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To Cut A Long Story Short
The first time that most Londoners heard the words Spandau Ballet was on the London Weekend Television arts programme Twentieth Century Box, in May 1980. Presented by Danny Baker, Twentieth Century Box was the place you went to for your youth culture fix.
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  • Audio CD (October 23, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: 101 DISTRIBUTION
  • ASIN: B002Q8GZ62
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,082 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Once More
2. To Cut A Long Story Short
3. Gold
4. True
5. Chant No 1
6. I'll Fly For You
7. Only When You Leave
8. Through The Barricades
9. She Loved Like Diamond
10. Communication
11. Lifeline
12. With The Pride
13. Love Is All

Editorial Reviews

2009 album from the reunited '80s New Romantic quintet. On Once More, the band revisits eleven of their biggest hits and throws in two brand new tracks: 'Once More' and 'Love Is All'. While many have said that a Spandau Ballet reunion would never happen, the band surprised everyone in early 2009 by announcing that they were, indeed, giving it another go. After a very successful UK tour, this exciting release will whet the appetites of those outside the UK who were not able to catch the band on that historic tour. 13 tracks including 'True', 'To Cut A Long Story Short', 'Lifeline', 'Only When You Leave' and many more. Universal.

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They still look and sound great!
Jeannine Berroteran
As a musician, I am inspired to the highest when I hear these songs and this new release by SB really proves that the band still has the power to rock.
Lucky Duck
This cd is difficult to find, so if you are a fan of Spandau Ballet, I highly recommend you order this.
John Falger

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Lucky Duck on November 18, 2009
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That Spandau Ballet have managed to reform and remain afloat was exciting enough for me but this new release was a totally unexpected treat. They breathe brand new life into songs that were classic to begin with and have elevated them smack into the present. Tony Hadley's voice has never sounded better. New arrangements of classics such as True, Chant No.1, Through the Barricades, and She Loved Like Diamond really bowled me over. I have had this CD in my car for over two weeks now and I have listened to it over and over and every day it's like a brand new CD. When I hear Tony hold that one note for a full eight bars in To Cut a Long Story Short, I realize what an astonishing instrument the voice really is and what a talent he really has for using it. As a musician, I am inspired to the highest when I hear these songs and this new release by SB really proves that the band still has the power to rock.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jason W. Smith on July 30, 2011
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I bought this album because of the incredible title track, "Once More." I stumbled upon the video on Youtube and was absolutely gobsmacked. These guys have definitely gotten better with age.

While Spandau Ballet was popular during my youth, as an American I probably didn't have quite the exposure to them as my British friends did. Still, many of Spandau Ballet's songs became iconic and indelible parts of the 1980s American culture ("True", "Only When You Leave", "Gold", "Round and Round"). Picking up this album I was a little taken aback at first because the arrangements here are so different from the original releases. But after a few plays the brilliance of this effort becomes apparent.

These men have matured as musicians and it definitely shows. Hadley's voice is as awesome as ever, and if "Once More" is any sign of things to come then my vote is for another album full of new releases. In fact the title track may very well be the best song Spandau Ballet has ever done, and that's saying something!

Overall I found the remakes better than the originals, with one or two exceptions ("True" was better as the original--it is really impossible to top that song--although the remake is nice, and the covers of "Only When You Leave" and "Gold" are in a dead heat with their originals to the point it is hard to choose which is best). The remake of "I'll Fly For You" is astonishingly good, and the versions of "She Loved Like Diamond" and "To Make a Long Story Short" are way better than the originals.

I've listened to this album so many times that I have a hard time remembering how to sing the originals properly. I'm not sure that I mind either, because this is an outstanding effort. I love this album and so will you. Five stars all the way.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By G. YEO on December 24, 2009
Format: Audio CD
It's not easy being a legacy band. Your fans want you, but they only want your old hits. So what better way for Spandau Ballet to reform after 20 years than with a rejuvenated piano driven best-of album, with two new songs included.

The truth is: Spandau sounds the same. It's like they never left.

Tony Hadley's voice proves that he's a better singer now than ever before. My only complaint is that the album has too much of a dreamy, ethereal mix...everything seems to be floating and there isn't enough bass to ground the songs. The sparse and laidback feel on some songs makes it sound like we're listening in on demo cuts and not final tracks. It sometimes feels like the band is pulling their punches in favour of improvisation.

Once More takes a jazzier, bossa nova kind of feel towards the older material. It all feels slightly slower in tempo. Gary Kemp's trademark groovy rhythm guitar hooks are largely absent, as in Lifeline. Back-up vocals are also dropped from songs like True. Some parts for me at least, even lapse momentarily into muzak because they felt a little too deliberately laid back. But those are minor faults.

The biggest question is: are the new arrangements any good? Do they improve on the originals? That really depends on the listener. In my opinion, you could take out a scorecard and rate them one by one, but I won't do that here. The originals for the most part, are still brilliant pop songs that stand the test of time.

The two new songs are pretty good and give us some insight into the future, should Spandau decide to release new material. But I'm betting that the tours are going to make more money than any new album. Hopefully the tour will NOT include all new arrangements of the songs!

A Big Welcome back to the boys nevertheless.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By anonimo on January 6, 2010
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I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE THIS CD!!! THIS IS AN ABSOLUTE MUST-HAVE FOR BIG FANS OF THE SPANDAU BALLET. THE 2 NEW SONGS ARE BEAUTIFUL AND TONY HADLEY SOUNDS BETTER THAN EVER!! FOR ANYBODY WHO LOVES THE '80s AND SPANDAU BALLET, BUY THIS CD!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RS on October 27, 2009
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This album took me completely by surprise..the Spandau Boys are back, with 2 new wonderful tracks and new renditions of 11 of their hits from the 80s. "Once More", the title track and opener, is the first new released song from them in 20 years, and showcases the band back in full form and in classic Spandau Style. If you enjoyed their big hits from the 80s, such as "True" and "Gold" and yearn for 80s style pop, you will absolutely fall in love with this song as it has all the elements of the band that made them famous: emotive, soulful, heartfelt lyrics and hooky pop sensibilities. Equally as fresh are the reworked versions of the older songs, which are given a facelift with a fresh, more organic feel, sounding less dated then their heavy synth-laden ancestors. Highlights for me include "To Cut a Long Story Short" and "I'll Fly for You." All in all, all songs are performed and executed to perfection, not a dull track in the lot, with an energy, vibrancy and production that is first class and reaffirms to me that Spandau Ballet must have "True"-ly been one of the best bands of the 80s generation!
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