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2017 two CD set, a unique collection sourced from A Flock of Seagulls' 7" and 12" singles and featuring rare mixes, remixes and b-sides - many appearing on CD for the first time in the UK. The tracks cover the band's most successful period of 1982 to 1986 and includes seven 7" versions, four 12" versions and numerous remixes and extended versions. We have sourced the material from the original production master tapes. Originally hailing from Liverpool, the band took their name from a line in the song 'Toiler On The Sea' by The Stranglers. The band signed to Jive Records and released five studio albums spanning 1982 to 1995. The band enjoyed success around the world but America was a particularly fruitful continent for them. The band hit the upper reaches of the U.S. Hot 100, U.S. Mainstream Rock and U.S Dance charts with 'I Ran (So Far Away)' and 'Wishing (If I Had A Photograph Of You). There remains a lasting interest in the band and their musical legacy.
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Lastly, when the cd came, part of the front and back of the cd holder were cracked and when I opened it, the front came off. Thankfully didn't harm the cd. Good quality
A Flock Of Seagulls are my favorite band. I prefer the slightly longer versions of their songs. So I prefer the longer versions of their songs on CD 2, as opposed to the edited versions on CD 1. So, for instance, I prefer the 6-minute version of "Wishing" as opposed to the 4 or 9-minute versions (The 6-minute version of "Wishing" from the original "Listen" isn't on here). One can understand why they made edited versions of their songs, though. Most people's patience and attention span are short these days, so it's good to get right to the hook. That's what they do with song 2 on CD 1, "Space Age Love Song", a neat version of the song I'm glad to have on CD. I'm also happy to have the live version of "The Traveller" (CD 1, song 13), and the live version of "Space Age Love Song" (CD 2, song 10). I'd never heard the instrumental version of "Who's That Girl" (CD 2, song 13) until this album. It's also nice to have the "Single Medley" (CD 2, song 13), which is the only bit of "Telecommunication" you'll hear on this album.
AFOS has always had the neatest album cover work, imo. The cover of this CD, featuring a Sinead O'Connor-like, buzz-cut woman with A Flock Of Seagulls' first album cover art shining in her circular spectacles is another neat cover. Inside the CD, on the back of the booklet, there's a painting of a distant city in the black, just over it a smiling face-moon, and up front three seagulls flying in formation. Neat picture.