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  • Audio CD (June 1 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Parlophone (Wea)
  • ASIN: B000007O19
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,970 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. She Blinded Me With Science
2. Radio Silence
3. Airwaves
4. Flying North
5. Weightless
6. Europa And The Pirate Twins
7. Windpower
8. Commercial Breakup
9. One Of Our Submarines
10. Cloudburst At Shingle Street

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Format: Audio CD
If you're reading this, you probably know that "The Golden Age Of Wireless" was an amazing moment in the budding synthesizer new wave explosion. As anyone into the instrument could have told you at the time, Thomas Dolby was not just an incredible synth player, he had an amazing sense of keyboard construction and compositional skills. His credits before his solo career included Lena Lovich, Bruce Woolley and The Camera Club and (gasp) Foreigner! (Those are his keyboard washes that grace their classic "Foreigner 4" and the hit "Waiting For a Girl Like You.") So it wasn't like Dolby's debut came without a pedigree.
But the original "The Golden Age Of Wireless" album came with completely different cover art, different running order, a much better mix of "Radio Silence" and two other songs, "Urges" and "Leipzig." It wasn't until after an EP release of five songs for "She Blinded Me With Science" became a hit did the CD/Album as we know it come into existence. Even then, the versions of "Science" and "One Of Our Submarines" added to "Golden Age" are different, shortened edits. To this day, I am fascinated by both versions of the album and CD, and I keep wondering why, in this age when everything is being remastered, remixed and re-issued, this classic album hasn't been mined for the deluxe treatment?
First off, we need the album resequenced to replace the original mix of "Radio Science" and relegate the vaporized remix to a bonus track. Then replace "Leipzig" and "Urges" to their equivalent positions on the first issue of the album.
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By Greekfreak on Oct. 16 2001
Format: Audio CD
I haven't heard this album since I was about 12 years old, and at that time, I must have worn out two cassette versions of it; I loved it that much.
So many years later, I can vaguely remember hearing shorter versions, hence I can only assume they remixed or extended a few tunes to pad it out for the CD issue. In any event, it really doesn't matter, because even though I've branched out into a plethora of musical genres since then, I've found that this album still holds up, due to its extreme melodiousness.
The production and synths are dated, of course, but any hummable tune has to have some appeal to it, otherwise you'd forget it like that. And even though Dolby only scored his one major hit with 'She Blinded Me...' (and a minor one later on with 'Airhead'), there are no shortage of similarly solid songs on this album.
'Airwaves', 'Cloudburst at Shingle Street', 'Wind Power', are equally good, and the stately 'One of Our Submarines' (and my fave tune on the album, 'Flying North') is absolutely sublime.
It still holds up, boys, never fear.
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It's very difficult for me to even approach objectivity when talking about "The Golden Age of Wireless." This album is the touchstone of my musical experience; ever since I heard it as a young boy in the early '80s, it has been an integral part of my life, the soundtrack to my inner thoughts and perceptions.
The album is not perfect. The production values, while good, have dated somewhat -- if you compare the synth-heavy sounds of (the admittedly brilliant) "One of Our Submarines" with the near-perfect mixing and arrangement of later albums' tracks like "The Flat Earth" and "Budapest by Blimp," you find that "Golden Age" is very much of its time -- it is a part of the era that brought us The Buggles, Berlin, The Human League, and other such acts. While I think Dolby's work is far better than any of those contemporaries, you do sort of have to put yourself in an '80s mood to listen to "Golden Age," which is not the case with his later albums.
It's worth getting into that mood, though, because musically, "Golden Age" is magnificent. Forget "She Blinded Me With Science" -- it's fine as far as it goes, but if that's all you've heard of Dolby, you've barely scratched the surface. From moody ballads like "Airwaves" and "Weightless," to energizing techno-pop like "Submarines" and "Europa and the Pirate Twins," to the sublime "Cloudburst at Shingle Street" with its yearning melody and offbeat coda, it's amazing how much great music the young Dolby put onto this album. And the lyrics are perfectly matched to the tunes, providing a picture of a disaffected, alienated technological world that nonetheless has its own unique poetry.
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By A Customer on Sept. 17 1999
Format: Audio CD
This (well, not quite this--I'll explain momentarily) is the best "techno-rock" record ever released, an intimation of what might have been--and wasn't--, like Neil Armstrong's moon walk, a cul de sac. There's some confusion below: Two vinyl versions of "The Golden Age of Wireless" were released in the United States, one preceding the hit single "She Blinded Me With Science", one succeeding it. The second vinyl version replaced "Leipzig" and "Urges" with "She Blinded Me With Science" and "One of Our Submarines." The remaining songs were remixed. ("Leipzig" and "Urges" are now available on "The Best of Thomas Dolby".) The first vinyl version did not include something called "The Wreck of the Fairchild" or any instrumental cut, nor did it include, as I said and contrary to what someone else says below, "One of Our Submarines".
Also recommended: Dolby's "The Flat Earth" and Jeff Burns's "Pentatonic Scales for the Jazz Rock Keyboardist".
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