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Golden Age of Wireless Import
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|10. Cloudburst At Shingle Street|
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
Also recommended: Dolby's "The Flat Earth" and Jeff Burns's "Pentatonic Scales for the Jazz Rock Keyboardist".
Most recent customer reviews
It needs a remastering and the 'deluxe' treatment, but it's as good as the day I first heard "Cloudburst At Shingle Street". Read morePublished on Feb. 6 2014 by Ray Tracy
Right from the beginnig, I was quite happy to hear the «she blinded me with science» on radio. Now I can content myself to listen to it as many time I want.Published on Feb. 4 2014 by Mario Lemelin
This effort from Dolby always gets pushed back behind the absolutely brilliant "The Flat Earth" and rightly so, its not as good. Read morePublished on March 15 2004 by S. R.
New Wave has never been a very appreciated aspect of popular music even during it's heyday but that being so,Dolby's
"Golden Age Of Wireless" stands out. Read more
re: "both contain 'Urges' and 'Leipzig', neither were ever on any US version."
and "The CD version of this album is in fact not the original - you should also try to get a... Read more
I purchased this cd some years ago and though I have hundreds of cds from that fabulous decade the 80's, I find myself still listing to this one. Read morePublished on Sept. 6 2002 by Sal Paradise
The Golden Age of Wireless is an exceptional album that transports its' listener to an aural world never experienced before or since. Read morePublished on Aug. 31 2002 by Sean Ee
"She Blinded Me With Science" is possibly the worst song I have ever heard....if you think that song is bad than you should here the rest of the cd because it gets even... Read morePublished on Nov. 4 2001
... "The Golden Age Of Wireless" is by far, the ultimate classic, and a perfect break-through for his music career. Every track on this album is great. Read morePublished on July 30 2001 by Cold Lips