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  • Audio CD (May 31, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Warner Bros UK
  • ASIN: B000006YCO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,220 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Life In A Northern Town
2. The Edge Of Forever
3. (Johnny) New Light
4. In Places On The Run
5. This World
6. Bound To Be
7. Moving On
8. The Love Parade
9. The Party
10. One Dream

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Product Description

1985 debut on Warner Brothers by this artsy English triofeaturing Kate St. John. Out of print in the U.S., the top20 album was co-produced by the band's Nick Laird-Clowes andPink Floyd's David Gilmour and features the cult hit 'LifeIn A Northern Town'. 10 tracks total.

Nick Laird-Clowes's penchant for writing odes to tragic icons like Nick Drake and Edie Sedgwick paid off with the success of 1985's "Life in a Northern Town," a sleeper hit that brought the group's commercially stillborn debut album back to life. Dedicated to Drake, the lead track sets the tone for the British trio's dreamy set of sensitive baroque-pop excursions. On tracks like the pastoral "One Dream," Kate St. John's arsenal of classical instruments adds color to Laird-Clowes's folk-rock strummings, while Gilbert Gabriel's keyboards give an '80s sheen to the '60s sentiments of "Love Parade." Dream Academy even lured Pink Floyd's David Gilmour into the production booth, ensuring the group its own little niche in art-rock history. --Bill Forman

Customer Reviews

Glad I found the song that I can enjoy and bring back memories of good times!
Peggy M. Johnson
Both use jazzy chord changes, Beatlesque melodies sprinkling them throughout their melodic pop songs.
"The Edge of Forever" is a wonderful, emotional song about lovers drifting apart.
Missing Person

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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Daniel J. Hamlow HALL OF FAME on January 21, 2004
Format: Audio CD
In the middle of an era dominated by the likes of Duran Duran, Eurythmics, Def Leppard, and Prince, came a group that was kind of an anomaly to the mainstream of the 1980's. For one thing, the instrumentation of The Dream Academy defies the usual guitar, bass, drums format, it's a melange of something undescribable, with elements of classical, jazz, and acoustic sounds, and much of it deals with the bleakness of the post-industrial urban world and the crushing loneliness and bitter travails of life, all with a lyrical and poetic base.
From the bleak blowing wind effect, the gentle strains of guitars, Kate St. John's oboe, and that famed "Ah hey ma ma ma" chorus, comes the single that sadly relegated them to one-hit wonder status, "Life In A Northern Town." The lyrics give a bleak picture of the town and the sad departure of the storyteller in the song.
"The Edge Of Forever" is a longing romantic song about how we miss the closeness and security we needed as children but not given as adults. Singer Nick Laird-Clowes asks at one time, "When you were young, did you ever fall down, graze your knee and want to run to someone? 'Cause now that you're older, I've been falling down, I want to run to someone, but there's nobody around." It's nice and lyrical in the verses, which explodes in a crescendo with keyboards and cello in the chorus. This is the song played at the end of Ferris Bueller's Day Off when Matthew Broderick and Mia Sara kiss and part.
"(Johnny) New Light" details the loss of innocence and a longing for a more natural life, and what happens when technology in the form of tractors make harvesting the wheat easier. "We have nothing else to do" Laird-Clowes and the backup singers sing towards the end.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Tim Brough TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 6, 2004
Format: Audio CD
"Life in a Northern Town" swept in like a breath of fresh air during the period when bands like the Thompson Twins and Human League were making dreamy sounding singles. There's a story that Dream Academy singer and writer Nick Laird Clowes, who had been fronting a punkish outfit called The Act, played a chorus for Paul Simon that basically went "Ah hey, ah ma ma ma away ah..." and Simon told him that if he could ever build a song around it, he'd have a hit.
Laird Clowes broke up The Act soon after their one album, "Too Late at 20" which featured bandmate Mark Gilmour, and decided to change directions. He teamed up with Gilbert Gabriel on keyboards and Kate St John on oboe and various other classical instruments to form the Dream Academy. Should Mark Gilmour's name strike you as a bit familiar, it's because he's the brother of Pink Floyd's David Gilmour. That connection was enough to score David Gilmour's participation as Dream Academy's debut producer, and with his help, the atmospheric "The Dream Academy" was created.
Laird-Clowes had found the lyric he wanted to drape that infamous chorus across, an ode to tragic figure Nick Drake. The rest, as they say, is history. "Life in a Northern Town" became a sleeper hit and pulled Dream Academy's debut into both commercial and critical success. It also branded them with one hit wonder status, despite the fact that two other Dream Academy albums were chock full of similar fine songs. On this album alone, there were two other notable singles, in "The Love Parade," and (from the movie "Ferris Beuller's Day Off") the lovely "Edge of Forever." Also worth noting is the appearance of Peter Buck on the near Shakespeareanish tragic "The Party.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jack Khor on August 24, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This album deserves to be on everyone's Top 10 list but I guess it couldn't because it is so hard to find. I am sure almost everyone would have heard of the radio friendly "Life in a Northern Town" (LINT) and it is somehow unfortunate that many could have passed judgement on the whole album based on that one song.

LINT was a one-off song but it certainly wasn't representative of the whole album. And if you were lucky enough to get that album I am sure you too would be blown away like I did by the rest of the songs which are not like LINT at all.

To describe the whole album in one word, I would use "passionate". From the second song onwards, you are drawn into a "dream" world where multilayered arrangements, Nick Laird-Clowes' smooth English accented vocals, lush and sometimes haunting melodies intertwine and wraps you in a hypnotic rhapsody that can only intoxicate or enslave your senses.

This is pop music of the 80's but it is the ultimate and the pinnacle of pop when you realize someone can make simple melodies sound so sweet and so engrossing that your mind will reel in amazement.

Read the other reviews for more details of the songs if you want, but get this album when you can. It is a piece of heaven on earth!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By '74 child on September 1, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I love the music by Dream Academy, but I have been desperately looking for the instrumental version of "Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want" (from Ferris Bueller's Day Off). I finally found it on an album called "Boutique Chill" - a compilation album sold on amazon for about $17. If you're looking for that version of that song, I thought I'd let everyone know.
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