A Flock Of Seagulls

October 23, 2007 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: January 17, 1990
  • Release Date: October 23, 2007
  • Label: Jive
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  • Total Length: 38:16
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  • ASIN: B00175EYBS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,144 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Clark on January 23, 2004
Format: Audio CD
A Flock of Seagulls are one of those bands who always seemed to be on the brink of something huge but never quite made it. This was such a shame as they wrote some truly great songs, mixing futuristic sounds and lyrics with a traditional four piece band arrangement. Perhaps those haircuts became millstones round their necks (literally), because it seems that people are more interested in ridiculing them for their hair rather than concentrating on the fact that they wrote some brilliant songs.
This, their debut album, was first released in 1982. They weren't at the forefront of the New Romantics (Ultravox, Depeche Mode, Human League and OMD had already burst onto the scene) but they still made a very impressive entrance.
The thing that set A Flock of Seagulls apart from their rivals is that their music was very upbeat. They very much had a dance edge to them, with some great catchy songs and bright sounding production from Bill Nelson. There is also an element of humour in Mike Score's lyrics, along with many references to sci-fi and futuristic themes.
This CD has rearranged the track listing from the original UK vinyl release, which is a shame because in my opinion the album doesn't flow as well. However, it is still a great album and all the songs stand up as well today as they did when first released.
The CD kicks of with what is without doubt their most well known song, the anthemic 'I Ran (so far away)'. This truly is a great song, one which perhaps became so great that it eclipsed most of their later work. The album version is definitely better than the single because it has the atmospheric and lengthy intro, sounding more like an experimental prog rock band than a poppy New Romantic one!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By dudesimon on August 29, 2003
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future generations probably will not get it. but this album was a revolution, goofy hair and all. AFOS was making the music of the future in the 80s, and there isn't a bad song on this disk.
Space Age Love Song is a perfect song. Absolutely perfect.
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32 of 39 people found the following review helpful By M. Montgomery on June 13, 2005
Format: Audio CD
When this, the Flock's explosion of a debut album, was released in 1982, "I Ran" started with a bang (literally, one drum stroke followed immediately by the first guitar note), not with the slow cutesy fade-in that someone inflicted upon it when they released the CD version much later. To each his own, but I have always thought it is a much better song in its original version.

Until today I thought that the original version of the song was available only on the old cassette. I have bought several compilations (for all the songs, not just theirs) and have always hoped for the old version but it had always been the one on the re-release CD. But Flockers who want to have the ORIGINAL of "I Ran"--fully titled "I Ran (So Far Away)"--can find it on "Chart Toppers: Modern Rock Hits of the 80s Vol. 1." (However even it is not quite identical to the original album version; for example, it has a slow fade for an ending, while the original album track ended abruptly: I presume it is the original single release. Anyway it is where you can get the original beginning...). I bought it used on Amazon. (It is a very good compendium of New Wave hits in its own right, also containing hard to find tracks like The Church's "Under The Milky Way" and After The Fire's "Der Kommissar, plus "Voices Carry" by 'Til Tuesday and "The One Thing" by INXS. You can also find the original beginning of "I Ran" on VH1's "More of the Big '80s," along with Der Kommissar, and a few fairly unusual '80s tracks including a great song I had forgotten all about: "Cry," by Godley & Creme).

This band was very talented. Their third, "The Story of a Young Heart," was their masterpiece.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Daniel W. Kelly VINE VOICE on April 7, 2011
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Over the years, i've heard so much about different versions of this album, and that the 5:06 version with the space intro on the original US CD pressing is NOT the original album version. Well, don't expect to find that other version here, because the new reissue uses the 5:06 version. But you can find the other version on the CD Then 80s Totally Oldies volume 5. But back to this CD, the first noticeable difference from my original US pressing is that the song order is changed slightly--maybe comparable to one of the european releases of the album. Personally, I felt having the space intro version of I Ran first was a very effective way to begin the album. But no biggie--that's what programing CD players is for. The real treasures here are the bonus tracks, including the awesomely AFOS tracks Tokyo and Pick Me Up. Plus you get Tanglimara, which was already a bonus track on the reissue of the album Listen, so not sure why they had to include it again on another reissue. Truth be told, the CD only runs about 55 minutes, so they really could have included the original version of I Ran without the space intro and with the cold end as a bonus track, which would have been the only way to really make this reissue even better.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bookman on April 12, 2002
Format: Audio CD
OK, maybe I'm a little biased because I've loved this band since their debut album was released. But if I had to pick my two or three all-time favorite albums, from anyone and everyone, A Flock of Seagulls would be there. It's simply that good. The theme of the album is futuristic and maybe a little bit dark, but that just adds deeper personality to each track. For the most part, all the Flock's albums have been good but the debut is far and away the best. I've always liked rock music, especially when keyboards and synthesizers are worked in, and the Seagulls do it to near-perfection. I just can't say enough good things about this album.
AFOS starts out with the hit "I Ran" with the extended instrumental intro that wasn't part of the single. Another hit, "Space Age Love Song" follows, again this is a slightly longer album version compared to the edited single that was released back in the 80's. The rest of the tracks are stand-outs (with the possible exception of "Don't Ask Me", my least favorite track of the album). "Standing In The Doorway" has one of the greatest guitar riffs I've ever heard (this coming from a huge fan of Van Halen). "Telecommuncation" was a dance-club favorite, and the lyric-less "DNA" won a Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Song. The final piece, "Man Made" is most likely the best track of all. It builds itself up to a magnificent, hard-hitting, turn-the-volume-all-the-way-up ending that leaves you amazed and almost breathless.
I HIGHLY recommend AFOS to anyone who loved (or even remembers) the New Wave era, or anyone who just wants good rock music. Go ahead and buy it, you deserve to treat yourself to some great ear-candy now and then.
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