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The Flat Earth - Remastered & Expanded [Import, Original recording remastered]

Thomas DolbyAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Dissidents (2009 Remastered Version)Thomas Dolby 4:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. The Flat Earth (2009 Remastered Version)Thomas Dolby 6:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Screen Kiss (2009 Remastered Version)Thomas Dolby 5:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. White City (2009 Remastered Version)Thomas Dolby 5:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Mulu The Rain Forest (2009 Remastered Version)Thomas Dolby 4:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. I Scare Myself (2009 Remastered Version)Thomas Dolby 5:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Hyperactive! (2009 Remastered Version)Thomas Dolby 4:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Get Out Of My Mix (Dolby's Cube) (2009 Remastered Version)Thomas Dolby 4:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Puppet Theatre (2009 Remastered Version)Thomas Dolby 4:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Dissidents (The Search For Truth Part 1) (2009 Remastered Version)Thomas Dolby 7:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Field Work (London Mix;2009 Remastered Version Feat. Thomas Dolby)Ryuichi Sakamoto Featuring Thomas Dolby 4:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Don't Turn AwayDolby's Cube Featuring Cherry Bomb 5:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. The Devil Is An Englishman (2009 Remastered Version)Thomas Dolby 3:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. I Scare Myself (Live On Tour, 1984)Thomas Dolby 6:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Marseille (Live On Tour, 1984)Thomas Dolby 4:41$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 24, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: 101 DISTRIBUTION
  • ASIN: B0029358G2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,725 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Thomas Dolby became one of the most recognizable figures of the synth-pop movement of early-'80s new wave. Dolby successfully harnessed the power of synthesizers and samplers, to make catchy pop and light electro-funk. Following the (1984) single Hyperactive, his career faded away, as he began producing more frequently, as well as exploring new synthesizer and computer technology. Dolby continued to record into the '90s, but by then, he was strictly a cult act.

The Flat Earth was Dolby s sophomore album release, in 1984, its sophisticated sound was a battle cry to any doubters, combining Dolby s signature keyboards into a more organic, layered sound. Hyperactive! the result of a bizarre evening spent at Michael Jackson's house -- bore the most fruit, repeating the success of ....Science in Britain, and scoring Thomas his first Top 20 hit in his home country.

The epic Dissidents felt most at home as a 12-inch revisits Dolby s love of cold war espionage, and at the other end of the spectrum, the haunting Dan Hicks ballad I Scare Myself is turned into a piano-led affair with a sexy, sultry video. The latter is a solo embodiment of the shimmering, breathy sound that would form the heart of the Prefab Sprout sound he was integral to creating - production values which he has said he ranks amongst his personal career highs.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars After The Gold Rush September 11, 2009
Format:Audio CD
Boy, was I glad I hung on to my original CD from 1985. Along with "The Golden Age Of Wireless," these two Thomas Dolby titles were among the very first CD's I ever purchased. At the time of the first listen to the vinyl album of "The Flat Earth," I was a tad disappointed that Dolby's professed love of Joni Mitchell (whom he soon would produce - see "Dog Eat Dog") had led to an album loaded with extremely moody and low key songs. There were a lot more traditional instruments involved with the making of "The Flat Earth," which wasn't really what I was expecting. With the exception of "Hyperactive," which sounded like a "Wireless" leftover, "The Flat Earth" barely sounded like the quirky kid we'd fallen in love with on the first album.

Still, the album had a certain jazzy depth that I kept coming back to. Maybe I didn't love it on the first listen. Or the second, or for that matter, the third. But by the end of the first week, I was hooked. I think side one of the original album became glued to my turntable for the remainder of the summer of 1984, as the intrigue of "Dissidents," the sensitivity of the title track and the lonely alienation of "Screen Kiss" kept me enthralled. I was fortunate to win a CD player in a radio contest a year later and found this disc in the racks....and it's not left my library since.

