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.
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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 21 months ago by Davo
The adventurous "Living In The Plastic Age" was the kind of punch line that these two obviously ambitious Brits didn't want to have to keep repeating. Read morePublished on Oct. 17 2003 by Tim Brough
Yeesh! This was one big disapointment, especially after paying nearly $[money] for this. If you're expecting another mind-trip like Age Of Plastic, you'll be sorely shot down. Read morePublished on April 12 2002 by Scuzzbopper
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