Adventures in Modern Recording Extra tracks, Import
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The biggest drawback on Buggles music is that while the song concepts are fantastic when a song gets to the chorus the limitations start to really fall away. It's like Trevor Horn couldn't find that catchy or melodic hook to take the song to that next level. That was evident on the Plastic Age album and it's evident here.
For example I AM A CAMERA is my favorite song on this album. It has an awesome CR 78 drum machine playing some tight rhythms and the verse is as beautiful as any song you can imagine. But then the chorus comes in and it just sounds like Trever ran out of creative juices and just coasted through. In spite of that I still say I AM A CAMERA is an awesome song, but it's just an example of what to expect.
Another cool song of note is VERMILIAN SANDS. It's another song with some sweet flowing chords putting you in a nice laid back mood. The chorus isn't so bad, but still limiting. Funny thing about the song is that it breaks into a fast coctail jazz riff near the end and kind of goes on for a while (using drum machines and synths throughout). Feels out of place, but the song is still good.
The previous release of this CD was back in the late 80's and it had become extremely rare. Now people get another chance at grabbing this album along with some additional upsides for one the CD is remastered so there's better fidelity.Read more ›
But more disturbingly, as noted by another buyer in a former review that seems to have vanished, there is virtually no audio content above 16k, except for 3 of the tracks, Dion and the last two tracks. So besides those tracks, this is basically a low-fi CD. I can't say what occurred, but I can say this happens when one compresses a wav file down to an mp3. So if you like mp3's, you'll love this "compact disc."
I'd like to recommend buying it for the excellent bonus tracks, but I can't condone supporting a company that has such a low regard for sound quality. Unforgivable.
The album packs an interesting punch. The different version of "I am a camera" included here (also appearing as "Into the Lens" from Yes's Drama, same lead vocal) is IMHO by FAR the better version. It's slightly understated and often down like a real sense of loss flows through it, but it lashes out, too. It's certainly one of the standout tracks.
Lenny ("scientific, so scientific... but you were walking on glass"), Inner City ("run... one last train for the inner city run..."), and Adventures in Modern Recording ("so carefully directed for modern mass appeal") are excellent tunes that easily could have appeared on Plastic Age, the Buggles awesome debut showcase. The other tunes are just okay.
I purchased the Japanese issue with the 3 extra bonus tracks (includes a saucier version of "I am a camera," a spicy "Blue Nylon," and a bbq "Fade Away." perhaps these are wholly accurate descriptions, or perhaps I am hungry for chicken wings. more than likely it's both). This CD is NOT complete without these three tracks. They really add to the dynamics of the compilation. The Japanese issues also includes all of the lyrics in Japanese and English. Theres's other material within the booklet, and if could read Japanese, I'd comment on it.
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'On TV' was rolling around in my head for weeks so I ordered the mp3 download. My dad used to play this album all the time (I can still remember "I am a camera. Camera. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Melanie
I originally posted this back in 2010. Why it disappeared is anyone's guess, but at least it was still on the UK site. Read morePublished on December 23, 2013 by Scott Davies
I remember having this on tape, and I forgot how good it was. This CD is great! It sounds amazing, and its really a complete work of art in my option. Read morePublished on June 19, 2013 by Robert Patterson
Though always personally rather elusive The Buggles,consisting of Trevor Horn and Geoff Downes will probably be eternally remembered for their song "Video Killed The Radio Star"... Read morePublished on November 10, 2012 by Andre S. Grindle
The lost 1981 buggles album sounds great, and the songs that we did`nt get to hear back in 1981 are great. Read morePublished on October 27, 2011 by Paul HORN