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Adventures in Modern Recording [Extra tracks, Import]

BugglesAudio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 15, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Import
  • Label: ZTT/Flavour of Sound
  • ASIN: B000007VMV
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #789,020 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Adventures In Modern Recording
2. Beatnik
3. Vermillion Sands
4. I Am A Camera
5. On TV
6. Inner City
7. Lenny
8. Rainbow Warrior
9. Adventures In Modern Recording (Reprise)
10. Fade Away (Hidden Bonus Track)
11. Blue Nylon (Hidden Bonus Track)
12. I Am A Camera (12" Mix) (Hidden Bonus Track)

Editorial Reviews

Japanese reissue of the band's second & final album (1982)featuring 'I Am A Camera' & three hidden bonus tracks: 'FadeAway', 'Blue Nylon' and 'I Am A Camera' (12in Mix).12 trackstotal. 1997 Flavour Of Sound release.

Customer Reviews

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars On CD: Adventures with the Buggles 2nd album July 23, 2001
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I actually own a genuine record album version of this second foray by the same gentlemen behind "Video Killed the Radio Star." This series of sessions was made in 1981, just after Trevor Horn and Geoff Downes participated with YES on their 1980 album "Drama." More exploratory than "Age of Plastic," their debut album, this group of songs is mostly driven by Trevor Horn, but musical elements clearly foreshadow Downes' coming work with ASIA and Horn's future as one of Europe's premier music producers (Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Seal). Bonus tracks include two singles, "Fade Away" and "Blue Nylon" plus a 12" remix of "I Am A Camera", known as "Into the Lens" on the YES album "Drama." My only regret is that I can't read Japanese kanji, as there appears to be a lengthy interview and history inside the CD booklet.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Buggles Fans will want this March 4, 2010
Format:Audio CD
Oh Trevor Horn. What craziness have you come up with on this record. I'll be the first to admit there is a reason why the Buggles never gotten past Video Killed the Radio Star. That being said I am happy to have this album. It takes concepts from Trevor's previous album and moves into a different level. Does that level work? Well... no better than his first album, but for the Buggles fan it's a great addition.

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.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars OK, if you like mp3's August 23, 2010
By David
Format:Audio CD
This review is regarding the sound quality and not the material. I have two issues with the sound. First of all, the main tracks of this reissue have been sourced from the same digital audio source the 1997 Japan CD used (or perhaps the 1997 CD itself). The tracks line up sample for sample, so clearly there has been no new transfer from the mastertapes of the main album. That's nearly forgivable, since the tonality is decent and the audio dynamics have been maintained.

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.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Scientific, so scientific... November 22, 2003
By Mithras
Format:Audio CD
Out with the old and in with the new, the rise of technology - the underlying theme of the Buggles. It's cleary been the case since the initial release of Adventures (just listen to restored versions of the works of Simon and Garfunkel, Bill Joel, Blue Oyster Cult, etc - how's that for technology?). Foreshadowing? Too easy. Insightful? Perhaps. Interesting? I'd say so.
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good condition , great album.
Published 12 days ago by Edward Pampani
1.0 out of 5 stars CD consists mainly of compressed MP3 files. Boo...
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 more
Published 10 months ago by Scott Davies
5.0 out of 5 stars Just great
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 more
Published 16 months ago by Robert Patterson
5.0 out of 5 stars Trevor Horn's Adventures In Modern Recording
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 more
Published 23 months ago by Andre S. Grindle
5.0 out of 5 stars Buggles rule!
The lost 1981 buggles album sounds great, and the songs that we did`nt get to hear back in 1981 are great. Read more
Published on October 27, 2011 by Paul Castro
4.0 out of 5 stars The Buggles are alive and well - and now called Yes
Like The Buggles? Well, Trevor Horn & Geoff Downes have just released a new YES album that has all the sensibility and production values of The Buggles with better musicians-... Read more
Published on October 12, 2011 by Jesse
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally!
Finally, I have been looking for this album for a long time, but it was always pretty expensive. I found it for a great price and that's all it took. Read more
Published on September 10, 2011 by Paul Seufferlein
4.0 out of 5 stars long forgotten gem
Excellent remaster of an overlooked album. I had this on vinyl when it first came out, along with the 7" of I Am a Camera. Read more
Published on June 29, 2011 by Simon Levene
5.0 out of 5 stars 1981 LP
The 1981 LP is a five star album, so is this 2010 CD release. Included ten bonus tracks would make a whole new CD. Read more
Published on August 15, 2010 by Gabritob
4.0 out of 5 stars Just like I remember it
Brought back some memories. There's some really good music on this album. It seems Geoff Downes had moved on to Asia and this was mostly Trevor Horn's baby. Read more
Published on June 20, 2010 by Dean Baird
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Yes, this is a very good album but I hope that no one will support the greedy price gougers who are trying to pass off their used second hand copies for so much money. Even a new, sealed Japanese import should not cost this much. I have been regularly checking for updates but there... Read More
Dec 1, 2007 by MHz |  See all 2 posts
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