Digitally remastered deluxe two CD edition of this 1984 album from the British Pop singer/songwriter including a bonus disc filled with remixes, b-sides and more. Human Racing was released in February 1984. The first of four albums recorded for MCA Records, it achieved platinum sales and a nomination for Best Album at the 1985 Brit Awards. Its release was greeted by a combination of teen hysteria, critical acclaim and praise from the likes of Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton and prompted Elton John to call Kershaw ''one of the best songwriters of a generation''. This special edition, compiled by Nik himself features the album, digitally remastered from the original mix tapes and associated 12-inch mixes and b-sides. It includes a previously unreleased version of 'Bogart', a special brass mix of 'Shame On You' and a live version of 'Cloak and Dagger' recorded at the Hammersmith Odeon. The booklet contains a brand new sleevenote written by Nik. Universal.
Dare I say this is the only "pretty boy" pop album I will ever buy. Although it came out in 1983 I still find the writing and production absolutely stunning. The bad news about Nik is that he never caught on in the US. The good news is that he never was over commercialized and crammed down our materialistic necks by record moguls who wanted to put him in McD's Happy Meals, like 98degrees and Brittny what's her name ("Don't you just love my belly button? Here, take ANOTHER look"). If I could find this cd again I'd buy it in a heartbeat.
If you love this record, as Amazon does, be sure to pick up his latest album "15 MINUTES" which was released last year. It was sadly overlooked by U.S. radio but it's a brilliant collection of power pop goodness. His lyrics have gotten even stronger over the years and the melodies are incredible. Why songs like "Somebody Loves You," "Your Brave Face," and "Shine On" weren't immediate smash hits, I'll never understand. Buy yours now!
the first nik kershaw's album proves to be a fantastic starting point for all those people(especially young people) who is curious about eighties music sounds and experimentations. Tracks as Bogart,Dancing Girls,Gone to Pieces,Human Racing are all different and all equally interesting. And we must not forget this album also includes the super hits Wouldn't it be good and I won't let the sun go down on me!