camera," a spicy "Blue Nylon," and a bbq "Fade Away." perhaps these are wholly accurate descriptions, or perhaps I am hungry for chicken wings. more than likely it's both). This CD is NOT complete without these three tracks. They really add to the dynamics of the compilation. The Japanese issues also includes all of the lyrics in Japanese and English. Theres's other material within the booklet, and if could read Japanese, I'd comment on it.
There are fleeting moments of interest to be had on "Adventures." The quirky "On TV" is the closest thing to what a fan of "Plastic Age" would have expected from these two. "I Am a Camera" sounds interesting in that you can play a game of 'which came first' between this version and the song recorded with Yes as "Into The Lens" on "Drama." And the title track has sufficient wallop to make the album open with promise, it's the strongest composition here. (Given Bruce Woolley's credit on the songwriting, it also makes you wonder how far back the song's history went.) Otherwise, it is average 80's new wave synth rock. Get this if you really want to be a completest into the Horn/Downes family tree, otherwise explore at your own risk.
The only real notable one is the goofy bouncy "On TV". "I Am A Camera" is a reworked wimpy version of "Into The Lens", found on the Yes album "Drama", which Geoff Downes and Trevor Horn worked on, after Jon Anderson and Rick Wakeman took a brief leave from the group. Some of the songs, such as "Rainbow Warrior" and "Inner City", will make you cringe, as Trevor's normally great singing voice turns into a mere annoying whine.
The album does have three bonus tracks: the somewhat catchy "Fade Away", "Blue Nyon" which is the weirdest Buggles song you'll ever hear, and a 12" mix of Camera which is essentially the same song, without the slow piano-driven intro. Even the liner book is a bummer, as its very lengthy and has a huge biography on the Buggles. Unfortunately, you're [stuck] unless you can read Japanese.
Bottom line: If you want a great follow-up to the immortal Age Of Plastic, get "Drama" by Yes instead. It's cheaper, much easier to find, and it rocks much harder.
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Don't read the negative reviews. This is a solid album. You can find some reworked songs from this album on Yes' albums: Drama and Fly from Here. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Davo
I actually own a genuine record album version of this second foray by the same gentlemen behind "Video Killed the Radio Star. Read morePublished on July 23 2001 by Raye Schwarz
On this album you'll find Trevor Horn and Geoff Downes taking their short-term experience of working with Yes and fusing it with their left-field pop sensibilities. Read morePublished on July 3 2000 by marwood
Although "The Age of Plastic" was a great album, Adventures is much better. The title track is very good, as is the rest of the album, but I think the best cut is... Read morePublished on March 17 2000 by Richard Horton
I recently acquired this cd and I am very happy I finally got it! it's AWESOME!! I love "I am a camera"Published on Aug. 10 1999