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The Circus

December 23, 2008 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: May 12, 1987
  • Release Date: December 23, 2008
  • Label: Sire/Warner Bros.
  • Copyright: 1987 Sire Records Company
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  • Total Length: 50:36
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  • ASIN: B001PJ1SGA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,926 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Larry D. Rodriguez on April 28, 2004
Format: Audio CD
It's really sad, the number of times I have seen The Circus in used CD bins over the years. In a lot of ways, this is one of Erasure's strongest albums. As most people know, Wonderland, their first album, was something of a dud. The follow-up, Circus, is the first album to establish the "Erasure" sound throughout. More importantly, it tackles a lot of social issues without being preachy or precious, an uncanny ability Erasure always had. During the course of Circus, we hear about racial injustice (It Doesn't Have to Be), homophobia (Hideaway), peace & harmony (If I Could), and the plight of the working class (The Circus). However, with their catchy hooks, lyrics, and Andy's fine singing, you have enough else to concentrate on without feeling "preached" to!
The album opens with It Doesn't Have to Be, which didn't get any airplay in America (at least in my memory), but is one of their best songs, in my opinion. Apart from being just a great song overall, it draws upon African percussion rhythms, and even has Andy singing in Swahili(?). Everytime I hear it, I think of the video, where he is waving the sparklers around. Next comes Hideaway, which has a lot of personal meaning for me as a gay man, although fortunately I wasn't "rejected by the people that I cared for!" Aside from the subject matter, it's another good song.
Don't Dance seems to be a favorite with other reviewers, and I have to agree. It's a testimony to Erasure's talent that even the "non-singles" can sound this good. If I Could, which comes after, is another one that affects me. The song seems to be about a broken relationship, but the refrain, "If I could make the world a little better, you know I would," suggests something else entirely- a heartfelt cry for world peace.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Shark Frenzy on July 25, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I love "Wonderland", but consider it to be way too similiar to Yazoo (which Clarke had just came from). So "The Circus" is really the album that begins to give us a good understanding of Erasure - the band. From the hip "It Doesn't Have To Be" to the soft "Spiralling", this album has it all. And it is actually a concept album of all things. There's hints in the music from "Don't Dance" to "Spiralling" that lead all back to the actual song "The Circus". What I love about Erasure, is that they often have a number of songs on each album that are just as good as their singles or better. "Hideaway", "Leave Me To Bleed" and "Spiralling" are tracks that were never heard on the radio, but they are three of my favorite tracks from the album. There are hits as well like "Sometimes" and "Victim Of Love". If you are interested in Erasure and don't have this album, get it. You won't be disappointed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Daniel W. Kelly VINE VOICE on August 4, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Well, if you already have the original US pressing of The Circus and the "singles box", you pretty much have everything on here. If not, this 2-disc edition will give you pretty much everything from the single releases off this album, plus all the tracks that were on the original U.S. release of the album. As others have noted, this easily could have been a 3-disc version that included the 'two ring circus' as well...not to mention all the remixes of "The Circus" from the original 12". Track list:


CD1-1 It Doesn't Have To Be 3:56
CD1-2 Hideaway 3:48
CD1-3 Don't Dance 3:39
CD1-4 If I Could 3:52
CD1-5 Sexuality 3:53
CD1-6 Victim Of Love 3:42
CD1-7 Leave Me To Bleed 3:22
CD1-8 Sometimes 3:39
CD1-9 The Circus 5:31
CD1-10 Spiralling 3:10
CD1-11 In The Hall Of The Mountain King 2:58
CD1-12 Sometimes (12" Mix) 5:24
CD1-13 It Doesn't Have To Be (Boop Oopa Doo Mix) 7:17


CD2-1 Sexuality (12" Mix) 6:48
CD2-2 Sometimes (Shiver Mix) 5:53
CD2-3 The Circus (Bareback Rider Mix) 6:24
CD2-4 Who Needs Love Like That (Betty Boop Mix) 7:34
CD2-5 It Doesn't Have To Be (Cement Mix) 5:35
CD2-6 The Soldier's Return (The Return Of The Radical Radcliffe Mix) 5:06
CD2-7 Victim Of Love (Vixen Vitesse Mix) 5:50
CD2-8 If I Could (Japanese Mix) 3:45
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joel Kathrens on August 18, 1999
Format: Audio CD
My experience with Erasure has been a little backwards. In fact, since buying "Pop: The First 20 hits" and "I Say^3" a few years ago, I have bought every erasure album (barring the latest two of course) in reverse order of release. Anyway, I just recently purchased "The Circus" and after one listen was kicking myself for waiting so long.
Before buying it, I was sure, as I was with "Chorus", that the best songs would be the singles from "Pop..". It ended up, however, just as with "Chorus", that my favorite songs were entirely different. While I love "Victim of Love" and "The Circus", my favorite tracks are "Hideaway", "Don't Dance" and "If I Could", with "Don't Dance" being the top one. (I know I'm in a small minority there) This is just simply a great album and it brings my list of Erasure albums better than "The Innocents" up to four with "Chorus", "Erasure", and "I Say^3" being the others. I don't know what it is about me and "The Innocents", I guess i just "Don't Dance" to the Rhythm.
As for the extra tracks, "Mountain King" is fun, "Sometimes" is a little unnecessary, but I do like the "Boop Oopa Doo" Mix of "It Doesn't Have to Be". All fans of synth-pop will love this outstanding album. Next on my list to purchase is "Wonderland". (Can you believe I don't even own their FIRST album???)
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