Dare!/Love and Dancing Best of, Import, Original recording remastered
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Top Customer Reviews
Where I do want to spend some time though is on the fab bonus material on this disc. A large part of the Dare-era Human League credit must be given to the producer Martin Rushent who helped shape their sound into that unique, crisp electronica that was, and still is, unlike anything else. The remix album "Love & Dancing" seemingly gave Rushent carte blanche to take the tracks into dub and remix heaven, and it's a trip worth taking.
The 12" single boomed in the 80's and The Human League were one of the bands that actually made 12" records that were worth listening to. I love the weird things he does with the vocals in "The Sound of the Crowd", "Open Your Heart" travels in and out of echo and dub in unexpected ways, "Love Action" sounds like it's been put through a salad spinner and "Hard Times" is just plain awesome.
This is the perfect teaming of a hit album and the crazy reworking of it. The things that dreams are made of.
Earlier albums, such as the League's own "Travelouge" and "Reproduction" (also remastered and reissued recently in the US with great lost singles and b sides), and albums by Kraftwerk, Caberat Voltiare and others explored what you could do with synths. But "Dare" was really the first album to the art/rock sensibility of the earlier work and marry it to disco/pop. The results are damn near perfect and certainly perfectly encapsulate what 1982 was all about. The sound is cold and sleek yet oddly human and accessible. Phil and the gals sing about love, and (ahem) dancing, plus friends, parties, etc. In fact the only odd step here, "Seconds," stray from that formula, with interesting sonic result but fairly unimaginative lyrics.
People familiar with "Don't You Want Me," (and who isn't, even today's tightly limited pop stations have it in recurrent on their play lists) might be put off that the rest of the album is not quiet as top 40. But give it a spin or two and open you mind.
Dare is the perfect marriage of Art and Pop.
Anyway, one of my favorite songs on my tapes was Seconds by the Human League. It was just such a great, anthemic, monolithic riff. Something made me want to hear it again recently, so I hunted it down and found it on this CD. Unfortunately there doesn't seem to be anything else on the disk that I like even half as much, but being able to listen to Seconds again is all I wanted.
Most recent customer reviews
Very good album of dark synth pop that can still light up your day... if you dare let it.Published 10 months ago by Space1999!
Dare - everyone who was anyone in the 80's has a copy of this on vinyl or cassette. But the League Unlimited Orchestra's Love and Dancing is a whole nother story. Read morePublished on June 1 2004 by Michael E. Smith
this is probably one of the best human league... no, just albums ever made. phil oakey for prime minister!Published on March 9 2004 by The J-Man
A previous reviewer mentioned that this was "the first album to contain carefully crafted, melodic pop songs with all synthesizers". Read morePublished on March 21 2003 by RooiValk
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