Monday, November 7, 2016

Human League retrospective on the way

This past summer, I saw the trio make its long awaited live return to LA during the '80s Weekend shows and they still impressed (see review elsewhere on this blog). I can't wait to hear this collection. Read below for the press release details...

The story of The Human League encompasses three very distinct line-ups, all of which have their merits but one thing unites them; The Human League are A Very British Synthesizer Group. Yes, ‘group’ not band because those kinds of distinctions are important.

They’re a group who have sold millions of records, inspired two generations of artists, written some of the all-time great classic pop songs, had #1’s across Europe and the US and yet still remain fiercely independent.

When attempting to describe The Human League their one-time manager, Bob Last, puts it best “Pop music is a kind of lightning conductor for what’s going on, when it’s at its most exciting it beats everything else; it beats film, beats books and beats TV. These magical moments when it pulls something out of the ether, out of what’s going on in everyone’s head and everyone’s lives and focuses it. That’s what pop does at its best and that’s what The Human League did”.

A Very British Synthesizer Group is a sound and vision anthology featuring all the hits. The 2CD Deluxe Edition and the Deluxe 3LP box set versions cover the entire history of the group in 30 songs including 7 previously unreleased DJ edits from the earliest incarnation to the phenomenon that was Dare and all that happened in its wake.

The incredibly successful left turn of working with Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, the return to being a glorious live act and the glamorous robotic pop of 2011’s Credo album. Both packages include a 20-page booklet featuring a new essay by David Buckley plus rare memorabilia and photographs. The 3LP box set includes special vinyl discs that were mastered at half-speed at Abbey Road Studios.

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Pre-Order 3 LP Box Set

As anyone who has accessed YouTube knows, The Human League’s music was only part of the story.

A Very British Synthesizer Group features the distinctive artwork of acclaimed Sheffield artist Pete McKee who says of the group "The Human League’s look was totally unique and innovative and it also provided one of those jaw dropping moments on Top of the Pops that made your Dad angry, but inspired you. The League were unashamedly a pop band but also had that edge that made them credible, The girls were no-nonsense working class lasses who became fashion icons in their own right, make up, hair and clothes were imitated in night clubs and youth clubs across the country but few boys dared to copy Phil's hair and stiletto heels. It was a pleasure to work on the artwork for this fantastic anthology. I wanted to capture the League as the style and fashion icons who had such an impact on so many of us during the 80’s."

The last word on The Human League goes to Susan Ann Sulley from the group ‘People think pop music is X Factor and we’re still hankering after a Roxy-Bowie-Donna Summer-Chic version of pop. We don’t fit in. There are three of us, two of whom have never written a song and are pretty average singers, plus we’ve got a lead singer who doesn’t consider himself a singer at all and can’t play any instruments very well. And yet we still think of ourselves as a pop group. If a market research group got hold of us, they’d change absolutely everything. We shouldn’t have gone on as long as we have – we should have “gone rock” by now, like Depeche Mode, Simple Minds and U2 did. But we’re still a pop group.’

(*denotes previously unreleased)

2CD Deluxe
Disc One

1. Being Boiled : A-Side Single
2. The Dignity of Labour [Part 3 ]** - Dignity of Labour 12” single
3. Empire State Human : A-Side Single
4. Only After Dark (Single Edit) – Travelogue Free 7”
5. Nightclubbing** - Holiday ’80 EP
6. Boys and Girls** : A-Side Single
7. The Sound of The Crowd (Instrumental Version)**
8. Hard Times : B-Side Single
9. Love Action (I Believe In Love) : A-Side Single
10. Open Your Heart : A-Side Single
11. Don't You Want Me : A-Side Single
12. Mirror Man : A-Side Single
13. You Remind Me Of Gold**
14. (Keep Feeling) Fascination (Extended Version)**
15. The Lebanon (Single Version)** : A-Side Single
16. Louise (DJ Edit) : A-Side Single

Disc Two

1. Life On Your Own : A-Side Single First Commercial Release
2. Human – Extended Version
3. I Need Your Loving (DJ Edit) : A-Side Single First Commercial Release
4. Love Is All That Matters ( DJ Edit) : A-Side Single First Commercial Release
5. Heart Like A Wheel (William Orbit Remix) : A-Side Single
6. Soundtrack To A Generation (Edit) : First Commercial Release
7. Tell Me When (Radio Edit) : First Commercial Release
8. One Man In My Heart : A-Side Single
9. Filling Up With Heaven : A-Side Single
10. Stay With Me Tonight (Single Version) : A-Side Single
11. All I Ever Wanted (Radio Edit) : First Commercial Release
12. Night People (Radio Edit) : A-Side Single First Commercial Release
13. Never Let Me Go (Album Version)**
14. Sky (Radio Edit) : A-Side Single



A1: Being Boiled – Fast Product Version
A2: The Dignity of Labour – Part 3
A3: Empire State Human
A4: Only After Dark
A5: Nightclubbing
A6: Boys and Girls


B1: The Sound Of The Crowd – Instrumental
B2: Hard Times
B3: Love Action ( I Believe In Love ) – Edit
B4: Open Your Heart
B5: Don’t You Want Me


C1: Mirror Man
C2: You remind Me Of Gold
C3: (Keep Feeling ) Fascination – Extended Version
C4: The Lebanon
C5: Louise – DJ Edit


D1: Love On Your Own
D2: Human – Extended Version
D3: I Need Your Loving – DJ Edit
D4: Love Is All That Matters – DJ Edit
D5: Heart Like A Wheel – William Orbit Remix


E1: Soundtrack To A Generation – Edit
E2: Tell Me When – Edit
E3: One Man In My Heart
E4: Filling Up With Heaven


F1: Stay With Me Tonight
F2: All I Ever Wanted – Radio Edit
F3: Night People – Radio Edit
F4: Never Let Me Go
F5: Sky – Radio Edit

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