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The Grammy-Award winning band's 1983 album finally makes its compact disc debut in the United States. A Billboard Top 20 album, Listen features four hit singles: "Wishing (I Had a Photograph of You)", "Nightmares", "Transfer Affection", and "(It's Not Me) Talking". Three bonus tracks have been added, including the 80s alternative radio classic, "Committed". All songs are newly digitally remastered and the booklet contains complete lyrics for the first time. Furthermore, journalist Stephen "Spaz" Schnee has compiled new liner notes based on a 2004 interview with Mike and Ali Score.

1. Wishing
2. Nightmares
3. Transfer Affection
4. What Am I Supposed To Do
5. Electrics
6. The Traveller
7. 2:30
8. Over The Border
9. The Fall
10. (It's Not Me) Talking
11. Committed (Extended Version)
12. Quicksand
13. I Ran (Live)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 12, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Superfecta
  • ASIN: B0002ZDW80
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #337,300 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Bookman66 on April 17, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Dreamy and Hypnotic; Outstanding New Wave Rock

All right, I'll admit, maybe this band from Liverpool, England, took themselves just a little too seriously in 1983, what with the silly hairstyles and odd fashion sense. Maybe they let the Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental in 1982 go to their hair-do's. And maybe my 4-Star rating might be just a bit inflated, being that I've been an undying fan of AFOS since their first record, which is still today one of my all-time favorite albums. But cast all that aside, and you'll find that this is a darn good album, difficult as that may be for the casual listener to believe. While "Listen" departs from the harder-edged sound of the debut LP, it does find its own groove within a somewhat softer and more techno-fied atmosphere. Don't get me wrong; a few songs still rock pretty good, highlighting the work by amazing lead guitarist Paul Reynolds. But for the most part, the in-your-face guitar licks of the first album are relegated to the middle-ground, or background completely, while the drums and keyboards are pushed forward (could it be that the Score brothers; singer and keyboardist Mike, and drummer Ali, wanted their handiwork to overshadow that of Reynolds and bassist Frank Maudsley? Who knows.). In general, the formula works, in the context of the album as a whole. "Wishing" is brilliant, except for the annoying "buzz" sound heard on every single drum beat of the song (too bad that wasn't eliminated for the remastered release). "Nightmares" reminds one of how it felt to be eight years old and alone in the dark. "Transfer Affection" is a lovely ballad, found also on the Flock's "Best Of" CDs. "What Am I Supposed To Do?" is a fast-tempo tune, but does evoke sadness from the listener, as the song is about a painful breakup.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By SRFireside TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 25, 2004
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This is by far the best AFOS album ever. It hits the epitome of the band's talent and puts them inside a genre of music that at the time had no name. This was a dark and brooding album that oozes angst and that ominous gothic sound while at the same time being very new wave. It's not until years later this kind of sound gets more exposed when industrial music hits the airwaves. A Flock of Seagulls were one of the first.

WISHING and TRANSFER AFFECTION are obvously the reasons why most of you would get this album since they are the two most notable hits.

OVER THE BORDER is my favorite in this album and those of you who like electronic music would probably get into it if you got into Gary Numan's Cars. Granted these are two totally different songs, but they both give me the same goose bumps.

THE FALL and NIGHTMARES are definitely for the post modern crowd. Very brooding. Very well done.

The rest of the songs are an interesting mix of new wave style music pushing a little more on the fringes than pop. Still a lot of good tracks here. If you're a fan of 80's industrial or post modern techno-synth music then this one's for you.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By <Anvil.Chorus> on November 13, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I am in agreement about the missing tracks "Last Flight of..." and "Rosemantag". Those were two hellaciously alternative songs, given the time of its original release. I will miss them.

I have waited many years to hear this CD again. I originally had the cassette when first released, but after taking that damn cassette everywhere I went for many years, it faded with the scenery. I have looked for the CD version on ebay and every so often one can find one going for $80 out of some remote village half way around the globe. Now that it is rereleased and two very important tracks were omitted I will still wait for that day I can get the original CD on ebay for $50.

The song Committed was a treat for me since I only had a sound snippet memorized in my head from the one time I had heard the song back in 83. Thanks for the memories.

Anyway, get this CD. It, in my humble opinion, is a work of art. The songs are strong and good. THe Production is very much unique for the time, the reverb fills up your speakers and gives an unmistakeable sense of place while you 'listen'. I wish they would have graced the bottom end of the sound spectrum a bit on the remaster, but then it wouldn't true to how Mike Howlett produced it. I guess I can just use my stereo's EQ.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Daniel W. Kelly VINE VOICE on July 17, 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
With the Cherry Red label's hit or miss releases, I was concerned about this one, which is perhaps the strongest album from the band. However, it turns out the sound quality is superb, even on the bonus tracks. This reissue of Listen is crucial because of two 12" versions that were not on the previous release: Wishing and Nightmares. So good to have them appear here, along with several of the b-sides from this period. One really important thing to note is that there seem to be TWO versions of Wishing out there. The one on here runs 9:13 and has a drum only ending. On several compilations out there, the song runs slightly longer at 9:36, and the ending has the drum pattern along with a bit of instrumentation. Until buying this CD, I never even knew there was a version of the 12" with an alternate ending.

Noticeably missing are the two b-sides from the Nightmares 12", which might disappoint purists, but honestly, they are both very long experimental instrumental tracks that are not particularly enjoyable to listen to IMO. The tracks on this pressing are all strong in their 80s new wave feel and make this a flawless line-up of songs.
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