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  • Audio CD (Sept. 24 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sire-Wbr
  • ASIN: B000002L8N
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #114,920 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Who Needs Love Like That
2. Reunion
3. Cry So Easy
4. Senseless
5. Heavenly Action
6. Say What
7. Love Is A Loser
8. March On Down The Line
9. My Heart...So Blue
10. Oh L'Amour
11. Who Needs Love Like That (The Love That Mix Version)
12. Oh L' Amour (The Funky Sisters Remix)

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Import only vinyl pressing. Originally, Erasure's first album was to have had a number of different singers, a conceit keyboardist-songwriter Vince Clarke had taken from his previous project, the Assembly. However, previously unknown singer Andy Bell was such a perfect foil for Clarke that he quickly became a full partner in the band. Breaking with the tradition of Clarke's earlier bands, Depeche Mode and Yaz, where Clarke had been the sole songwriter, Bell co-wrote most of Wonderland. The album is the template for the next several Erasure releases, matching the Hi-NRG dance of "Push Me Shove Me" to the quiet lyricism of "Oh L'Amour." Bell's lyrics betray a sense of emotional turmoil, especially on "Say What," that never becomes histrionic. The album contains two instant Erasure classics, "Who Needs Love Like That," and "My Heart...So Blue." Mute.

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Wonderland~ Erasure is their debute and their best album. Here we have none of the prententious nonsense that gets on the latter albums. Vince Clark and Andy Bell just seem to have a good time. It is fun, stupid, inane and I like it for that.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9ea8e03c) out of 5 stars 21 reviews
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9eaa5a80) out of 5 stars The One That Started it All... Oct. 5 2002
By The Groove - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is the debut album from a British duo called Erasure. Synth guru Vince Clarke, having just left Yaz and Depeche Mode, teamed up with vocalist Andy Bell for what would be a long and enduring partnership. A friend of mine heard for the first time a few samples of Erasure's work, which he flippantly described as "Eurotrash." However snide that comment appeared to be, there is a grain of truth in that description. "Wonderland" won't win points for depth, nor is it even their best, but it's a good collection of above average neo-disco, synth heavy pop tunes. Their debut single "Who Needs Love (Like That)" was a bust on the UK charts, but since then, this infectious ditty would slowly grow to become a favorite among fans. "Oh L'Amour" is also another great slice of 1980's pop bliss with its killer chorus and cheesy-cute synths, and "Heavenly Action" stands out as well. But a personal favorite of mine is the catchy "March on Down the Line." On the first listen, Erasure's work may seem bubblegum and simple compared to their sophisticated peers Pet Shop Boys. But their music is original and can't be mistaken for anyone else, and this fine debut would be the beginning of a career that would spawn several UK Top 10 hits, a few platinum albums, and recognition in the States. Though it's far from a masterpiece, "Wonderland" is a solid debut.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9eaa5ad4) out of 5 stars Drama! Drama! Drama! June 16 2000
By Morado - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Here's where all the campy dramatic flamboyant brilliant and dreamy music of Erasure all started! For fans of synth-pop, they come highly recommended as they are often imitated yet rarely surpassed. There are other Erasure offerings that may be better like I Say I Say I Say, Chorus, or The Innocents, depending on which fan you talk to. I adore them all.
My favorites include: "Who Needs Love Like That?"/"Cry So Easy"/"Love Is A Loser"/"My Heart...So Blue"/"March On Down The Line"/and of course one of the all time greatest songs "Oh L'Amour."
If you like synth-pop, you may be interested in checking out Iris and Agnes Poetry. Cheers!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9eaa5f0c) out of 5 stars This is a must have for Erasure fans!!! May 25 2003
By Randy S. Milliron - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
There is too much to talk about when we want to talk about "Wonderland". This album has it all up beat songs ("oh l'amour", "Who needs love like that", "Heavenly action") and great tear jerkers ("cry so easy", "reunion", and my all-time-fav "My heart...So blue"). For a true Erasure fan, this is the must have. This is where it all began (if you count out Yaz). It's amazing that a group like this started out with such a great album and only two songs cracked into the US top 100 ("Oh L'Amour" and "who needs love like that"). But they were big in Europe before many people in the states even heard of them. Then came "The Innocents" and then they blew up. A girlfriend of mine back in high school turned me onto this group in the summer of '88 and I have every album since. They are great and I have many great memories from all of their songs. It's amazing how you can become so attached to a group (Depeche Mode, Yas, R.E.M., U2, etc.). But they came out before "Pop" was really cool.
I do believe that this is the best effort. Too many times in the albums that followed, they tried to obtain a following when they already had a devote fan club.
They produced some great albums over the years, but this is where it all began and this is why you should own it. Especially if you like any of they newer albums.
Songs you must have on your computer:
1. Oh L'Amour (great dance tune)
2. My Hear...So blue (Wave goodbye...)
3. March on Down the line (great up beat song right before "My Heart...So blue")
4. Reunion ("togehter we stand")
5. Who needs love like that (A big dance hit in the clubs)
6. Heavenly action (a great song that's uplifting).
ERASURE fans, if you don't have the original, then you are not true fans!
By Lee Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I bought this as a gift for someone who had it previously but lost it sometime last year. She absolutely loved it, although she did before as well. I also love the music, and the CD was in good condition. The only thing is that the CD case I noticed was broken, and I'm not sure if it came like that or if it happened afterwards. It's hard to tell because I saw the crack only about a half hour after receiving the CD, so there wasn't much time for me to smash it up.

Either way the CD quality was good, no scratches or skips in the songs, I loved the music and my friend appreciated the gift a lot. Loved it!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9eaa8294) out of 5 stars SAY WHAT!? You don't own this!? How SENSELESS! Aug. 31 1999
By Joel Kathrens - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Okay, I've finally got the duo's first album and it's pretty much what I expected. Of course I'd heard most of the songs through both the Pop CD (of course) as well as sound samples and MP3s before buying it. In short, this is more typical Vince Clarke synthpop...but what's not to like about that? Although it's nowhere close to the best Erasure would produce, this album served to show that Clarke had finally found a band he could stick with for more than an album or two. His pairing with Bell on "Wonderland" shows a marked improvement over all past efforts (DM and Yaz inclusive), and they would only continue to get better.
The first four songs plus O'Lamour are my favorites from this album with "Senseless" sticking out in my mind particularly as the favorite. A song that should have been included on this album is the b-side to the "Who Needs Love..." single called "Push Me, Shove Me" which is easily better than most of the songs here.
On a side not, I finally see where all the Yaz comparisons are coming from after hearing this album. This album seems like a transition musically for Clarke. While there are shades of what's to come, that disco/club sound of Yaz is still there for all to hear. Bell's vocals as well (which I never thought sounded close to Moyet's before) do seem rather close to Alison Moyet's on this album, most notably in "Cry So Easy". Fortunately, Bell would improve vocally over the next couple of albums and Clarke would evolve musically, forming the Erasure we all know and love today.



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