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

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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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 24, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: 101 DISTRIBUTION
  • ASIN: B0029358G2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,691 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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.
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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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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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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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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 equally as impressive in much less time.

"The Flat Earth" Thomas Dolby's second album is an exception to that rule. In many respects, "The Flat Earth" demonstrated where Dolby had been ("The Golden Age Of Wireless - Remastered & Expanded (Incl. Bonus DVD)) and where he was moving as an artist Alien's Ate My Buick) although it is as impressive as the former and much more than the latter.

The remaster supervised by Dolby and done by Peter Mew sounds wonderful--it's not overcompressed and can be cranked up without listner fatigue which is not something that can be said about most CD remasters from the time.

The original seven track album remains a strong one from Dolby. We get "Dissidents" which uses a typewriter a percussive instrument, "The Flat Earth", the marvelously silky "Screen Kiss", "White City" (with guest artist Robyn Hitchcock as "Keith"), "Mulu The Rain Forest", Dan Hicks' "I Scare Myself" (which I feel is the definitive version of the song) with a marvelous trumpett solo decorating the song and the single "Hyperactive" which provided Dolby with another hit single.

More important is the fact that Dolby has added in a variety of bonus tracks including "Puppet Theater" (which Dolby droped in favor of "Hyperactive"), "Don't Turn Away" (from the dreadful film
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