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True Enhanced, Original recording remastered, Import

4.8 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (May 6 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced, Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: Parlophone (Wea)
  • ASIN: B000063V8Y
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
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1. Gold
2. Communication (2003 Digital Remaster)
3. Code Of Love (2003 Digital Remaster)
4. Gold (2003 Digital Remaster)
5. Lifeline (2003 Digital Remaster)
6. Heaven Is A Secret (2003 Digital Remaster)
7. Foundation (2003 Digital Remaster)
8. True (2003 Digital Remaster)

Product Description

Digitally Remastered Edition of their Most Popular Album, featuring the Hit Single of the Title Track 'true'.

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Format: Audio CD
Spandau Ballet had a respectable string of hits in their native Britain, but they were a one-and-a-half hit wonder in the U.S., where they scored the Top 10 smash "True" and the Top 30 hit "Gold." But if this 1983 album is anything to go by, the band deserved far greater success on these shores. At 8 tracks and clocking under 40 minutes, "True" is a tastefully crafted hybrid of new romantic pop and blue eyed soul. Singer Tony Hadley was always one of pop's most underrated singers; his expressive vocals perfectly complimented the intricate melodies of guitarist and songwriter Gary Kemp. The singles "Gold" and "Communication" may be dated in production, but at their core, the songwriting is still fresh. Other album cuts such as "Code of Love" and "Foundation" also hold up, but the disc saves the best for last: the title song which goes down as one of the best and most familiar ballads of the 1980s. "True" has been remastered for its 20th anniversary, and the disc has an enhanced portion which has an attractive set of extras including the video for "Gold" as well as home footage of the group. It's one of those records that triumphs equally in both style and in substance.
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By A Customer on Nov. 16 2002
Format: Audio CD
I can't say enough good things about this album. Spandau Ballet's "True" is a fine collection of up-tempo and easy listening pop tunes that will please your ears. Though the album has something of a dated feel with its synthesizer-driven 80's sound, it's still a great album and it's one you will never tire of listening to. And unlike many albums of its time, "True" is well-produced without being overblown.
There's not a bad cut on this album and many are real standouts. The title track was the hit single from this album and rightly so. With its light and easy vocal and instrumental arrangements, "True" is a nice relaxing song that continues to be a playlist favorite for many adult contemporary stations. This is one of those songs that never wears out its welcome. Likewise, "Pleasure" and "Code of Love" are nice tunes that will put you at ease.
Up-tempo numbers like "Lifeline", "Heaven Is A Secret", "Communication" and "Foundation" are equally enjoyable as they have an envigorating, get-up-and-dance quality to them. "Gold" is a strong, somewhat thought-provoking tune that received some airplay and it should've been a Top-10 hit.
"True" is one of the better albums from the 1980's and it's one you will want to add to your collection. Listen to it and see if Spandau Ballet's "True" doesn't give you a lot of "Pleasure."
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Format: Audio CD
Even if you dread the term "yuppie" in your vocabulary, you can't deny the sleekly crafted sounds of Britain's criminally underrated Spandau Ballet, who were themselves musical yuppies. Nonetheless, with just 8 songs, this album helped define a decade, and perhaps well beyond.
Though most just know this band from the rich textures of the sensitive balld "True," (featured in the heartwarming Molly Ringwold box office hit, "Pretty In Pink"), there is definitely much more to this talented band, who boast the flair of Duran Duran, with the musical progress of Human League (another criminally underrated 80's band).
I like the hooks that abound on this slinky record, from whizzing keyboards to dance-style beats. Spandau Ballet truly were ahead of their time, and many a band owes its influence to these pop pros. But let me dispense with all the hype. Buy this one for your baby, or just buy it for yourself. Da Peace Dogg thinks you can't go wrong with Spandau Ballet, and Da Peace Dogg never gets it wrong when it comes to hot music!!
Viva La Ballet!!
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Spandau Ballet was an exteremly popular band in their native U.K., releasing two albums and hitting the top of the album and singles charts prior to this release. True was their third album and breakthrough release in America. They rode in on the coattails of Duran Duran and other video-friendly English acts. The band are members of the New-Romantic movement which backed R&B styled vocals with 80's synth-beats. The movement's main influence was Bryan Ferry & Roxy Music and Tony Hadley clearly is a Ferry devotee. He has an incredibly smooth and expressive voice and songs like "Code Of Love", "Communication" and "Lifeline" show it off. "Gold" was a minor hit in America and was England's theme song at the '84 Summer Olympics. With its soaring vocal and uptempo beat, it does provide an inspirational theme.. The real gem on this album is the title track. It is a heart-breakingly beautiful track and is one of the ten best songs of the 80's. It encapsules the styles of the era, but its melody is timeless and could be a hit today. The song was remade by PM Dawn as "Set Adrift On Memory Bliss" in '91 and hit number one and was featured at the end of The Wedding singer. The band's version hit number four in the fall of '83 and was their only top ten hit in America. Sadly, after scoring a minor hit with "Only When You Leave" on their next album, Parade, the band fell off the music scene in the States. They disbanded in '86.
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