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Remembrance Days [Import]

Dream AcademyAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (September 4, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Wea International
  • ASIN: B000005S5O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #322,037 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Indian Summer
2. The Lesson Of Love
3. Humdrum
4. Power To Believe
5. Hampstead Girl
6. Here
7. In The Hands Of Love
8. Ballad In 4/4
9. Doubleminded
10. Everybody's Gotta Learn Sometime
11. In Exile

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The English pop-rock trio's sophomore outing, first released in 1987. 11 tracks, including 'Indian Summer' and 'Power To Believe'. Warner.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Dream Academy's worthy sophomore release February 2, 2004
Format:Audio CD
The trick to topping or maintaining a debut album featuring a sound unlike the danceable New Romantic/Second British Invasion sound of Duran Duran or Spandau Ballet is a hard and rocky ground, especially with a single like "Life In A Northern Town." Well, the Dream Academy's second term, titled Remembrance Days, has them maintaining that same sound, Nick Laird-Clowes's gentle vocals and guitars as well as co-producing work, Kate St. John's oboe and cor anglais, and Gilbert Gabriel's keyboards.
The reflection of a summer spent at a rented house on the shore that one really enjoyed staying at drives the dreamy "Indian Summer" which gets backing vocal support from J.D. Souther and Lindsey Buckingham, the latter who co-produced this song. There's a basso Indian-sounded chant mid-song, lending to the atmosphere.
"The Lessons Of Love" benefits from a lilting guitar and an overall gentle feel and backing choir. When Laird-Clowes sings against leaving the city of love and moving to the valley of reason, I see a true romantic at work there who believes anybody, rich or poor, even a self-made liar, can learn the lesson. This song was produced by Patrick Leonard.
"Humdrum" is another portrait of the industrial city, of the workers whose labours benefit the higher-ups, who live in a world of deadlines and are wound up so tight in this dog-eat-dog situation.
The soft percussion and the haunting aura of "Power To Believe" reminds me of Phil Collins' "In The Air Tonight" telling the story of a privilege-born man who turns his back on that to find a deeper truth, and the hard trials he undergoes.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fond memories... June 10, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
Whenever I listen to this album, or any other material from TDA, I think about the good old times as a student in the late 80s, early 90s. Beautiful melodies, melancholic at times, and always brilliantly mastered. In a way, I'm glad not too many people know of this little gem.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Through Poppy Feilds and Remembrance Days April 7, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Given that most radio oriented material (i.e., hits) rely on beats, hooks and heavy dynamic probably doomed the Dream Academy to one hit wonder status after the global success of "Life In A Northern Town." That song relied deeply on atmospherics and carried onto radio on the strength of its "Hey ma ma ma" hook. At best, the most Dream Academy could hope for was to replicate that first single and hope the warm memories of their debut could help them build their success to the next level.
With "Remembrance Days," you can certainly say they tried. "Indian Summer," the melancholy diary of a May - September romance gallantly tries to recreate the mood of that first hit, but comes up short. The blame partially rests on producers Richard Daschut, Lindsay Buckingham and Hugh Padgham, who seemed intent on transforming much of Dream Academy's baroque pop more into the slicker sheen of Thompson Twins or Phil Collins. (Think "In The Air Tonight" while listening to "Humdrum.") That's not to say that "Remembrance Days" is any less an album than the debut. In fact, the best song here, "The Power To Believe" was featured in the John Hughes movie "Planes Trains and Automobiles," a song like "In Exile" shows increased musical sophistication from the debut, and "In The Hands Of Love" could have been a hit ala Thompson Twins' "Doctor Doctor." It's the album's sole cover song that is "Remembrance Days'" weakest moment, The Korgis' ballad "Everybody's Gotta Learn Sometime."
All in all, a marvelous moody piece of work. Worth seeking out if Renaissance music from the mid 80's is your cup of tea.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Peripheral information for serious fans. February 19, 2004
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is a great Dream Academy album, and with every listen I'm able to appreciate more of it. I'm not here to review it though. I wanted to let any serious fans of the Dream Academy know about two other projects that might be of interest. The first is "The Invisible Circus" film soundtrack--still available used here at Amazon. This was released around 2000, and the instrumental score (about 7-10 tracks) was composed by Nick Laird-Clowes. A few other Laird-Clowes originals are included under the guise of his recent band, Trashmonk. While the instrumental score tracks are fondly reminescent of the Dream Academy's folkish melodies, the Trashmonk songs are decidedly less relaxed (and didn't appeal much to me personally).
The other CD I wanted to note here is by a producer/DJ who goes by the name of Dario G. His CD, "Sunmachine," which is also available here at Amazon, is best described as pre-millennium electric anthems. It sounds a little like the music from Chicane's "Behind the Sun," only less trance-inflected. At any rate, the first track on "Sunmachine," is Sunchyme. This is only relevant on account of the song's base melody which derives heavily from Dream Academy's Life in a Northern Town, right down to the genuine inclusion of the chorus "Hey-oh-ma-ma-ma's." The original DA song isn't sampled quite enough for this to be a remix, but at the same time, Sunchyme contains so many elements of Life in a Northern Town, that it can't really be considered an altogether separate song. Anyone who might have heard this featured on a TV commercial for contact lenses a few years ago can now exhale. I, for one, am sleeping better now that I've found its source. The rest of Dario G's CD isn't bad either...given its age.
I hope this encourages someone out there.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars The WRONG CD
I ordered Remembrance Days expecting to get the right cd and whoever sent me this cd gave me the wrong one. Read more
Published 2 months ago by david
5.0 out of 5 stars Mellow Out.
What a great forgotten group. A very hard to get album is finally available. This CD brings back a lot of memories. Read more
Published on September 26, 2005 by C. Tice
4.0 out of 5 stars somewhat disappointing when compared to the phenomenal debut, but...
The Dream Academy's second album, 1987's "Remembrance Days", is not as great as their absolute masterpiece debut. Read more
Published on December 13, 2004 by Missing Person
5.0 out of 5 stars Overlooked Gem Of An Album.
I bought this beautiful Album on vinyl about 13 years ago and let it collect dust for quite sometime, well forgive my ignorance because my existence has been blessed for it's... Read more
Published on April 24, 2002 by WILLIE A YOUNG II
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth it for one track
Indian Summer - a beautifully evocative track, perfectly written, arranged, and produced to help you smell, feel, see, touch, and taste the Indian Summer.
Published on July 5, 2000 by Michael J. Fouquette
5.0 out of 5 stars I absolutely adore this little gem!!!!!!!!!
There aren't words in the english language to describe this pop gem.This recording will definately ensnare you completey in it's grasp, from the very first song. Read more
Published on September 11, 1999
3.0 out of 5 stars Second Album Finds DA Sinking Into 80's Syndrome
After their stunning debut in '85, one would think that they'd follow it up with another atmospheric masterpiece.
Yeah, that's what I thought, too. Read more
Published on August 11, 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars a cd not to live without
The Dream Academy's second album Rememberence Days is one of the most incredible recordings of our time. It is filled with images and feelings that are timeless.
Published on April 13, 1999 by Dallas (doverclif@aol.com)
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