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Taking their name from a fictional pop group mentioned in Anthony Burgess's novel, A Clockwork Orange, (where 'The Heaven Seventeen' are at number 4 in the charts with "Inside"), Heaven 17 formed when Ian Craig Marsh and Martyn Ware split from their earlier group, The Human League, and formed the production company British Electric Foundation (BEF). BEF’s ... Read more in Amazon's Heaven 17 Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 29, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Blue Plate Caroline
  • ASIN: B000FL7AU2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #203,944 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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10. Bonus Track: Groove Thang (B.E.F.)
11. Bonus Track: Are Everything 12' Version
12. Bonus Track: I'm Your Money 12' Version
13. Bonus Track: Decline Of The West (B.E.F.)
14. Bonus Track: Honeymoon In New York (B.E.F.)

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2006 digitally remastered reissue of the debut album from this Sheffield synthpop trio, originally released in 1981. Features four bonus tracks: 'Are Everything' (12 Inch Version), 'I'm Your Money' (12 Inch Version), 'Decline Of The West' and 'Honeymoon In New York'. Virgin.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mister Mayhem on May 23, 2008
Format: MP3 Music Verified Purchase
I bought the remastered version just to find a major error in the remastering of the title song "Penthouse and Pavement". It made me wonder if any one was paying attention to what they were doing in remastering this great album. About one minute into the song "Penthouse and pavement" all the highs drop out of one speaker for about five seconds and then return. I own this on vinal and an original pressing of the cd and this error is not in the master tapes. I thought maybe it was just on the downloadable mp3, but found this error on other websites where this album is sold. If it weren't for a couple annoying glitches I would have given this 5 stars.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By P. Ambrose on September 1, 2006
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WOW - WOW !!! I have heard a new god! This remaster is beyond comparison. How could I be shocked since the BEF guys behind Heaven 17 were involved with this project - the aural landscape provided in this release is mind expanding. No need for a crappy stepped on X pill. This is a masterpiece. Fresh musical experimentation in the early 80s - truly amazing. As a huge Human League fan, I can only say that, now - without a doubt - H-17 had the soul and energy; if Phil and Martyn could get over whatever happened ...... Am waiting for the 2 other Heaven remasters. This is ear candy with a smart kick in the head and two in each hip. Truly, absolutely groundbreaking - and brilliant.
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Some of the "new wave" and electronic music of the late 1970s and early 1980s can sound a bit dated all these years later, but this landmark album still sounds fresh and funky over 30 years after it was recorded. The funky dance rhythms, pop hooks, clever lyrics, and distinctive vocals are all firmly in place. Truly the signs of a "classic" album.

With this edition you get the original "Penthouse and Pavement" album on Disc 1, along with 3 bonus cuts, one of which is their cover of the Buzzcocks' song "Are Everything." Very, very cool! There is also a track from B.E.F. (British Electronic Foundation), the other project that these guys dabbled in. On Disc 2 you get the "Lost Demons" a bunch of tracks that Martyn Ware unearthed 30 years after they were recorded. In the liner notes he writes that he hopes the listener will "share in our amazement and joy ... I hope you find these demos and experiments as fascinating as we do."

Well, I like the demos a lot; very interesting stuff indeed. But what is labeled as "experiments" on this disc, along with some of the B.E.F. "alternate versions" sound like nothing more than sound effects and knob twiddling to my ears. Nevertheless, it may be of more interest to the hardcore Heaven 17 fan who has been clamoring for such unreleased material for many years.

All in all, this still ranks as one of the better albums of the early 1980s and is well worth alisten and a re-visit for those fans that remember these very catchy songs. Groove to the groove!
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By T. Bosley on March 11, 2013
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There are too many great songs on this disc to call attention to any one or two of them. Heaven 17 remains one of the top groups of the electronica/synth-pop era, and we'd love to see something new from them!
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