I have since become enamored of Dolby's interpretation of Dan Hick's "I Scare Myself" to the point that I prefer it over the original. I also still can find myself bouncing along to "The White City," which took some flack at the time for what many perceived as a drug reference.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At long last! July 12, 2009
Format:MP3 Music
It is great to see this album finally treated to a remastered re-release. I picked this up sound unheard when it first came out back in the 80s, expecting more "She Blinded Me With Science"-styled synthpop. Instead, I was pleasantly surprised by the sophisticated and reflective approach Dolby exhibits on this quite excellent album. Plus, I have been looking for the remix of Dissidents for 20+ years after my original 12" suffered major heat damage. To find it included here is icing on the cake!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect September 5, 2009
Format:Audio CD
Thomas Dolby is a genius who writes songs that can be fun,intelligent and emotional all at the same time. This album creates soundscapes that pull you into his world and let you grow..and then some fun. The remastered version sounds better and the extras are worth it even for casual fans of the great TD. Buy It
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Remaster Done Right January 15, 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I was a fan of this album from it's original release. If you've been disappointed by various remasters from other artists and labels this is one to make you smile. This album sound better than ever before and the bonus tracks are actually worth having. Unfortunately many labels see a remaster as a quick and dirty way to try and garner some additional sales. If they did a bit of research in my opinion they'd find customers willing to buy a remaster usually care about sound quality, customers who don't care aren't likely to re-buy the same item as they don't perceive a difference/benefit. The sound quality on this remastered CD is great, many remasters have edgy top ends or are overly compressed to allow for a higher signal level and therefore loudness. So I now treat remasters with caution meaning lost sales and revenue. From the additional liner notes it looks like Thomas Dolby took an interest in the remaster and it shows. No qualms about recommending this remaster. If you liked this album but never bought it - this is the one to have.
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5.0 out of 5 stars an ignored masterpiece September 6, 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This was Dolby's best album. He was typecast after "She blinded me with science," as a comedian. This is a shame because "Dissidents" is probably the best, heart-wrenching, protest song ever written.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still brilliant! November 15, 2010
Format:MP3 Music
This entire album is worth the price alone simply for the gem "Field Work", which Thomas Dolby and Ryuichi Sakamoto gave to us so very long ago. Since the single has been out of print and very difficult to find, this is the next best thing. Brilliant!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Long on Artistry, Short on Ideas May 7, 2014
By Lee S.
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I wish I could say more positive things about "The Flat Earth." It's a worthwhile album, and the bonus tracks and liner notes add to its worth. But there was something in "The Golden Age of Wireless" and those early singles that Thomas Dolby couldn't recapture. Afterwards, he struggled to find his groove. You can hear him struggling.

After "Wireless," Dolby produced songs for a number of high-profile bands and artists. Then he went and recorded an album that sounds very produced but barely has songs. Lyrics tend to get lost in the layered sonic wallpaper. Most of the album is background music that doesn't demand the listener's attention. The one song that completely defies this trend is "Hyperactive!" and that's not really a good thing. This was "The Flat Earth"'s lead single, and is infamous for being an attempt to make "She Blinded Me with Science, Part 2" (though apparently it sold well in the U.K.). Someone informed me of a rumor that it was written for Michael Jackson to sing, which the liner notes here confirm. That helps me understand why he made this song, but doesn't make it any better. This is one of the four songs (on an album of seven) that I've heard innumerable times on "Retrospectacle." Hearing familiar songs in context on an album is often a revelation, but not here. The title track and "Screen Kiss" always ran together in my mind, and here they literally run together on tracks 2 and 3. This only contributes to my feeling that The Flat Earth is a homogenous atmosphere rather than a set of songs.

Despite the elaborate layered soundscapes that wrap around much of the album, a number of parts sound like straight-out-of-the-box keyboard patterns.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great! New bonus tracks made this a highlight.
Published 28 days ago by dervish101
5.0 out of 5 stars You should really get this...
...but you don't need this version. Get the cheap original. Dolby always was a producer that was way ahead of his time sound wise, and the original sounded, to my ears anyway, just... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Uncle E
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this as a teen
And still do. It brings me back to my youth. I put on my headphones, turn up the volume at work and tune out to get my work done.
Published 15 months ago by Timothy A. Knapp
4.0 out of 5 stars Replacing old vinyl version of this was worth it.
Loved this album in the day, but had forgotten about it with advent of CDs and life moving on ... recently decided on whim to get this version of it on CD. Read more
Published 18 months ago by William E. Ives
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice place to go away to ....
To "air out your brain" or just "take a short mental getaway" Dolby's music can help soothe your mood. Sometimes it is the perfect thing. Read more
Published 20 months ago by StatAppleAnnie
5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal
Thomas Dolby Rocks you to the moon and back! He has a style unlike any other I have ever encountered.
Published 21 months ago by Irene
5.0 out of 5 stars Pioneer of Electronic Music Genre
Thomas D has been making synthsizers for the past 20 years in Silicon Valley, and has just started touring again. His music is of the 80s era and so cool and quasi expermential. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Georgie
5.0 out of 5 stars Remaster sounds marvelous with a host of bonus tracks worth picking up
The second album is often difficult for most artists. Why? Because they spent years storing up material for that all important first one and then have to come up with something... Read more
Published on June 30, 2012 by Wayne Klein
4.0 out of 5 stars vinyl sounds significantly better
I have two US pressings of the original vinyl record (one signed by Thomas himself). I was happy to buy this to get the great bonus material, to play the songs in the car and on... Read more
Published on April 15, 2012 by S Page
5.0 out of 5 stars A Damn Fine Album
For once, here is a remaster that not only sounds significantly better than its original counterpart--with greater clarity, imaging and dynamic range--but is supplemented with... Read more
Published on March 22, 2012 by Comperic2003
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