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1. Pleasure
2. Communication
3. Code Of Love
4. Gold
5. Lifeline
6. Heaven Is A Secret
7. Foundation
8. True

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  • Audio CD (May 6, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 1983
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Parlophone
  • ASIN: B000063V8Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,724 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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True was their third album and breakthrough release in America.
P Magnum
Label or no label, it cannot be disputed that they had some great, danceable, even funky tunes with great bass lines and horns, as well as some slower tempo pieces.
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Pop purists will appreciate Spandau Ballet's cool, suave, romantic sophistication that is highly reminiscent of Bryan Ferry's vocals with the band, Roxy Music.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By The Groove on September 23, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Spandau Ballet had a respectable string of hits in their native Britain, but they were a one-and-a-half hit wonder in the U.S., where they scored the Top 10 smash "True" and the Top 30 hit "Gold." But if this 1983 album is anything to go by, the band deserved far greater success on these shores. At 8 tracks and clocking under 40 minutes, "True" is a tastefully crafted hybrid of new romantic pop and blue eyed soul. Singer Tony Hadley was always one of pop's most underrated singers; his expressive vocals perfectly complimented the intricate melodies of guitarist and songwriter Gary Kemp. The singles "Gold" and "Communication" may be dated in production, but at their core, the songwriting is still fresh. Other album cuts such as "Code of Love" and "Foundation" also hold up, but the disc saves the best for last: the title song which goes down as one of the best and most familiar ballads of the 1980s. "True" has been remastered for its 20th anniversary, and the disc has an enhanced portion which has an attractive set of extras including the video for "Gold" as well as home footage of the group. It's one of those records that triumphs equally in both style and in substance.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Steven Reynolds on October 31, 2005
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This is the only Spandau Ballet album that everyone has (or should have) in their collection, and it's easy to understand why. In the band's brief journey from innovation to irrelevance it was the moment they set aside the baroque, art-disco theatricality of their earlier New Romantic work and offered up something original, innocent and pure - a white-soul antidote to the tedious excesses of punk and 70s rock. It's essentially a suite of eight modern love songs, carefully crafted by producers Steve Jolley and Tony Swain from the simplest of arrangements - funk guitar, a super-tight rhythm section, occasional keyboards, and some beautiful percussion and sax neatly deployed, often to spine-tingling effect. But the real star is vocalist Tony Hadley, who at last dropped the artsy, melodramatic edge from his performance and demonstrated that he has one of the finest pop voices ever recorded. Even Gary Kemp's whispery falsetto backups don't sound too ridiculous here. The album contains two classic tracks - "Gold" and "True", which were actually the band's career highlights (matched only by the well-deserved late hit "Through the Barricades"). Spandau's career went south shortly after this early peak as they sought to commit to record the more vibrant energy of their live shows. The results were mixed. "Parade" (1984) was moderately successful, but super-smooth Jolley and Swain were perhaps the wrong men for the job. On "Through the Barricades" (1986), Gary Langan captured a harsher guitar-driven sound, but apart from the brilliant acoustic title track it just wasn't credible. "Heart Like a Sky" (1989) saw the band revert to a smoother sound wrapped in a lush late-80s mix, but the magic had fled and so had the fans.Read more ›
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By P Magnum HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on December 11, 2000
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Spandau Ballet was an exteremly popular band in their native U.K., releasing two albums and hitting the top of the album and singles charts prior to this release. True was their third album and breakthrough release in America. They rode in on the coattails of Duran Duran and other video-friendly English acts. The band are members of the New-Romantic movement which backed R&B styled vocals with 80's synth-beats. The movement's main influence was Bryan Ferry & Roxy Music and Tony Hadley clearly is a Ferry devotee. He has an incredibly smooth and expressive voice and songs like "Code Of Love", "Communication" and "Lifeline" show it off. "Gold" was a minor hit in America and was England's theme song at the '84 Summer Olympics. With its soaring vocal and uptempo beat, it does provide an inspirational theme.. The real gem on this album is the title track. It is a heart-breakingly beautiful track and is one of the ten best songs of the 80's. It encapsules the styles of the era, but its melody is timeless and could be a hit today. The song was remade by PM Dawn as "Set Adrift On Memory Bliss" in '91 and hit number one and was featured at the end of The Wedding singer. The band's version hit number four in the fall of '83 and was their only top ten hit in America. Sadly, after scoring a minor hit with "Only When You Leave" on their next album, Parade, the band fell off the music scene in the States. They disbanded in '86.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By DP on October 29, 2000
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This album is a solid, state of the art production with catchy pop hooks and keyboard laden arrangements. This album was released in the heyday of MTV, in which the band from England received attention in the United States from regular video exposure, most notably for its high powered signature ballad, the title track to this fine album. Written by Gary Kemp and equipped with the powerful and emotive vocals of Terry Hadley, this classic serves as one of the quintessental pop tunes that appears on numerous 1980's music compilations as well on innumerable movie soundtracks (It was recently featured in Adam Sandler's film "The Wedding Singer," several years ago.) In the early 1990's, the group PM Dawn sampled riffs from the song "True" for its debut single, "Set Adrift On Memory Bliss," which topped the pop charts. Even today, it still remains a timeless ballad, one of my favorite tracks of the 1980's.
This album contains several other chart hits: "Gold" is a high fueled, relentless pop track espousing the importance of believing in oneself, trusting your inner knowingness, following your heart. "Communication" explodes as an upbeat opener on the cohesive collection that was a moderate hit for the band as well.
"Pleasure" is a pop ditty in which a teenage soul is desperately soul searching to open his heart to feeling and experiencing love. "Code Of Love" is a song in which the group explores the intricasies of relationship. "Lifeline" continues on the theme of relationships and contains the lyric "so live and let live in love" delivered with a passionate sense of exploring all that life has to offer to the fullest.
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